nyj wrote:And I've seen hogs take more than 2 shots of .223 and keep truckin'. Like I said, if you don't have a good shot, don't take it. Simple hunting ethics.
Of course you're correct. Many of us here are hunters too, myself included, and would agree with the above. That said, you might have missed his response a couple of posts down from your original snipe at him: viewtopic.php?p=802213#p802213
First off, I didn't place the snare, but I'm very
glad it caught a wild hog. You apparently don't understand the problem with the hogs. The pistol rounds were very effective in dispatching the hog, I love wildlife and do not want to see any of God's creatures suffer
....none of which suggests that he did anything unethical.......unless that's what we want
it to say because we've backed ourselves into a corner and don't want to admit that we might have jumped the gun, so to speak.
We also know from his posting record that johncanfield is an experienced hunter who, more recently, has been hunting hogs with an AR10.....and yet even a .308 can occasionally fail to put a hog down with one shot, even a properly placed shot. There are no absolute guarantees in hunting, even if you do everything right. He's also trying to keep hogs off his land, from which he earns his livelihood, so for him it's not just a sport hunting issue, it's a pest abatement issue which is important to the feeding of his family.
I have a friend who has a large pecan orchard down near Elgin....about 92 acres if I recall correctly. He traps hogs on his property because shooting them with a rifle poses certain dangers due to other people's homes being near the edges of his property. You can't just shoot in any direction, and yet he has a real need to get rid of the hogs because they tear up his infrastructure. So he traps them, and then caps them with a .38 caliber revolver—"less gun" than a 9mm—and it works like a champ.