Category Archives: Hunting & shooting

This guy missed this Deer…Thirteen times

This guy can be the next American Sniper, no not likely.
Ok maybe he’s just having a bad day. A very bad day. Maybe he’s experimenting a bent barrel, or using a lighter grain ammo.

Amazingly, the buck barely moves in between misses. The range is unknown, but it must be a long shot. You are also able to see the bullet’s vapor trail on the video.

One would think after several rounds of misses, the hunter would make some adjustments or kentucky wind it. Goes to show how difficult precision long-range shooting can be, with many factors to account for such as swirling winds and the inconsistencies in ammunition.

That deer has nine lives.

Source: Justin Finche Facebook

Trespasser gets Blasted by a Paint bomb

Watch as a trespassing hunter encounters an improvised booby trap.
The video below displays a creative way of fending off a trespassing hunter. The property owner rigged up a tripwire attached to a paint bomb. Once triggered the paint sprays all over the trespasser.

The uploader commented that it was a video captured by her mother’s boyfriend, which tells us it was likely a legitimate trespassing situation. Anyone who was allowed to hunt the property would have known about the tripwire, we presume.

Be warned: the clip includes some graphic language. Youd probably swear too if you realized you’d just been busted.

The trespassing hunter spoke out in an interview with Deer and Deer Hunting.

Details about the incident were made clear, and thanks to the article and investigative work from Deer and Deer Hunting’s editor Dan Schmidt, we now know that it occurred in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania during the 2013 deer season.

Leroy Ogin, 73, told Deer and Deer Hunting that he had traveled that same path for over 60+ years to his hunting spot, which was an old logging road. He did not intend on hunting on the property.

He claimed to have never had an issue with the landowner, and was never asked to refrain from traveling through what he acknowledged was private property.

Ogin also explained that the device that blasted him with paint was connected to an airbag mechanism, which triggered a switch tied to a suspended wire.

“I thought I was shot with a gun,” Ogin told D&DH. He also said the paint, which was red, ruined his hunting apparel, hat and gun.

Trespassing charges for Ogin have been documented by the state, and will most likely be dismissed after a six month holding period with no further incidents.

The landowner, 53-year-old Michael Condoluci, was also contacted by D&DH, and via email contradicted Ogin’s claim. “Just have to say he was warned about trespassing before,” he told D&DH.

Interestingly enough, Condoluci was also infracted for criminal mischief and criminal harassment, according to D&DH and the district court office in Luzerne County. His charges will also be dropped after six months, as long as no other charges are given.

What do you think? Is this an effective method in thwarting folks from coming onto private property, or is it out of line?

Here’s some of the conversation taking place about this video:
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by Eric Pickartz

Source: Felicia Marie Youtube, Deer and Deer Hunting

Freeing Locked-up Bucks – take Caution

Freeing locked-up bucks is always risky, generally locked-up bucks are usually dead. Antler entanglement is the norm, while fighting can lead to the demise of some whitetail. The video below highlights our upstanding heroes untangling the two gladiators. Unfortunately, one buck has succumbed to exhaustion or injury and had a portion of his hind quarters eaten by a predator. The other is trying to rid himself of his adversary.

There were a few tense moments in the clip, and luckily, these guys brought extra tools in order to finish the job. Hunters like these are the truest of sportsmen. They have respect and the utmost compassion for the quarry they chase.

by Justin Hoffman revised by Calsports

Source: Rachel Wallaby Youtube

Hunting Myth Buster: Never gut a deer near your Treestand

Ever Wonder what happens to that gut pile? Camera Trail record shows

You’ve heard it before: you should never gut a deer near your treestand. At least, that is a popular theory. As the saying goes, if you gut a deer near your stand, it will scare all the deer that frequent the area away. However, are there any facts to back up this claim, or debunks it?

Well, yes. Here’s what was found.

After quite a bit of research into this topic, I was able to find this study done by Dr. James C. Kroll, who replicated gut piles all over the woods and placed trail cams right on top of the piles. Two kinds of animals were always the first to show up to the pile within hours of its placement: shockingly, deer and crows. Some deer even licked the gut piles, but at the very least, they were heavily investigated. Deer did not respond negatively at all.

