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Giant Hog!

I saw a photo album on BGH last night on wild hogs and got to remembering back about this story – see link below.

To say that this is a massive hog would be similar to saying that King Kong was a good sized Gorilla!

There is little doubt that this is one of the largest hogs ever taken in America – but if I recall correctly – there was more to the story.

Seems as though this hog was reported to have been domesticated at one time and that some locals still fed it from time to time – which would lead you to believe that it was slightly less than “wild”.

I mean in no way to diminish the accomplishment of the young man – it was reported initially that he was led into the hunt with no knowledge of the pig’s origin.

At any rate, just sharing the photograph is worthy – look at the dimension of the beast!

 

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,275524,00.html

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hogs again!

Jim-

 

You guys are just trying to make me jealous!

 

I know I’ve said it before.  But I can’t see anything about feral hog hunting without wanting them to be in my hunting range too.  We had a high fence game farm in the area for a few years that stocked Russian boars.  A few escaped the fence and were free roaming for a couple of months.  I was really hoping that they would establish a breeding population but my cousin among others shot them off during deer season that fall.  The high fence game farm has discontinued all hunts except for wing-shooting and there has been no evidence of surviving wild hogs in the area since then – darn it!

 

I'll keep hoping!  Maybe it will just give me some hunting to look forward to when I retire to a warmer climate someday!

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giant hog

I was not able to open the link in the posting, but figured I was familiar with both the hog and the story behind it. Seems the hog was a farm animal until shortly before the hunt was booked and took place in Georgia. That, of course, may have not been known by the hunters.

The hog was spotted after the hunters paid to hunt a preserve in Georgia and the hunt was on. Information that came to light after the hunt included the fact that the hog had to be shot numerous times (including at least two reloads) before it finally succumbed, also taking more than an hour of "chasing" and shooting to accomplish that end.

The hunter was using a very powerful handgun, but it was apparently not up to the task. Here's the link to the article I think is the same one and another link to a hog shot a few years ago that is #1 or #2 for a "free ranging, unpenned hog". Most experts seem to think that any hog weighing over 600 lbs or so, free ranging or not, are former (escaped, if you will) farm stock.

Telltale signs are a shorter snout, box shaped body (front to rear) and curly tail. Of course, even a former farm animal (hog) reverts fairly quickly to the ways and temperment found in the wild hogs. They are simply of a different body shape & style.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,275524,00.html

http://www.gon.com/article.php?id=1017

 

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I also remember seeing this before; the moniker, "Hogzilla" is what stands out as memorable.

Mike, you might want to be careful what you ask for when you say you hope there is a breeding population established in your hunting area.

From all I have heard and read, these critters are very destructive to just about everything they get near.

A couple of winters ago, my wife and I took a vacation to Tennessee to see what the winters were like there and to see if it might be a place to consider as a retirement spot.

We were using the cabin of a business acquaintence up on a particular mountain, and having a bit of trouble finding the gate to the place.

We stopped to ask directions and were told, "Just go down this road until you see where the hogs have been rooting - it's just past that."

Not wanting to seem dumb, I didn't ask any more questions, but we were thinking, "How are we going to know where the hogs have been rooting?"

We didn't need to wonder. A quarter mile down the road was the front yard of a house that looked for all the world like somebody had gone crazy with a giant rototiller! The yard was totally destroyed!

Maybe they'd be ok in the type of terrain that wasn't good for anything else, but once they get into an area, they will absolutley tear it up!

 

 

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