A hunter in North Carolina shot and killed a very, very large hog — 500 pounds to be precise.
Eight feet long and weighing in at more than 500 pounds, the massive wild hog still didn’t stand a chance against veteran hunter Jett Webb’s .38-caliber rifle.
“It was very surreal. It was a shock,” Webb told WNCT-TV. “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.”
Last month, Webb spotted the beast roaming near the Indian Woods in Bertie County on land leased by the White Oak Ranch Hunting Club.
It was the same one other hunters had been vying for since capturing it on trail cameras years ago.
“The Mohawk down the back, the tusks really lean, the muscular big front end. This is far from a domesticated docile pig that we’re used to,” Webb said. “It takes your breath away for a second to realize how big this hog is. It took up the entire bed of the pickup truck.”
White Oak Ranch president Mike Mansell says it’s part of a growing wild boar population in the East.
“They’re a species that is invasive — once you have them, you’re not going to get rid of them. They just continue to multiply,” Mansell said.
Webb killed a similar-sized pig two years ago. It’s now mounted on the walls of the hunting club.
But this time around, he chose to only harvest the meat, filling two coolers to the brim with sausage, pork chops and tenderloin.
“We’re not going to waste anything. So that pig will provide food for me and my family for a good year,” Webb said.
As for the skeptics, Webb swears his picture is not Photoshopped. And he says most reaction online has been positive.
“I just set out to put a little meat in the freezer but afterwards I was completely blown away,” Webb said.