But never fear, this blog is not about paperwork, because I went hog scouting.
So we rent some land over on Arrington Bridge Road and over there we have a bit of a wild hog problem. They come out and get in the field and root up places looking for delicious things to eat in the dirt. I'm not even sure I know what they're looking for. They cause a lot of damage and we have some trappers that come once a year or so and trap some of them. Right now (as you can see in the picture below) there is nothing planted so it's not crucial, but in a field were you might have wheat planted the entire field would have been a loss. Well The Husband came home a couple weeks ago and said he saw a couple sows with about twenty piglets and I got excited, because all I've ever heard was how dangerous and big they were and I wanted to see one. So that weekend after dinner we rode over to the field to see what we could see. I was hyped up, all excited. Finally. I could see the elusive menace. We pulled up to the field and cut the brights on and I was holding on to the oh s*** handle and ready to see one...and nothing. It was the biggest let down. We went all over that field and two others we rent over there Nothing. Only rows and rows of rooted up soil. We were so disappointed The Husband took me for a latte (which did cheer me up but before you get too impressed I had a gift card that some of my Posse friends gifted me for my birthday last month and he got one too).
Last weekend we went for take two, this time with The Boy in tow. It was around 7:30 so I knew for sure we were too late. As predicted, we pulled up to field one and saw nothing but a deer. We went to field two, which was finally dry enough and saw fifteen deer. While I was impressed by the number of deer, I was not impressed by the animals themselves. I can go out my back door and see deer. We have their favorite early spring treat planted a hundred yards from my house, strawberries (and yes, the sap suckers have been indulging). We went to field three and saw yet another deer (population control anyone?). This field is L shaped, with a path going around the edge of a pond that fills the area inside the L. We turn the corner of the path and drive down the hill and surprise, there are four huge hogs. Now, I don't have pictures because it was dark, but they were huge. I didn't see their faces, so I plan on returning to see if I can catch them again, but they were so big and furry they looked like bears (granted I've never seen a bear in the wild either so...yep, it's on my list).
|This is a tame picture. Imagine 8-10 foot wide swaths the length of the field.|
|The Husband & The Girl|
|Looking towards the picnic area|