Monday, June 04, 2007
The photo was genuine but reports in the Anniston Star indicate that the monster hog that has been causing all the controversy of late wasn't exactly what you would call a wild hog.
Phil Blissitt purchased the pig for his wife as a Christmas gift in December of 2004. From 6 weeks old, they raised the pig as it grew to its enormous size.
Not long ago, they decided to sell off all of their pigs. Eddy Borden, owner of Lost Creek Plantation, purchased Fred.
It wasn't what one would call a clean kill either:
The monster hog gained worldwide acclaim after he was harvested by 11-year-old Jamison Stone, a Pickensville native, with a .50-caliber pistol on May 3 at the Lost Creek Plantation, LLC, a hunting preserve in Delta. The big boar was hunted inside a large, low-fence enclosure and fired upon 16 times by Stone, who struck the animal nearly a half-dozen times during the three-hour hunt.
The same sort of thing as using a 4wt for tarpon?
The young hunter's father says they weren't aware that the hog was domestic.
“We were told that it was a feral hog,” Mike Stone said, “and we hunted it on the pretense that it was a feral hog.”