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Pictures from the field (2)

It was Dick’s first trip Driven Wild Boar Hunting trip. No matter how experienced or inexperienced you are as a hunter, there is always the element of luck. The weather was a dry cold and at times it was minus 20c. in still air. The snow was deep and the boar very hard to find. In these conditions you have to be very alert as the boar can slip though the line without making too much noise. Staying focused, still and quite is essential. When a chance comes you have to take it. Picture (top left) below is “Dick” with his first wild boar taken with a single  shot. As you can see he has been “Blooded”. It was not just his first wild boar but also a Bronze medal class. The (right hand) picture is of the same boar mounted  as trophy head stood in the fireplace awaiting to be hung on the wall in pride of place .

It is a really unforgettable experience to get your first running wild boar. To get a good trophy, particularly on your first trip, is something special that memories are made of. I am sure the trophy will be a treasured item that Dick will enjoy and reflect on with other memories of that hunt. It is possible to go on several trips before you get your first Kieler (Male Boar). Just look at Dick’s face, it says it all.

Then when the opportunity arises, it is up to you to put the shot in the right place. There are many factors such as standing for a long time in the cold as this can play a big part. Other natural obstacles such as the bushes and the trees, the can deflect or stop a round as the boar are running through dense cover.

The picture (left) is of Leo Naylor a very experienced hunter who’s company and friendship I have enjoyed for many years. Leo shoots with a classic 7 x 65 Double hammerless rifle with a Dr Optic II sight. Just after this picture was taken he shot 3 running boar in the same heard with 4 shots.

Photo (above) is Shaun Caddie. Shaun is a traditionalist and has a really good condition 12 gauge shotgun with invisible rifling. This rifling was invented by Thomas Bland when you first look quickly down down the  bore it is just looks like a conventional 12 gauge shotgun.

The photo (above) with the red cartridge case is of one of Shaun’s home loaded cartridges. The projectile is a round lead ball held in place by the roll turnover of the cartridge. I do not think there is any doubt as to the effectiveness of this vintage firearm as the photo of Shaun and the boar shows.

I always feel that hunting in the snow is more exciting. There is no real reason for this in reality apart from the fact that you can see all the animal tracks. It is also because perhaps we do not have so much snow here in England. The picture (left) is of a large female bore that was out on her own and was possibly barren. The weight of this boar was 180 Kilos

Seeing a large sow on her own is not uncommon but it is important that if she just suddenly appears from out of the cover as the beaters are pushing forward just wait to make sure she is not the lead sow with small boar behind her.

 It  has been  known for a very experienced hunter to

wait as a large boar to comes from the cover into open ground before shooting and then as he shoots a hole family group appear behind the sow.