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May 27, 2007

Jamison Stone and Hogzilla

Oh dear, I fear that The Times has been had.

THEY swear he is one of the most humungous hogs ever seen – and not just a giant porkie. A pig the size of a hatchback has been reported shot dead by an 11-year-old boy using a pistol.

The male wild pig, which is said to weigh half a ton and measure more than 9ft long, was apparently killed by Jamison Stone, a schoolboy from Alabama, while out hunting with his father Mike.

The dead boar has been hailed as a contender for the largest wild pig ever found, but the Stones are unsentimental about their trophy.

“We’ll probably get 500lb to 700lb of sausages out of him,” Mike Stone told Associated Press.

The pig, whose measurements have not been independently verified, is the latest in a series of giant specimens found in the backwoods of the southern United States.

Now I don't say that it is impossible that a wild pig of this size exists, even existed and was shot. However, here's the photo:

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Here's the one of the earlier claim to fame, Hogzilla:

Hogzilla

Err, anyone else note the interesting use of perspective, of the distance from the animal to the human being used to compare the size?

Our young Jamison Stone is not shown leaning on the pig at all, he's crouching, several feet behind it.

Yes, I know that National Geographic dug up the corpse of Hogzilla and measured it, finding it to be large, yes, but certainly no where near as large as the photo makes it look.

It's them rednecks from Alabama having a laugh at us urbanites who will swallow this tale.

Update: More to the story here. As mentioned in comments, is this just a great piece of viral marketing for a movie?

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Comments

The interesting thing about this article is that it is known wild boar can grow up to 900 pounds in weight and 9 feet in length, but like the writer mentioned many people exaggerate their claims for publicity.

I am not denying this boy did not shoot a large wild boar, but one that is in excess of 1,000 pounds and is 9.4 feet in length....with a pistol...thats some going.

For anyone who knows about wild boar then you will understand that their hide is strong and their bones are dense so you have to get them with a kill shot or they will charge at you.

Posted by: Wild Boar | May 27, 2007 10:12:13 AM

"Our young Jamison Stone is not shown leaning on the pig at all, he's crouching, several feet behind it."

A well known trick for making your trophy beast look a lot more trophy-like in the photo!

Posted by: JuliaM | May 27, 2007 11:31:02 AM

Do they have real wild boar in the US, or are they feral domestic pigs? (They have the latter in NZ.)

Tim adds: Real boar, at least on the West Coast. Introduced by the Russians for hunting purposes.
Some on the East coast are crosses, feral and boar.

Posted by: dearieme | May 27, 2007 12:53:59 PM

And Oz, come to think of it.

Posted by: dearieme | May 27, 2007 12:54:50 PM

Right. Not for fighting with a pepper spray, then?

Posted by: dearieme | May 27, 2007 6:02:19 PM

When I saw the picture, I thought they had held the camera relatively close, with a wide-angle view. It didn't occur to me that the kid was further back.
Allegedly he used a half-inch calibre hand gun and finished it off with said gun after chasing it for some time. Further evidence, I think, that the story could do with soem fact checking.

Posted by: Jim Winfield | May 27, 2007 7:20:31 PM

According to the article he wounded it seven times while chasing it for three hours and finishing it off with an eighth shot. .50 S&W is big for a handgun but it wasn't an appropriate tool for the task. If you look at the pic you'll also notice there was rather a bit of gut-shooting it as well.

Posted by: Tom | May 27, 2007 11:38:54 PM

Such a act of gross cruelty and brutality. Pls stop portraying such a shamful act as something to be proud of.

CK Young
from Hong Kong

Posted by: C K Young | May 28, 2007 1:53:19 AM

Tim, there are Russian wild boar south of San Antonio, too. They get positively ginormous.

Posted by: skh.pcola | May 28, 2007 2:24:01 AM

"Such a act of gross cruelty and brutality. "

What, hoodwinking a newspaper? Ahh, the 'Times' had it coming...

Posted by: JuliaM | May 28, 2007 7:42:21 AM

GM-TV (sorry, helping Mrs S-E with the washing up) has just had the same story and pictures on. Don't journalists have research assistants any more? It's not as if we could expect them to do any work themselves, is it?

S-E

Posted by: Surreptitious Evil | May 28, 2007 8:13:19 AM

Way to go Jamison; and to you bleeding hearts that think this is cruel, just stop it will you, have you ever seen what a wild bore can do to a human that gets in their way? This is an American right that goes back to early history when this was the only way of life, if you didn't kill it or grow it, you did NOT eat. It is legal to hunt, and as the story said this hog will be on somebody's (or lots of somebody's) tables in the form of a patty or link, therefore there is NO wrong doing here. Thanks to Jamison for sharing this picture and story with us. It will become another part of the Southern folklore that all of us here in the South enjoy seeing and hearing about, oh and that don't make us REDNECK either. Stay safe and enjoy you 15 minutes in the fame!!!!!

