Louisiana Hunter Attacked By Boar


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alsaqr
February 3, 2014, 08:16 PM
A Slidell, LA squirrel hunter was recently attacked by a boar hog. Photos of injuries are graphic:

http://www.nola.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2014/02/wild_boar_attacks_slidell_man.html

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ole farmerbuck
February 3, 2014, 08:19 PM
Ouch!

witchhunter
February 3, 2014, 08:52 PM
Ouch is right....

dbmjr1
February 3, 2014, 09:07 PM
That's where the range I shoot at is. I've taken many a hog/pig out of there. There are both. Feral pigs and wild hogs. It's rare for one to be aggressive, unless it has piglets. It's dense in there. We've had several good freezes and it's still thick.

RPRNY
February 3, 2014, 10:06 PM
Wow. I feel for the guy. From the story, he seems an experienced woodsman. I've seen several suicide hog charges while hog hunting just as he describes. If that's not what you were hunting, this scenario is very likely.

rondog
February 4, 2014, 12:05 AM
That's gonna be sore for awhile.....

BigBore44
February 4, 2014, 03:27 AM
Some of my buddies laugh at me when we go squirrel or rabbit hunting and when I get out of the truck I throw on my SBH 44 mag. "You planning on shooting squirrelzilla?" is often what I get asked. But when you surprise a 350lb boar at about 10 feet as I did one day, you'll know why. That hog appeared literally out of nowhere. And I'm really glad he went the other way because I had a 30 foot ravine to my left and about 50-60 yards of tiny saplings to my right to get through before the nearest tree I could climb. That was the day I ordered that pistol. And I practice quick draw, draw while back peddling, side step draw, and drawing from my back.

Had this been a larger hog, this guy might not have made it back to the truck. 150 pounders don't have big cutters. Here's a pic of a locally killed hog. 405 lbs. His head is frozen so I couldn't expose all the way to the gum line but you get the idea.

BigBore44
February 4, 2014, 03:34 AM
194478

No photoshop (I'm not computer savvy). Taken with my iphone. It was 8' long from hind hoof to nose when measured hanging from the tractor.

Patocazador
February 4, 2014, 09:26 AM
About 20 years ago a sow got me in the crotch when I was turkey hunting and stepped between her and her pigs by mistake. It wasn't nearly as bad as this guy but I did have to go to the emergency room for >20 stitches in my scrotum.

Besides pseudorabies and brucellosis, they also are rabies carriers.

d2wing
February 4, 2014, 05:27 PM
Feral pigs can be very aggressive. I was treed by one as a kid in our cow pasture. My dog went after and drew it off. Also they will eat a wounded animal. Twist the head off a turkey or chicken and throw in in a hog pen and see what happens.

1KPerDay
February 4, 2014, 05:29 PM
About 20 years ago a sow got me in the crotch when I was turkey hunting and stepped between her and her pigs by mistake. It wasn't nearly as bad as this guy but I did have to go to the emergency room for >20 stitches in my scrotum.
Ooooooo that smarts.... :eek:

Flintknapper
February 4, 2014, 09:50 PM
Had this been a larger hog, this guy might not have made it back to the truck. 150 pounders don't have big cutters.


^^^^^^^ Agreed.

Most Boars of that size will not (yet) have the ‘hardware’ of an older animal, but more importantly….an older/larger animal is simply stronger.

Here is a pic from one of my game cams that represents the physique of a mature Boar in my area. Not the largest, most powerful specimen…but a powerful animal nonetheless. (Probably 250 lbs in this case)

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n92/flintknapper/bosshog4.jpg


Boars can possess large, sharp (pointed) ‘cutters’, but size and shape varies widely. A few…from some hogs killed on our property.

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n92/flintknapper/CWsize.jpg
http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n92/flintknapper/CW.jpg


In terms of being ‘hit/slashed’, this boar has the type cutters we fear the most. Positioned nearly STRAIGHT UP, perfect for driving deep into flesh.

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n92/flintknapper/Whetter_Cutter.jpg


The worst damage suffered by the hunter in the story…would have resulted from the ‘bite’, not any slashing attempt by the animal.

Feral Hogs have tremendously powerful jaws and even lacking large cutters…can still inflict grievous wounds. The larger the animal….the more able it is to shake you.

The attack described in the story (the part where the hog latched onto the hunter) is somewhat unusual.

Most attacks are not protracted events.

‘Usually’ the hog will take a swipe at you as it passes by and just keep going.

BUT, if a hog gets you down and decides to ‘stay awhile’ IT WILL have its way with you.

Do your best to protect areas where major blood vessels reside (Neck, Groin, Brachial Artery of the Biceps).

