"First Kill in the Big Nasty"
Hopkins County native, Brayden Stribling, made a spectacular "first kill" over the weekend, as he "bagged" his first wild hog on Sunday night, in the last hours of the contest. Brayden, age 10 and a fourth-grader in Sulphur Springs, was accompanied by his grandfather, David "PawDaddy" Stribling, killed the 130 pound pig on Sunday and now has the bragging rights to making his first kill. "PawDaddy" was the official light-holder, and videographer, for the hunt, but failed to get the kill on film, with all the excitement.
"Regardless, it was awesome!" exclaimed Brayden.
Brayden was hunting on the advice of Mark Brumley, who had instructed him to hunt when the moon was right, and to always shoot a hog right behind the ear. Brayden, after a few tense moments, "dropped the hog in his tracks," with only one shot.
"Of course, Brayden 'has the fever, now!'" exclaimed David Stribling. "We'll be in the woods throughout the whole contest next year, as that will be all he'll want to do, is hunt hogs!"