A story from my beloved News and Observer.
Remember the hubbub over Hogzilla, the mammoth Georgia porker killed in 2004?
That hybrid hog (part wild boar, part Hampshire) first was said to weigh 1,000 pounds and measure 12 feet long. The folks at National Geographic later dug up the carcass and estimated the weight at 800 pounds and length at about 8 feet.
Those are just about the dimensions of a feral pig Donald Strickland of Whitakers killed in Nash County on Nov. 19.
Let's call it Pigfoot.
Strickland, 31, a heavy equipment operator with the N.C. Division of Forest Resources and an avid deer hunter, had just finished a morning hunt when the pig business started...
...The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission doesn't keep records on feral pigs, but it just might be the heaviest wild pig ever killed in North Carolina. Neither Mark Jones, former bear and boar biologist with the commission, nor Evin Stanford, deer biologist, was aware of a bigger pig.
"It's the largest we've ever heard of," Stanford said. "It's very rare for a free-ranging hog to get that big.
"It's possible that it might have been in captivity once."
Outside of a six-county area in the mountains, feral pigs have no closed season or bag limit.
"They're not a game species," Stanford said. "From our perspective, we kind of wished they weren't around. They are an undesirable species."
Strickland buried the carcass but kept the head to make a skull, or European, mount.
He doesn't plan to give up deer hunting for chasing pigs, but he did find the experience interesting.
Several good things about this story:
1. Notice that the weight was without the "oysters." Pig that big had some fine oysters. Maybe 20 pounds or more.
2. Did he end up using the meat? Or was it too stinky?
3. The guy is planning of having a taxidemermist fix him up a "European" mount for the den. I think that the idea of having the mounted heads of Europeans in American dens is highly original, and one I fully support. When is the season, though? And how do you catch French people? They run SO FAST in the opposite direction at the sound of gunfire.
(Nod to Anonyman)