6 February 2009
Caleb Takes His First Pig…..
Posted by Darrell under: Archery .
I’m a little late at writing this post, but I thought I’d share the excitement of Caleb’s first pig hunt. Caleb (who is just barely a teen and who I still think about as being just a little kid) took this pig with his BOW from about 20 yards.
Caleb, my son, just started hunting with his bow this year. He amazed me every time we went out to practice. From 30 yards or closer he was dead on. Of course, we all know that this deadly accuracy can disappear whenever we are actually shooting at something. For Caleb, this did not prove to be the case.
I watched him draw back on the pig for both shots. I couldn’t see the pig and didn’t know what was happening on the pig’s end of things. Caleb, however, appeared perfectly calm and poised and I watched in amazement as he drew back, sighted, and released his first arrow. I could hear the pig running and watched Caleb take off after it. He ran about 30 yards and then, wam, he was drawing back and shooting again.
I guess I was in a slight state of shock during all of this, because I couldn’t get over how calm he was. He didn’t appear to be shaking or even breathing hard. In fact, I think my heart was beating a lot faster than his when I saw him pull that bow back!
After his second shot, Caleb yelled to me “I got him Dad” and then began hooping and hollering. I’m sure I was hollering too as I jogged the 80 yards or so to him. When I saw the pig, I was a little suprised. It was a small pig and had 2 arrows in it’s head (I’d wrongly assumed that Caleb had missed his first shot).
I asked “Where were you aiming, son?” (again assuming that he was aiming somewhere other than the head). He looked at me like I might be a little slow and said “uh, the head - it was all I could see on both shots”.
I don’t know what the ethics are of shooting a pig in the head, but I will say that it definitely worked. And, even though that pig wasn’t very big, he sure tastes good!
Congrats Caleb on your first pig and your first harvest with a bow!