The farm is a 2800 acre cattle operation owned by Anita Ruzic. She only books one party at a time and leaves several days between groups so the deer are not too pressured. Her friend Dale emailed me a map of stand locations and spent a good deal of time on the phone with me discussing specifics a week prior. On this hunt with me was my friend Bill from IN and Rick and Neil from NC. Anita told us it was OK to arrive mid-day on Saturday before our hunt started on Sunday and do some scouting. Bill and I arrived around noon and Anita met us at the gate.
Then Bill and I met up with Rick and Neil who had arrived around 3:00. We all headed over to the guest house and settled in. The guest house was a fairly new home built on the site of Anita's family home which had burned down several years back. It had three bedrooms and baths, big living room, kitchen, garage for gear and a deer skining pole out back. Here is our group in the living room.
Sunday, Jan. 18
Bill drops me off at the Church Field and heads on down to his stand at Foots. I settled into the shooting house and sipped a little coffee as the rising sun started to light the field. I had told myself that I wanted to shoot a buck before anything else. I changed my mind in short order when three pigs stepped into the South end of the field about 10 minutes after full light. I had never hunted pigs and thought "Why wait!". I picked out the largest one and put the crosshairs at the base of his ear (Rick told me to shoot them in the head). The shot from my Tikka .270 echoed across the creek bottom. Two pigs scattered to the woods but one was down for the count in the field 135 yards away.
Neil and Rick arrive and Neil tells me he used to raise hogs and this one was at least 200 pounds. It had a bigger body than the buck. We took some more pictures then got the work started.