Bow Hunting Wild Hogs and Javelina at the Texas Border (#378) @GrowingDeer.tv
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Bow Hunting Wild Hogs and Javelina at the Texas Border (#378) @GrowingDeer.tv

August 15, 2019


GRANT: Deer season has ended and turkey season’s
still a few weeks away, so it was a great opportunity for some of the GrowingDeer Pro
Staff and myself to head to south Texas and chase hogs and javelinas. GRANT: Once the truck was packed, it was time
to make the 13-hour trip to the Mexican border and spend some time in a different part of
Creation. GRANT: After a long drive, we finally met
up with the ProStaff and got settled in. GRANT: With the confidence of knowing my Centergy
was still sighted in, it was time to hunt some hogs, and, hopefully, let some Bloodsports
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the blinds for the first time. GRANT: (Whispering) Daniel and I and several
of the GrowingDeer ProStaff are in south Texas hunting hogs. It’s about 80 degrees today. Their deer season’s still open, but we are
chasing hogs with our bows. We’re huntin’ over feeders. That’s the culture here in south Texas and
really the only way to have a successful hog hunt. Corn feeder just got off so we’re gonna
sit back, enjoy the show. There’s already some quail out there, and
I can’t wait to see what comes in this afternoon. GRANT: This hog definitely knew where the
corn was. I was wondering if the rest of the ProStaff
was also having action. GRANT: ProStaffer Daniel Stefanoff and cameraman
Clay O’Dell had a feeding frenzy going on in front of them. But it seemed there was also a frenzy going
on in the blind, as they tried to get lined up on the same hog. GRANT: Wow. Talk about a lot of hogs. STEFANOFF: (Whispering) There’s a (Inaudible). CLAY: (Whispering) Yes. STEFANOFF: (Whispering) Ready? CLAY: (Whispering) Yes. GRANT: Team Martin also had a hog show up
during their first hunt. We had a very nice welcome to south Texas. HEATH: That blood on that. That was a heart shot right there. He shouldn’t of went far. That’ll be a good kill right there. (Inaudible) LINDSEY:(Inaudible) UNKNOWN: Which way do I need to run? GRANT: There were, obviously, a lot of hogs
on this property, and the leaseholder was very thankful we could remove some of these
destructive critters. GRANT: Not only did we want to take a crack
at some hogs, but we had a great opportunity to stalk some javelinas. GRANT: The following afternoon, Norman and
Pruitt tried to stalk up on a double. NORMAN:(Whispering) 20 yards. GRANT: Pruitt made a great shot. And the javelinas were still close by, so
Pruitt grabbed the GoPro and see if dad could seal the deal on a double. NORMAN: (Whispering) That one was punched. NORMAN: A little, bloodring. That was so nice. It’s handy to let you know kinda what’s
going on, where you’re at. I know hogs stink a little bit anyway, but
… NORMAN: Just a great day with my son. Just to spend it with him, that’s a good
time. Good time, so if you’re looking for something
to do in the off season, south Texas would probably love for you to come shoot some hogs
and javelinas. Help keep some stuff under control. GRANT: What an amazing hunt. I’m sure that’s a memory they will share
for a long time. GRANT: The
following morning, Daniel and I setup in some brush alongside a road. This road had a fencerow and a nice cattle
trail right beside it. The plan was to corn the road, that’s legal
in Texas; sneak out and look down the road, and if critters came to it, slide down that
cow trail; shoot through the brush, so we could have a great spot and stalk opportunity. GRANT: Throughout the morning, Daniel and
I kind of looked for arrowheads and other artifacts and then slid out to the road to
give it a peak. GRANT: About mid-morning, I finally saw something
down the road. It was a javelina. GRANT: (Whispering) A couple hundred yards
down is a peccary, or a hog, drifting in and out of this fence line. We’re gonna go on this side of the fence
line. The wind is generically coming this way. See if we can’t get in range. GRANT: Daniel and I slipped down the other
