Wild Hog From Florida (S536c)
From: darrell94590 on 4/23/2007
The fellow in the pictures is Larry Earley. He lives about 30 miles from Orlando, in the very rural community of Okahumpka, just off the Florida turnpike in Lake County, Florida. He has 20 acres of land and on it, a few cows and horses. Mostly it's fenced pasture surrounded by woods.
Larry is neighbored by a larger cattle ranch. His neighbor has complained for several years that wild hogs have been raiding his cattle feeders and salt licks.
Last month Larry saw what he thought was a cow stuck in the mud in the pond on his property. Larry got out of his pickup and walked down to check on the cow. When he got close he realized it was a hog.
The hog made a charge at him.
Larry carries a pistol in his pickup (as any Florida redneck would, and I say that with genuine affection) so he got it out of the truck and when the hog came at him again he shot it twice and killed it.
Wild hogs in Florida usually run from 100-400 pounds with a 400 pounder being a monster. Because this one had been feasting on grain for several years it had grown to mammoth size. When Larry took it to the processor it weighed in at over 1100 pounds! The meat has no wild taste since it was grain fed and Larry has become a local hero. He has fed many firemen and provided the homeless shelter in downtown Orlando with a couple of meals.
And you were worried about gators (and sharks) in Florida?