Wild Hog Hunting With Dogs

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Jan. 19th

Posted by hesseltinekennels on January 22, 2014 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

We had a previous hunter bring out his two cousins to hunt with us. Neither one had ever hunted anything in their life and they were excited to come out and see what hog hunting with a knife was all about. NormaJean, Dad, and I loaded up Roxy, Brodie, Smoke, Dexter, Humper, Dacon, Curly with catchdogs Tough and Goofy. We had Stuart show up to give us a hand. Our hunters showed up at 1:30 and we headed over to the place. As I was driving west from the front pond, I saw some hogs running through the brush on my left side. We stopped and cut the dogs loose. Of course, dogs split and we had 3 different races going on at the same time. Roxy and Brodie headed to the east thicket. Dacon and Curly headed southwest. Smoke, Dexter and Humper went to baying in the section across from the east thicket. We headed that way and they had a 100 lb hog bayed up. I cut the catchdogs loose and the hog was caught. Our hunter headed in there with us and took out the hog. I looked at my garmin and it showed Curly and Dacon bayed back toward the southwest corner. We loaded up Smoke and Goofy real quick. Tough could hear Roxy and Brodie still running and headed to them, so we only had the one catchdog. We headed to the corner and my two young dogs have a big red boar bayed up in a brush pile. When I cut loose Goofy and Smoke, my two young dogs come running toward them and the hog breaks heading north. We jump in the truck and head that way. After a good 30 minutes, the dogs loose him, we finally pick up Goofy and Smoke. We drive around to the front pond and catch Tough who is in the water cooling off. I call in Dexter, Humper, Curly and Dacon. Roxy and Brodie finally run out of gas and come in. I head to the dog pens to switch out a few dogs at this point. I unload the dogs I have except for Humper and Goofy. I load up Zeus along with Red Dog, Lep, Little Red, and LittleJohn. The weather is warming up and the dogs will not last as long in this weather. I decide to turn out the dogs at the front pond and head them west into the middle section. We get almost to the end of the middle section and Red Dog barks once and then you hear the fight as him and Lep have caught. I drive up as close as I can too them and cut loose the catchdogs. Our other hunter heads in there and he takes care of the 100 lb black boar. We hunt for another hour and can’t get anything shut down, so I head back over to the pens and switch out. I unload everyone except LittleJohn, Humper and the catchdogs. I load up Bo, Speck, and Blaze. We head back and I decide to turn out on the northeast corner and head the dogs west. Dogs roll out and in about 5 minutes, Humper is bayed right by the front gate. We head that way. We get to them and the dogs have caught about a 100 lb red boar. Our first hunter gets in there and takes him out like he had been doing it forever. We load up the dogs and drive over to the northwest corner and turn loose. Dogs strike and head south and then turn east and go across big pipeline sendera. We hear them catch and head that way, Dogs have caught a small shoat and our second hunter dispatches him. These dogs are tired. I head back to the kennels one more time and switch out all the dogs except for Humper, Blaze, Speck and the catchdogs. I load up Pinto, Dacon, Smoke and Little Red. It is now almost 530 and we don’t have a lot of daylight left. We head over and turn out again in the northwest corner. After a few minutes, we have another shoat caught and our hunter takes care of him. It is now dark and we call it a day. We had a great time with these hunters who are now hooked on hog hunting with dogs and we made some great new friends.

Jan. 12th

Posted by hesseltinekennels on January 16, 2014 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We had a hunter from Minnesota come in for a hunt. My dad and I loaded up Red Dog, Smoke, Speck, Blaze with catchdogs Rascal and Goofy. We drove over to the place and I decided to turn out into the middle section down west from the pond. Turned the dogs loose and Red Dog headed south instead of north like I wanted him too. Smoke and the pups were still in the road when Red Dog opened back in the east thicket. They went to him and in about 5 minutes, we could hear the squeal. We drove down the east fence line until we got right up to the dogs. They were about 10 yards inside the east thicket. We head in and our hunter takes out the 100 lb sow. We give the dogs a short break and then head to the northwest corner to turn out. Red Dog is winding them out of the dog crate and as soon as we open it up, the race is on. Dogs head south then turn east and go through middle section. We drive around and they turn south again and cross sendera. After a few more minutes, they turn and head east into the east thicket. We hear the squeal and head that way. We end up in almost the same place as the first hog and our hunter takes out the 75 lb boar. No dogs hurt, really good hunt and my young dogs Speck and Blaze did excellent.

