The Grand American is the largest shooting event in the world. According to the event’s Tournament Director, Mike Hampton, 3,500 to 4,000 shooters from all 50 states and seven countries will fire from 121 trap fields.
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter President Tom Mattusch organized a special presentation by Mark J Hainds in Half Moon Bay, California, that focused on wild pig hunting around the United States.
Hainds is a lifelong hunter who grew up as the sixth generation on the Hainds family farm in north Missouri. He received a BS in Forestry Management from the University of Missouri, and a MS in Forest Biology from Auburn University.
Feral hogs are a recurring management challenge in the southeast and throughout the U.S. They are becoming a problem in California. In 2007 – the Chinese Calendar Year of the Pig – Mark set himself the goal of killing at least one feral pig in 10 different states. This challenge is documented in his book Year of the Pig, which was published in 2011 by the University of Alabama Press.
Mark is touring his book across the country, discussing the hunts, the weapons, and the characters he encountered while pursuing pigs in: Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, California, Arkansas, Tennessee, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Georgia and Missouri.
There was a lot of discussion about calibers, which ranged from black powder .50 caliber to .17 HMR.
Like many hunters, Mike Jordan started shooting clay birds to help him become a better hunter. Today, Jordan is in the Amateur Trapshooting Association’s Hall of Fame and SCI’s Director of Publicatioins, Steve Comus, was there to congratulate him.
“The rifle that I have used for the past six years is a Kimber Classic 84M in .308 Win. caliber. It is topped with a 2-7X Leupold VX-2 scope with a Duplex reticle. It is light with a great trigger and it shoots 1 1/2 inch groups at 100 yards where it’s sighted in 2 inches high.
“I cut out my groups from shooting off of the bench, and rarely the three shots will touch. I know that the rifle will shoot much better groups, but I am not able to do it. Most of the time, I shoot off of a mat or sitting. I do not need another centerfire rifle.
“In the past six years, this rifle has killed three moose with 180-grain Federal Nosler Partition bullets, and three deer with Fusion 150-grain bullets. The rifle has been on horses and I have carried it and it has been dropped. Unless I purchase a third .22, this rifle may be my last.”