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Going wild for hogs: As the wild boar population increases, hunting for them is gaining in popularity

by Ed Godfrey Published: August 9, 2009
Hunting feral hogs – and the hogs themselves – keep getting bigger in Oklahoma.

Landon Wood, a firefighter from Sulphur, killed a 558-pound wild boar last month while hunting at the Pennington Creek Hunting Club, an 8,500 acre ranch near Mill Creek in Johnston County.

A .308 rifle cartridge fired from 80 yards away only penetrated the pig about halfway. The wild hog measured almost 17 inches from shoulder to shoulder and had 2 1/2 inch cutters.

The pig measured 6 feet, 3 inches from the tip of his nose to the top of his foot.

Wood has submitted the hog for a listing on Weiser, Weight and Tusk — the equivalent of Boone & Crockett for trophy wild boars.

Weiser, Weight and Tusk has been keeping records on trophy hogs since 2005.

Wood’s swine would be the largest free-ranging pig ever killed in Oklahoma and the 15{+t}{+h} heaviest in the country, according to the Weiser, Weight and Tusk record book.

Although I’m sure other hog hunters in Oklahoma would dispute that claim.

Two years ago, I wrote a column ago about a feral hog that was killed by a hunter near Durant that reportedly weighed more than 600 pounds. That porker, however, was not weighed on scales like Wood’s pig.

Such giant hogs are "pretty rare, but we’ve seen exceptionally large hogs,” said Jack Carson, spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Food, Forestry and Agriculture, the agency mandated to deal with feral hogs in the state.

"In fact, I saw some while turkey hunting on the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, that from my experience with seeing hogs, that looked every bit of 500 to 600 pounds,” Carson said.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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