North Carolina Hunter Bags Massive 500+ Pound Wild Boar (Photos)
A hunter in North Carolina just bagged himself a year’s worth of bacon.
Jett Webb shot and killed a 500-pound boar on Feb. 28. Webb tracked the beast for well over a month before he was able to kill it.
"It was very surreal,” Webb told WSPA. “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.’"
Webb first spotted the huge pig in January. According to White Oak Ranch Hunting Club President Mike Mansell, hunters from the club have tracked the hog for over six years.
“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.”
Webb immediately recognized the boar after spotting it.
"The Mohawk down the back,” Webb describes, “the tusks, really lean, the muscular big front end. This is far from a domesticated docile pig that we're used to."
Webb opted to harvest the meat of his behemoth kill. He estimates the hog will feed his family for a year or so.
"We’re not going to waste anything,” Webb says. “So that pig will provide food for me and my family for a good year."
The huge boar weighed at least 500 pounds. Webb says the pig bottomed out a scale with a 500-pound max. The scale maxed out while the boar's head and shoulders were still on the floor.
Boar hunting is legal year-round in North Carolina. The animals are an invasive species in the area that wreak havoc on native wildlife and agriculture. Mansell estimates that the problematic species is doubling its population in the state each year.
As massive as Webb’s boar is, it’s no world record. In 2007, an 11-year-old boy in Alabama killed a boar weighing in at over 1,000 pounds.
Check out these pictures of the beast: