Write the article and film a Night Vision and Thermal Imaging Hog Hunt?
What an invitation!!
Michael Vansant told me the hunt was going down on the Wild River Ranch near Goliad, Texas and would be one of the most high tech hunts offered in the USA. We would be using Generation 3 Night Vision Devices (NVDs) and a thermal imaging device for spotting the hogs from various hunting platforms. He said we were going to hunt for 2 days and then spend a day in Rockport fishing for Redfish and Speckled trout. I immediately started shifting my schedule to accommodate the three days we would be spending in south Texas. I was about to become a member of the Wildhoghunters.com team!
Saturday morning came early as we packed our gear in my truck at Mike’s house. Michael Vansant is one of the owners of wildhoghunters.com and he was grumbling good-naturedly about people sleeping through their alarms, which both David Dell and I had done this morning. This wasn’t Mike’s first rodeo with us and he had planned for it, factoring in a late start.
The frantic bustling to get things loaded without forgetting anything was very successful – surprisingly and we were soon headed south, ready to eliminate hogs in a very prejudicial manner!
Our personal gear consisted of three AR-15 rifles in .223 caliber, though Chris had told us he used the 6.8 SPC cartridge and we were welcome to use his guns. We had the video equipment and a fervent hope that Chris’ thermal or night vision gear was going to interface with our camera. Lots of unknowns, but we were very confident that things were going to go our way with killing south Texas hogs and getting something worthwhile on video.
Feral hogs in Texas and across the rest of the United States where they have been introduced or migrated, have made serious inroads in taking over the habitat of other resident game animals. Hogs are not only destructive they are predatory as their ability to sniff out prey rivals the olfactory abilities of many hunting dog breeds. Turkey nests and baby fawns have fallen