Gigantic boar goes down in Bloomingvale
When Teresa Ard of Andrews, SC got in her deer stand on the evening of Oct. 27, the last thing she expected to see was a 540-pound hog, but as soon as she laid eyes on it, she didn’t hesitate to pull the trigger on her Ruger .270 after leveling her crosshairs on the big animal.
But before she saw the boar, which measured 6-feet, 2-inches in length, she heard it. And smelled it.
“I smelled something really strong for a while and couldn’t figure out what it was. Then I heard it grunting. Then I saw it walking through the woods toward my stand. I definitely was not expecting to see that. I’d never seen a wild hog while hunting, so it surprised me,” she said.
It also surprised her husband, Andy Ard, who was sitting in a different stand within sight of Teresa.
“He said he was hoping I was going to shoot the hog, and he said before he thought to text me about it, he saw that I was already aiming at it,” she said.
It was a close-range kill on the farmland in Bloomingvale, which is located just off the Black River in Williamsburg County. The hog was almost directly under her stand when she pulled the trigger.
“It was about 30 feet away. I had to stand up to shoot it,” she said.
Once she pulled the trigger, Ard said the hog just sort of swayed, then turned. She put another bullet in it, which initially seemed to have little impact.
“He just walked off kind of normal, but then it just laid down and died,” she said.
The Ards didn’t kill a deer that day, but it’s definitely a hunt they will never forget.