Sunday, April 29, 2007

'Hogzilla' legend to hit big screen with new film

Today I found the following interesting story on CTV.ca

Hogzilla, a near-mythical monster hog that roamed south Georgia, is about to get a little bigger. An independent filmmaker is producing a horror movie about the super swine called "The Legend of Hogzilla," and has even enlisted the beast's killer on the set as an adviser.
"He's our hog expert," producer Rick Trimm said of guide Chris Griffin, who shot the huge porker in 2004 at a hunting preserve.
Photographs of the hog hanging from a backhoe were sent around the world, and the town of Alapaha 180 miles south of Atlanta quickly adopted Hogzilla as its own, even launching a parade in the pig's honor.
A National Geographic team confirmed the pig's existence in 2005 after exhuming the behemoth's remains. While the experts said the hog didn't exactly live up to the hype -- local hunters said the pig was 3.6 metres long and weighed 453 kilograms -- they still discovered a mighty big hog. They estimated it weighed around 362 kilograms and was probably about 2.4 metres long.
Lithium Productions says the production will need 200 locals for extras and is hosting tryouts next month.
"We don't need professional actors," Trimm said. "We need real people who are interested in the movie."

In an article – Monster Hog shot in Georgia - published in January this year on this blog I wrote about the second hogzilla killed in the same state. It looks like that if you're after monster hogs Georgia is the place to go. On a side note, if you are an avid hog hunter I recommend that you read regularly the The Hog Blog.

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5 comments:

deerslayer said...

I could feed my wife for about 6 months with the bacon and porkchops on that hog and the hams and shoulders would last me for some time too. That is one nice hog for sure. A friend of mine killed one that wieghed 700 lbs. here in Tn. last year (2006) during bow season and it was huge to me.

Othmar Vohringer said...

You bet a hog that size gives you plenty of meat. The only problem I can see with a hog that size and age is the quality of the meat, though and very smelly from all that testosterone. Having said that, I know of hunters that turn mature hogs into sausages to “hide” the strong taste. Still other hunters like the taste and smell of adult hog meat.

-Othmar Vohringer-

Phillip said...

Thanks for the plug to the Hog Blog, Othmar.

As to quality of meat on a big pig...

Hogzilla was pretty obviously mostly domestic-gone-feral hog, so it's hard to say how he'd have eaten. But in general, I've always heard the same "conventional wisdom" about shooting big pigs vs. smaller "meat" pigs. Let me tell you, from my experience it doesn't always work out that way.

One of the tastiest pigs I ever shot was a sow that weighed in at 168 lbs field dressed. You figure field dressing takes about 1/3 of the total weight...so she wasn't a small girl.

I also shot a boar that, after cutting him up to pack out, less skin, innards, shanks and legs, and some other various parts, still came out a little over 183 lbs. No matter how you stack it, that's a big boy.... and he was delicious.

Now compare that to the 78lbs, field-dressed, boar I shot a couple years back... nastiest thing I ever ate, and I actually threw away a good part of the meat because it was inedible.

Those big, mostly domestic, hogs they're shooting on these "game ranches" in GA, TN, and LA can provide some great eating. Don't sell 'em short.

Othmar Vohringer said...

Your very welcome Phillip and thank you for you view on the taste of adult wild pigs. I had once a steak of a large boar and to be honest after the first bite I gave it to the dog. It’s just not for me. But I guess that is why God has created different critters because we all have different taste. :)

-Othmar Vohringer-

Jon Bryan said...

I think in far, south Georgia they still go by inches, feet and pounds,but it is a really big pig!

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