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    Boy Bags Wild Hog Bigger Than 'Hogzilla'
    May 25 04:21 PM US/Eastern
    Associated Press Writer
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Hogzilla is being made into a horror movie. But the sequel may be even bigger: Meet Monster Pig. An 11-year-old Alabama boy used a pistol to kill a wild hog his father says weighed a staggering 1,051 pounds and measured 9-feet-4 from the tip of its snout to the base of its tail. Think hams as big as car tires.

    If the claims are accurate, Jamison Stone's trophy boar would be bigger than Hogzilla, the famed wild hog that grew to seemingly mythical proportions after being killed in south Georgia in 2004.

    Hogzilla originally was thought to weigh 1,000 pounds and measure 12 feet in length. National Geographic experts who unearthed its remains believe the animal actually weighed about 800 pounds and was 8 feet long.

    Regardless of the comparison, Jamison is reveling in the attention over his pig, which has a Web site put up by his father— —that is generating Internet buzz.

    "It feels really good," Jamison, of Pickensville, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "It's a good accomplishment. I probably won't ever kill anything else that big."

    Jamison, who killed his first deer at age 5, was hunting with father Mike Stone and two guides in east Alabama on May 3 when he bagged Hogzilla II. He said he shot the huge animal eight times with a .50- caliber revolver and chased it for three hours through hilly woods before finishing it off with a point-blank shot.

    Through it all there was the fear that the animal would turn and charge them, as wild boars have a reputation of doing.

    "I was a little bit scared, a little bit excited," said Jamison, who just finished the sixth grade on the honor roll at Christian Heritage Academy, a small, private school.

    His father said that, just to be extra safe, he and the guides had high-powered rifles aimed and ready to fire in case the beast with 5- inch tusks decided to charge.

    With the pig finally dead in a creek bed on the 2,500-acre Lost Creek Plantation, a commercial hunting preserve in Delta, 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 Jerry 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.

    "It's huge," he said. "It's just the biggest thing I've ever seen."

    Mike Stone is having sausage made from the rest of the animal. "We'll probably get 500 to 700 pounds," he said.

    Jamison, meanwhile, has been offered a small part in "The Legend of Hogzilla," a small-time horror flick based on the tale of the Georgia boar. The movie is holding casting calls with plans to begin filming in Georgia.

    Jamison is enjoying the newfound celebrity generated by the hog hunt, but he said he prefers hunting pheasants to monster pigs.

    "They are a little less dangerous."
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    Ah yes, the boy is so proud for killing a true wonder of nature.

    What a waste.

  3. and he was so brave to walk up close to shoot it point blank in the head to finish it off. after only 8 gun shot wounds, the beast easily could have turned and hurt the poor kid.

    by the way, is it common for people to hunt big game with revolvers?
  4. I wanna see someone capture a bigfoot. dead or alive that would be cool:D
  5. Yep, some of the new rounds are potent.
    480 ruger, colt .50 cal, some of the new 45 super magnums etc. Make the 454 casull look a bit weak really.

    If, (and its a big if, some of the other moster pig stories have been ah, slight exagerations) the stories right, its doubtfull anything much would have done the job a lot faster.
    Poor bullet placement, sounds like.
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    Doesnt sound like ethical hunting, if there were others who could have taken a shot-they should have.

    Further , looking at the site, all of the photos are set up for maximum effect.
    Maybe the pig was huge, but then why did they all stand so far back in the photo's?
    Old trick, like the guy who hoaxed that he'd shot a black panther by skillfully arranging a photo of a black feral tabby.

    Looked convincing enough, but these photos are rubbish as evidence.
  7. I hope this kid REALLY likes BBQ & bacon. I can picture his dad at the backyard grill this weekend brushing BBQ sauce on ribs the size of elephant tusks. :D
  8. Those photos don't look "right".

    Kid and others almost look superimposed. Or as another mentioned, they are standing far in back of the thing.

    If they had shot a pic with the kid in front, it would have looked much less impressive. Also, I've never seen an 11 year old kid, even a chunky one, that could shoot a 50 cal pistol...
  9. Frankly, I'd rather see a picture of the hog with the kids head in its mouth.

    I mean really. How many 1000 lb boars do we have, vs fat kids that like to shoot stuff. Too little of one, too many of the other.

    But thats just me.
  10. Yeah, but if they hadnt shot it, they couldnt prove it. Not that they actually have........

    I was going to mention, the least they could have done is had it stuffed (fully, not a trophy head) for posterity, if it is that big.
    Besides, theres a 90% percent chance a boar thats size (and age) would taste truly abominable. Rather like a yeti might....(bad pun intended)

    Sort of reminds me of the (reports of) those guys in siberia, found a perfectly preserved frozen woolly mammoth, so they fed it to their sled dogs. Or the chinese poacher, who shot a giant panda for the pot, but it was awful, so he fed it to his dogs.

    And no, i wouldnt trust a kid with a handgun of any sort, as a rule.
    #10     May 27, 2007