2008-03-26 / School & Sports

This was not 'boaring'

by Terry Toole

Kyle Wilson (L) and Brandon Chambless show one large wild hog recently taken out of the swamp. photo submitted Kyle Wilson (L) and Brandon Chambless show one large wild hog recently taken out of the swamp. photo submitted If you ever get a hankering to go into the woods or swamp looking for a large wild hog, I can put you in touch with some people that can cure your hankering.

Last Saturday evening, Brandon Chambless, Linda Chambless, Kyle Wilson and Anna Long went to the western Mayhaw area in Miller County to see about catching a big boar hog for some land owners in that part of the county.

When the wild hog hunters and their dogs arrived at the area the hogs had been seen, some old signs were found making the hunters unsure of finding the wild hogs.

Brandon Chambless put his coon hound on the tracks for a few hours until the tracks started to get hot. He then released the rest of the dogs to help her. After about 30 minutes, the dogs started to bay.

When Brandon and Kyle got to where the dogs were, the two hunters were up to their waists in water. When they looked at what the dogs had at bay, it looked like a grizzly bear in the water.

Wayne (Biscuit) Chambless killed this 250 pound wild boar in Ft. Gaines during deer season. photo submitted Wayne (Biscuit) Chambless killed this 250 pound wild boar in Ft. Gaines during deer season. photo submitted "We didn't know if the wild hog had us or we had it. The hog made a lunge for us, and Kyle went up the only tree available. The hog was still chasing me. I finally found a tree, and we went back to catch the large hog. After almost getting drowned, we got him caught and killed. We then found that we couldn't even drag the hog out. I called in for some help, and Matt (Slim) Chambliss and Jason Varnadoe came to help us. It took all six of us to load the 450 pound barrow on the truck," Chambers stated.

When hunting wild hogs with dogs, no firearms or bows are allowed, knives and rope only. Once the track dogs, normally curs, locate and bay a hog the catch dogs will go in and hold the hog for the hunters. At this point the hunters are running through the brush trying to get to the hog and dogs. Upon arriving, the hunters will attempt to catch the hog by flipping him, gaining control and trying the hog up. This type of hunting isconsidered dangerous.

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