Posted by: t kimsey | May 29, 2007 12:40:09 PM

Typical stupid american behaviour to shoot a beautiful animal like that. No wonder the world hates the US and its fat inhabitants. Did you take a good look at that boy? Already fat and stupid, like his fat dad. And wow, how cool to use a weapon at the age of 11. And you US idiots still wonder why there are so much murders in your country. You train the killers of the future yourselves! Dream on US and keep on living in the middle ages.

Posted by: Love animals | May 29, 2007 1:08:29 PM

Looked closely at the picture. Look at the bullet-holes. SOOOO big with such a small pistol? No way. Unless the boy really is a couple of feet behind the animal...

Posted by: malatesta | May 29, 2007 2:31:45 PM

Surely this is a unique combination of cowardice and cruelty. One pig chased for over three hours by a whole lot of cowardly men with high powered guns. Then they allow the boy to kill it whilst covering him with all their high powered rifles. To those that pretend this is not cruel; much scientific evidence shows that animals become stressed during long chases (but any honest person with common sense would not need such proof).

Posted by: Andrew | May 29, 2007 3:24:26 PM

Burn in hell, Jamison! Bastard!

Posted by: bj | May 29, 2007 3:31:52 PM

Everyone who is hating on this kid should go #%&@ themselves. This kid shot a trophy hog and, as the article states, plans on gettin 500-700 pounds of meat out of the animal. Those who criticize probably buy their meat at a grocery store where domesticated animals live a way crappier life than this hog did. The kid worked his ass off to bag this pig... way harder than it takes you guys to get off YOUR fat asses and drive to the local walmart super store and buy a half pound of ground chuck. Either give the kid some credit or shut the hell up. So go cook yourself a veggie burger and find something else to bitch about.

Posted by: Jdrew | May 29, 2007 7:31:19 PM

That's the poorest example of huntsmanship I have ever seen anyone admitting to.
If you can't kill it with one clean shot, don't even try, every true hunter goes by that rule.
And a fat weekend warrior punk going for boar with a handgun ? A real hunter won't torture an animal to death, but use skills and experience, bring respect and the proper tools, things this ignorant posse is clearly lacking.
If that is true, it's something the little jerk should be ashamed of for the rest of his life.

Posted by: Fritz | May 29, 2007 8:00:00 PM

Jdrew, spoken like a man who doesn't have a clue. 1000 lb boars can't die from a single bullet. And if you don't shoot them at this stage they'll soon die from disease and become a festering cesspool for more diseases that other animals will suffer from.

Posted by: daustin | May 29, 2007 10:11:30 PM

apologies, jdrew, my comments were supposed to be directed to Fritz, and all the other clueless idiots around the world who know nothing about sportsmanship, ecosystems, and the atrocious conditions of the farms wherein their meat grows.

Posted by: daustin | May 29, 2007 10:18:52 PM

i wanted to applaud the ad agency that came up with this VERY CLEVER viral campaign for the upcoming Hogzilla movie. People are running for the hills!

Posted by: john | May 29, 2007 10:51:20 PM

There are plenty of wild boar in Southern United States. Southern children usually start hunting at the age of 5 in rural areas. They do where I live in North Carolina. Call us all kinds of names like you like, but it is our way of life. This is a wild animal. We have deer season here also. I don't understand how the child shot it 8 times. That isn't very hunting or a humane way for the boar to die.

Posted by: Katie | May 29, 2007 10:56:53 PM

Nice shooting -- and to Hell with the urban pansies who have Oscar Mayer and Frank Perdue do their messy work for them.

And the pseudo-sportsmen who think you always get a one-shot kill. This clown read something, somewhere, about hunting, but has never carried a gun in the woods in his life.

I, too, suspect the camera is indulging in a bit of exaggeration here, and that the boy is a goodly distance behind this behemoth. A 1000-pounder is impressive, but this one is set up to look like a 2500-pounder!

Posted by: MSgt White | May 29, 2007 11:16:21 PM

True, he should have not been hunting with a handgun. and yes he should have taken the picture for the actual size. but give the kid some credit. to actully hit some thing (no matter how big) with a handgun does take skill. i just hope that kid doesnt let the fame go to his head

Posted by: joshua | May 30, 2007 1:09:32 AM

Human being sure dominates the world - even a small kid can kill such a huge animal! That is what we are and what the bible has told us to be.

Posted by: Hunter | May 30, 2007 1:40:57 AM