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Young hunter, 11, bags a monster porker

By DAVID GARDNER
27th May 2007

Confronted with a pig the size of a pick-up truck, most youngsters would turn tail and flee.

But 11-year-old Jamison Stone is too keen on his sausages for that.

The boy from the wilds of Alabama is said to have pursued the monster porker for three hours through a hunting reservation near his home, firing his .50-calibre revolver seven times into its bulk before finishing it off with a bullet to the head.


Dad, look what I found. . . Jamison Stone pictured beside the boar. Experts say the picture appears to be genuine




Trees had to be cut down and a mechanical digger brought in to bring the animal's body out of the woods.

Jamison's father Mike claims that it weighed 1,051lb and, when hung up by one trotter, measured 10ft 7in from end to end.

That would make it the biggest wild boar ever shot - even bigger than Hogzilla, the fabled beast bagged three years ago in Georgia by hunter Chris Griffin.

"It feels really good," said Jamison, from Pickensville. "It's a good accomplishment. I probably won't ever kill anything else that big."

The boy killed his first deer when he was five and was hunting with his father and two guides on the 2,500-acre Lost Creek Plantation when he felt the earth move and spotted his prey.

Throughout the chase, there was the fear that the animal would turn and charge them with its five-inch tusks.

"I was a little bit scared, a little bit excited," added Jamison.

His father said that he and the guides had high-powered rifles aimed and ready to fire in case the beast decided to fight. But the kill was all Jamison's work.

Experts say the picture of Jamison and his trophy posted by his father on a website, www.monsterpig.com (external - login to view), does not appear to have been tampered with and witnesses in Alabama verify the story.

The hog was hauled on a truck to the Clay County Farmers Exchange in Lineville, where it was weighed. Workers there said the lorry scales used were recently certified as accurate by the state.

The pig's head is now being mounted on an extra-large foam board.

Jerry Cunningham, of Jerry's Taxidermy in Oxford, Alabama, said the animalmeasured 54in around the head, 74in around the shoulders and 11in from the eyes to the end of its snout. "It's the biggest thing I've ever seen," he said. "It's huge."

Mike Stone is having sausages made from the rest of the animal. "We'll probably get 500 to 700 pounds," he said.

He added that the boar probably weighed a little more than the 1,051lb claimed, but he didn't want anyone to accuse him of exaggerating.

Jamison says he is enjoying the celebrity generated by the hog hunt, but he says he prefers hunting pheasants to monster pigs. "They are a little less dangerous."

Back in Georgia, the monster pig shot by Chris Griffin has inspired a horror film, The Legend of Hogzilla, which is currently in preparation.

It was said to be 12ft long and weigh 1,000lb.

There was scepticism about such dimensions and online hunters from around the world questioned whether it was a hoax until National Geographic experts unearthed the remains to confirm its existence.

They claimed that, while it was indeed a giant, it was likely to have weighed no more than 800lb. That would make Jamison's creature the heavyweight champion by at least 200lb.
Apart from all the sausages, the hunters are already doing their best to make cash out of the kill.

Colour posters are on sale on the website and the Stone family say a video is on the way.

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