Watch this video below to see this exact evidence. Deer and crows are right there to check it out.

So what do you think? The next time you gut a deer, will you stop dragging it a half mile away from your stand?

For a guy like me, that sounds like a winner of an idea, especially if it has no impact on the hunting area at all.

Source: Annasophia1845’s Youtuber

Avoid the Gut Shot – Or you’ll Gag

When it comes time to field dress your deer, I hope you handle it better than these folks.
I don’t want to rag on these hunters. Trust me, that is not the purpose of this post. However, I am sure we all have friends that get a little queasy when it comes time to field dress a kill. Yes, those people are out there, and sometimes the camera is rolling when it happens!

Watch these hunters do everything they can to not vomit while cutting into this deer. Their reactions are classic! This video was shared by Kyle Krajewski on Facebook and has taken off like a wildfire.

Well, folks, this is a great example of why you try to avoid a gut shot at all costs.

Now, I know nobody loves the smell, but at some point, you got to get used to it, or at least be able to anticipate what’s ahead of you.

Like I said at the beginning, I am not trying to rag on these guys, but it is certainly funny watching their reactions as they struggle through the good stuff.

Video Transcription
Man 1: You lose your gun (?)
Man 2: [something about a gun] Person off-camera: [indistinguishable] Man 1: Pull the legs away from me! Jesus Christ!
[laughing off-camera] [off-camera muttering] Man 1: [grunting] Oh Jesus Christ. [loud retching] [grunting as he cuts open deer] [more loud retching] Man off-camera: [laughing] Man 1: I don’t think I’m gonna do it! [grunting] [more retching, more laughter off-camera] Man 2: Lookit that, it’s all green and purple!
Man 1: [More loud retching] Man 2: You didn’t even get it open yet!
Man 1: I can’t do it!
Man 2: I can’t do it, I’m not gonna do all that.
Man 1: Somebody’s gotta do it!
Man 2: I can’t-! [more laughter] Man 1: Son of a BITCH.
Man off-camera: [indistinguishable] Stealthy.
Man 2: [indistinguishable] Man 1: [more loud retching] I can’t do it.
Man 2: I can’t, I can’t. I’m not touching it.
Man 1: [sighs] How the fuck are we gonna do it?!
[more off-camera laughter] Man 1: Son of a BITCH.
Man 2: [indistinguishable] Man 1: Oh Jesus. [retching] Motherfucker!

by Jesse Males

Source: Kyle Krajewski Facebook

Buck goes Skyrocket

Monster buck explodes off feet and flips onto his back in one of the most unique harvest videos you will ever see.

Popular outdoor television and Youtube hunting videos highlights many whitetail while expiring. Generally, when you shoot a deer, you expect them to jump, maybe flop, some drop where they stand, some run off and leave a trail of blood you have to track (it happens). Generally, you don’t expect something like this.

When a friend of Garrett Sing took down -his- buck over the weekend, the deer didn’t flop, but it certainly had a spectacular jump!

With his last breath, the buck sky rockets up like a spaceship and flips directly on his back. You couldn’t have placed it better on its rack if you tried.

My suspicion is that the impact damaged something in the deer’s spine, as it doesn’t appear to move its back after impact, and even its head remains stock-still. The jury is still out, though! Do you have any theories about how the deer ended up topsy-turvy?

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by Sam Morstan

Source:All Things Hunting Facebook

Gutless Field Dressing Method

Don’t like dealing with the guts on your deer? Try this method out.
Let’s face it: gutting a deer is probably the worst part of hunting. Maybe your harvest has fallen in a location you won’t be able to drag it out of. Try this alternative to the traditional field dress and see if it works for you.

Seems pretty quick and easy. If you process your own deer, this will probably save you time as well. One takeaway, if you are going to try this method, is to make sure you have a game bag or a quarter bag!

Video Transcription

Alright, so I got the deer down, now it’s time to do the fun work.

I’m back in here a long ways, not a long ways from my truck, it’s just gonna be a freakin’ insane climb outta here. So, I’m gonna have to cut him up. Luckily, where I killed him, it’s down in this valley, the sun shouldn’t hit it for a couple hours, so I’ll have plenty of time to get him cut up, and get him cooled down, then I’ll pack him out to the truck.

