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SC 7-year-old helps out DNR by taking out feral hog

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Autumn and her dad look out from their deer stand. (Nov. 20, 2013/FOX Carolina) Autumn and her dad look out from their deer stand. (Nov. 20, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Autumn looks out from their deer stand. (Nov. 20, 2013/FOX Carolina) Autumn looks out from their deer stand. (Nov. 20, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Chris Callaham on his property where he says wild hogs have become a problem. (Nov. 20, 2013/FOX Carolina) Chris Callaham on his property where he says wild hogs have become a problem. (Nov. 20, 2013/FOX Carolina)
BELTON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate 7-year-old is training to hunt, and this weekend she nabbed her first big get. It wasn't a deer, but a big hog.

It was the kind that South Carolina's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is happy to see go.

DNR officials said that over the last few years, wild hogs in the state have multiplied and become a nuisance. While hunters in the area may be bothered by the beasts, officials are encouraging them to go ahead and get rid of them.

The only permit people need for hogs is one to remove live ones. So when Autumn Callaham and her dad, Chris, spotted a group of them on their property when they were deer hunting on Sunday, they took aim. The second-grader pulled the trigger.

They got a 283-pound sow, which will be processed for them to be able to share it with their family by Thanksgiving.

"[When hunting] you have to be very quiet and sometimes you can make buck sounds, ‘cause they kind of ram bucks and like to eat them," said Autumn. "So we're trying to get rid of all the hogs around here so they don't get rid of all the deer before deer season's over."

As her reward, Autumn's dad said he got her a puppy. They said he'll be raised as a "hog herder" as a means to push the pigs off their property in the future.

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