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 and aggressive 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.
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.
Bushpig vs warthog
Bushpig are mostly nocturnal and warthogs are mostly diurnal. If conditions are favorable, both will become active outside their usual behaviour.
The large tusks on bushpig are situated in the lower jaw. The opposite is true for warthog.
Information on hunting bushpig in South Africa
Bushpig hunting prices
Bushpig hunting prices South Africa for the 2020 hunting season is $ 450.
Caliber for hunting bushpig
The following calibers are 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.
Our preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes. You can use any weight projectiles depending on which weight consistently performs best in your specific rifle. Other premium grade ammunition manufactures you can use would be Federal Premium, Sierra and others.
Best gun scope for hunting bushpig
There are numerous gun scopes and gun scope brands available on the market today. Leupold and Swarovski optics certainly provide more light under darker conditions. However, you should purchase the optics you can afford.
The single most important issue is the scope must be able to withstand the recoil once you squeeze the trigger.
A good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope is sufficient for hunting bushpig in South Africa.
Average shot distance
The average expected shooting distance when hunting bushpig in South Africa is 30 to 60 yards.
Shot placement when hunting bushpig
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.
The shot should be placed at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs. Aim at the inside of the front shoulder towards the opposite front leg at the same height as for a broadside shot.
Aim slightly behind the shoulder at the opposite shoulder. Beware of placing the shot too far back as this could result in a stomoch shot.
Facing to shot
Should not be attempted due to the position of the head.
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Tips for bushpig hunting
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
Best time of year to hunt bushpig is from April 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.
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