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Kim Hiss, an associate editor at Field & Stream, has hunted ducks, antelope, turkeys, and deer throughout the country, enjoying a number of women's hunts along the way. She lives in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Click here to email Kim.

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Big Pig, Revisited

     This blog wasn't around back in May 2007 when 11-year-old Jamison Stone shot a 1,000-plus pound hog in Alabama, so we couldn't discuss the controversy that at the time resulted in strong criticism against the Stone family.
     But the debate seems to have resurfaced. According to this Al.com story Rhonda Roland Shearer, who operates a media ethics think tank in Manhattan, is calling for animal cruelty charges to be brought against those involved with the Stones' hunt. She cites the number of shots needed to kill the pig and the amount of time it took for the animal to die as support for her stance.
     Meanwhile, an online petition (which Shearer says she did not start), has surfaced, so far attracting over 800 signatures worldwide, likewise calling for prosecution.
     I remember F&S interviewing the boy's father, Mike Stone, shortly after the controversy initially broke over a year ago. At the time, the family was already complaining of death threats, and struggling to deal with the negative publicity. I find it curious that activists are still unwilling to let the incident go (after the statute of limitations has expired), and are reviving the controversy now.
     The Discovery Channel is reportedly planning to air a documentary that will deal with the Hogzilla phenomenon of monster pig hunting -- I'll be very curious to see what approach they take to Stone and other big pig pursuers, who have achieved minor celebrity status in recent years. K.H.


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Jim in Mo.

People like Ms. Shearer would form a protest march if she witnessed any hunt. My advice, go to a slaughter house Ms. Shearer and watch how healthy your NY Strip is on the hoof, watch how its killed, watch the butchering, injecting, packing and preparation before its served on your plate. Our kills are much more humane and healthier.

Blue Ox

So the boy killed a pig. So what? It happens every day, all over the world.
I belive Ms. Shearer should keep her butt in New York and keep her fork on her own damn plate.

Dr. Ralph

Slicing a pig's throat while it's hanging upside down and watching it squeal until it bleeds out is much more inhumane than most hunting practices. The farther we become removed from reality the stupider and less able to take care of ourselves we become. Thank God for government...not. Less than 200 years ago if you wanted to eat you killed your own food. Now it's a crime?