From the Heartland

This is my soap box, on these pages I publish my opinions on firearms and any other subject I feel like writing about.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Chain Ranch Canton, Oklahoma

Authors note: I finally got the pictures of the hunt developed so I can post them with a story. Unfortunately I was unable to get my digital camera to work so I couldn't get any pictures of the first part of the hog hunt. After locating a suitable replacement (a disposable) I was able to get pictures of my subsequant harvest.

There was only three of us
What started out as a hunting group of 5 arrived at the Chain Ranch in Canton, Oklahoma as a party of 3. My oldest son and my buddy from Kansas had last minute emploment issues and had to cancel out. That left myself, my brother Jim and my buddy Hodgdon.

We arrived at the bunkhouse about four PM on Monday the twentyfirst and met with one of the Chain Ranch owners and guide Newly Hutchison. We hadn't even unloaded our gear yet and Newly was offering us the opportunity to hunt that evening. We hadn't planned on that and elected to get our gear stowed and in order before we went afield.

Newly and I

Tuesday Morning
The next morning we fell out ready to hunt. The Chain ranch is a large property and we piled into Jim's Ford 4X4 and followed Newly out a secluded section of the ranch for a morning of spot and stalk hunting. He left us off there with some dircertion and a bit of advice for success. The weather wasn't very co-operative and we didn't see a single hog all morning. Being cold and windy the pigs were holed up in the thickest parts of that section of property and try as we might we just couldn't get any of them to move. The alternative was to get down on our hands and knees or even belly and crawl through the brush in order to roust them out of hiding, something the three of us were reluctant to do. There are other ways to prove ones manhood than crawling into the thick underbrush after animals with tusks.

A Compass is a Good thing
Hunting that section of the Chain Ranch I am glad that I had the forethought to have brought a compass with me and the knowledge of how to use it. Even standing on some parts of the section, visability was only a matter of feet in places and it is extremely easy to get turned around. I'm not sure that we would have gotten lost, but that electro-magnetic global positioning device kept us from wasting hunting time wandering around getting our bearings again should we have gotten disoriented.

Authors note: If you spend time in the outdoors a GPS unit is a fabulous thing, but as with all things that require batteries Murphey's Law dictates they will be dead the moment you need them most. Orienteering with a compass is a good skill to have.

After making our way back to the bunkhouse for lunch Newly loaded us up and took us to another section of the ranch for the evening hunt. We spent Tuesday evening sitting in ground blinds that had been erected along known travel routes.

Tuesday Evening
After having been in the blind for a couple of hours I began to hear the grunts of a small herd pigs headed my way. Presently about 6 or 7 strutted into view and I began to size them up for a possible shot. After about 5 to 10 minutes I selected the biggest in the bunch and settled the sights of my 629 on his left shoulder. Squeezing off the shot I noted the pigs re-action and knew I had made a good hit with the 240 grain 44 caliber soft point. At that point they all ran in several directions including the one I had shot. I mentally marked the last point I saw him and settled into wait at least a half hour.

By now it was dark and flashlight in hand I went to the place he was standing when I fired. To say the least I was dissapointed when I didn't see any blood that would have indicated a hit. I did note however that as he ran off marks in the dirt showed that he was dragging his front left leg, indicating that I did have a solid hit. tracking him to the brush at the last place I had seen him I elected to wait for Newly to pick me up before proceeding farther.

When Newly arrived he had already picked up Jim and Hodgdon. For the next twenty minutes we scoured the brush looking for further sign and or traces of blood using flashlights. We decided that since there was no rain in the forecast that we would be better suited to return in the morning and use the daylight to find the pig.

The Morning After
That was not one of the better nights of sleep I had I can tell you that. Even though I was sure we would find him in the morning it was a gut wrenching night knowing that I had not recovered an animal that I had attempted to harvest. Morning could not come soon enough and after putting Jim and Hodg on stands Newly and I spent the next couple of hours on hands and knees tracking the pig I had shot the night before. We eventually found some frothy blood that most hunters know is indicative of a lung shot. That pig travelled over three hundred yards with a broken shoulder and perforated lungs. As I mentioned at the begining pictures at that point were not an option.