side of the fence, with the wind in our favor, and finally got within range of the javelina. GRANT: We got within range, and I took a shot. GRANT:(Whispering) (Inaudible) I took a shot,
but apparently, I was a little high and slid right through the hair of that javelina’s
back. It looks like it went through, but there wasn’t
a drop of blood on the arrow. At my shot, the group busted up, some running
far, and some running on our side of the road. We could hear them in the mesquite. Sure enough, a mature javelina slid out of
the brush into a gas line right of way – moving, but not extremely fast – and I swung the bow,
took the shot. GRANT: I spined the javelina, but knew it
wasn’t going far. GRANT: Shot a javelina. There’s a little hair right under the fletch
and zero blood on the bloodring. That’s a great thing about the bloodring. It tells you exactly where to spend time trailing,
or admit you shot a little high and go home, and in this case, shot a little high. Tore right at the top of the back, but it’s
not a – it’s not a killing wound. It’s not a drop of blood on that arrow. GRANT: That one didn’t feel good. Thorn (Fades Out). GRANT: Javelina made it about seven yards
in the brush, which is too much in south Texas. You know everything down here has got thorns,
and stickers, and what not on it. But got it out in the open. Hit it a little bit high – it was on the
move. Worked out just fine. We’re gonna take this back to the skinning
shed and clean it up. GRANT: I took a javelina this morning. They’re native to southwestern United States,
unlike feral hogs, which are not native. And a really cool thing about javelina is
its very long hair right down their back, and I’m putting my hand behind it, just
for you to get a scale. I’m buried in there, and it’s, you know,
longer than my fingers. Gosh, some of its up mid-way of my hand there,
so makes a beautiful pelt. I’m gonna skin this out; put it in the freezer
until we go home. But you probably notice, right before I started
this, I laid it down, put some Dawn soap all over it and washed it because javelinas are
notorious for being covered with fleas. And a way to get the fleas off, relatively
easy, is lay ‘em down, put a good coat of Dawn soap on there, suds it up real good,
let it lay out in the sun for about five minutes. Then, you’re usually safe to work on it. GRANT: Just like a deer, if you keep your
knife blade pointed out, not only will you not rupture the stomach and get a nasty content
in the face, but you cut less hair and your taxidermist will like you better. So you want to make an incision; turn your
knife blade out, sharp knife just runs right down through there. I’m gonna take that hide level off first. Then, I’ll do the work of cutting through
the visceral lining and through the rib cage. GRANT: That’s all there is to that. GRANT: Wash it out. Ready to go. GRANT: The buck up makes processing such game
an easy task. GRANT: With three javelinas in the cooler,
it’s now Heath’s turn. HEATH: (Whispering) I think we can get under
the dam and just walk right up to him, reach up, shoot. HEATH: (Whispering) Wait. One of ‘em just laid down in the shade. HEATH: (Whispering) We got him. (Inaudible) UNKNOWN: Nice job. UNKNOWN: (Inaudible) HEATH: Let me drag him out here a little bit. HEATH: Javelinas today. We’re actually down here with Grant, and
Norman, and Pruitt, and several guys on the GrowingDeer Team, Daniel. We’ve been having a blast out hunting, shooting
pigs and javelinas. And Norman and Pruitt, Pruitt was actually
behind the camera. We got in this big group of hogs. And this pond, what we call it; they call
it a tank down here. But come to this pond to get water and we
scared a bunch of ‘em out. We got lucky enough – this big boar. The last hog across actually stopped long
enough to give us a shot, and I was lucky enough to center punch him. So he didn’t run 20 yards up the hill and
he piled up. GRANT: Congratulations, Heath, and nice job
on the camera, Pruitt. You are a great addition to the GrowingDeer
Team. GRANT: As a wildlife biologist and hunter,
I really enjoy seeing different types of habitat and local critters. In south Texas, of course, we saw deer, hogs,
