Last month, a North Carolina hunter killed a gigantic wild hog that weighed more than 500 pounds.
On Feb. 28 under a clear night sky, hunter Jeff Webb of Conetoe, N.C. finally killed the huge wild boar he’d been tracking for a month, according to North Carolina Sportsman. He lured the huge wild hog with a sweet-corn feeder and killed it with a .308 AR-15 rifle.
“It was very surreal,” Webb told WNCN. “It was a shock. It was very humbling to say the least, when you walk up on a beast that big and you say, ‘Oh my gosh. I had no idea that there could be something that big running around the woods of Eastern North Carolina.'”
At the official weigh-in, the huge wild boar topped out two scales certified for 500 pounds that are used to weigh large tobacco bales.
“He pegged the maximum weight capacity of the certified scales with his head and shoulders still on the skinning shed floor,” said the club’s president Michael Mansell. “It was a true beast.”
Webb and other members of the White Oak Ranch Hunting Club in Bertie County, N.C. said they had seen the huge wild boar on the club’s property in years prior but had never been able to track it down.
“We have pictures of him going back to 2011. He was a hard one to get on the ground for he moved around a great deal,” Mansell said. “These hogs are smart; we stay scent free, watch the wind and hunt from elevated stands.”
Feral pigs are a persistent pest problem in the US. Most states encourage hunters to kill feral pigs year round. Every year, feral pigs cause millions of dollars of damage to livestock and agriculture.
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