I did, however, shoot one the other day that I feel 99% sure I killed. It swam across a slough after I shot it. He was a big one, around 250-300 lbs. He had trouble swimming the slough but finally made it across. Once he got across he laid on the bank for a few seconds, only 60 yds from me. Then, he got back to his feet and I saw it fall one more time, then get up and stumble out of sight. I didnt have a boat to get across slough but I'm pretty sure I couldve went home and get my waders and find a way across. I didn't pursue it tho, I was about a mile from the truck and a 30 minute drive from the house. Even if I had laid my hands on him, I'm not sure I could've dragged him out alone. I did make an attempt to retrieve my arrow that was about halfway across the slough but no luck. There went 100 lbs of pork and $24 dollars worth of arrow and broadhead that I'll never get back, lol.
I try not to but on public ground sometimes I gotta get a couple straps or hams or whatever I can get in my jacket. Sometimes it is so far to walk and I couldn't find my way back anyway. And I have killed two that were eat up with lice
Outta several hundred......ONLY one lil sow, and she was bad mangy lookin scrawny.....may have been shot earlier in the year, other than her, shoot em, mark em on the GPS, & come back & get em when were done hunting!!!!.....I AINT leavin no pretty white pork meat in the woods!!!:up:.....EVER!
I shot 3 this year off my box stand this year. It was the second or third day of muzzleloading if I remember right. All within an hour. One of the craziest hunts I've ever been on. I found blood from all 3 but, they ran into a 7 or 8 year old pine thicket. I did not pursue them very hard. Buzzards hung around that stand for two weeks. It wasn't ever the same after that.
Over in your neck of the woods Tal. It's on the Jefferson/Grant county line.
I spent about $200 dollars planting around that stand. 3 weeks later it looked like someone threw grenades in my plots. I lost ZERO sleep for letting them lay.
If I can get them out pretty easy - and it is not 100 degrees - I get them out. If they are smaller - I eat them. Bigger boars, I give away - if I can find someone to take them. 100 degree heat somebody better be getting them pretty quick. Hot summer time, a lot of times - even after they were only shot 30 minutes ago - you hear the flies buzzing around them before you find them. These often stay in the woods. Bigfoot gotta eat too.:up:
I've killed 2 at night in the summer that weighed 200 and 232 lbs each. I drug them out of my stand area and let them lay. I didn't want to fight the heat and spoilage and big boar tasting meat all by myself.