Man shoots mammoth 820 pound wild hog in his front yard (AL)

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  1. EC

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    Man shoots mammoth 820 pound wild hog in his front yard

    Updated on July 19, 2017 at 8:57 AM Posted on July 18, 2017 at 12:04 PM

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    Gallery: Man kills 820 pound wild hog in his front yard

    By Joe Songer

    jsonger@al.com

    Samson resident Wade Seago knew something was up outside of his home last week when the family's pet schnauzer, Cruiser, started barking constantly. The Seagos live on 100 acres in the rural south Alabama town. The property and surrounding area is teeming with wildlife so it's not unusual for their dog to bark at deer, raccoons or other wild visitors.

    But this was different. As he was about to get up and check on his dog, his daughter began screaming. "I jumped up to see what was going on," Wade explained. "I looked out the back window and saw nothing, so I ran to the front of the house where my daughter was looking out the window. I couldn't believe what I was seeing."

    The dog had a huge wild hog bayed in his front yard, about 5 yards off of the front porch. "Cruiser had this huge hog confused with all of the barking and movement," Wade continued. "It was not a good situation."

    Seago is an avid deer hunter and runs a taxidermy business in Samson. He was also a prison guard for several years. He told me that hogs are abundant in the area and he has seen them on his property before, but none the size of this one.

    Wade was afraid the huge hog would injure or kill the family pet so he grabbed a .38 caliber revolver that he keeps for home defense and went out on the front porch.

    "By the time I got in a position to shoot, the hog was about 12 yards away," Wade said. "Cruiser was out of my line to the hog so I fired."

    It took three shots to take him down. The giant hog hit the ground near the carport. The next day, Wade took the wild hog to Brooks Peanut Company and weighed it on the drive-thru scales. The hog tipped the scales at 820 pounds and had six inch tushes.

    According to the Alabama Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, feral hogs in Alabama pose a serious threat to native wildlife. High reproductive rates, a lack of natural predators, voracious omnivorous feeding habits, destructive rooting behavior and habitat destruction are just a few reasons why Alabama sportsmen and land managers are encouraged to help control this non-native species. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that feral hogs cause more than $800 million of agricultural damage in the United States annually.

    Feral hogs are considered a game animal in Alabama and have no closed season and no bag limits. This means that on private land, hunters can legally hunt hogs every day of the year with no harvest restrictions.

    "I didn't think twice about taking down this hog," Wade concluded. "I'd do it again tomorrow."

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  2. 120+

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    That's insane.
     
  3. Buford

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    Neighbors got hogs in far western shelby. Not a pic, multiple daylight sightings. That's 15 miles from Louisville.
    Can't believe it. Now we not only have too many deer, we got these bastards too.
     
  4. EdLongshanks

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    How does a feral hog reach 820 lbs????
     
  5. muddhunter

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    Probably something to do with peanuts. Acres and acres of peanuts. I wonder how long it took him to get that big.
     
  6. luvtohunt

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    Probably inedible but man that is a lot of pork!!!
     
  7. EC

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    I don't recall eating wild hog, is it nasty?
     
  8. KYBOY

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    Wow, what a hog. Wonder how many acres of ground he plowed up over the years
     
  9. luvtohunt

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    Never killed one myself and only eaten it a couple of times but have heard from guys that have hunted them regularly say the larger boars over say like 300 pounds aren't fit to eat. I guess maybe a fella could do like whole hog sausage or something but as far as breaking one down, always heard its a no go. Again, that is hear say and not experience talking. I know I have helped butcher plenty of 400 plus pound hogs for the freezer that were great. Something about being in the wild I guess.
     
  10. EdLongshanks

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    We feed market hogs corn for a reason
     
  11. EC

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    That's disappointing. Always thought that would be a good and abundant source of meat.

    I grew up with friends from Union county who were hog farmers--they had some that had to be over 600 and more pounds. They were mean as Hell (shooting the boars in the sack with BB guns I guess didn't help--LOL). They had some huge sows too...at least some 600 pounders.

    I'm pretty sure they had those big ones butchered, but maybe they just keep the big ones around for breeding instead. Plus these weren't wild...so I guess that could be the difference?
     
  12. elkaholic

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    Me and a friend went on a hog hunt many years ago. The boar I got was large and the meat ended up in the trash. He shot a sow and it tasted like pork you would buy at Krogers.
     
  13. barney

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    By looking at the second picture, I would guess the weight somewhere around 500. I saw a 920 pounder once, it would dwarf the hog in the pictures.
     
  14. Capttrae

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    Bingo!!! That was my first thought when I saw the pic on FB a couple days ago. Nice big hog but no where near 820, but my lord what a set of cutters!!
     
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  15. Feedman

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    Wade took the wild hog to Brooks Peanut Company and weighed it on the drive-thru scales.

    Did wade stay in the truck when it was weight and out of the truck when the truck was weighted?
     

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