Hog Wild

by Troy Neimann on January 15, 2011

Nothing like smokin’ hot weather while in pursuit of wild boar! After hunting Feral Pigs in Redding the past couple years, it starts to run in your blood.  You never know what’s going to happen – that’s the best part! It’s that intrinsic feeling when your .22-250 starts to call again… so we grabbed our gear, topped off the tank and dashed back to the high desert for another round.

On the Road Again

Like most adventures, we tried to arrive early to purchase our tags and prepare for the morning hunt. This particular trip we experienced a real treat hooking up with close friend and hunting buddy Ed. He made special arrangements for us to stay at his brother’s house that offered escape from the heat where we could lounge by the pool during the day – thanks bros…

Hog Camp

Not only did Ed and his brother provide a wonderful camp (ha ha), they loaded us up on secret recipes from the garden – “who spiked the punch boys”…? Steve here creating his signature shakes!


Okay, time to get serious guys! We gathered our gear and headed East about twenty miles where we changed into “light” hunting gear in order to pursue “wild boar”. Gary Lewis and I decided I would try to take the first shot if we could find pigs near the bottom feeding close to water. Our guides Pearey Crummins and Tom McCloskey laid out a masterful plan which placed us close to a couple “shooter” boars. Of course I took the lead sneaking through the grass while Gary captured the footage on film. 

Afternoon Scouting

Hogs in the Bottom


Once a boar was located in the scope, I settled my crosshair and began to squeeze when the whole group began to move causing sows and piglets to obscure the shot. “They may have winded us” said Pearrey. As the group ran up the hill, we decided to go around them and cut them off on top for a better shot.

Checking Out!

 After running approx. 500 yards up the hill through a draw, we were able to hear and cut them off however with the grass so tall we couldn’t find the boar. I set my shooting sticks and began to scan… Gary whispered “boar on the run to your left – shoot, he’s getting away”!!! I swung the rifle to the left leading the boar as I pulled the trigger – “BANG”! I shot about a foot high remembering that my gun is sighted for 300 yards with the boar at about 85 yards on the run – go figure! As the boar ran full speed to get away, I lowered the crosshair to compensate creating a fatal hit on the next shot. Once the boar was hit, he turned for us creating three more shots between myself and the guides.

Boar on the Run...

Troy & Robyn 2010

 “Dang – these animals are tough”! I forgot to tell you that I decided to switch to my 7mm Mag. without shooting sticks. Once again, the scope cracked me in the nose reminding how important it is to snug the rifle into the shoulder… “I’ll learn”!!!


Thanks guys for another GREAT year! My daughter feels she’s ready to take her first pig so Lord willing, we will pack our gear and head to Redding next year for another wild boar adventure… Maybe we should consider and nose pad…?

See ya Next Year...

“The glory of God always has an impact; when HIS glory appears, it just can’t help but interrupt any routine”! – Beth Moore

Outdoor Callings


Oregon Pack Works

by Troy Neimann on January 14, 2011

What can I say… Oregon Packworks says it all!

If you’re searching for the perfect pack, then search no more!!! The “bomb proof” multi-use interchangeable “universal” modular pack system is here! Consider the “One is All” suspension system by Oregon Packworks or the “Whole Shabang!” as they call it… This is a Northwest product designed for the serious outdoorsman looking for lightweight durability coupled with options to convert in the field from a complete wilderness configuration to the ultimate day use pack. Oregon Packwork’s unique patent-pending design offers multiple options in different camo patterns to accomodate different environments from high desert sage to coastal rainforest.

Troy Hunting with the Orion

This system “truly” defines versatility! Start with the fanny pack, change to a suspension lumbar pack, then add the hydration pack for the Rogue option. If that were not enough, add side bags and the meatshelf to complete the Orion model. Last but not least, add the Green Gate bag to complete the Whole Shabang!

Fanny Pack

Rogue Configuration

Orion Configuration

The Whole Shabang!

