Because Women Can Hunt Hunt, Too
Don’t expect Brett Cannon to go easy on your first hog hunt.
The award-winning SA Co hunter and videographer is generous with novices, but if you get the shot, you damn well better take it.
That’s exactly what Jenna Webb did in early December when she accompanied Cannon on her first wild boar hunt in South Florida. After just a few hours, she bagged a 150-pound hog with her first shot in the swampland around Melbourne.
Considered a nuisance animal, hogs are hunted year round in Florida. Typically, hunters like Cannon use feeders to draw the animals into clearings. But on this particular day, the feeder broke so Cannon and his young charge set off to stalk their prey.
Hunting wild hogs may sound easier than stalking deer, but it’s not. If wounded or cornered, these 150-plus-pound beasts with sharp tusks will charge you without hesitation.
“It can be pretty dangerous,” Cannon said. “They have those cutters that come out and they can be razor sharp. Those will gut a dog, kill a dog. I had a friend who got a leg cut by a hog. Another guy I knew, fell, and the hog got him right in the belly. Gutted him.”
Cannon and his young charge had been hunting for several hours when they decided to leave their stand and stalk.
They spotted several hogs that had wandered into a clearing, but spooked them immediately.
Then they spotted what looked like a 150-pound boar about 200 yards off.
“She made a couple of moves that she shouldn’t have, and the hogs spotted her and ran off,” Cannon recalled. “So I just said, listen, just stay behind me. Do what I do. Don’t step on any twigs, don’t make any noise.
“We saw the hogs in an opening but we couldn’t’ get straight to them so we had to go around them, circle the clearing,” Cannon said. “The hope was that we’d pop out within range, get close enough for a shot.”
Cannon was also mindful that this was going to be Webb’s first kill. He was thinking that she had to keep the bow high enough for the distance. She also needed to quiet the nerves that can wreck even the most experienced hunters.
As the pair made their way around the clearing, they suddenly happened upon another boar.
“I thought we had lost the other hogs but one just came out into the grass and I’m like in a stare off with this thing,” he said. “It seemed like minutes but it was probably only 30 seconds or so.
“So I’m telling her real quietly to draw your bow, draw your bow,” Cannon recalled. “When you shoot an arrow 30 yards, your arrow is going to drop probably 8 inches at least. So we get like 25 yards away and I just told her, take your shot. The hog is facing us. Take your shot!
It was a tough shot for any hunter. The boar was facing them, so it cut a much smaller target. But Webb hit it right in the chest.
The hog squealed and ran off into the brush. Cannon told Webb to wait, just wait. After 30 minutes, they followed the blood trail to her first trophy.
“She did a great job. The hog was alert, knew we were there. She had to rush the shot but she got it right in the chest,” Cannon said.
“A heart shot they’re going to die fast,” Cannon explained. “A lung shot, a liver shot is going to take a while longer. A gut shot, well, they’re going to take a long time to die with that. You look at your arrow and figure how much blood you have on it, and go from there, figure out how long you let it lay there.”