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North Carolina hunter Jett Webb bags 500-pound wild hog

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Conetoe, North Carolina (WNCT/CNN) -- A 500-pound hog measuring 8 feet long was no match for a North Carolina veteran hunter's .308-caliber rifle.

"It was very surreal. It was a shock," says Jett Webb. "It was very humbling to say the least, when you walk up on a beast that big and you say, 'oh my gosh. I had no idea that there could be something that big running around the woods of Eastern North Carolina.' "

Last month, Webb spotted the beast roaming near the Indian Woods in Bertie County on land leased by the White Oak Ranch Hunting Club. It was the same one other hunters had been vying for since capturing it on trail cameras years ago.

"The mohawk down the back, the tusks really lean, the muscular big front end. This is far from a domesticated docile pig that we're used to," Webb says. "It takes your breath away for a second to realize how big this hog is. It took up the entire bed of the pick-up truck."

White Oak Ranch President Mike Mansell says it's part of a growing wild boar population here in the east -- one he estimates is doubling each year. 

"They're a species that is invasive - once you have them, you're not going to get rid of them. They just continue to multiply."

Webb killed a similar-sized pig two years ago. It's now mounted on the walls of the hunting club. But this time around, he chose to only harvest the meat, filling two coolers to the brim with sausage, pork chops and tenderloin.  

"We're not going to waste anything. So that pig will provide food for me and my family for a good year."

As for the skeptics, Webb swears his picture is not photoshopped and says most reaction online has been positive. An experience that will go down in his record books as unforgettable.

"I just set out to put a little meat in the freezer but afterwards I was completely blown away, hahaha."

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