Jan. 4th Second Hunt

Posted by hesseltinekennels on January 8, 2014 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

On the second hunt of the day, we had a group of hard working men come out from Dynamic Pro Oil Field Services along with one of their sons. We kept the same dogs loaded up from the morning hunt. We drive over to the place and decide to turn out at the big oak tree next to the east thicket. Dogs head into the east thicket, after a few minutes Pinto goes to baying in the portion of the east thicket behind the pond. We head that way. We hear the hog grunting when we pull up. I cut the catch dogs loose and head in with our hunters. We get to them and they have a nice light brown colored boar with good cutters caught. I get to his legs and our hunter takes him out. We give the dogs a little break and then we decide to turn them loose over by the big trap and head them north. Dogs make a big circle and then cross the big sendera going into the middle section. I hear LittleJohn open up. We look down the sendera toward the pond and see some hogs cross with Rascal #2 and LittleJohn on them. Few more seconds and they have caught in the east thicket. We get to them and they have a 50# caught. We let the young son take this one. I notice Pinto is not there and then see him showing up. One of our hunters notices blood dropping down from him. I get to him and see that he has been cut in the shoulder and has a good puncture under his rib cage. I get the bleeding to stop and tell the guys that I have to run home real quick and take care of Pinto and then I will load up some more dogs and be back. I get Pinto taken care of and load up Bo, Lep, Dacon, and Little Red. Once we get back over to the place, the guys tell us that a group of hogs crossed the big sendera heading into the northwest section. I drive to the northwest corner and turn out. Dogs wind them as soon as they hit the ground. Dogs cross big sendera and head into the middle section. We drive around and I can hear a big hog grunting. I stop and turn out the catchdogs. We have a big red boar caught. I tell my hunter to get ready and then I grab the hind legs and he takes out the hog. We had a great time with these guys and Pinto is doing well.

Jan. 4th First Hunt

Posted by hesseltinekennels on January 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

We had a hunter from Romania come in this morning for a hunt. NormaJean, Dad and I loaded up Pinto, LittleJohn, Rascal #2, Humper along with catchdogs Zeus and Goofy. We headed over to the place and we see a group of hogs cross the sendera looking west from the pond. I turn the dogs loose and the race is on. They had into the west section, then turn and head east. After a few minutes, we hear the squeal. We drive that way, where the dogs have caught a 125# boar in the back section between the 2 senderas. Our hunter gets up there and takes out the hog. Really quick hunt which was good as we have another one scheduled in a few hours.

Dec. 30th

Posted by hesseltinekennels on January 8, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

We had a young hunter from Iowa come in to do a hunt with us. Dad and I loaded up Sadie, Lep, Dan, Dacon, Brodie along with catchdogs Goofy and Suzy. We headed over to the place and as we were driving west from the pond, we spotted a group of hogs bedded down right before you get to the west fenceline. We turned the dogs loose. They split, with Sadie and Brodie heading east toward the east thicket and Lep, Dacon and Dan crossing the sendera behind us going into the middle section. Lep was right on a big hog so we headed to them. As we pull up, we could hear the grunting and I cut loose the catchdogs. All is quiet for a few seconds, then you could hear the fight once again. We head in there and see that we have a very large black boar with big cutters (top and bottom) putting up a fight. I tell my young hunter to get ready and I get in there and grab the back legs. He makes a good stab and we take the beast down. Check the dogs and none are cut. We head to the east thicket for the other two who have been bayed for awhile now. We get in there and they have a 50 pounder caught and our hunter takes care of business. Another really great hunt, our third in 3 days and no dogs hurt.

Dec. 29th

Posted by hesseltinekennels on December 30, 2013 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

We had a previous hunter from Canada bring her son in to hunt with us. We loaded up Pinto, Red, Humper, Rascal #2, with young dogs Speck and Blaze along with catchdogs Zeus and Tough. Dad, NormaJean and I headed over to the place. We turned out down the big sendera and headed them to the west section. Dogs broke into 2 groups as hogs were going everywhere. We seen Red right behind a big boar going north, so we follow him. The hogs heads to the northeast corner then crosses the road in front of us. Red finally sets him down in the center section. Rascal #2 is with him and then we send in the catchdogs. Fight is on, we get there and see another good boar caught. Our hunter gets in there and takes out another good boar. Pinto and my two pups are bayed back to the southwest and we go and retrieve them with no incidents. Another really good hunt with great people.

Dec. 28th

Posted by hesseltinekennels on December 30, 2013 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

We had some of our young hunters that have been with us before, want to come out and do a hunt. We set it up of 1 o'clock. NormaJean, dad and I loaded up Bo, Lep, Humper, Rascal #2 with 2 young dogs in training Little Red and Bull along with catchdogs Rascal #1 and Goofy. We head over to the place. I turn the dogs loose in the south end of the east thicket. Dogs make a big circle, Bo and Rascal #2 come across the road and head west. Our hunter's dad tells me, he seen 2 hogs running threw the brush in that direction. It doesn't take Bo long to stop one, in the center section. We get close and cut the catchdogs loose. We get in there and see it is a big hog with some nice cutters. Our hunter doesn't want any help and gets in there and takes out the beast. We head the dogs in the direction (north) that I think the other hog went. Not long and the dogs have him caught on the northwest center section and it is another beast well over 200. Our young lady hunter gets in there and takes the beast down after all of us are holding on to him. Both really big boars, dogs did great including my young pups. Our hunters did outstanding and are welcome back anytime.

