By CHRIS AGEE
GORDON – Teams of hunters traveled to the Gordon school farm last weekend to participate in the local FFA's first annual hog hunt.
Gordon FFA Agriscience teacher Philip Allen said four-man dog teams and rifle teams consisting of two or three hunters spent Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning competing for cash payouts and helping a local charity in the process.
"I thought it went pretty well for the first time," he said.
More than 23 hogs were donated to a food pantry, he explained.
Allen said he plans to build on the success of the initial hunt and learn from the experience.
"We had a lot more people that said they were going to come but couldn't come," he said. "We had some problems and we're going to try to work them out and get it going again."
The participants who made it to the hunt, however, had a chance to take home some of the prizes.
"We paid back 50 percent of the entry fee and on the side pots – for biggest boar, biggest sow and stuff – that was 100 percent payback," Allen said.
The event was possible because of the support of countless individuals and groups across the nation.
"There were some from Florida, a bunch of local people. East Texas people," he said.
Allen said he looks forward to building last weekend's hunt into a Gordon FFA tradition.
"We're definitely going to try to," he concluded.