Light Up Some Pork­ers

Field and Stream - - SOUTH - —W.B.

➞ It’s 52 yards to the aban­doned feed­lot of­fice, but we’ve scat­tered enough corn in the park­ing lot that a pig is bound to get closer. The empty silo is a per­fect hide, pro­vid­ing shade from the South Texas sun.

Is it open­ing day of pig sea­son? Al­ways. Yet I’ve failed to kill a pig with a cross­bow on the three open­ing days im­me­di­ately pre­ced­ing this one, be­cause I’ve been try­ing to spot and stalk them through the mesquite and cac­tus. Enough of that.

Just be­fore sun­set, a gi­ant sow with five shoats trots into view. By the time it’s dark, there are 30 pigs in the feed­lot, out of range but grunt­ing and squeal­ing their way to­ward us.

I’m ready with a Night Eyes LED Gun Light af­fixed to my cross­bow scope. Two 100-pound boars are the first to hit the corn. I flood them with a green beam that il­lu­mi­nates them and my crosshair. They ig­nore the light, eat­ing like pigs, and I kill the closer one. Pigs pat­terned on a feed­lot are es­pe­cially fat, and grilling up their chops with a whiskey glaze is a good way to sa­vor any open­ing day. You should try it.

Mud Bath In much of the South, the pig opener is when­ever you want to go.

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