By now most of you have likely seen or heard some or part of the extensive television, newspaper or Internet coverage about the wild hog purportedly weighing 1,051 pounds and allegedly killed by a young handgun hunter at a private Alabama commercial preserve on May 3.
Jamison Stone, 11, is said to have shot the 9-foot, 4-inch boar while with his father, Mike Stone, and two guides inside a 150-acre fenced area at the Lost Creek Plantation.
Up to this point I have chosen not to blog about the incident, mainly because of questions I have about it. Moreover, I’m particularly bothered by the intense coverage of this “hunt” by the likes of TV and the rest of the mainstream media—most of which regularly ignore countless opportunities to cover wonderful and positive stories about youth hunting and recreational shooting.
Now, it appears that Alabama wildlife officials have some questions of their own.
While Alabama authorities stress they are not accusing the boy and his father of any illegal activity, they would like to know how a hog estimated to weigh 1,051 pounds ended up in an enclosed area on the Alabama plantation.
Allan Andress, enforcement chief for the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, was quoted in an Associated Press story this morning: “There are some questions about where the animal came from, how he got there, how long he’d been there.”
Officials also want to determine whether the hunt was in compliance with the state’s fair chase regulations.
Today’s AP story reports that Eddy Borden, owner of the 2,500-acre Lost Creek Plantation, declined to comment about how the hog found its way to the commercial operation and to the fenced enclosure.
Alabama, like most states, operates under strict guidelines regulating the sale and transportation of all livestock, including swine.