Chema is a hunter who found the perfect weapon for his passion in the bow: the wild boar stalking in summer.
Very close to the Asturian coast, the beautiful surroundings of Villaviciosa have become the scene of unforgettable stalkings with unforgettable catches and sets.
Chema Nipple is an experienced hunter who decided to try the bow four years ago as a weapon to go after Villaviciosa’s wild boars.
He is also passionate about hunting, increasingly, with trail dogs. And as he confesses to us, he takes the rifle less and less:
“There comes a time when you feel like something more, and the bow is offered by you to you with the animal, a more intimate, primitive hunt. “
STALKING MALE WILD BOAR AGAINST DAMAGE TO AGRICULTURE
The hunter tells us that “nobody here hunts with a bow.”
Four years ago, I started.
Once a year, when the roe deer campaign ends, I can stalk wild boars.
Above all, in agriculture, and always with adult males as the target, to reduce the damage they cause.
Chema was fortunate enough this year to be able to kill two wild boars on the same day.
The archer tells us about the area where he is hunting:
“We are near the coast here in Asturias, in Villaviciosa.”
We’ve got plenty of wild boars.
I can tell you that 608 wild boars were killed in that season last year.
And this despite having reduced the quotas, depending on the area, by four, five or six wild boars.
Recehos at dawn and dusk
Chema had to hunt on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The archer describes the way to go after the wild boar: “Here, the stalking of the wild boar consists of going out to hunt at dawn, for two hours or so, because you can surprise someone who goes back to the entrance.”
Being able to live a set before a good wild boar is a good choice.
We go another three hours in the afternoon, until nightfall.
Because with the bow, when it gets dark, you lose all the vision that you can get longer with a good scope of a firearm.
We don’t fatten, but the animals go a lot to apples, which are still very green, as well as to fruits, to plums, which this year were many, to strawberries, because of the dates on which we hunt wild boars like this.
That way, I shot two wild boars the first day, but I missed them. I was luckier the second day and I hit the first one with the arrow I could shoot in the morning. He left wounded and we had to enter the place where he lay with a brush cutter because he got three meters high into a thicket.
We came to a meadow on the last day of hunting where there was a javelin with four small stripes.
I took the phone out to record it, and I realized that another five were coming from the top side at that moment.
There were four medium boars and one larger one.
He began to eat apples, and then I waited for him.
I managed to strike him in the late afternoon lights and saw that he had left a trail of blood. We’ll come up with a huge thicket after him.
Given this, we decided to return to pick it up the next day. We released a dog that verified that there was still a wild boar.
He was dead, but we weren’t able to get to him.
To get in and collect it, we had to use the brush cutter.
Shots up to 60 meters
Chema tells us that the maximum distance at which he shoots wild boars is 60 meters: “We can say it is an acceptable distance from 60 meters down.”
We also ask the archer what is most important at that distance to approach a wild boar.
He replied that, since we are talking about getting very close to a wild animal, the important thing is to consider the air and be very, very quiet and camouflaged.
You’ve got to be stealthy and have a great deal of patience.
They will be put away in the morning when they go to the camp, making it easier for them to find you.
But they go out to eat in the afternoon. So they entertain themselves by eating if you let them, at which point they let their guard down.
It is when with more guarantees you can enter them,
Why the bow? Why the arrow?
This is why the Asturian hunter chose the bow in his wild boar stalks:
“I spend a lot of time in the mountains helping the nursery stalk the roe deer,
the wild boar, because I am the president of the Villaviciosa Hunters’ Association.”
To this, it is added that I was introduced to the world of the bow by a Sevillian friend who came to hunt here for many years, of American origin.
He let me try, and I have not been able to quit since then.
And every time, I take on new challenges: I’m going to try hunting a chamois with a bow in Asturias this year.
It’s going to be November’.