Warren Fremen Jr., of Luling, killed a 125-pound boar hog in Mississippi using a bow.
Fremen and his daughter, Madison, were hunting in Brookhaven, Miss. and were sitting 25 feet high in a pine when they heard the hog approach.
“As the sun peaked through the pines, we didn’t see much movement, but around 7 a.m. a couple of stray dogs started trailing something in the same block of pines that we were hunting,” Fremen said. “I was situated facing the road that we entered on and Maddie was facing the plot for a shot. Well, as luck would have it, I picked up something black crossing the road and into the woods behind me.”
At first, Fremen thought it was one of the stray dogs.
“But I soon realized that the ‘dog’ I was looking at didn’t have a long tail and as it passed through the pines on a quick trot it soon materialized into a nice hog,” he said. “I tried desperately to get Madison turned around in her stand for the shot, but the hog was coming too fast and would have been a difficult shot for her to pull off.”
Fremen drew back, aimed for the hog’s front shoulder and let the 100 grain Grim Reaper fly from the Whisker Biscuit mounted on his AR31 bow.
“It hit the hog with the proverbial ‘thwack’ and his speed increased drastically like his hind quarter was on fire,” Fremen said. “He bolted through the thicket and made it another eighty yards until he finally piled up. The look on Maddie’s face when she turned to me was priceless! She said, ‘I never thought it would make THAT kind of noise!,’ referring to the sound of the arrow striking the hog.”
Madison led the tracking efforts and she quickly followed the blood trail to their prize. The young boar hog weighed 125 pounds and was the first hog Fremen has killed with a bow.
“We made it back to the camp, skinned the hog and saved the inside tenderloins and one side of the back strap for dinner on Saturday night,” Fremen said. “After injecting the meat with Cajun Injector and baking it in onions, garlic, mushrooms and Italian dressing in an oven bag, our prize made for a great camp meal served up with mashed potatoes, gravy and a side of corn bread.”
Fremen said that killing a hog on his lease is not unheard of, but that he has seen a drastic increase in the number of hogs and hog signs since last spring.
“They are moving in from the Homochitto National Forest and are causing major problems and damage on our club food plots,” Fremen said. “We have quite a few pictures on our game cameras throughout the lease and it seems like every time we check the cameras we have more.”
Some of the members consider this a problem as they cause so much damage to the plots that cost lots of money to plant, but to other members it’s just another form of game to hunt and fill the freezers with.
“As far as I’m concerned, I don’t care for the damage, but I thoroughly enjoyed harvesting one with the bow and will gladly take another if the opportunity arises,” Fremen said.