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Published: Saturday, 5/26/2007

11-year-old hunter bags 1,050-lb. wild boar with 50-caliber pistol

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Jamison Stone poses with the massive wild boar he killed near Delta, Alabama. The boy's father plans to make sausage. Jamison Stone poses with the massive wild boar he killed near Delta, Alabama. The boy's father plans to make sausage.
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Hogzilla is being made into a horror movie, but the sequel may be even bigger: Meet Monster Pig.

An 11-year-old boy used a pistol to kill a wild hog his father says weighed a staggering 1,050 pounds and measured 9 feet 4 inches from the tip of its snout to the base of its tail. Think hams as big as car tires.

If the claims are accurate, Jamison Stone's trophy boar would be bigger than Hogzilla, the famed wild hog killed in south Georgia in 2004 that had grown to seemingly mythical proportions.

Hogzilla was originally thought to weigh 1,000 pounds and measure 12 feet long. National Geographic experts who unearthed its remains believe the animal actually weighed about 800 pounds and was 8 feet long.

Regardless of the comparison, young Jamison is reveling in the attention over his pig.

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

The boy, who killed his first deer at age 5, was hunting with his father, Mike Stone, and two guides in east Alabama on May 3 when he bagged Monster Pig. He said he shot the huge animal eight times with a 50-caliber handgun and chased it for three hours through hilly woods before finishing it off with a point-blank shot.

His father said that, just to be extra safe, he and the guides had high-powered rifles aimed and ready to fire in case the beast, with 5-inch tusks, decided to charge.

Through it all, there was the fear that the animal would turn and charge them, as wild boars have a reputation for doing.

"I was a little bit scared, a little bit excited," said the sixth grader who lives in Pickensville on the Mississippi border.

With the animal finally dead in a creek bed on a commercial hunting preserve in Delta, trees had to be cut down and a backhoe brought in to bring young Jamison's prize out of the woods.

It was hauled on a truck to the Clay County Farmers Exchange in Lineville, where Jeff Kinder said they used his scale, recently calibrated, to weigh the hog.

Mr. Kinder's scale measures only to the nearest 10, but Mike Stone said it balanced one notch past the 1,050-pound mark.

"It probably weighed 1,060 pounds. We were just afraid to change it once the story was out," he said.

The hog's head is being mounted by Jerry Cunningham of Jerry's Taxidermy. Mr. Cunningham said the animal measured 54 inches around the head, 74 inches around the shoulders, and 11 inches from the eyes to the end of its snout.

"It's huge," he said. "It's just the biggest thing I've ever seen."

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

Young Jamison, meanwhile, was offered a small part in The Legend of Hogzilla, a small-time horror flick based on the tale of the Georgia boar. Producers are holding casting calls with plans to begin filming in Georgia.

The boy is enjoying the newfound celebrity generated by the hog hunt, but he said he prefers hunting pheasants to monster pigs.

"They are a little less dangerous," he said.



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