javelinas, two types of quail, armadillo, and lots of other critters. GRANT: We saw both blue and bobwhite quail
while we were in south Texas. Both species are native to that area. Now, I grew up here in southern Missouri,
and I grew up a quail hunter. There were lots of quail in the area. But as habitat has changed, and fescue has
taken over the landscape, you rarely hear or see a quail in southern Missouri. GRANT: In the south Texas brush country, that
brush makes ideal quail habitat. We call it umbrella habitat, thick up top
and very thin with lots of bare dirt down below. Ideal bugging habitat for quail and a lot
of plants in south Texas are legumes, which produce seeds, which are perfect feed for
quail. GRANT: There is also plenty of snakes in south
Texas and the temperatures are warm enough for them to be active. GRANT: Luckily, Daniel and I only came across
an indigo snake. GRANT: Goodness gracious. GRANT: This species of snake can grow up to
eight feet long. They’re kind of scary, but most of the locals
say if it’s an indigo, let it go, because indigos are known to eat rattlesnakes. GRANT: Heath and Lindsay, however, had a much
different encounter. HEATH: (Whispering) Slower than that. (Inaudible) He’s right there. HEATH: They always tell you to look out for
rattlesnakes in Texas, and I know they got a lot of ‘em. But I’ve been down here a couple of times
and I’ve just never bumped into one. But I have now, and he was a big one. I mean, he was as big as my forearm in the
middle or bigger. I don’t usually look for snakes, but now,
I’m looking at everything. I take a step, make sure there’s not one
laying there, so. HEATH: In this hole in the ground right here
is where the big rattlesnake crawled out right beside us. I mean not three feet away. It’s a good thing he wasn’t wanting to
get after us. He was wanting to go the other way. He came out and curled around the tree here,
cut back, and went on the road, went on his way. But man, I’ll tell you what. When I looked down there and seen that big
joker coming out of there, got my heart pumping for a minute. GRANT: It seems everywhere you turn, there
are thorns, stickers, burs, and something wanting to bite you. South Texas is tough country. Given these conditions, no one had to tell
me twice to wear my snake boots. And the LaCrosse Snake Boots did a great job
of protecting us against potential snake bites and a daily occurrence of keeping thorns out
of our skin. GRANT: Throughout the hunt, we found several
artifacts indicating different cultures have lived in these tough conditions for hundreds
of years. GRANT: Several of our teams found arrowheads
and tools used by Native Americans. We also found evidence of the more recent
past. We were told during World War II that the
military used a portion of this ranch as a practice range. And we found 50-caliber bullets and casings. Imagine finding a bullet with the rifling
marks in it that had been fired, probably out of a plane, and skipped along the dirt,
until we found it. GRANT: I’m fascinated by history, and this
land certainly has a colorful past. But I got to tell ya, some of the stuff we
found really shocked me about current conditions in south Texas. GRANT: This is a pile of clothes and backpacks,
and water bottles left here by illegal immigrants. We’re about 10 miles, give or take, from
the river – the Rio Grande. And through our hunting, and stalking pigs
and javelinas, we’ve come across several piles like this. And I was personally shocked at the volume
just on this one ranch. This is very sad. This is a hot topic right now, has nothing
to do with deer hunting. But I don’t think a lot of people, myself
included, understood the scale of what’s going on. GRANT: Habitat types and cultures vary significantly
throughout the USA, and I enjoy learning about them and applying the good portions to wherever
I work. GRANT: I hope you have the opportunity to
travel this year and maybe learn some new tips. But wherever you are, take time each day to
slow down and enjoy Creation. And most importantly, listen to what the Creator
is saying to you. Thanks for watching GrowingDeer.

