February 05, 2013 at 4:37pm
Some of you may remember my report http://www.louisianasportsman.com/lpca/index.php?section=reports&event=view&action=full_report&id=168357#.URGOPs1aiDs a few weeks ago, concerning my experience with a hog nest down at the Atchafalaya Delta WMA. That time the mother hog and little ones scattered as I walked up on the huge nest. the little ones came back to within feet of me as they searched for their mother. This nest was about 200 yards from the previous one and looked like many I have seen over the course of this season. This time I was able to take some pictures of what I encountered. Again the mother vacated the nest as she heard me coming. The first picture shown is just how the nest looked. While listening and waiting around to see if the big sow was coming back to present me a shot, I noticed movement in the nest. It took a while, but eventually I see a piglet poke his head out, then a second one. After that, apparently they went to sleep, because there was no more movement for several minutes. I decided to step closer and see if I could rustle them awake. Sure enough, first one, then another popped up and scampered into the tall cut grass. They didn't go far and were grunting constantly. Suddenly I was surprised to see three more come out from within the nest. All five of the piglets were just a few feet away and they apparently had no idea what I was. They stayed for several minutes allowing me to snap a few more pictures before they sauntered away still grunting. I waited over 30 minutes, but the mama hog never showed herself. This was a first for me, as I did not know the piglets burrowed themselves under the nest. I may have passed nests many times that contained little ones and did not realize it. It was a very cool experience.