Alongside the flat-shooting .22-250, we had a few Winchester SX3 NWTF Turkey shotguns at our disposal. It served as a sort of match made in Heaven, giving us the optimal tools for the job of putting down some predators.
Shooting into the sun in isn’t ideal, but if we wanted to hunt the first night, we didn’t have a choice. However, being the crafty, ingenious guys we were, we came up with a solution to beat the setting sun.
The first night out, it was still hot, and it stayed that way until the end of the following day. But when an animal’s has to eat, it has to eat, and a little heat won’t stop a hungry feline. Thanks to a well-placed shotgun blast at 30 yards, night one produced this great bobcat.
Later in the trip we found some feral hogs. We made the group's sow our target, to help control the population, and once we got her picked out, she was down with one shot from the .22-250 at about 90 yards.
Known for their mischievous behaviors, raccoons are nosy critters. Especially when they’re hungry. Curiosity killed this coon as he maneuvered through some thick brush, and appeared at 20 yards. Needless to say, the scattergun got some use in the early-morning hours.
When time is of the essence, snap shots are required on predator hunts—especially in the dark. Not having time to switch from the rifle to the shotgun, a lethal shot was made on another bobcat, though we did have to do a little tracking afterwards.
The largest animal taken on my hunt was this 200-pound pig. After closing the distance between us to about 125 yards, I dropped him with a single round of .22-250, which hit just in front of the gristle plate. The big ol' boar was planted where he once stood.
When you're hunting day and night, sleep becomes something of a rarity. But those long hours awake paid off with some great rewards. Over the course of our stay, we killed two feral hogs, a bobcat, a javelina and a raccoon. Not bad.
If you're going on a varmint hunt, there are few places better than Texas. The Lone-Star State sports no shortage of game—from coyotes and bobcats to big old wild hogs that weigh more than you do—and is rife with opportunity. Assistant Editor Connor McKibbin recently got a chance join the fine folks from Browning and Winchester for just such a venture. Get an inside look at his trip with the gallery embedded above.