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  1. Do you hog hunt? Trap hogs? Here in Missouri the DNR advocates for trapping hogs instead of hunting them. That's an effective policy and position for Missouri – but in Texas they are pretty much an accepted part of the wildlife landscape. WE do NOT want hogs on our property as they do tons of damage that is difficult to repair/recover. Tell us your hog hunting and trapping story here!

  2. Hey guy's, awesome episode. Do you normally let poisonous snakes live? I've always been taught to kill the poisonous snakes and let the "good snakes" live. Just wandering what your stance is. Also we are starting to see hogs on our property o heard they kill snakes is that true?

  3. When watching Daniel and Clay's hunt, I noticed that the arrow may have gone through that reddish hog into the darker one behind it. Did you guys look into finding that hog too? It's at 3:40–3:43 that you can see the arrow sticking out of the second hog I believe. I'm not quite sure, I just wanted to clarify.

  4. This is the current battle right now in Texas.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2017/02/23/hog-apocalypse-texas-has-a-new-weapon-in-its-war-on-feral-pigs-its-not-pretty/?utm_term=.5b14b2f9e5cc

    A lot of people enjoy hunting hogs and there are businesses of heli hunts and trapping. It will be interesting to see how it all shakes out.

  5. Dr. Grant and prostaff…wow! What an awesome video with such a wide variety of content. It's amazing how much this great country varies in landscape and wildlife. The Lord sure did create a wonderful place for us to enjoy. Thanks for taking us along and showing us another great hunt. Glad yall had success and pray for your safe travels. Thanks again for all you do for wildlife and for the channel.
    Daniel in NC

  6. Dr. Grant, February 22, 2017. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller approved the use of pesticides this week to aid in the killing of feral hogs, long a scourge of Texas landowners. The approved poison is called Kaput Feral Hog Lure(warfarin ). What's your opinion on this type of management and is it safe?

  7. What a great way to get some bow practice! Plus you are helping out the landowener and putting some meat in the freezer. I approve!!

  8. How do you guys find places in south Texas that will let you hunt hogs? Do you have to pay the landowner or are they simply happy to have a few more killed?

  9. What are your thoughts on the law to use poison in Texas now? Do you think it has more harm than good or should there be another way to minimize the hog population?

  10. I love this video growing deer I love hunting hogs hope you did to !! Keep up the amazing videos growing deer family and pro staffers thank you for your inspiring videos love vids

  11. Hey Dr.Woods do you think you and your daughter can make a video on how to dry out pelts to be hung on a wall or a hat. Thanks.

  12. nice good job I am getting ready to go down to Georgia except we shoot our hogs in the throat because thers that shield behind there shoulder

  13. Im new to turkey hunting second year and I need a turkey load that will not be too tight at 10 to 15 yards so I won't miss butt one that will go out to 40 effectively?Any recommendations??..

  14. Im new to turkey hunting second year and I need a turkey load that will not be too tight at 10 to 15 yards so I won't miss butt one that will go out to 40 effectively?Any recommendations??..

  15. What size for my 12 gauge 3 inch shotgun Remington 870 with what type choke that will be good from 10 up to 45 yards what size shot # shot???

  16. The only thing that sucks about javelina is the meat is so greasy and stringy if you don't cook it right. Tastes amazing if roasted in stock tho.

  17. Quick question can clover be planted in the spring I'm in North Carolina and was wanting to plant a clover plot but I have heard sometimes it's better to wait until fall?

  18. I messed up my chance for javalina in Arizona I said pig a little to loud didn't get anything but I learned my lesson and will never do that again

  19. Awesome video I have a question. I am creating a food plot on the sand mound in my yard I am not sure what type of seed to use any recommendations?

  20. Awesome video as always! Quick question, could you tell me the model of Sony camera shown around 2:00? Thanks and God Bless you and the Growing Deer family!

  21. Loved the Video — great scenes and explanation — We love our Hunting Here in Texas — K

  22. I just wonder what that red bird was I saw at the beginning ofthe vid. as a european, i am not familiar with american wildlife

  23. The lady practicing with the bow has too much poundage. If that rig was setup for her by an archery pro shop….. find a new pro shop.

  24. where i hunt the javelinas in big lake texas dont give a crap i shot a mulr deer and cleaned and gutted him and shot 6 of them

  25. Where'd you shoot those javelinas, at the petting zoo? Odd, you got that close, in the open, w/o spooking 'em. Thumbs up, though!

  26. I crossed a Indigo on Georgia they are very docile but all snakes bite. It raised it's head flicked it's tongue and seemed as curious of me as i was of it about a 5ft. Latet not far away i shot a canebrake timber rattler.

  27. I would love to bow hunt wild hogs in South Texas. I live here North of San Antonio. Where to I go to help rid South Texas of these varmints? Yes I intend to eat what I kill.

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