Good news for breakfast lovers: The price of bacon is plummeting. Why? Because two men in Texas have bagged “Boarzilla” – a 790-pound boar.
I can hear Homer Simpson as we speak: “Mmmm.. pork chops…”
Blaine Garcia and Wyatt Walton bagged and tied this 790-pound boar hog about three miles north of De Leon, Texas.
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… As Garcia and his dog began working down the ravine he noticed the large hog had made a lot of mud wallows he compared to the size of bathtubs.
“My dog started whining and wanted to be let loose,” Garcia said. “There was the distinct smell of wild boar hog and you could smell it even more as we began to work up a brushy hill. When I had almost topped it I could see him moving toward us and around, so we got by a big oak tree and kind of hid behind it.”
Well hidden and downwind of the boar, Garcia and his dog bided their time until the animal was about 10 yards away.
“I let the dog loose and the hog had no idea we were there until the dog hit him and tried to catch him on the ear,” said Garcia. The only problem was the boar was so big the dog was only able to grab it on the jaw and the battle was on.
“The pig was really squealing and running around in circles and I’m hollering for Wyatt to come running, and he’s probably about 400 yards away,” the hunter added. “The hog is trying to get down the hill and rake off my dog, but Wyatt and his dog got there just in time.”
Having bagged hundreds of hogs with Garcia, Walton could tell something special was going on just by the excitement level he heard in his friend’s voice.
“When I first saw him, Blaine’s dog looked like an earring or some kind of jewelry hanging off the hog’s head, but it really wasn’t until we got ahold of the hog that I realized how big and powerful this animal was,” Walton said. “We’ve tied hundreds of hogs and there has never been anything like this boar.”
While Walton’s a big man, he doesn’t pack the 285 pounds on his frame (245 now) that he did when he played four years of football at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. Still, he knows about power.
Garcia laughs as he described thinking about grabbing one of the hog’s legs, but it was so large he had to settle for the tail. Walton did grab a leg, and together they attempted to flip the hog onto its side.
“I will bet that it took us over five minutes to finally get him on his side and both of us were lying on top of him trying to tie him up,” Garcia said. “We had some nylon rope, but he was so strong that he began to stretch it out and we knew we were going to have to try something else.”
The solution lay in stronger ties, but that meant splitting up again. It was easily decided who was running to the pickup since Walton was the power and Garcia was the speed.
Leaving Walton on top of the struggling hog, Garcia sprinted to his truck, and drove it as close as possible to the area. Then together, the two hunters used ratchet straps to further bind the hog until he was almost immobile.
“He was incredibly strong; we had three legs tied together and he still tried to stand up,” Garcia said. “Together, Wyatt and I probably weigh a little over 430 pounds; it was like we weighed nothing.”
The struggle between men and hog left everyone worn out and shaky.
“We were so tired I thought we were going to puke,” Garcia laughed.
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