Dec. 8th

Posted by hesseltinekennels on December 9, 2013 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

We had a good friend bring out his son for his first hog hunt to harvest his first hog. Dad, NormaJean and I loaded up Red Dog, Sadie, Dan, Brodie, Dacon, Curly, with catchdogs Tough and Zeus. We headed over to the land about 1 o'clock. Dad had put out corn so we had hogs feeding everywhere. We turned the dogs loose from the west pond not far from the big trap. Hogs headed south with dogs in hot pursuit. In a matter of minutes, dogs are caught. We head to the south fence line and the dogs are caught not 50 yards out. We head in there and see that the dogs have caught a 125 pound boar. Our young hunter gets up there and takes the boar out. Great job, great hunt and good friends.

Oct. 31 Halloween Hunt

Posted by hesseltinekennels on November 1, 2013 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

We had a previous hunter bring his cousin from Pennsylvania over to do an evening hunt with us. I loaded up Lep, Speck and Sadie with Pinto and Dan on top along with catchdogs Goofy and Suzy. Weather was hot so we waited for the sun to just go down. We drove down to the big oak tree and we see a group of hogs feeding on the road back west. Pinto has already winded them and is whining. I turn him and Dan loose. Hogs break and Pinto barks once and heads north. In a few minutes, a hog crosses behind us heading into the east thicket with Pinto on his heels. After a couple more minutes, Dan comes across. It is dry and I am watching my garmin to see that Pinto and Dan are working back and forth. Pinto barks again once and the race is on. In a few minutes, him and Dan are bayed. I turn loose the other dogs and of course they head west where the group of hogs originally were. I hear Sadie bark that way. I tell my hunter jump in the truck as we need to get to Pinto and Dan. We head south and I turn left and in our back pond, I see Dan circling with Pinto on the ear out in the middle of the water. We turn loose the catchdogs and head in. I get to the hog and our hunter who is right behind me makes a good stab to take the 100 lb boar out. We drag him out and load the dogs. I hear another hog squealing, back in the east thicket. The other dogs have another one caught and we head in there. The have a sowed caught and we get to them and release her. Great evening of hunting and made another good friend.

July 3rd Alligator Pond Hog

Posted by hesseltinekennels on July 8, 2013 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

We decided to hunt the grain fields. My wife NormaJean along with hunting buddies Justin, Randy and his nephew. The first few grain fields were cut and not much happening in them. So we go to another one that hadn't been cut. Randy tells us that there is a pond in the back and it's full of gators. I told him that is the only place I hope we don't end up. As we are driving the edges, we get to the pond and shine the lights down in there and all you could see where gator eyes. Randy's two dogs bale of the hood and head out in the grain but come back in a few minutes. After we reach the end of the property, we head back to the gate. We get within a couple hundred yards of the gate and Randy who is in front of us throws on the brakes and comes to my truck and tells us about a big hog that just crossed in front of him going north which puts us in the wrong direction fro the dogs to wind him. I unload my Red Dog along with Mouse. Randy's nephew walks through the grain with the dogs. In a few minutes about 200 yards west, my mouse dog goes to baying then silence. We wait for a few minutes and then we hear all the dogs go to baying about another 300 yards west of where they last were. I drive as close as I can but we are still a good 200 yards away. I cut loose my 2 catchdogs as does Randy. We hear a fight and we head that way. Before we can get to them, all goes silent. I wait for a few minutes then head back to the truck to look at my garmin. My catchdog Suzy is there and so is all of Randy's dogs. I look at the garmin and it shows Red Dog, Mouse and Rascal all running back west. I tell NormaJean we need to hurry that way as the alligator pond is in that direction. We drive over to the pond which is 1/2 mile away. Turn the truck off and you can hear the fight down in the alligator pond. We head that way. The dogs are a about 20 feet in but it is a giant mud hole at this end. The nephew goes in and can hardly move, Justin tries to help but bogs down after it goes over his knees. I start in and Justin is 5 foot in front of me and I see something coming from my left. I look over and about a 5 foot gator comes between Justin and I. I hollar for Randy and NormaJean to bring my gun. I get to the hog and commence to stabbing it but can't really hit him where I need to because he is sunk down in the mud. Randy shines the light around us and we have 13 gators all within 10 foot of us. Got me a little nervous there but the hog finally died and everyone helped to pull us out. What a crazy and wild hunt. Rascal was cut up but nothing life threatening.


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