So basically what I’m gonna do, is I’m gonna skin him, both sides, I’m gonna cut the quarters off, cut the backstraps off, cut some of the neck meat off, get the tenderloins inside, and that’ll be all the meat, I won’t even have to gut him. So, that’ll be nice. This is the gutless method.
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So all I do is, try to lay him on his stomach, and I just make an incision all the way down his back, right on his spine, then I’ll skin one side all the way down, lay him down, skin down to his legs, quarter him off, do the other side, and uh, pretty slick. So, especially if you don’t like dealing with the guts, which I don’t. So let’s go!

You just wanna follow right down the spine. You can always tell because it’s usually the darkest right there. You can tell where the spine is.

Man, you think this deer’s been living a good life? Look at that fat that’s on its back, you guys can see that. That is a layer of fat. This deer’s gonna taste good. He’s probably just been lounging in this lake bed all year long, just feeding on this high-protein food and not really getting bothered. Look at that, that’s a good sign. He’s putting a lot of fat on before the rut.

So now you have most of this side skinned. Depending on what you’re gonna do with the head, if you’re gonna mount it, a full-head mount, or just do a european mount, or just cut the horns off. What I do, I haven’t really decided what I’m gonna do. He’s an awesome buck, I don’t know if Kaylee will let me put him on the wall or not, but she’s pretty good about it. So I’m gonna– if you’re gonna do a head mount, what you do is, about halfway down the body, you wanna make a cut horizontally around the whole body, then you skin everything up that way, and that’s what the taxidermist will use. You know, you wanna use more hide than less hide, because if you don’t give them enough, they can’t use it, so. I usually do about halfway down the body, go down, and then that’s plenty, because really, it’s just a shoulder mount, behind the shoulders, but you wanna give ’em plenty to work with, so. I’m gonna do that now, and just try to make as straight a cut as possible.

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Then what you do is just skin. Make a line from the back from the front leg, go straight up the back of the leg, all the way to the incison that you just made around, then you can just skin this leg right off. No problem.

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Alright, so now we’re ready to cut the front quarter off, all you do, the front’s pretty easy, you just pick him up, you cut right through that armpit right there, make sure you cut plenty wide. See that bone right there? We’re gonna go up -don’t wanna ruin your backstraps, though- Just like this. See that? Then we cut around that, just like that. I’ll usually try to maybe just cut a little bit of that neck meat while I’m doing it. There we go, front quarter, done.

Then what I do after I cut the quarters off, a deer is not like an elk. You can get one quarter of an elk in a game bag. I can probably get all four quarters in this game bag. I’m gonna try it. Try to put it on my back and go up that mountain. Dunno. I bet I can. I’m pretty tough.

The reason for the game bags is to keep the flies off it [from getting] dirty. Keep the flies off it and keep it from getting dirty. So I put one in there, it’s not heavy. Probably twenty pounds.

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Now the rear quarter. This is a little bit more difficult. This thing has like, sticker weeds in ’em. Alright, look how much fat this thing has! It’s gonna be a good-tasting deer, man. That’s good to see, it means the deer’s getting a lot of protein, bucks are getting ready for the rut. So you just want to cut– dang that is the fattest deer I’ve ever seen- cut up here. Cut just like that through the armpit. Be very careful you don’t cut into the guts. You just kinda want to make a nice, perfect cut right up- right up on the butt cheek. You gotta find– don’t cut the pee sack. Alright, so, what you wanna do, is find that back hip bone. Oop, I cut into the guts a little bit. They’re not popped or anything but they’re kinda poking out. Ok. See, there’s the ball socket right there. You guys see that ball, right there? You just wanna go right through that. Keep this off the dirt. Now I’ve worked through the bone, pretty much just meet from here. So you just wanna keep cutting, cut the tendons through the bone. See that? There you go. Rear quarter. It’s a lot heavier than the front quarter, probably thirty-five pounds, maybe.