Wednesday Evening
That Wednesday evening found us again in ground blinds. I had been on stand for nearly two hours before the first pigs started to show up and in that time I was treated to the songs of birds the cackle of a flock of Turkeys and the antics of a herd of goats. The goats were all full curl rams of several species, including Texas rams and any number of exotic species.

When the pigs began to show themselves I watched several of the smaller ones play around as the adults went about their business rooting up the countryside. In a previous post I mentioned that I had been torn between two firearms for this hunt and settled the quandry by electing to take two pigs. One with each gun.

Yes there were some bigger pigs in this bunch than the one I did take with my Grandpa's old rifle, but the colors of this on intrigued me, it was getting near dark and it presented me the best opportunity for a clean shot.

When I fired this pig was slightly quartering away and aiming for the opposite shoulder I sent a 170 grain 32 caliber projectile on its way. Knowing I had again made a good shot I watched as the hog hunched twice and ran from view. Moments later I heard her go down and thrash in the brush. Feeling confident that she was done for and hadn't gone far I left the blind and went to where she had been standing when I fired. Blood sign at that point indicated a good hit and I started in the direction that she had travelled.

Being carefull not to walk on the trail she had taken I looked for further sign of a good hit. There was very little in the way of blood sign and I again found myself on my hands and knees tracking a pig through the thick under growth. Other than the intitial point of bullet impact there was very little sign and with the aide of a flashlight I finally found my harvest 80 yards away.

I had known that wild hogs, either Russian boar or the Feral Pigs that we were hunting are a hardy lot, but I couldn't realize just how tough they really are until hunting them. I am not exagerating one bit when I say that even though I shot that last one (100lbs) through both lungs and a shoulder with a centerfire deer rifle I had less blood to track than most of us guys loose from a small shaving nick.

My second pig

Now the real work begins
The rest of the evening was spent rendering freshly harvested pork down for human consumption while recounting for anyone that would listen the events that led to the harvest.

Authors note: Yes some of the meat I harvested was part of our Easter Sunday dinner.

The next morning was Thursday and niether Hodgdon nor my brother had harvested a pig. Not that they hadn't seen any, quite the opposite that had probably each seen more than I had. They just felt they hadn't seen one they deemed worthy of shooting. They did admit to a good time and expressed a real desire for a return hunt.

I reccomend the Chain Ranch
If you have been considering a hog hunt of some type you could not go wrong with the Chain Ranch. Compared to some other places the rates are more than reasonable. To stay at the ranch buckhouse will cost 50 dollars a day per person and the ammenities include sattelight television showers, laundry facilities and a full kitchen and outside grill.

As for the hogs, Newly has a no-harvest no-pay policy. If you don't find one to your liking there is no charge (except for the bunkhouse stay). If you do harvest a hog Newly chagres a flat 100 dollar trophy fee. It doesn't matter if the pig wieghs 500 pounds or 50 pounds the fee for taking a hog is only 100 dollars.

We'll be Back
We had a great time and and are already making plans for a return trip that will include more hogs and deer.

If anyone is interested in hunting at the Chain Ranch Newly Hutchison can be contacted at 580-886-2910. If there is a fair amount of hunting going on at the ranch things can get a bit hectic and you may have to leave a message, but Newly will call you back. Just let him know what your interested in and a call back number.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's truly very complicated in this full of activity life to listen news on TV, thus I just use web for that purpose, and take the latest news.
my web page > Chemietoilette

Anonymous said...

Thank yοu for аnotheг greаt аrtіcle.
The plасе elsе coulԁ anyone get that kind οf
informatіon in such a ρеrfеct approаch of
writing? I have a pгеsentation subѕequеnt ωeek, anԁ I'm on the look for such information.

Stop by my blog post; Chemietoilette
my website: Chemietoilette

Anonymous said...

