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18 responses to “Hunting Wild Boar – The Death of Maximus”

  1. Amy Doebler

    I love to cook with wild boar. A wild story to tell. I come from a family of hunters, but not one myself. 🙂

  2. noskos

    Thanks for sharing!! Hope to see some nice boar dishes come by in the near future.

  3. Kate@LivingTheFrugalLife

    Blurgh! I think the maggots would have given me the squicks. But wild boar is indeed sublime. That would have been a pretty tough dilemma for me. Glad to hear the meat looked good.

    Sangliere, cinghiale, jabali – I know the words for wild boar in three European languages. Ask me why sometime…

  4. ntsc

    Bellvue, a major NY public hospital, actually has a lot of experience with maggots and flesh. Lots of homeless come in with gangrene problems and maggots are a good sign. I can probably dig out the reference but don’t have time right now.

    Donald Hamilton in the novel ‘Line of Fire’ (I think that is the title), describes an boar attack on a hunter very well.

    May very well have met next falls fresh ham yesterday. raises pigs and I helped (watched at least) feed two litters yesterday.

  5. Andy

    Just wanted to say great story – my wife is a big time foodie and she loves the recipes and I love the writing. Keep up the good work.

  6. kindred spirit

    Sam was absolutely right about not shooting with the herd at close range and the hunters on foot. I once belly-crawled up to a trio of unsuspecting feral hogs and shot from 10 paces. That led to the most exciting (read terrifying) 5 seconds of my hunting career.

  7. Peter

    Man, you should eqip yourselves with HatCams™- Marlin Perkins has nothing on this. I love boar, but the lack of fat favors braises; I smoked some ribs last week and they came out a bit too dry.

  8. Phillip

    Great tale, Hank!

    Good seeing ya’ll this weekend too. I love that place!

    As far as dangerous hogs, the danger gets a bit more play than it probably deserves, but there’s no question that these are not pets or playthings. Face to face with those razor-sharp teeth is not the place to lose your respect for an animal that will not go quietly.

  9. Carolina Rig

    Pretty work!

    I’ll add that I’ve encounter hogs in close range on a couple of occasions….within 10 yards…and each time it has lead to lots of meat in the freezer. However, each hunting situation is different, and your safety comes first and foremost.

    Whats the plan for Maximus? My latest hog meat experiment is curing some belly for pencetta from a fat orange grove Florida sow.

  10. Albert A Rasch


    Hog hunting, never a dull moment. Up close and personal, they provide the kind of excitement that you just won’t find anywhere else.

    And as for cooking, there’s not much you can do wrong with them.

    Good hunt, and great results!

    Best Regards,
    Hogs and Dogs: A Chronicles Adventure.

  11. Sporting Days

    Congrats on the cinghiale (adding another language to [email protected]).

    Putting a stalk on a wild pig really gets my heart rate going unlike any other California hunting pursuit. Couldn’t imagine myself in a similar standoff. Thank God for good guides.

  12. Beastslayer

    Sam made a good call on those hogs from 10 paces. That’s an invaluable service of a knowledgeable guide. My friend had evidence to show how dangerous the situation was. He shot a hog from that distance and even in its death run, the hog was still able to charge. Luckily, it just ripped his loose pants with its long cutters but still the hog managed to throw him down and he suffered from broken shoulder.

  13. oldfatslow

    Great story. My father hunted
    boar in post-war Germany. He
    told a tale of getting tackled by a
    boar that he had already shot three
    times. They are tough, mean
    critters. I envy your adventure.


  14. suburbanbushwacker

    great tale hank
    I’m going to do a little scouting on an abandoned chestnut farm in Tuscany in a couple of weeks time. The farm hasn’t been inhabited in about eighty years.
    Who knows what we’ll find?

  15. Maggie

    Hey Folks,

    quick correction; depends on the species of fly. Some simply eat dead stuff, but others will burrow into healthy tissue (fly strike) and cause all manner of misery to the critter that they’ve infested.

    The article I linked to below (deals with rabbits, but this can happen to any animal – it’s quite a problem with sheep in Australia) touches on maggots as well as cuterebra which are foul in their own right. Not for the squeamish. I have seen many many cases of ill, infirm, or elderly animals that have been infested with fly larvae, and they frequently die from shock.

    The maggots which are used for medicine are a specific species of fly larvae that only eat dead tissue. Some species are (relatively) benign, others are horrifyingly aggressive.

    Good hunt, and congratulations on that sweet boar.

  16. jon w

    interesting to come across this blog, as I had a similar situation last week. hiking on Oahu, I came across a smallish wild pig who didnt notice me due to a noisy stream. I was able to get close enough to hit it with a rock then drowned it in the stream. turned out he had wounds in three legs, probably due to dog bite, and a couple maggots left the body as it cooled. I tossed the two worst legs, and also a few inches of off-color meat from the third. I too was curious about the safety of the meat, but have been eating it with no ill effects.

  17. Brad

    Jon, I’ve heard some crazy stories of folks hunting feral cattle through the jungles in hawaii (dont remember which island), but killing a pig with a rock and your bare hands is something unique. Talk about getting back to basics 🙂

  18. Lou

    I’ve eaten both. Deer is tastier. 😉

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