Hunting bushpig in South Africa
Bushpig scientific name: Potamochoerus larvatus
Hunting bushpig in South Africa successfully without dogs is a major achievement and should be seen as such. In some regions, these very secretive nocturnal hogs have made it uneconomical for farmers to continue planting crops like corn.
Bushpig are extremely wasteful feeders that will break down a whole corn stalk to only eat one of the 2 – 3 cobs before moving onto the next stalk. An adult male bushpig will be able to devour 15 pounds of corn and more per night making them farmer enemy number one.
As a result of the destructive feeding habits farmers try to recover lost income by charging a trophy fee for bushpig hunting.
Bushpig males (boars) are stocky animals that can become extremely dangerous if cornered or wounded. They use their razor-sharp tusks to disembowel opponents like large cats and domestic dogs.
Apart from predators, bushpig numbers are only kept intact by hunting and disease. Disease does not seemingly play such a large role anymore and with increased agricultural activities it seems like bushpig numbers are on the increase.
Hunting bushpig is a tedious affair which influences bushpig hunting prices. Firstly, an area has to be identified before baiting can commence. Secondly, once baiting is started it needs to be maintained to allow the bushpig to realize there is a constant food source to where he can return. Obviously, the early bird catches the worm, and if a juvenile or sow bushpig discovers the baiting station before the arrival time of the boar, the whole objective comes to naught. This is the main reason why hunting a bushpig successfully is so satisfying to the hunter. The amount of effort in a bushpig hunt is tremendous.
Bushpig are survivalists par-excellance with a wide food source ability, ranging from roots, insects, carrion and almost anything else that is edible.
Information on hunting bushpig in South Africa
Bushpig hunting prices South Africa
The cost to hunt bushpig in South Africa for the 2019 hunting season is $ 550.
Our bushpig hunting prices in South Africa are set for the whole of this hunting season unless the exchange rate fluctuates too much. We will however commit to prices as agreed upon prior to the hunt taking place.
Best caliber for hunting bushpig
Mkulu African Hunting Safaris suggests the following calibers as being the best calibers for hunting bushpig in South Africa:
- 7 X 57
- 7 mm 08
- 7 mm Rem Mag and all other 7 mm calibers
- 300 WSM
- 300 Win Mag
- hunting bushpig with a 12 ga shotgun loaded with buckshot (AAA) or any comparable calibers.
Best ammunition for hunting bushpig
Mkulu African Hunting Safaris preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes TTSX in just about any weight. You can use 150 – 180 grain Barnes TTSX projectiles depending on which weights have a consistant better performance in your specific rifle. Other premium grade ammunition manufactures you can use would be Federal Premium, Sierra and others. 12 ga AAA buckshot from any manufacturer will work.
Best gun scope for hunting bushpig
A good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope should be sufficient for hunting bushpig in South Africa due to a wide zoom range and a long eye relief which will allow for greater flexibility to view the reticule quicker.
Bushpig average shooting distance
The average expected shooting distance when hunting Bushpig in South Africa is 30 to 60 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.
Shot placement when hunting bushpig in South Africa
The shot should be placed in line with the front leg, slightly less than one third of the way up from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the back.
Quartering to shot
The shot should be placed at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs, aiming at the inside of the front shoulder towards the opposite front leg at the same height as for a broadside shot.
Quartering away shot
Baboons are slight body animals which is why the shot can be placed in the upper body.
Facing to shot
Should not be attempted due to the position of the head.
Bushpig hunting video South Africa
Tips for hunting bushpig in South Africa
Hunting bushpig successfully is done by means of three ways:
- to come across it by accident when hunting something else, and
- by baiting it and then waiting for it to come to the bait.
- using hounds
Baiting is a tedious method, not unlike that of baiting leopard and lion where many hours are spent very silent in a blind / hide. They are extremely weary and will run away at the slightest suggestion of noise or something seeming different to what they are used to.
When you do come across one that does not see you there will be no time to decide to shoot a boar or a sow – shoot the biggest one that is in range.
Best time of year for hunting bushpig in South Africa
Traditionally the bush in the best bushpig hunting areas is rather dense during our summer months from November to April. From June to August the bush starts to recede rather quickly and during September and October the daily temperatures start rising while the bush recedes to a minimum.
Best time of year to hunt bushpig is from March to November with peak hunting taking place during the very dry spell between July and October.
We can and do hunt bushpig from January to December.
Hunting in Africa packages 2019