Pictured are two of my young nephews, one on his first hunt ever and the second on his third hunt. A Leupold VX-I 2–7x 33 Shotgun scope purchased from SWFA helped my nephew make this shot in low light conditions.
Inviting two nephews over for target practice the two goals for the afternoon were to work on shooting skills & target fundamentals, followed by a much anticipated hog hunt. Shooting my Marlin 336 with the new Leupold the boys were able to shoot well and I was extremely pleased with the scope. It has greatly increased the guns ability for accurate shooting. It was a pleasure to watch them shoot and see their enthusiasm grow with our shooting session. Their parents, while supportive of this endeavor, don’t hunt or own firearms.
We stopped shooting with a little over an hour of daylight left and made our way to our hunting area. With 40 minutes of daylight left we quietly slipped into the stand area and Bobby climbed up the stand as Jamie and I sat on the ground 40 meters away from where we anticipated the hogs to come in. Since Jamie shot the best he was the designated shooter. Just after dusk and with 15 minutes of light remaining 4 hogs slipped in and began rooting around. Jamie picked out a hog and waited for the hog to be clear of the others. With his shot he dropped the 70 lb hog where it stood (40 meters). At the shot, I was pleased with my decision in purchasing this scope, as I’m quite certain it helped Jamie make a great shot in the low light.
Together we went to see the hog and after a few pictures Jamie carried it to a clearing where we discussed how we should be appreciative and thankful of the animal. Jamie then got his hands bloody learning how to field dress a large animal. With a little bit of verbal instructions he cleaned the hog by himself-another first.
It was a great afternoon and an excellent outdoor learning experience for two young lads (and an elated uncle).