My spirit mоνeԁ awаy about 3 years in advancе of mу entіre body expeгienсeԁ the cοurаge to lаst of all conclusion this
ѕаga, anԁ I diԁ gеt hold of I waѕ more benefiсial gainеd in the metгopolis
I last but not leaѕt positiοneԁ tο and
as fοr thе soliԁ fortunе I ωаs attempting
to get, I dеtermіned what Joseρh Camρbell wrote was true:
&#8220Үour еntire ρhysical ρroсess appгeciates that thіs is thе ωay to be alive іn this planet and thе way tο giѵe thе
terribly most appгopriаtе that уou
havе to supρly уοu with.
- Cеntгe tunnel сhimnеу duct
to maхimiѕe рroductіve
incrеdibly hot airfloω. A сompletе grain brеakfast
оf aged-fаshioneԁ oаtmeal wіth almonds (grind them up to hide
them, if benеficіal) will kеeр a kid ωay longer than
orange juice and a bagel.

my ωebрage: how to clean a Pizza stone Mold

Anonymous said...

Magnificent web site. Lots of useful information here. I am sending it to
a few pals ans also sharing in delicious. And naturally, thanks in your sweat!


My homepage: http://6.websiten.net/pages.rediff.com

Anonymous said...

Hey just wanted tο giѵe you a quick heaԁs up.
Thе teхt іn your post ѕeеm to
be running off the screen in Ϲhrome. I'm not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I figured I'd post to let you knоw.
Тhe design and stylе loоκ gгeat though!
Hope you get the issue resolved soon. Many thanks

my wеbpage: Chemietoilette
my site > Chemietoilette

Anonymous said...

If you аrе going for beѕt сontents liκe mуself, just visit this web page everу day because it offerѕ
qualіty contents, thanks

my page - Chemietoilette

Anonymous said...

Ιts like you read my mind! You аppear to
knοw a lot about this, like you wгote the book in
it οг somеthing. I think that you cοuld ԁo with some
ρics to ԁrive thе messagе home
a bit, but insteaԁ of that, thiѕ іs great blog.
A fantаstіc read. I'll definitely be back.

Check out my weblog - Chemietoilette

Anonymous said...

With dough well ԁone its time to ѕρread it out ωith a rolling pin to the different sizes dеpending on hoω manу
piecеs one would likе. From there we moveԁ
оn to ԁinnеr, a ѕtaggering spread of mouth-watеring
options ρreparеd for us by lοcal restaurant legend 5 & 10.
I trіеd dozens οf different recipes
for pіzza crust, and nоne of them werе satisfactory.


my weblοg: Bravejournal.Com

Anonymous said...

Thаnks for shаring your thoughtѕ аbout augеn lasern.
Regarԁs

Hеre is mу hοmepage :: augenoperation

Anonymous said...

Ηeуa і am fоr thе firѕt tіmе heгe.
I found this board and Ӏ find Ιt trulу useful & it helpеd me out muсh.
I hope to giѵe sоmеthing back
and help otheгs like уou helped me.

Also viѕіt my web blog :: 1

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the good writeup. It in fact
was a amusement account it. Look advanced to more added agreeable from you!
By the way, how could we communicate?

Feel free to surf to my weblog; total22jp.com

Anonymous said...

Hey there would you mind letting me know which web host you're utilizing? I've loaded your
blog in 3 completely different internet browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster
then most. Can you recommend a good web hosting provider at a reasonable
price? Kudos, I appreciate it!

Also visit my website; water vacuum on tv

Anonymous said...

I constantly emailed this website post page to аll my contactѕ, for thе reasοn that if liκе to геad it then mу linκs will too.


Also visit my ωeb page :: Chemietoilette

Anonymous said...

Hеy! Thіs is my fіrѕt vіsіt tο your blog!
Wе are a grοuр of νolunteers anԁ staгting a new prοject
іn a сommunіty in the same niche. Youг
blog pгοvideԁ us beneficiаl information to work
on. Yοu havе done a еxtraorԁinary job!


Alsο vіsit my blog ρost ... Chemietoilette

Anonymous said...

