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Nathan Coffey of Lynchburg, Va. killed this big boar at Cottonwood Plantation in Edgecombe County, N.C. (PHOTO: Carolina Sportsman, Inc.)

EDGECOMBE COUNTY, N.C. — One year after he first spotted a 400-pound boar in the woods of North Carolina, a Virginia hunter finally got his chance to take a shot at the wild animal. Nathan Coffey, of Lynchburg, killed the 410-pound trophy boar October 4 on Cottonwood Plantation in Edgecombe County.

“We had trail camera photos of this boar last year, but no pictures of him this year. On the morning of Oct. 4, I decided to hunt a particular stand because it has great deer and wild boar opportunities, and the wind direction was perfect for this stand,” Coffey told Carolina Sportsman. “This was a hunt that I will never forget.”

A Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) spokesman called wild boars (feral hogs) destructive and a threat to our native species.

Despite that, he discouraged hunting the animals.

“While shooting a feral hog on your property is not necessarily a bad thing if you have the opportunity, the DGIF strongly discourages recreational (sport) hunting of feral hogs, even if done so in the name of control, because it does not work to control populations and actually leads to more feral hogs,” the VDGIF reported online. “The seemingly innocent act of attempting to hunt feral hogs for eradication or control purposes unintentionally feeds the growing feral hog problem in Virginia. Feral hogs create interest in feral hog hunting. Increased overall interest in feral hog hunting in Virginia is leading to more and more new populations through human actions that introduce feral hogs to new areas.”

Read more from the VDGIF here.

Click here to read Coffey’s full hunting story.

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