Squirrel Hunter Suffers Wild Boar Attack

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.

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!

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