They hunted two different areas of the 18,000 acres that Pete Ray hunts in south Texas. Several different ranches near Pearsall, about 60 miles south of San Antonio, make up the hunting area. The first hunt was on a 2,600-acre pasture-like area with free-range hogs. The second area was 400 acres and fenced.
Rushmore says that the whole operation was excellent with all equipment in excellent shape. Hunters stay in eight clean, modern cabins, each with their own bathrooms and AC. There's a "homey" main lodge where hunters eat and can watch TV. "The day began with 5 am coffee and cereal, then out to hunt. Around 10, we'd come back for a huge breakfast with everything you can imagine, and a siesta. We'd head back out for hunting from 5 or 6 until 10 pm and then return for a late dinner," says Rushmore. He adds that the food was delicious with the only "problem" that there was too much of it.
Rushmore and his wife chose to spot-and-stalk their animals, but there are comfortable blinds available too. "If you are going out to spot-and-stalk, the guides drive you out on ATVs and give you the lay of the land," says Rushmore. "It's dead-easy walking; most of the time we stayed on the roads. You can go off into the heavy mesquite brush and tangle with the snakes if you want to, but there is no need."
Rushmore shot his big boar in the 400-acre fenced area, but it ran off. He searched for it but eventually lost the blood trail. In cases like this, Ray uses black mouth curs to........(continued)