This wild boar would be a monster pig just about anywhere.
Recently, pictures of this giant hog from Russia circulated around the Internet. There was very little proof whether it was real or not, but many had their doubts. One of these doubters actually contacted Wide Open Spaces with a story of their own monster wild boar, this one taken in Hungary. As the story went, it very possibly could be one of the largest ever taken country-wide.
As all good stories go, oftentimes, proof is required. In this case, not only was a story provided, but also quality pictures, and an official certificate from the Hunting Association of Hungary. This 500 pound pig is the real deal, folks. No trick photography on this one.
Balazs Sarkany, who contacted Wide Open Spaces about this pig, translated the below story about the boar for his father, Zoltan, who is the lucky hunter who took the monster pig down.
As every hunter, I track my fields on a weekly basis, and as part of a hunting group, the territory is big enough to encounter something new every week. This time is my favorite time of the year as the corn fields are harvested, which means they cut the cover and feeding ground of the hogs and it takes them a couple days to notice that their cover is gone. My spot was next to a small river with a large bushy forest area surrounding it.
I especially like the forest line and corn field lines as all the animal has to do is feed and sleep, pretty much undisturbed or with little human contact. I sat out early and waited patiently. It was a hunting heaven. I have seen quite a few hogs out and I took a shot at one at about 7:00 pm. It was a successful shot so I called the hunting master to come out and help me take the hog in and clean it.
As I waited, I decided to sit back up. While I was waiting (almost 1 hour) I noticed something big. It seemed so big on the freshly cut yellow corn field that my stomach suddenly became full of butterflies. I sent a text message immediately to the hunting master, “Please approach very carefully and silently”. Once the hunting master arrived I asked him to sit with me for a little, quietly. As we sat, we saw a big black spot again that we judged as two big hogs. I did not want to believe it was just one animal since the size was too big.
After judging the animal we both agreed it was just one big animal and took a 150-170 meter shot and the animal ran off, but we both heard the clean impact. After 15 minutes we tried to find the spot where the bullet hit the animal. It was not so easy because of the distance, and the darkness.
After 30 minutes of searching, we discovered the first signs. We followed the trace and after 80-90 meters, we found the boar in the bush. We said that there is no way we can drag this animal, we needed our car to pull it up and clean it. We called up one of our fellow hunters and the three of us could manage to clean it. This hog weighed in after gutting it at 175kg (385lbs) and we estimated it to be 230kg (500lbs) with its guts.
The hunt was amazing and the animal is a perfect hog. I used my 20 year-old 30-06 gun and 11,7g bullet. After judging, it’s tusk received a silver medal from the Hunting Society.
Now that’s what hunting stories are made of! Not only is this a true giant of a monster boar, but it also shows how similar we are as hunters. This very hunt could have happened in Georgia or Alabama as easy as it happened in Hungary.
Even though our countries are oceans apart, it’s amazing to see how similar we are in the spirit of hunting, especially when it comes to a record breaking wild hog.