racing. He was massive in the shoulders and had a great pair of warts. However, this boar had been around the block and about a week before my arrival, he stopped visiting the bait.
I reached the Midlands just before lunch on the Thursday and met Evan at the hunting lodge. I unpacked and got settled in. Then, over a cup of coffee, we sat around the kitchen table discussing the strategy for the hunt. We had a lot to do and the weather wasn’t playing its part in this movie. It was cold and rainy and a perfect day to spend before a roaring fire, reading a book. Fortunately, as Evan put it: “At least the wind isn’t blowing, Mr Jennings. Pigs don’t mind the cold and rain but they do not like wind. If that changes, we are in for it.”
However, my luck was on the upside. Evan revealed that, after a week of not visiting, the boar had started hitting the bait again. It was now or never, and with the bad weather rolling in, we had a window of one night before the wind would change and the blind would be out of position.
The hunt for a Midlands monster
Our plan was to visit the bait just after lunch in order to put down some more feed and check the cameras for any activity. I wanted to see the setup and if I would be comfortable, so that if any adjustment had to be made, we could do it then and not when we started hunting. We wanted to be in and out quickly and leave as few human traces as possible behind. On reaching the bait, we saw that it had been eaten. There was nothing left – another good sign! The fortunate thing about baiting pigs is that they tend to stick to a certain time when they start feeding. This allows you to plan accordingly and not have to sit for hours, running the risk that you might spook them. According to Evan, this sounder of pigs usually came in between 18h30 and 19h30. The night before they had been at the bait by 19h30 and spent quite a while there. Evan checked the lights and I checked my position in the blind and the shooting lane, and everything was perfect. By then it was 14h00 and we wanted to be in the blind by 17h30, so we left the bait and headed back to the lodge.