Now OK I have seen some pictures of what signs to look for but I was not prepared for the sight of so much damage, some of the fields had sustained at least a 50% loss of pasture others even more. I would imagine the crop fields are in for it too !
A combination of waiting, stalking and many miles of walking produced our first and only oportunity. Just before midnight we stopped at a farm that was taking a real hiding from the boar and after a short distance of about 250yds down a steepish gradient that took us out of the light from the farm house that was silhouetting us, we spotted one having a rumage about, it was still a long way off but after an ankle twisting stalk through all the divots and trenches they had caused (you will have to excuse my terminology) we got into a position with a good back stop. Still at a fair down hill gradient, I set the sticks, the lamp lit her up and the cross hairs were bang on the boiler house, my heart was banging like it wanted out, but a gentle squeeze of my trigger finger sent the 180 grain ballistic tipped .308 straight to its mark. I knew the shot hit its mark and I expected a reaction similar to what I had experienced from deer, not the case, through the scope I saw the slight lift and then a short wait, almost as though it was trying to decide what to do next. Instinct kicked in and it set off running but only for about 25yds before it dropped like a stone, kicked three times then lay motionless.
On the way to it I paced out 94 of my lanky strides. The gralloch revealed a text book shot that had shreaded the upper part of the heart.
I cant put into words the feeling, but I reckon you guys who shoot/hunt regularly will know what I mean and I cant see it ever not happening when you get a good result with a clean kill.
A couple of pics from my phone but more to follow from the camera.