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Alright, so we’ve got front quarters off, took a little bit of the neck meat, I’m gonna take a little more. Once I have that done, I’m– what I’m gonna do is get the backstraps. And, uh, by far, I think the tastiest meat on an animal, on a deer or an elk, or an antelope, or anything basically. And what they are is, just like the name sounds, backstrap. There’s one on each side of the spine, so the spine runs just like this, they start up here, about his neck, and they come just like this all the way down, and stop just about right there. So what I like to do is just find the spine, and cut all the way ’till you hit the ribs, basically. You’ll feel the ribs with your knife. I like to make two or three passes through there, just to make sure and get all the meat, all the way down to the rib. I’ll go up this way, just follow that rib, ends about right there, a couple of times. See that? Then you can almost see, see that right there here where almost like the guts bulge, that line, that’s the backstrap. It’s gonna go all the way down. So, you can find that –you can feel it, too, it’s like hard muscle– with the rib. So this is cut ’till you feel that rib. Here we go. That’s the meat right there man. The backstraps. I can’t believe how much fat’s on this thing. See I missed a little bit here, I’ll come and cut that off. Little bit here, I’ll come and cut that off. Cut the rest of this neck meat off. Gonna go put that in the game bag. [exaggerated eating noises]

So I’m just gonna trim some of this neck meat, some of this I’m not gonna take because of these little blunt shot there, but uh. Neck meat’s kinda like, good for burger, some people like it in steaks, jerky’s good. There’s a lot of tendons and stuff in there, but I cut it off like this, just kinda in chunks. It’s almost in layers. Kinda just coming off like that. I’ll lay it up here so it doesn’t get dirty. Summer sausage, breakfast sausage, all that stuff the neck meat works good for. The brisket meat -which is under here- which I’ll take.

Alright, so, uh, we got the back straps off, I’m gonna get the rest of this neck meat off, my camera died when I was trying to take the sirloins out, but all you do– the sirloins sit right inside the ribcage, on the other side of the ribcage are the backstraps. Backstraps are here. And to get to them a lot of people say ‘well how do you get to the sirloins and tenderloins out if you don’t gut ’em’, well all you do is you make a little incision behind their last rib, which is right here, and I just make a little incision right along the spine, or right along the ribcage, and you can just reach in there. They sit right there and you can just reach in there and pull ’em out like cutter, and that’s how- that’s it right there. So.

This is the gutless method, this is how I like to do it. I don’t like to mess around with the guts, it’s just as fast -if not faster and easier- yeah, if your truck’s right there and you can just throw the deer in it and go hang it up and skin it and do all that, great, but if not, like I am, I’ve got to pack this thing out, so, this is what I’m going to use. But I’m gonna hurry and do the other side, I’m gonna do the other side just like I did this side, once all the meat’s off this side, all you do is roll it over, do the same thing to the other side. But you can see the sun’s catching us, so I wanna get this thing taken care of before it’s in the sun and get him out of here. So. Thanks for watching, guys!

Source: Hushin Youtuber

Serious Skills to Spear a Whitetail

This is one of the most primitive whitetail deer spear hunting experience that you will encounter.
Not many hunter will hunt whitetail with a spear because it requires stealthiness. That stealthiness comes in the form of patiences and self-discipline, the rewards far outweighs the grind.

In the video Pursuit hunter, Tim Wells, explains his purpose to experience caveman hunting situations. He demonstrates clearly why the spear is not a very popular weapon of choice to hunt with these days. The accuracy is slim and requires a lot of human-created force to take down animals of a decent size. Spear hunting is a super rewarding experience and Wells proves how exhilarating success can be.

by Kate Rainey and revised by CalSports

Source: Tim Wells Youtube

Your Deer Are Here

Where and How to Hunt for Bucks as Seasons Get Cranking in September

By Bill Adelman 

With several deer hunting seasons in full swing in California, options are many for hunters, assuming one will fit our personal needs.

Not many of us own or have access to a 20,000-acre ranch in the B Zone (most of the North Coast from the border to the Bay Area) that is crawling with deer, hogs, coyotes, cats, game birds and snakes. Option two is to join an established annual dues hunting club that offers access to hunts behind locked gates (reservations for all hunts required). You generally have good property to hunt, though you’re entirely on your own.

