Well we finally made it down to our buddy Gaston's, or GTXHUNTER88 on the forum, place outside of San Antonio. We got down there Sunday afternoon in the middle of a big family BBQ. They made too much and needless to say we ate like kings the whole time we were down there, nothing but meat.
We had a good time talking with the family and I had to shoot my rifle to sight in the eotech.
Then we let Gaston and his family have their turn shooting some of our guns. Most had never used a suppressor and they liked it. Here is GTXHUNTER88GIRL shooting the suppressed AR.
Once the sun started going down we started getting out the night vision and the US Gen 3 stuff and test fitting everyone in the light before it got dark.
Once it got dark and we could fire up the NV it didn't fail to impress. Everyone was amazed at the brightness and clarity. Being able to see in the dark is pretty cool no matter how many times you've done it. Here's a pic that Gaston shot with his phone through the NV.
We finally got out hunting but the temp dropped about 20 degrees or more and with the warmer temps during the day and the recent rain a thick fog quickly developed in the San Antonio river valley and that pretty much shut us down for the night. We waited till way past midnight for the fog to clear but it just got worse, so we called it a night.
The next evening we got out there just before dark and headed out. It didn't take long before we stalked up on some hogs. They were 150-200 yards out down a long trail when we spotted them with the night vision. They were heading our way and it was pretty noisy walking the trail so we decided to stop and let them come to us. Our cameraman couldn't make it at the last minute so I was on the camera and David (Bosshog) was on the rifle. He let the closest one get within about 15-20 yards and then he took the head shot and it dropped in it's tracks.
The picture's a little dark but we got great video in it's full night vision glory.
Shortly after that the fog rolled in again. We tried again to wait it out until 2:00am or so but it wasn't clearing so it stopped us again.
The last day we got out to the ranch late that morning and hiked down to the San Antonio river hoping we could spot some hogs down in the thick stuff.
Here we are overlooking the river.
We hiked down the side and followed the river a ways and got a hell of a workout but no hogs. We came back early that evening in preparation to go out before dark so we could get some evening hunting in just in case the fog killed us again.
This time David was running the camera and Gaston and I were on the rifles. We made it down to almost the river and down another trail I spotted a hog. There was no way to walk down the trail without being spotted in the daylight so we snuck up through the mesquite brush to about 100 yards or so then I crawled out into the trail with David right behind me, both of us staying low so we didn't stick out too much from the vegetation.
The hog was head on into us and I took the shot and dropped it. We got some good daytime video and then we hung it on a fence to keep the ants from getting to it before we could get back to it with the 4-wheeler.
We hung around that area until after dark and saw some little piglets but no other big hogs. We headed down another trail and came upon another sounder. I squared up using the IR laser and shot then they all scattered and I shot about 8 more times trying to hit one running through the brush. I walked up where the hog I shot should be and there wasn't anything there. David watched the video and the laser was right on it and the laser is sighted in perfectly with the eotech.
I don't know if I somehow missed or if it ran off but I know the laser was right one it. We didn't even look for blood we just kept on down the trail and thanks to the suppressor the group only ran a couple hundred yards and we caught back up with them. This time Gaston and I both took up position and counted down. Boom.....boom....(Gaston was a little late), and down went the biggest hog. I shot at a couple more running through the brush.
We walked up and the big sow had two holes. We both shot it.
We searched a little more to see if we could find them again but that time we had ran them off. Gaston and Dave went and picked them both up on the 4-wheeler and headed back to the ranch house.
It was a great trip and we had a good time. There's hog sign everywhere and we could have got a bunch more but the fog really hurt us those first couple of nights. Thank again to Gaston and his family for hosting us and lettin us get some more South Texas hogs!