Hog attacks squirrel hunter

hris Morris’ handle on a popular Louisiana hunting-and-fishing forum is “Chris Morris vs. Wild.”

On Sunday, Wild won.

Morris arose before the sun to make the 12-mile drive from his house to Pearl River Wildlife Management Area to get in a quick hunt before cleaning up and getting ready for the not-so-Super Bowl.

He brought along his .22 mag, and after parking, hiked about a thousand yards to one of his favorite sections of the WMA. With the calm conditions, it was a perfect morning for targeting squirrels, and Morris quickly bagged three while walking along a slough bank.

The thick undergrowth of the area made mobility a struggle, but it provided good cover for stalking.

Morris was taking his time, picking his steps, when he heard another squirrel up ahead and instinctively went into stalk mode.

“I kind of focused my attention straight forward to look for the path of least resistance, so I really stopped scanning the woods,” he said.

Morris was moving in the general direction of the squirrel when his attention was diverted immediately and permanently from the small rodent. A 140-pound feral boar had heard Morris’ approach and jumped up from its bed only 8 feet away.

“I turned and looked, and by the time I saw it, it was 6 feet away and closing,” Morris said.

Such situations are not uncommon for hunters who target wild hogs or any other type of big game. Sometimes the hunter is on a trail that the animal intends to use, and the hunter has two options: Get out of the way, or get run over.

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Source: NOLA.com/Todd Masson

 

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