Our hog hunt neer Hollister - 084Number three might be a guided hunt, of which there are a few options. A fully outfitted hunt offers full-time guides, generally two to one, unless you kick in a few extra bucks to hunt one on one with Our trip to Washington to Deer hunta guide. They provide lodging, food, transportation, spot and stalk, blinds, in-field care, skinning, and in some cases even a walk-in cold box to hang your game. These are really the cat’s meow.

Some of the diverse topography you’re bound to encounter in Northern California. A good GPS will come in handy as well if hunting near private land. (BILL ADELMAN)

Some of the diverse topography you’re bound to encounter in Northern California. A good GPS will come in handy as well if hunting near private land. (BILL ADELMAN)

Other choices are semi-outfitted hunts, where the program offers private land, lodging, cooking facilities and direction to use the best methods, but you’re on your own from here on out. So first and foremost, bring a sharp knife.

A fourth possible choice might be the access-fee hunt, where you’re entirely on your own from setting up camp, scouting in your own vehicle and going at it blind unless you’ve been there before. Even though it appears we have ample opportunity to deer hunt, with the first season, archery, opening about the first weekend in July up to the final opening, about the first few days of October, opportunities are still extremely limited. You must decide and apply. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife website is much easier to decipher than it used to be and well worth checking out for particulars.
FAMILIARITY RULES
Knowing the lay of the land is necessary, and venturing out of state to hunt an access ranch is a daunting task. The same applies to California. There are many prebook questions that must be answered to your satisfaction. Four of us took this chance in 2010, venturing to Wyoming with deer and antelope tags in our luggage. We had to arrive prior to opening day, attend a seminar regarding the rules and regulations of the property, and tour the main sections of the ranch with the hunt coordinator and his son. Their prehunt requirements were well laid out and ranchers were available every day to rely on for advice.

Our hunt was five days in the field, and every tag we had was punched. We headquartered 11 miles from the ranch at a campground in Kaycee, Wyo., where there was a cooler available for our bagged carcasses. Everything we learned there was imperative information for here in California.
GOING PUBLIC
Back home brings us to the final option: hunting on public land. For most of us who started out on public land, this brings back positive memories of past successes and a few hairy situations. For me, it was introducing my then 10-year-old son to the new snows just at the edge of a pine forest while awaiting the migration – then getting our vehicle stuck. Of course this was before the days of the state’s zones.

Public hunts are available on CDFW land, state wildlife areas, ecological reserves, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management ground. Research is necessary. There’s also the SHARE program, PLM tags, and special hunts for juniors.

The terrain might dictate any physical limitations as well as expected harvest figures, which are available from the CDFW website and broken down by zone. Travel distance is another consideration.

Before the zone days my son and I used to travel to the backcountry of Plumas County for weekend hunts, leaving after school on a Friday. A six-hour drive was rewarded with outstanding country and successful hunts. It’s still good, but you must draw for it.

Later on, at a friend’s suggestion we hunted public land in Mendocino County. We settled in on an area called Poison Rock, just north of a defunct Eel River ranger station. All of the ridges to the north of the dirt access road were closed to all vehicular traffic – thus the hunting was fairly good. It’s still a huntable area but much busier, especially with road hunters. There’s a bunch of land available if you’ll walk just a little.

When hunting close to private land, as in Trinity or Lassen Counties, a boundary line defined by a GPS is critical. Remember that trespassing without permission is against the law, and there’s a gray area between trespass and wanton waste. Public land abounds the further south you venture, but the success rates rapidly diminish and the hills get steeper. Right up the central California corridor, opportunities present themselves on both sides of I-5. We used to take off about a month prior to opening day and just drive, hitting huntable ground and making our own maps.

Glassing for deer on a steep incline can be improved if you have a shooting stick to steady your binos on. (BILL ADELMAN)

Glassing for deer on a steep incline can be improved if you have a shooting stick to steady your binos on. (BILL ADELMAN)

LIVE WELL IN CAMP
We’ve located our ideal campsite, so what’s next? As you age, it becomes apparent that comfort is just as important as any other feature of the trip. Sleep on the ground just once more in a tent? You can’t be serious. This desire prompted our first four-wheel-drive truck and a mini 18-foot travel trailer that seemed like a five-star hotel at the time.