Cool blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from
somewhere? A theme like yours with a few simple tweeks would
really make my blog jump out. Please let me know where you got your theme.
Bless you

Here is my website www.hermeticuniversityonline.com

Anonymous said...

What's up friends, how is the whole thing, and what you wish for to say on the topic of this paragraph, in my view its truly amazing in favor of me.

Feel free to visit my page :: www.wikilegal.cl

Anonymous said...

Wonԁerful goods from you, man. I haѵe undеrѕtand your stuff previouѕ tο and you're just too magnificent. I really like what you've асquired here, cеrtainly like ωhаt you're saying and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still take care of to keep it wise. I cant wait to read much more from you. This is actually a wonderful site.

my homepage: augen lasern

Anonymous said...

Awesome post.

Here is my blog :: tv products

Anonymous said...

Hiya! Quick question that's totally off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My blog looks weird when browsing from my iphone4. I'm trying to find
a template or plugin that might be able to fix this
issue. If you have any suggestions, please share.
Appreciate it!

Also visit my webpage - vegetables juice

Anonymous said...

Great blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from
somewhere? A theme like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make
my blog shine. Please let me know where you got your theme.
Thanks

Here is my web site - wiki.omskedu.ru

Anonymous said...

Spot on with this write-up, I absolutely feel this amazing site needs
a lot more attention. I'll probably be back again to see more, thanks for the advice!

My blog; snoring mask

Anonymous said...

Al llegar a Miami, Guill茅n present贸 un sainete del que sali贸 muy mal parado, al expresar por televisi贸n que adora a Fidel Castro, cuando estaba en medio del exilio cubano.
Francisco Mart铆nez Cosentino, presidente y dueo de esta compa铆a almeriense dedicada a la extracci贸n y transformaci贸n de piedra, se muestra preocupado por la evoluci贸n de la moneda europea frente al billete verde y, m谩s a煤n, por la falta de acci贸n por parte del Gobierno. Cosentino reclama a Zapatero medidas para apoyar a las empresas exportadoras que, a partir del pr贸ximo ao, van a sufrir la eliminaci贸n del 25% de deducci贸n prevista en la reforma fiscal. [url=http://www.camisetasdefutboles.com/]camisetas de futbol[/url] Este martes se cerrar谩 la Urna Bicentenaria
As铆, seala que la m谩s r谩pida en la l铆nea 4, con 1,5 minutos y la l铆nea 3, con 1,6 minutos.
ha aumentado a m谩s de 52 millones. En hispanos, la media de edad de 27,6 (frente a 37,3 para los no hispanos), con los latinos abarcando casi una cuarta parte de todos los nios estadounidenses menores de 17 aos, hace que el progreso educativo y el desarrollo de la fuerza laboral alcancen niveles de urgencia nacional. Se trata de una necesidad econ贸mica, no solo para sustentar la jubilaci贸n de la poblaci贸n nacida entre el 1946 y 1964 (baby boomers), sino tambi茅n porque ello determinar谩 nuestra capacidad para permanecer competitivos en un mercado global cada vez m谩s integrado. [url=http://www.camisetasdefutboles.com/]equipaciones de futbol baratas[/url] Aqui se trabaja mucho. El trabajo de maestra es duro, incluye el triple de responsabilidad que el mismo trabajo en Espana. Tengo doble nacionalidad dar gracias a Dios a que deje la escuela publica y ahora trabajo de traductora e interprete diferencia!Por eso Marta te digo que te queda mucho por pasar y aguantar todas formas mucha suerte..
El dise recuerda el momento en el que fue consciente que el logotipo hab tomado vida propia. 2001 estaba frente al museo Ramones en Berl Unos chicos alemanes se sorprendieron al ver la fachada adornada con banderas ramoneras y me preguntaron qu era todo eso.
ejemplos de algunos tipos de presupuestos [url=http://www.camisetasdefutboles.com/]camisetas de futbol[/url] Alineaciones: Costa Rica: Juan Guti Fernando Solano, Walter Elizondo, Heriberto Rojas y Jos Chango Ortiz; Fernando Pr Hern Asdr Yuba Paniagua y Rolando Villalobos (Hern Morales, al 79 Mar Carlos Losilla (Roy S al 60 y Leonel Hern Director t Humberto Maschio (argentino). M Rafael Puente (hoy comentarista de ESPN ); Genaro Berm Javier Kalim Guzm Guillermo Campe Hern y Javier S Galindo; Juan Manuel Medina, Ces Victorino y H Pulido; Fernando Bustos (Sergio Ceballos, al 68 Enrique Borja (Pedro Dami al 76 y Octavio Muci Director t Javier de la Torre (mexicano).

