Ben Boteler was spending his Saturday afternoon in January the way he does most Saturdays. He was in a deer stand on his hunt club at Willow Break located near the town of Redmon in Southwest Mississippi. The 3,800-acre club borders the Yazoo River and offers prime habitat for big deer.
On this particular afternoon, Boteler was very hopeful. He was currently watching three mature does feeding in a food plot. His heartbeat quickened when the does became alert and stared back into the heavy undergrowth behind them.
He muttered under his breath as soon as he realized the commotion behind the deer wasn’t the 150-class buck he was hoping for but a pair of feral pigs, wild hogs, that came stomping into the food plot. He’d seen this scenario before, the does, not quite panicky, immediately trotted off into the woods leaving the pigs to their rooting of the foodplot. […]