“I had no idea that there could be something that big running around the woods of Eastern North Carolina”

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The huge boar had eluded members of the White Oak Ranch Hunting Club for years. It had been spotted repeatedly but never bagged.

“We have pictures of him going back to 2011,” Michael Mansell, president of the North Carolina club, told WNCT news. “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.”

Jett Webb had only been on the hunt for a month. Then, on February 28, at about 10:30 p.m. he went to the woods and brought home a 500- pound hog. Webb shot the hog from an elevated tree stand with an AR-10 rifle from less than 100 yards away.

Think this hog’s big? It could be even bigger. The boar maxed out a scale used for weighing tobacco bales certified up to 500 pounds. “His  head and shoulders [were] still on the skinning shed floor,” Michael Mansell, president of the White Oak Ranch Hunting Club, told the North Carolina Sportsman.

“It was very surreal,” Webb told local TV station, WNCT. “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…. The Mohawk down the back, the tusks really lean, the muscular big front end,” Webb said. “This is far from a domesticated docile pig that we’re used to.”

“The sweet-tasting corn and a night-hunting light was too much for this oversized, heap of pork chops,” the  North Carolina Sportsman said. 

Webb told WRAL he plans to make enough sausage with the meat that he’ll be able to feed his family for the better part of a year.

In North Carolina, feral pigs can be hunted year round. Wild boar are a non-native species and considered a threat to the environment and agricultural operations in the state.

Gail Sullivan covers business for the Morning Mix blog.

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