MONTGOMERY, Texas – A Montgomery man said he killed a wild hog with a crossbow after the animal charged at him.
The man said he was awakened around 4 a.m. Wednesday by his two dogs barking. When he went to see what was going on, he said he initially thought it was a coyote. The spotlights from the home revealed the animal was actually a wild hog.
The dogs were restricted by an invisible fence when the hog tried to attack them, the man said.
The man said he ran towards the hog in an attempt to protect his dogs. That’s when he said the animal charged him. He said he ran back to his porch and got behind a wooden encased fish pond to dodge the attack.
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“I got a little Catahoula and lab duck hunting dog,” the homeowner said. “They started fighting the pig, and I didn’t want them to get hurt, so I went out there in my socks and sleeping clothes, so it’s not like I’m ready for this.”
The man said the hog seemed to think he went into one of the back doors and then slammed into it several times, breaking it off the hinges.
“After it chased me and I tucked in the corner,” the man said. “The pig ran up to the back door of the garage and rammed into the back door of the garage till he broke it off the frame."
He then spotted the man hiding behind the fish pond and ran towards him, slamming into the fish pond and breaking the wooden enclosure, the man said. The man said he tried to use his child’s playground equipment next to get behind as the hog came at him again. It then ran off.
As his wife came out to see what was going on, it charged her, he said. Moments after they got into the house, the man said his wife spotted it about 10 feet from the front door. With large glass doors, the man was afraid the animal was going to charge again, so he said he ran to the garage and retrieved his crossbow as he did not want to fire a weapon with other homes in close proximity.
“I told my wife that I needed to do something,” he said. “I didn’t want to fire a weapon and scare the neighbors. So I went to the garage to get my crossbow loaded it and came out the back of the house.”
As he made his way around the garage and stepped out, the man said the hog again spotted him. He didn’t have time to aim but managed to send the bolt straight into the hog’s heart.
“It was standing on the front porch, so when it saw me, I mean, it’s something out of a movie,” he said. “The pig came running straight at me. It’s not even five o’clock in the morning, so it was too dark to get a sight on him. Put the crossbow on him and pulled the trigger.”
He decided to keep the pig. He’s having it mounted. Michael Rollert, of Darst Creek Taxidermy, is doing the job. Rollert has hunted hogs himself but never heard a story like this one.
“Until you see the footage you wouldn’t believe it,” Rollert said. “He chases his wife. He chases him. You know, different things going on. Pretty amazing.”
So the wild hog that caused such a scare is now going to be part of the household. The homeowner and his family are naming it “Mr. Speckles.”