We then added a 500-watt generator, an enclosed portable shower and a screen tent. Just as a mention, after arriving at your hunting location, this is not the time to sight-in five weapons and raise Cain in the campground. Public ground allows one to camp almost anywhere they wish, so don’t be surprised when you venture out opening morning – 4 miles from your chosen hunt area – to find six camps that were set up the previous night.

Try to stay hidden rather than stop right on the top of a ridge to glass for 30 minutes. Glassing for 30 minutes is the right approach, just not skylighted. If you carry a shooting stick, it can be used to steady your binos, as well as to shoot from.

When shooting on a stick, lean it towards you with the leg away from your body. This is far more stationary than leaning forward. Slowly check out the shady spots not only across the canyon but below you as well.

If you were able to reach these areas in the dark and used a green headlamp rather than a white light, sit for a spell and look. If cover is scarce, why not try a lightweight blind like the ones a turkey hunter uses?

Deer pick up movement far more quickly than they do a stationary hunter. The wind direction is critical, and when you have the option of watching a western slope in the morning, give it plenty of time. Spotting the glint of a buck’s antlers as soon as the sun hits them is far easier than picking them up in a darkened area.

If you are on a private-land hunt, consider a pop-up blind that’s properly placed and camouflaged. Chances are it will remain unmolested in your absence.

Whether it’s an out-of-state hunt or a trip to the foothills or mountains near your home, when it all comes together it can be a memorable fall experience to take a buck home. (BILL ADELMAN) NORCAL

Whether it’s an out-of-state hunt or a trip to the foothills or mountains near your home, when it all comes together it can be a memorable fall experience to take a buck home. (BILL ADELMAN)

Since blacktail and granite bucks are not as predictable as whitetail, blind location should be in a general area where you feel confident that deer will be moving, such as at a pinch point. In our early zones and many later areas, it will be hot. If everything comes together, deer will move to water midmorning to midafternoon, as well as unbed to feed. Setting up in a forested area with the sun at your back where possible limits your shooting lanes, but that’s where the deer will be.

If approaching an open meadow, rather than just trek right through the middle, why not circle the edges inside the trees and stop to glass every 20 to 30 yards? The pattern here is obvious.

Going slow and having good optics are key, but patience is the largest key. When your camp holds three or four hunters, midmorning pushes will produce in blacktail country.

The shooters should be out of sight and the pushers with the sun at their backs should be slow and quiet. The
deer will know you’re coming well in advance of your movements and might not be running full tilt as they fly by your posted sitters.

It’s that time of year again for California hunters in search of a nice buck. Where to hunt is one of your ?rst factors to consider, so do your research and you might be rewarded with a freezer full of meat. (BILL ADELMAN)

It’s that time of year again for California hunters in search of a nice buck. Where to hunt is one of your first factors to consider, so do your research and you might be rewarded with a freezer full of meat. (BILL ADELMAN)

One last bit of advice: When you hear one of your hunters say, “deer down,” the entire hunt should terminate and full focus be placed on taking care of the animal.

Good luck this season. CS
Editor’s note: For season-opening dates, check out our Outdoor Calendar on page 33 and get more complete deer zone schedules at wildlife.ca.gov/Hunting/Deer.

See what a 750 Grain bullet can do

nitro700Ever wondered what it would be like to go hog hunting with an elephant gun? Well, these two guys in Florida did.

If you’ve ever wondered what a 750 grain bullet fired from a .577 Nitro would do to a feral hog, then you need to see this video.

Not only is a double rifle a stylish piece of gear for hunting dangerous game in Africa, but it is quite effective against feral hogs as well.

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For reference, a typical .30-06 Springfield hunting bullet weighs 165-180 grains. Though this is not small by any means, it is dwarfed by the 293 gr bullet fired by the 9.3x74mm and is absolutely tiny compared to the 750 gr bullets that the .577 Nitro Express shoots.

Though that extreme level of power is not really necessary when hunting hogs, a .577 Nitro is just what the doctor ordered for dealing with a charging cape buffalo. Not surprisingly, a bullet that is designed to reliably stop a charging elephant has no trouble penetrating the entire length of a feral hog.

Not only did these guys get some good practice in prior to going on an elephant hunt, but they got literally a whole truck-load of bacon out of the deal as well!

by John McAdams

Source: Clash Daily Youtube