My Plan Failed
It’s a cold and snowy January morning. Wind is picking up and there is a blizzard. The clock is around 7.am and I’m sitting contemplating what to do next. Thing is that my grand plan failed miserably. I wanted to go and a find another beautiful fox, but the weather is really discouraging. It is really difficult to catch a fox with this kind of weather. Best of luck to me next time I guess.
So quiet morning it is. As I sit there staring out of the window, a sudden sound breaks my daydreaming mind. It’s my friend calling, who is also a hunter. I’ll pick up and he blurs out words so quickly that I didn’t understand anything he said. I said to calm down and he repeated that they found fresh wild boar tracks in the woods. Weather not may be suitable for fox hunting but it is totally fine for chasing wild boars. It jumped up, got dressed, picked up the gear and headed down to compound.
At The Compound
All the hunters belong to hunting clubs. Each hunting club has their own area where to hunt. These areas are defined by county areas. Since it’s Tuesday and everybody is at work, I’ll assume that there is maybe couple guys except me. For my big surprise, there are fifteen guys sitting around the table. I guess everybody asked a sick day from work. Last time when there were so many members present was the time when we went moose hunting. It’s pure pleasure to talk them about today’s plan. After a heated debate on who will start driving wild boars and who will be in the hunting group, we head out.
In addition to hunters, we have three dogs with us. Two of them are Russo-European Laikas and one is Jämthund.
After arrival to woods, everybody went to their positions. My spot was near to the wild boar tracks which entered the woods. There were heap tracks in that positions so there must be a lot of boars in that herd. In my rush, I forgot my walkie-talkie. Radio is very important in order to hear what is going around you. You can participate in hunt group without a radio but it’s like walking in dark room without a flashlight. You have to rely on your instincts. Luckily I’m positioned between two seasoned hunters. The guy on my right hand is about 200 meters from me and guy on the left hand is about 100 meters. So if scream loud enough you can talk to them.
Driving The Herd
At last dogs start pursuing tracks, drivers behind them. It took them about 10 minutes to find wild boars. Dogs started barking loudly so everybody heard the commotion. Immediately after that, you can feel your senses sharpening and rush of adrenalin pouring down on my body. Suddenly there are three loud bangs. Since I don’t have a radio I phoned to buddy next to me.
He said that they caught first on, but the herd were really large and they escaped across the road to another cluster of forest patch. So we ran straight to trucks in order to circle them. After founding a new spot I was sure that I won’t take long after they would come out. To my disappointment, I stood there for about hour freezing my ears off. Also, there is now sound that would imply to wild boar herd. Meanwhile, they retrieved first boar, who was male about two years old.
Essence Of Hunting
After standing in the cold for about two hours, I hear shots again. It seems that dogs finally found the herd. Suddenly my buddy starts calling me. It turns out that we are heading back to our original spot. Since it is a very big area where the herd is located it proven extremely difficult to surround that area. Catching the second boar is matter luck. The guy who fired the second shots told me to get ready. So I did. After arriving at my original spot I stood there waiting.
Hunting, in essence, is a waiting game. You need to have patience. But if it is freezing outside it’s hard to be patient. I waited and waited and nothing happened. So almost three hours in that spot we were ready to call a day. I unloaded my rifle because you have to unload as soon you leave your shooting ground. Safety first!
Suddenly I spot the herd heading across the road. Seconds later my rifle was loaded and I fired my first shot. It missed. Then I fired a second shot. That one wasn’t a miss. Boar stopped and fell to the ground. It was difficult shot but I was lucky enough to make it. Everybody was satisfied that we caught two boars but the real task is just beginning. We have skin the boars and make sure nothing is wasted. After gathering all the guys we started heading back to compound agreeing that there has been a successful day.