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Hogzilla revisited

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by ke4yyd, Jun 1, 2007.

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  1. ke4yyd

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    FRUITHURST — Before he became known as “Monster Pig,” the 1,051-pound hog shot in Delta was known by another name.

    Fred.

    Rhonda and Phil Blissitt state, on April 29, four days before the hog was killed, Fred was one of many livestock on their farm.

    Late Thursday evening, their claims were confirmed by Andy Howell, Game Warden for the Alabama Department of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.

    “I didn't want to stir up anything,” Rhonda Blissitt said. “I just wanted the truth to be told. That wasn't a wild pig.”

    Added Phil Blissitt: “If it went down in the record book, it would be deceiving, and we'd know that for the rest of our lives.”

    The monster hog gained worldwide acclaim after he was harvested by 11-year-old Jamison Stone, a Pickensville native, with a .50-caliber pistol on May 3 at the Lost Creek Plantation, LLC, a hunting preserve in Delta. The big boar was hunted inside a large, low-fence enclosure and fired upon 16 times by Stone, who struck the animal nearly a half-dozen times during the three-hour hunt.

    The Blissitts said they were unaware that the hog generating all the media attention was once theirs. It wasn't until Howell spoke with Phil Blissitt that the pieces of the puzzle came together.

    Phil Blissitt recalled Howell asking him about the now-famous hog.

    “Did you see that pig on TV?” Phil Blissitt recalled Howell asking him. “I said, 'Yeah, I had one about that size. He said, 'No, that one is yours.'

    “That's when I knew.”

    Phil Blissitt purchased the pig for his wife as a Christmas gift in December of 2004. From 6 weeks old, they raised the pig as it grew to its enormous size.

    Not long ago, they decided to sell off all of their pigs. Eddy Borden, owner of Lost Creek Plantation, purchased Fred.

    Attempts to reach Borden were unsuccessful.

    While Rhonda Blissitt was somewhat in the dark about the potential demise of her pet, Phil Blissitt said he was under the understanding that it would breed other female pigs and then “probably be hunted.” Many other of their former pigs — like their other farm animals — had been raised for the purpose of agricultural harvest.

    As the Blissitts recounted the events of the last two days, they told stories and made many references to the gentleness of their former “pet.”

    From his treats of canned sweet potatoes to the how grandchildren would play with him, their stories painted the picture of a gentle giant. The even talked about how their small chihuahua would get in the pen with him and could come out unscathed.

    “But if they hadn't fed him in a while,” Rhonda Blissitt said, “he could have gotten irate.”

    Phil Blissitt said he became irritated when they learned about all the doubters who said photos of Fred were doctored.

    “That was a big hog,” he said.

    The information of the pig's previous owner came out on the same day that officials from the Fish and Wildlife concluded their investigation of the hunt. They concluded that nothing illegal happened under the guidelines of Alabama law.

    Allan Andress, enforcement chief for the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, said they derived the hog's origin as the investigation unfolded.

    “We were able to determine that he came from a domesticated environment,” he said. “So, he was not feral to start with. Therefore, he would not violate our feral swine trapping and relocating rule.”

    Mike Stone, Jamison's father, contends that he was unaware of the origin of the pig. Before, during and after the hunt — and up until late Thursday night, when contacted — Mike Stone was under the impression that the hog was feral.

    “We were told that it was a feral hog,” Mike Stone said, “and we hunted it on the pretense that it was a feral hog.”
     
  2. Big Dave

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    Wild or not, someone killed him for sport. Sad!!!
     
  3. bulgie

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    such is the nature of the game.Buy a hand fed sweet potato pig, put him in a 150 acre enclosure and sell his slaughter to an 11 tear old boy. Thats got to be the finest hunting in Alabama. The original story said the hog ran a long way and time after he had been shot and the kid would run him down and shoot him some more.Must have been an epic chase. No wonder the antis raise so much hell about hunting, etc. If the pig had no way out he could have been killed with A .22. Only he would have to been shot 100 times or better. So the "hunters" thought it was a feral pig................but it was ole tame Fred from the pig farm nearby. What a total bunch of bullshit. I have hunted since age 9 but never had to set up a tame animal for one of my kids to kill. Have we come this far? Aparantly so. SAD.....real SAD
     
  4. Brian in Oregon

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    Bulgie, you make some good points about canned hunts, but the father believed it was a feral hog.<br>
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    I'd really like to have seen the shot placement. The gun was powerful enough IF USED CORRECTLY, but was the kid grouping the shots right and the hog was so massive it still asorbed them? Or, more likely, was it "too much gun" for the kid to handle and grouping went all to hell?<br>
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    I hunt and kill hundreds of animals a year. I strive to make sure I have clean kills and a minimum of suffering. I pride myself on the fact that I usually do not need more than one shot. (In fact, I often use single shot rifles.) I think shot placement and the kid's abilities should be even more of an issue than whether the pig was feral or not. That pig suffered. Period. The adults, who iit was reported had more than adequate rifles at the ready, should have brought the pig down when it was apparent the kid did not kill it outright, in order to minimize suffering.
     
  5. smartass

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    What is sad is the fact that a few fruits lament the passing of a damn pig. Hello- where do you think your bacon and sausage come from?

    I really despise hypocrites.
     
  6. Shady Creek

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    Anonymous,could be but I don't think mine came from a pet. This is kind of like putting a bear in a cage. Hell with enough money you might go to your local Zoo and cull a few,might even get a nice "WILD" lion. I think if they had told him it was a pet,he might have scratched his ear so that he would hold still while he shot it. Pet is the key word for me,I didn't like it. Have a great day. GOOD LUCK
     
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