Anywhere you can take a ‘pulse’ on your body, a pig can pierce and potentially inflict a fatal wound.

alsaqr
February 4, 2014, 11:12 PM
Unprovoked attacks by wild hogs are rare. Most attacks are by wounded hogs. This doctor wounded a hog that later tore him up:

http://www.gon.com/article.php?id=2081&cid=84

Be careful when checking hog traps. One of our traps had a big sow inside: She was in heat. A big boar was lying in the bushes close to the trap.

Couple weeks ago i checked a badly damaged trap with a huge boar inside. That hog was close to escaping. i opened the truck window and shot him with my carry gun.

MCgunner
February 6, 2014, 11:22 AM
Only time I've ever been attacked is by a wounded pig I was blood trailing. I guess it could happen, but I know no one to which it HAS happened. One of my places is ate up with wild boar and I never felt "in danger" walking around down there other than from the rattlers in spring for which I wear my snake boots.

I've got feral pigs up here where I live, now, but they seem to be transient. They'll be in here in spades, then just go away. It's weird. I shot one in my back yard near dusk one evening, big sow with 12 piglets. I didn't get a good shot on her and she ran off in the thick underbrush of the woods. I wasn't about to go trailing her after the experiences I've had with one wounded pig. Found her the next day by following the buzzards. :D

A wounded pig is a dangerous thing, but THIS article is one of the very few instances of unprovoked attack I've ever heard about.

AKElroy
February 6, 2014, 10:14 PM
This one is the largest I've taken at 200lbs or thereabouts, but I've only been on this lease 5 years or so. He looked up a bit the instant my sear broke at 10 yards or so, and the shot went down his throat, took out some bottom teeth as well. Ugly. He wheezed for 5-6 minutes, and since he was basically under my blind, I was not getting down until he expired. Finally had to take another shot.

Being fairly new to pig country, I would have likely gone to check that animal up close and personal if not for some of the great teaching done in Flint's sticky and others. I'm not a big fan of the fear-mongering spread by some regarding ferrel pigs, they are hardly the terror some suggest IMO, they always run the other way in my experience. That said, I'm not about to walk up on a wounded one after reading stuff like this.

As for the Slidell cop that got ate, wow. Hope that dude is ok. I'm truly surprised that this guy was targeted unprovoked. He's HUGE. you would think the hog would pick on someone his own size.

MCgunner
February 6, 2014, 10:27 PM
I was thinkin' about this (I know, dangerous and I do have a head ache from it), that this pig might have actually been napping while the guy stalked in heavy cover. When it woke up, it was danger close and, well, you know how it is when you wake up, maybe from a nightmare, a bit groggy. Says it was 8 feet away when he saw it and it charged. It was an odd situation, for sure.

When I'm down on my place, I walk in the open areas. Hell, you gotta go hands and knees to get back in the oak motts where they hang out. You can see trails through those motts they use for highways. It'd be pretty scary to come upon a big pig face to face on your all fours. :D Besides, there's snakes down there times of the year. Snake boots are highly desirable down there.

JERRY
February 6, 2014, 10:45 PM
a couple of the biggest we've gotten over the years in s.e. Arkansas. a Russian red and a razor back.

BigBore44
February 7, 2014, 02:31 AM
Many people underestimate the athleticism of wild/feral hogs. They are fast. I have seen them outrun dogs for 75+ yards from a dead stop. When they decide they want something (like corn in ground covered by 300 lb logs) the can move some serious weight almost effortlessly to get to it. They can jump higher than you would think also. If you are in wild/feral hog territory, you better be aware of what's around you. 99% of the time, hogs will smell you and get out of dodge long before you get there. But walking with the wind at your back isn't always an option. And there is that 1% chance that can get you in trouble. Do I think hogs are some ultra armored, supremely ferocious, über athletic, super animal? No. But at the same time, yes. At a distance they are pretty harmless. But spook one close, come between a sow and her piglets, or corner one and you have a decent chance of finding out how dangerous they can be. As I said before, this guy was lucky he was a small hog.

Here is a testament to their athleticism.
194580

Carl N. Brown
February 7, 2014, 07:08 AM
I was warned in the 1980s that the wild boar at Tellico would stalk and attack hunters so you had to watch your back should you choose to hunt in wild boar territory. I sometimes thought they were pulling my leg (big game in my area of Tennessee did not rebound from Great Depression subsistence hunting until the 1990s or so). Other people toldl me with a straight face, you don't hunt Russian boar, Russian boar hunt you.

Deltaboy
February 7, 2014, 07:36 AM
Prayers sent for him that will leave a Mark. This is the number one reason I carry a side arm even Squirrel or Rabbit Hunting.

Art Eatman
February 7, 2014, 10:39 AM
Stories of the problems in Tennessee with Russian boars were common, back fifty and sixty years ago. Ads for guided hunts there commonly mentioned the risks.

Patocazador
February 7, 2014, 11:06 AM
Encountering a hog in tight places gets 'antsy'.

