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BUSHPIG HUNTING SA

Hi my name is Jaun and I am from South Africa. I am new on the forum, I love hunting and have a passion for bushpig hunting. Here is a picture of a boar I hunted on my farm recently using a .458 with 350 gr Hornady soft nosed bullets at a mv 2400 fps.

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Welcome.

I must say that is one ugly animal. It looks like a cross between an elephant and a wart hog.

Why don't you share a little information on them and how you hunt them. I'd be interested to know more about them.

Thanks.

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I will second the ugly part of the previous post! Thumbs up

Welcome to the forum. I would say it is more like an aardvark on steroids. I never saw any of them on my previous trips to Africa, unfortunately. Cry

I hope you find some good information here and can share some also.

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Bushpig (Potamochoerus larvatus)

The bushpig is a very elusive creature and in spite of it being present on most farms in the northern part of South Africa it is seldom seen. What is more often seen is the destruction it causes to crops (especially maize). Due to this it is seen as a problem animal. Bushpigs can be very aggressive when cornered or wounded, their sharp bottom incisors are used as a weapon against threat. These bottom incisors are not very visible like the warthog’s but are extremely sharp due to its being grinded against the top incisors. In spite of the Bushpig being found commonly outside conservation areas, little study has been done about their behaviour and ways. They are nocturnal and sleep in dense thickets during the day. They stay in herds of 6 to 12 with a dominant boar and sow and have 3 to 8 piglets between November and January. The piglets are reddish brown with white horizontal stripes.

Average Height = 75 cm
Weight: Sows = 48 – 66 kg and Boars = 46 – 85 kg
Incisors: The boar I shot in the picture had 4,5” incisors which are average (see photo – the set on the left is of a sow I shot last year and the one on the right is from the bushpig in my photo)
Trophy quality: The quality of the trophy is determined by the length of the bottom incisor. Record = 11,87” Rowland Ward = 5,5”
Colour: Their colour varies greatly between the areas in which they are found. From red, greyish brown to dark brown (Colour darkens with age)

There are basically three ways of hunting the bushpig .
1.Bushpig over hounds: A pack of trained hounds are used to flush out the pigs, chase them and bay them. This can be great fun but also very tiring since you have to run after hounds chasing pigs. It can also be dangerous for the hunters as well as the hounds – never ever try this without well trained hounds. A bushpig can seriously injure or kill a dog in seconds, slicing them open with their incisors.

2.Feedlot: A treestand can be set up in a tree overlooking a feeding lot. We usually put out dead chickens; the bushpigs will only start feeding once the meat decays. The reason for this that they are attracted not to the meat but to the maggots. A good way of knowing your feeding lot is ready is to stand 500 m downwind, if you can smell it, its time to go hunt! Make sure that you position yourself before dark. In my experience they usually feed between 19:00 - 22:00 and 03:00 – sunrise. The treestand and feedlot has to be perfectly placed and even then it may take weeks before the pigs start eating there regularly. They are very sensitive to changes in the environment. A lot of other factors such as wind direction, time of month (bushpigs are most active during full moon) and time of year (in summer months food is plenty and they might not be attracted to feeding lots) need to be taken into consideration. With a LOT of patience and good luck you might attract a whole herd and shoot a fine boar.

3.I prefer hunting them in the walk and stalk way. During full moon I sit at predestined spots listening for activity. Bushpigs are very noisy foragers. When I hear them I stalk closer, making sure of the wind direction until I can see them in the glow of the moonlight. A Maglite with red filter is then shone on them by an assistant (usually my wife). After the light has gone on, you have only seconds to shoot. The red filter gives you those few extra seconds before they become aware of the light. This method has a very low success rate but it sure beats sitting in a cramped, stinking tree for hours! It also provides a huge adrenalin rush because you get so close to these animals you can hear them breathe.

Unfortunately, a lot of these amazing animals are killed in poacher’s traps set by the natives who have a special love for their meat. The boar in the photo I submitted had a wire noose around his top jaw which had already started to slice into his skin.

If you ever have the chance to come and hunt in the northern part of South Africa make sure a bushpig is on your list, you won’t regret it!

PS. My wife thinks they are adorable!

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Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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geez, now thats some pork...... Thumbs up

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Thank you for the erudite and informative post. It sounds a lot like feral hog hunting in Texas. Put out some hog bait, wait for the noise, shine a light and hope to get a shot (from the safety of the elevated blind, of course) Thumbs up Are there bushpig in Namibia?

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Thats a good looking critter there! Is the meat good?

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I sure hope that critter is better eating than it is pretty ,MAN that thing is ugly . But well done by all standards !!!! Congrats

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A bushpig's meat is in fact red and not white like domestic pigs or pale like a warthog's. It is very tasty and especially delicious when smoked.

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As ugly as what some people believe bushpigs look,as difficult it is to target one.They have managed to survive on a predator filled continent,Africa,for millions of years and are still going strong...They truly are an underrated specie.
When going to Africa next time,put bushpig on your priority list and wait for the response from your PH.
Just do it! neener!

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