This past season we were fortunate to discover Oregon Packwork’s complete “universal” system. Fishing, hunting, archery then rifle season, we stressed these packs through rigorous tests carrying heavy loads, packing game, hiking extreme brush, setting base camp and dealing with harsh elements. When rifle season arrived in late fall, we were able to put the packs through a second round of testing where not only were they comfortable to wear, the design allowed us to overload where other packs had failed. The extra webbing with snap connectors worked outstanding for securing game inside the meatshelf.

The owners of this Bend based company share a passion for “high quality” outdoor survival gear at an affordable price! Karl and Dan who specialize in Emergency, firefighting, rescue and extreme backcountry adventure feel they have created the “Holy Grail” when it comes to their incredible system! “Buy what you need and have the option to expand when necessary they say”; I say – “put the product to the test yourself”!!!

Meet the Founders

Dan Bray

Karl Findling

After spending over thirty years in the field trying to modify other pack designs, Oregon Packworks has finally created the system we’ve been looking for… Their online store at www.oregonpackworks.com allows consumers a full menu of resources to research pack designs for every need.  Check out the extra goodies like the big game “TAG”  bags and their hydration system not to mention new releases like the Bino Bro.

New Bino Bro

Here’s a local “pack system” created by inspired backcountry purists designed to meet the custom needs for those looking to invest in an “all purpose” pack that will accomodate the toughest demands. We found this pack to be extremely suitable for other occupational demands as well such as survey work, rescue, firefighting, photography, forestry, logging, etc… If you are not satisfied, please write and leave me a comment specific to your thoughts… This company is very flexible and willing to accomodate custom requests within reason.

Thank you Oregon Packworks for working hard at bringing your vision to reality so that we all may enjoy and pass down to future generations!

2010 Guided Youth Hunt

“Nothing is really ours until we share it” – C.S. Lewis

Outdoor Callings


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Ever caught yourself drooling as your eyelids become heavy while your mind drifts off to past elk memories? Wonder what causes this phenomenon? It could be the “Wild At Heart” in all of us claims John Eldridge. As men, our souls long for adventure in the outdoors; it’s like a spiritual calling! Men are men and masculinity bestowes masculinity! That’s how […]

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Elk Mania 2009

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Stripers – Southern Style

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While traveling to Alabama for business, I had the opportunity to break away and fish Lake Martin with good friend Brian Smith and Jim Perimore (local bass guide). Since Brian had spent time with us out West, he wanted to treat me to southern Striper Bass fishing. Once we arrived at the dock early Saturday morning, I explained […]

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Wild Boar In California

July 15, 2009

Pursue The Outdoors had the opportunity to travel  South for this season’s first elk seminar coupled with a Northern wild pig hunt. The Fishers of Men organization invited us to Redding, Ca. for a chance to conduct the Northwest Elk Academy. Thanks to a close friend, we were able to connect with Tom McKlosky who organized the weekend activities. Our […]

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June 11, 2009

The weekend weather report called for high pressure with clear skies and temperatures in the mid 70’s. From there we looked up the forecasted ocean data come to find that NOAA was calling for 3-4ft.  swells coupled with light and variable wind. Realizing these conditions are ideal, we contacted multiple friends for a trip out […]

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Springer Fever

May 13, 2009
Ahh... The Hook Up!

The time of year has arrived when salmon fisherman anticipate fresh Spring Chinook. Heavy snow melt begins to drain into the Columbia River basin while the weather constantly threatens rain, snow, sleet, hail and sunshine. Fisherman clean their favorite gear and prepare their boats for what promises to be another banner year! We ask ourselves “when will they arrive” and “will the […]

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Easter Combo

April 13, 2009
Gummy worms Too!

“TGIF” came as we prepared the kids for another day of Sage Rat hunting with a little trout fishing in the afternoon. The weather had been moderate with rain showers over the past week so we were doing a little sunshine dance hoping for light wind with some warmer temperatures. The kids could hardly wait in anticipation […]

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