Jonathan Florence admitted that it was “pure luck”, but neither he nor his father, Bruce, is about to downplay the hunt last Friday in Transylvania County that ended with Bruce Florence killing a 707 ½-pound wild hog he said could be best described with one word: buffalo.

The Florences, who live in southern Caswell County, travelled to North Carolina’s mountains last week because one of Bruce Florence’s friends told him they had plenty of wild hogs on some property - and some big ones.

So hunting in a general area between Brevard and Lake Toxaway, the Florences headed up the side of a mountain the morning of Jan. 16 to get started.

“We probably walked for about two hours; it was really steep,” Bruce Florence said. “I got tired and sat down, but Jonathan walked another 80 or 90 yards up the mountain.

About that time, Jonathan Florence heard some rustling in a thicket of mountain laurel that covered the bottom of a hollow He started into the opposite side of the thicket from his father, and in short order, he drove out three sow hogs, then three more sows. Then, he said, it got interesting.

"I was probably about 20 yards from getting through the laurel thicket when the big boy blasted out of there,” Jonathan Florence said. “When I ran him out, he headed straight for my dad.”

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