Well, here is what was done with the hind quarters-I cured them, turning them into hams. Let them cure in the brine for about a week, then smoked them. I wish the pictures illustrated the salty, peppery, smoky goodness. I took these to my family for Christmas, and they are still asking for more. I may just have to get some out of the freezer and have some for breakfast tomorrow...
In Africa most animals are fully utilized and shared. This Bush Pig was used for needed protein for the trackers, skinners, drivers, cooks, house-keeping staff, and camp staff to feed their families. It is sometimes used by the hunting camp to feed the guest but often dispersed locally to those in need.
I don’t know that I’d consider many of the pigs I’ve shot “trophies,” but in my case, what happens is roasts, sausage, ground meat, etc. Throughout the pandemic and occasional food shortages, my family has eaten game meat from my freezer, not grocery store meat.
Very cool crs! That IS one large pig!"How come you didn't use one of your double rifles on that pig? Most of the photos I've seen on here with you and your harvested game, have a double rifle in the photo. Just curious?"
Truth is, I was just going to shoot eating size pigs that day until the rancher mentioned that he had seen a sounder of hogs just inside the trophy pasture (usually for hunting boars with dogs) anbd we could hunt there is we liked. Curiosity got the best of a couple of us and we walked over to check it out. One buddy and I eased up a slight incline to see what was in a field and there were many hogs. He shot one stirred up the mob and then out walked the biggest hog I had seen on the ranch. Just could not pass it up! The staff rolled the dead hog into a tractor front end loader and hauled it back to the cleaning area.
WRT use of double rifles - I have broken in/blooded two doubles on boars on that property, and taken Nilgai, red deer, etc with doubles elsewhere in Texas..
The last time I sat down with a group of Russians - about a dozen Russian Admirals and Generals at a two-week Department of Defense sponsored conference at Harvard of all places - they tried to kill me with 100 proof Vodka. I like to think that I can handle Bourbon and Scotch - but these guys were professionals.
So I was pounding away on the keyboard in our non-therapeutic "Politics" thread and decided that I seriously needed a single malt. Walking by the patio door, I decided to pick up the 5.56 on which I have Thor thermal optics mounted and see if there were any uninvited visitors in the pecans. Sure enough, at 8:30 PM and 300 meters away, I could detect a swarm of bright spots on the low ridge next to the river. Incredible technology. Only Apaches had that capability when I was on active duty. Anyway, the wind was perfect so I simply walked down through the pasture until I was forty yards away from 15 to 20 of them, leaned against a tree, picked out a big one and wacked it behind the ear with a 67 gr SP. Simply amazing ability to shoot without an external light - IR or otherwise.
The rifle was built by a friend in the business and has a incredibly accurate match barrel.
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@Trail Rated The meat in itself is a fine trophy that can be shared.I don’t know that I’d consider many of the pigs I’ve shot “trophies,” but in my case, what happens is roasts, sausage, ground meat, etc. Throughout the pandemic and occasional food shortages, my family has eaten game meat from my freezer, not grocery store meat.