This one was climbing a log to get me with my dog biting her butt. 9 of 12 buckshot went into her head.

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll33/docjawbraker/IMG_1016aWEB.jpg (http://s284.photobucket.com/user/docjawbraker/media/IMG_1016aWEB.jpg.html)


This one chased my dog back to me in thick palms. I shot it at 5 feet.

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll33/docjawbraker/JC-Hog-1-09-laWEB.jpg (http://s284.photobucket.com/user/docjawbraker/media/JC-Hog-1-09-laWEB.jpg.html)

buck460XVR
February 7, 2014, 11:07 AM
There's a certain amount of risk anytime we go afield. Tons of threads on gun forums about hog attacks, bear attacks, cougar attacks, Snake bites, etc, etc, etc. All of those are relatively rare compared to breaking an ankle stepping on a slippery log/stone or the broken back/pelvis from falling outta a tree stand. Odds are greater you'll die from a bee sting than from a four legged predator. The landowner's dog or farmer's bull are a bigger threat than all the wolves or coyotes in the forest. Last fall on the 20 mile drive to prepare my stand for opening day of rifle season, a kid in a Mustang crossed the centerline and hit me head on @ 60 MPH. Car accidents are the main reason why some hunters do not return from their hunt.

One needs to be prepared. One needs to be aware. One needs to not put themselves in situations that opens them up to a threat. Not knowing the threat or risks you will be exposed to only increases the chances something bad will happen out there. One thing I do now that I never used to do, is to always tell someone I'm going hunting, where I am going hunting and when I plan to be back. After hunting very large tracts of heavily forested public land for years, I finally realized I needed folks to know where to start, should I not show up for supper. Sounds like the hunter in the story did all he could and was prepared. This and keeping a cool head while being attacked probably kept this attack from being worse than it was. Kudos to him.

RPRNY
February 7, 2014, 09:58 PM
Encountering a hog in tight places gets 'antsy'.

This one was climbing a log to get me with my dog biting her butt. 9 of 12 buckshot went into her head.

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll33/docjawbraker/IMG_1016aWEB.jpg (http://s284.photobucket.com/user/docjawbraker/media/IMG_1016aWEB.jpg.html)


This one chased my dog back to me in thick palms. I shot it at 5 feet.

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll33/docjawbraker/JC-Hog-1-09-laWEB.jpg (http://s284.photobucket.com/user/docjawbraker/media/JC-Hog-1-09-laWEB.jpg.html)

Is that a very rare Boykin Boar Spaniel? :D Good looking pup you got there!

Torian
February 7, 2014, 10:23 PM
And this is why you carry weapon for protection in addition to your primary when hunting. That looks like it hurt.

Patocazador
February 8, 2014, 11:06 AM
Quote: "Is that a very rare Boykin Boar Spaniel? :D Good looking pup you got there!"

Yes, that is a Boykin (boar, deer, duck, dove, snipe, ad inf.) spaniel. :D Thanks.

DammitBoy
February 8, 2014, 11:21 AM
I've had wild boar stalk me all the way out of the woods after shooting several family member pigs. Plenty of them have charged me, luckily none of them made it to me or survived the encounter.

Always carry a back-up firearm when hunting hogs!

Mike1234567
February 8, 2014, 11:30 AM
I don't like to hunt but threads like this make me want to kill some hogs. I need to get a .458 SOCOM upper.

Flintknapper
February 8, 2014, 03:50 PM
I don't like to hunt but threads like this make me want to kill some hogs.

You could always watch a re-run of the movie Old Yeller, that's all it takes for me. :D

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n92/flintknapper/oldyeller.jpg

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n92/flintknapper/twohogsMedium.jpg

Mike1234567
February 8, 2014, 04:19 PM
You could always watch a re-run of the movie Old Yeller, that's all it takes for me. :D

Oh yeah, that's a great old classic.:) I have it on DVD... somewhere...

Wanna trade your .458-S for the DVD? :D

MCgunner
February 10, 2014, 08:47 AM
And this is why you carry weapon for protection in addition to your primary when hunting. That looks like it hurt.

Personally, I worry a lot more about 2 legged vermin.

Patocazador
February 10, 2014, 10:29 AM
The most dangerous critter out there is a jealous woman.

Flintknapper
February 10, 2014, 09:25 PM
The most dangerous critter out there is a jealous woman.

My experience says its a 'menopausal', but 'jealous' probably runs a close second. ;)

josiewales
February 11, 2014, 07:29 PM
About 20 years ago a sow got me in the crotch when I was turkey hunting and stepped between her and her pigs by mistake. It wasn't nearly as bad as this guy but I did have to go to the emergency room for >20 stitches in my scrotum.

Ho Lee Schitt. I bet that hurt like heck. Well the scar must make good conversation piece. :scrutiny:

Art Eatman
February 11, 2014, 08:47 PM
Enough. :)

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