American Hunter - June 2013 - 50

The Pig and the Pearl
By Jeff Johnston, Managing Editor

tangle. But as the shadows rescinded, light
unveiled a sportsman's paradise.
"Cackles echoed across the expansive
green field, and when I focused my Konus
lenses on the source, I spied bright red
heads of roosters picking bugs on a khaki
hillside. A group of wild axis deer mingled
with ranch cattle. Above, cottonball clouds
contrasted with the blue horizon, making it
as picturesque as the tropical-sea scene just
over the far hill. Combined with the bright
green of wheat on a valley floor studded
with black pigs, it looked as much like the
Hidden Valley Ranch label as any land I'd
seen. And now, my friends," I said, "I was
beginning to rescind what I'd said earlier
to my hunting guide.
"Patrick Fisher met me at the hotel on
Lanai Island and ..."
"Isn't Lanai for rich people?" Wood
interrupted. "So who did you go with?"
"It's either for rich people, or hunters.
And if you really must know, my friend
Chad Shearer asked me to join him. I was
to photograph his sons, Walker and Wyatt,
hunting deer for American Hunter-and
maybe hunt a pig and write a story."
"Ah, a tV deal," said Wood, "That
explains it. Continue."
"Of course when I arrived at the hotel
it was like the Bad News Bears taking
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Hawaii is a sportsman's paradise with its
free-ranging exotics, gamebirds, plentiful wild pigs and perfect weather.

Wrigley Field. Underdressed was an understatement. White linen and pressed shirtsleeves as bright as the Pacific abounded.
Meanwhile I wore a Mossy Oak t-shirt
and Crocs. Perhaps Jules the bellman was
gentle, but I wouldn't know. 'I usually carry
my own gun,' I told him as he offered me
a damp silk cloth. It was 82 degrees with
a dreamy breeze and anything but dusty.
When I hoisted my duffel and gun case to
the counter I became keenly aware that
the prettiest Hula girl in the world-who
happened to be working the counter-was
looking at me as if I'd come to Hawaii via

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t's was a peculiar thing," I said to
my dinner mates as I puzzled over
the menu of a high-brow steakhouse, "how darkness shrouded
the beauty of the pearl but also
the ugliness of the beast." Hatfield appeared
more interested in the wine list the waiter
was pitching, but I continued anyway. "The
pearl is America's jewel-and the beast, well,
the beast was a crusty wild pig so hideous
some people refuse to eat its flesh.
"As dawn's silhouettes betrayed me,
the boar appeared jet black and stylish
as he paraded the secluded wheat field
and dominated it. I readied the rifle and
waited for the sun to cast shooting light."
"What rifle were you using?" interjected
Keith Wood, also Hatfield's dinner guest.
"A muzzleloader," I said, "but that
doesn't matter."
Wood had asked me about the best
place to hunt pigs, but between his incessant questions and the pesky waiter, I was
having a time of it. Just then Hatfield's
bespectacled nose appeared atop his
menu.
"I don't blame the ugly for being nocturnal," he quipped. The waiter moved
around the table and I continued my story.
"The pearl, on the other hand, was a grayish, nondescript mass of earth and swaying


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