Hunting a Trophy Bushpig

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A MATURE BUSHPIG HAS AN AVERAGE:

SHOULDER HEIGHT:
23 INCHES
WEIGHS: 
20 POUNDS
TUSK LENGTH: 
4-5 INCHES

SCI MINIMUM SCORE
11 INCHES (length and circumference of both tusks) 

INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: AKA the "Ghost of the Darkness", this is mainly due to their crop-raiding activities in the cover of dark and a complete vanishing act by day break in farming communities. In certain parts, Bushpig hunting with hounds is seen as a religion, with hounds, hunters and Bushpigs often gaining legendary status. Bushpigs thrive throughout a wide variety of habitat and terrain, and will raid crops if the opportunity presents itself. Both the boars and sows make for super trophies. Hunting can be done with hounds, by baiting or by a chance glimpse of these shy animals. Big boars will display big bump-like warts on the nose, increasing in size with age. Older boars also tend to turn lighter in color: a good sigh of maturity but not a rule.

IDENTIFICATION: Predominantly brown with a mane of lighter hair. The young have horizontal white stripes on their bodies. Boars and sows have tusks.

Trophy Bushpigs are hunted in the Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape and Zululand provinces of South Africa

When hunting a bush pig, they can be found in the thick shelter and water is essential. Prefers the thickets, reed patches and tall grass near water. Found only under these conditions even in dry country.

 

Hunting a trophy Bushpig

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