The newswires around the world are hot with the story of a 11 year old boy in Alabama having shot a 1,051 pound monster hog.
I am sure Phillip Loughlin over at The Hog Blog would be all over this story if he would not be a busy chasing wild hog at the Tejon Ranch this week. Can’t wait for him to come back tomorrow and tell us all about it.
From the CNN to the rather anti hunting Fox News and on to Canada’s CTV News and then over to Australia’s News.com, every news station and blogger around the world reports about the “Boy bags a monster hog. So it’s only fitting that I join the fold.
While the story of “Hogzilla” is made into a horror movie as we speak that monster pig is about to be put to shame by an 11 year old boy. Jamison Stone from Alabama hunted with his father in in Delta on the 2,500-acre Lost Creek Plantation. He shot the hog with a Smith & Wesson .500 Revolver, quite the cannon for a little kid don’t you think. Once the hog was down trees had to be cut down and a backhoe brought in to bring Jamison's prize out of the woods.
It was hauled on a truck to the Clay County Farmers Exchange in Lineville, where Jeff Kinder said they used his scale, which was recently calibrated, to weigh the hog.
Kinder, who didn't witness the weigh-in, said he was baffled to hear the reported weight of 1,051 pounds because his scale — an old, manual style with sliding weights — only measures to the nearest 10.
"I didn't quite understand that," he said.
Mike Stone said the scale balanced one notch past the 1,050-pound mark, and he thought it meant a weight of 1,051 pounds.
"It probably weighed 1,060 pounds. We were just afraid to change it once the story was out," he said.
The hog's head is now being mounted on an extra-large foam form by Cunningham of Jerry's Taxidermy in Oxford. Cunningham said the animal measured 54 inches around the head, 74 inches around the shoulders and 11 inches from the eyes to the end of its snout.
Mike Stone is having sausage made from the rest of the animal. "We'll probably get 500 to 700 pounds," he said.
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