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Squirrel Hunter Suffers Wild Boar Attack

by Gordon Murphy   |  February 10th, 2014 2

Chris Morris of Slidell, La. was thrust into something resembling a scene from a bad monster flick when he suffered a wild boar attack last weekend.

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While out squirrel hunting near the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area, Morris found somewhat larger game than he bargained for when he was jumped by the hog, first noticing it when it was already closing in on him about six feet away.

The Story

Morris gives his account in the Clarion Ledger:

“I figured I’d just side-step it, but when I side-stepped, he lowered his center of gravity and turned on me,” Morris said. “I was going into a backpedal, and I was in all those little saplings, trying to get the gun around and trying to do a contact shot on his head—he was right there in front of me. But I tripped and fell.

“I was on my back, and he was between my legs. I was kicking, trying to keep him away from my thighs. He was steadily just gashing back and forth. He gashed my left knee a little bit, punctured my right knee and my calf. When he did that, he actually bit me. When he grabbed my calf, I grabbed his snout.”

The struggle ended when Morris managed to put the hog down with a bullet from his .22 Magnum rifle, but not before the hog had done enough damage to Morris’ right calf to expose flesh, and cause significant bleeding.

Morris returned home and made it to the Slidell hospital with the help of his wife, where he had surgery to repair the wound.

Hog Hunting

Hog attacks are relatively rare, and are usually limited to situations where the hog has been cornered. However, hunters should use caution when approaching a hog: their thick hides make serviceable armor that can render the popular AR-15 fairly ineffective.

Chip Tatum of Hattiesburg, an avid hog hunter, recommends a .30 caliber rifle. “If you’re going to shoot something, shoot it. Don’t play around.” Here’s a hog hunting tip from BoarMasters: Use a post hole digger to dig a hole as narrow and deep as possible, then fill it with bait. Feral hogs will be forced to take turns eating, leaving them standing out longer so you can line up a better shot.

Wild hogs can carry parasites and diseases, some of which can be transmitted to humans. They’re mostly found in the Southeast United States, preferring to live in moist forests, pine flatwoods, and swamps.

Read Swine Story: A History of Feral Hogs in the U.S. and visit our G&F hog page for more crazy hog stories, hog gear and more. For more crazy news headlines, visit Mudroom Report today and be sure to “like” Game & Fish on Facebook!

  • We Got Us a Sow!

    “I was on my back, and he was between my legs. I was kicking, trying to keep him away from my thighs”…
    Sounds more like Chris had a run-in with a q u e e r hillbilly…

  • Rhett

    I killed two hogs this past weekend. The 2nd one had my adrenaline flowing. After being hit with a 7 MM mag, the hog went off into some dense brush near a timber road. When I shown the light in her direction she made a noise. After listening a minute I spotted part of her (i.e. a small hairy patch) at about 6 yards into the brush, and not wanting her to run off, I shot her twice with my 357 mag pistol. That did nothing but piss her off! She turned and started coming straight at me through VERY dense brush (I couldn’t have gotten through that brush). I shot squatted and shot her three more times at point blank range into the head area. She came to a stop just at the edge of the timber road I was standing on with head sticking out about a foot into the road. I shot her one more time to be sure, and thinking it was over, went to my truck a 1/4 mile away, put away my some gear and came back some 20 minutes later. I reached down and to grab her leg and she reared up snapping at me! Four more head shots later, it was over. It took all four and the 4th bullet was my last… (Such a situation makes one understand the depressing gravity of running out of bullets). Nuno a friend who once shot a hog with a 12 gauge slug right into the skull and it split over it without penetrating. I was aiming at her head so as not to destroy the meat, and I think my bullets were just ricocheting off. I’ve decided I need a bigger pistol and am looking at a 44 mag.

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