One of the best things about our business are the people who come into the store. It may be biased, but we think we have the best customers; they share our passion for archery, for the outdoors and they’re just good, honest humans. They are our community.
We wanted to share a story about Cory Rogers, who is a member of that community. His older brother, Cole, had just bought a house in a new development near Conroe, TX. Cory was over helping out one day when he saw a large wild sow wandering in the nearby woods.
Now, whether you live in Texas or not, you might have heard about the state’s wild hogs population. What you might not know is that they can be a problem in many areas. Hogs were first introduced by Spanish explorers about 300 years ago, as a food source for settlers. Over the years, many escaped and have become feral animals that cause destruction to the land, damaging crops and wetland areas and killing trees.
They are omnivores, so everything (both plant and animal) is on their menu. Feral hogs are unprotected, exotic, non-game animals. So, you can hunt them by any method, at any time of year. But while there are no seasons or bag limits, a hunting license and landowner permission are required to take them down.
Construction workers at the housing development were afraid of being attacked and the sides of the new retention pond (that holds storm water) were being damaged by the hogs’ rooting. People who live in the neighbourhood were afraid to walk their dogs in the area as well.
“The workers were always chasing the hogs off but they come back and root up the soil,” said Cory. “So we got permission from the housing development to hunt them with our bows.”
He took that sow down from 30 yards.
And then what do you do with it?
He donated the meat to the construction workers.
“It was just before Christmas. Several of the workers helped me drag it out of the woods,” says Cory. “I asked them if they wanted the meat... I told them I’d cut it up and let them take it. They were all super happy.”
After cleaning and cutting it up, he distributed the meat to the workers. A wonderful, unexpected Christmas present from a thoughtful young man.
How did Cory become part of our community?
About a year ago, he found his dad’s old hunting bow in a closet.
“I just picked it up and I really liked it.” Cory’s voice gets an excited tone. “It’s so different than rifle hunting. There are so many things that go into it. It’s much more complicated and that adds to the hunting experience.”
Cory’s good friend recommended he come to Texas Archery to get his bow checked. He did; and he’s been coming back ever since.
“I’ve learned a lot from the people at Texas Archery,” he says. “Richard gave me a lot of information about my bow. I knew I wanted to upgrade and he helped me get it outfitted.”
“With bow hunting, everything that goes into it, to be able to pull off a shot - to even get the opportunity to get a shot…” explains Cory. “The set up is more complicated; you have to know your wind, you have to have your bow tuned, with the right arrows and the right broadheads. Everything has to be aligned.”
Remember Cory’s brother, Cole? Yeah, he bought a new bow. And his dad too. So now it’s a family thing. Which is another reason why we love our community. But his mom?
“We’re trying to get her into it but she’s not interested in the whole hunting thing as much as we are.”
The sow is the biggest game Cory’s taken down so far, but he’s looking at deer and turkey hunting this year. His goal is to become a better shot.
We have no doubt he’ll be successful. And we’re ready to support him - and our whole community - with whatever needs to get done.