It was an ordinary hunting day in Texas earlier this month until two friends spotted a wild hog weighing nearly 800 pounds.
Blaine Garcia and Wyatt Walton were on a ranch in De Leon, owned by Comanche County Commissioner Jimmy Dale Johnson, when they discovered the large hog and embarked on a mission along with two hunting bulldogs to catch the wild beast.
The hog nicknamed ‘Boarzilla’ is currently receiving around the clock care until its fate is decided.
Garcia started off his day alone but when he saw signs of the giant swine he called his friend Wyatt who was in a neighboring town and asked him for his help.
‘I did a double take. I couldn’t believe his size, and he took off running down a draw. I tried to walk up and get a better look but he kept running off as I approached,’ Garcia told The Flash Today.
Garcia is a long time hog hunter but up until January 16, the largest hog he ever caught was 450 pounds, a little more than half the size of the 790 pound hog.
‘I got on the phone and called my friend Wyatt Walton, who was in Cross Plains, and told him what I had found, ‘Garcia said.
‘Once he arrived on location we began to work a 20-acre area with two catch dogs.’
Garcia started looking for the pig in a ravine and Walton sniffed around another part of the property.
As Garcia got further down into the ravine he noticed the pig made mud wallows the size of bathtubs.
Garcia and his dog immediately sensed the distinct smell of wild boar hog.
‘My dog started whining and wanted to be let loose,’ Garcia said.
‘There was the distinct smell of wild boar hog and you could smell it even more as we began to work up a brushy hill. When I had almost topped it I could see him moving toward us and around, so we got by a big oak tree and kind of hid behind it.’
Garcia and his dog hid behind the tree until the animal was 10 yards away.
Garcia let his dog loose and he attempted to get the hog on the ear but the hog was so large that the dog was only to grasp onto its jaw.
The dog continued to bite at the gargantuan pig who squealed as he tried to escape the dog’s pointy teeth.
‘The pig was really squealing and running around in circles and I’m hollering for Wyatt to come running, and he’s probably about 400 yards away,’ the hunter added.
‘The hog is trying to get down the hill and rake off my dog, but Wyatt and his dog got there just in time.’
Wyatt heard his friends excited cries and rushed to his location. The hog was so large, Wyatt said the dog looked like the dog was a piece of jewelry hanging from the big pig.
‘When I first saw him, Blaine’s dog looked like an earring or some kind of jewelry hanging off the hog’s head, but it really wasn’t until we got ahold of the hog that I realized how big and powerful this animal was,’ Walton said.
‘We’ve tied hundreds of hogs and there has never been anything like this boar.’
The hog was so massive the men struggled to grab one of its legs and they were eventually able to flip it onto its side.
Walton held dog the hog as Garcia ran to his truck to drive it closer to the hunting area.
They used ratchet straps to tie and bind the hog until it couldn’t struggle any more.
‘He was incredibly strong; we had three legs tied together and he still tried to stand up,’ Garcia said.
‘Together, Wyatt and I probably weigh a little over 430 pounds; it was like we weighed nothing.’
The men were so tired from capturing the hog they thought they might become ill.
‘We were so tired I thought we were going to puke,’ Garcia laughed.
‘There was no way we were going to be able to get him onto a trailer by ourselves – we were so tired.’
Once the men got the hog tied, they called upon hunter Zach Ryon and Ray Chupp and a 2500-pound winch to hoist the hog onto a trailer.
They then shipped the hog to a temporary home called cattle coral.
Garcia and Walton aren’t sure of the future of the hog but for the time being it is receiving 24-hour care.
‘We may end up doing that (selling the hog) in the future, but for right now, we’re undecided on what we’re going to do,’ he said.
‘It’s something that maybe we’re going to think on for a little bit.’
Garcia said that he and Wyatt hunt as both a hobby and a business.
They recently started a business called Boar Collector Feral Hog Removal to control the large amount of feral hogs in Texas.
Over 2.6 million hogs roam around Texas and can damage crops and fields.
The damage is so bad that Texas Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has looked into using bacon preservative to poison feral hogs and started a yearly ‘Hog Out Month’ in October that puts no limits on hog hunting.