TURKEY: 2nd Trip 5 Day Wild Boar Driven Hunt In Turkey November 4th To 8th, 2021

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From Nov 4th to 8th, 2021, I will go for the 2nd time in the North of Turkey near the town of Amasya, for 5 days of wild boar driven hunt, with the outfitter DHD LAIKA. We will be 10 hunters, hunting wide areas in mid-range mountains, with firing distances from 30 meters to more than 200 meters. This will be the first group hunting there after the pandemic, so we should see a lot of wild boars hopefully.

Training started a couple of month ago. I will go again with my Blaser R8 Professional Success, but this time, I will take the 375HH heavy barrel, with Z8i 1-8x24 scope and Norma Oryx Bonded 300 grains ammunition. 2 years ago, I shot Barnes TSX 180 grains in 300 win mag barrel, with great success (8 boars taken) but none of the boars that I hit were knock-down at impact. In this driven hunt in the mountains, we are talking about very tough running boars in the mountains, on rough terrains, with bushes of trees still with leaves, at a range up to 200 m. Hitting the game on the first round in those conditions is already a feat, hitting the vitals is a miracle. So great expansion is needed to knock-down or slow the boar whatever the body area hit, so that a second round can be placed on the vitals.

The Norma Oryx has a decent grouping at 200 m, I had selected it already for Cafer Hunting in Zimbabwe, that is postponed due to Covid. The training ammunition is PARTIZAN PPU 300 grains (3 times less expensive), with a worst grouping but same impact height than the Oryx.

I will shoot from a Gitzo carbon tripod (light and stiff, originally for photography on travel) on which I have mounted the Y head from my Primos stick. It works extremelly well.

I will bring again 3 camcorders, of which 2 are waterproof. They will be in "fire and forget" mode on their gorilla pods, filming the shooting areas with big batteries and 64 Gigabits SD cards. I hope to bring wonderfull memories and some nice videos.

Here is the video of the first hunt 2 years ago, that was amazing.


I will keep you posted.

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How do you like using a Gitzo tripod? That must be for a stationary position, since the legs are slow to move. The the head work ok with the .375 recoil?
 

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How do you like using a Gitzo tripod? That must be for a stationary position, since the legs are slow to move. The the head work ok with the .375 recoil?
I train to move the legs around the tripod. I do Cinetir training at my gun retailer, with dry firing. They have a large room dedicated to that. The best position to me is to have one leg of the tripod towards me, and I put my legs on each side of the tripod leg. Repeating the swing hundreds of time over several training sessions allows to reach a smooth swing, even with a large amplitude. In hunting action, the recoil is not that big, the R8 with scope and kick stopper weights 5.2 kg!! And I manage to do following shots easily with the tripods. I also train for that at the range : 4 rounds in less than 10 seconds.
Training, training, training is the key.
 

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The Boars you guys took the last time out look to be rather large. Were you able to weigh any of them? Out of curiosity, what did you do with the meat?
 

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The Boars you guys took the last time out look to be rather large. Were you able to weigh any of them? Out of curiosity, what did you do with the meat?
The boars in Turkey are Large ! 250kgs for a big Keiler is not unknown. Driven boar hunting is about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on.
 

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The Boars you guys took the last time out look to be rather large. Were you able to weigh any of them? Out of curiosity, what did you do with the meat?
The heaviest was 180 kg, the teeth were 28 cm long. Some 220 kg specimen were taken in driven hunt during the mating season in January.
In Western Europe the wildboar latin name is sus crofa crofa. In Eastern Europe and Asia, it is sus crofa attila. Guess why?
 

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The Boars you guys took the last time out look to be rather large. Were you able to weigh any of them? Out of curiosity, what did you do with the meat?
This is a muslim country. They do not eat porks, pigs, wild boars.
The killed animals remain in the mountains. There are many wolves out there to feed on, several were seen, one at least each day of the hunt.
 

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Herve747, thanks for the reply. That is what I suspected. To answer your question, were they introduced by the Huns?
 

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How do you like using a Gitzo tripod? That must be for a stationary position, since the legs are slow to move. The the head work ok with the .375 recoil?
The weight of the Gitzo tripod+Primos fork is 1,001 kg = 2,2 lbs
 

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Here is the training with Cinematir, @ 150 meters
This is a VERY good training.
 

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