Bob Fala Outdoors Columnist
November 6, 2013
“Don’t think the boy could have a more fitting name; he sure does LOVE to hunt!” Hunter Montgomery that is, in the excited words of his mom maw Barbara as she describes the youth’s latest and greatest hunting feat, bagging a mighty big wild boar.
Hunter, a seventeen year-old honor student at Man Sr. High School and his brother Tanner are no strangers to the outdoor pages, often checking in with a big trout, a deer, spring gobbler or you name it. Hunter’s first ever wild boar is yet another chapter in the continuing saga. With much support from their families, particularly grandparents Arthur and Barbara Brunty, these youngsters have really taken to the great outdoors of their Boone and Logan County backyard turf.
Hunting with pop paw Arthur fairly close to home, Hunter bagged the big pig around dusk on the first day of the gun boar season. The snoot darn near “fills up the width of the back of the truck” and was believed to unofficially weigh in at around 250-pounds per the grandparents.
The European wild boars were first introduced by WVDNR from stock transplanted from the Tellico Plains of Tennessee back in 1971. In fact, the initial stockings occurred just one mountain to the north of Buffalo Creek at the pig famous Spruce Laurel Fork drainage.
The plantings of the hardy pigs represented the first attempt to establish some big game hunting for a zone that harbored little to no opportunity back then. This novelty, “exotic” or non-native species was initial cause for excitement but in the ensuing years, the native deer, bear and wild turkey have established nicely as well.
All these wildlife restorations that Hunter’s grandparents had nary a taste of when they were his age are now available to all at the historic coalfields that Buffalo Creek represents. A new day of wildlife reckoning has arrived with much local pride to go with it.
To top all his good fortune, Hunter won a lifetime hunting license at last year’s Chief Logan Hunting and Fishing Expo. It looks like he’ll be putting it to good use for some time. What’s more, a little more wildlife excitement is brewing for these parts.
WVDNR’s web-page shows this same turf as smack-dab in the middle of the Mountain State’s seven-county elk restoration zone! With that in mind and the reigning governor’s promise to fulfill that goal for that premier native species, it might only be a few more years before we see Hunter with yet another latest and greatest big game feat, him aside of a massive bull elk.
Who knows, he might even fittingly bag it a hollow or two just to the south, one whose namesake is derived from its former wildlife residents, you know, Elk Creek.