Anonymous said...

Hello my friend! I want to say that this article is awesome, great written and come with
almost all vital infos. I'd like to look extra posts like this .

Here is my homepage: wiki.velomtl.org

Anonymous said...

je cherche 脿 arrondir mes fins de mois en cherchant un second boulot 脿 mitemps, chose toute aussi compliqu茅e = agences d'int茅rim qui rechignent, Mc Do ne paie pas suffisamment. ou ne prend que le weekend,.. [url=http://www.footlockerfrancepascher.com/]nike air max chaussures[/url]
et franchement je ne vois pas de methode de contraception miracle. J'habite a l'etranger et je ne crois pas que ca poserait un probleme de se faire ligaturer moyennant finances bien sur.
En contre partie, la groupe propose des cadeaux et la participation 脿 une tombola mensuelle.Ce groupe s'appelle Acnielsen Home scan.Estce que quelqu'un connait et a d茅j脿 test茅 avec ce groupe ou un autre ? Avantages inconv茅nients ?Les cadeaux ne sont pas d茅taill茅s dans l'envoi, qui peut me renseigner ?Merci pour vos r茅ponses.par : f2a0n0n0y5Je suis inscrite sur homescan depuis longtemps, je trouve cela pas contraignant du tout, 莽a prends 5 minutes. Il suffit de scanner tes articles quand tu fais tes courses.Je serais ravie de te parrainer.Il y a des super cadeaux 脿 gagner suivant le nombre de tes points, on gagne des point 脿 sa date d'anniversaire, ta date d'inscription, des points par semaine, la date d'anniversaire de ton conjoint.Les cadeaux sont vari茅 : plancha, hachoir viande, chalumeau cuisine, desserte, aspirateur, blender, coussin massant, s茅che cheveux, peignoir adulte et enfants, serviettes brod茅e de toilette, jouts pour b茅b茅, enfant, jeux vid茅o,t茅l猫phone, canne 脿 p锚che, outil, montre, des coffrets cadeaux, pass' cadeau (3 suisse, gitem, jouet discount).si 莽a t'int茅resse n'h茅site pasHome scanBonsoir , c'est avec plaisir que je r茅pons 脿 votre question ,pour une fois , ce n'est pas une . , une fois inscrite vous recevrez un petit mat茅riel 脿 relier sur une prise t茅l茅phonique ou sur votre box et enregistrer vos courses, vous aurez un manuel d'utilisation et c'est tr猫s facile .Vous aurez des points par semaine et si vous le faites toutes les semaines des points en plus , idem pour votre anniversaire , l'anniversaire de votre entr茅e dans le panel .
Cherche id茅es pour mariage comorien [url=http://www.chaussuresfootlockerpascher.com/]foot locker france[/url] Repousse des cheveux apres chimio
On me demande de faire des dossiers sur le moment et lorsque je demande quelqu'un pour m'aider eh bien la personne rentre chez elle si ce n'est pas du fouage de gueule !!!! c'est son dossier que je saisie pfff [url=http://www.footlockerfrancepascher.com/]foot locker france[/url]
The breakfast was good.

Anonymous said...

Hi there! This blog post could not be written much better!

Going through this post reminds me of my previous roommate!

He continually kept talking about this. I am going to send this post to him.
Fairly certain he's going to have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

My website ... alhabeeb.tk

Anonymous said...

My brother suggested I might like this website. He was entirely right.
This post actually made my day. You can not imagine
just how much time I had spent for this info! Thanks!

Here is my blog ... wheatgrass juicers