Hunting a Trophy Warthog

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A MATURE WARTHOG BOAR HAS AN AVERAGE:

SHOULDER HEIGHT OF 25 INCHES

WEIGHT OF 180 POUNDS

TUSK LENGTH OF 10 INCHES

SCI MINIMUM SCORE 30 (length and circumference of both tusks)

INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: Warthogs are great trophies to hunt and a big boar is not an every day occurrence. A great animal to approach and observe, but be warned that it is an extremely difficult animal to read; they will up and leave in a second for no apparent reason while feeding. When judging the trophy quality from a distance, the tusks are not always that easy to see. Boars will display darkened skin below their eyes due to scent glands leaking a secretion that stains the skin, making boar identification much easier. Boars will often be double the size of sows in body weight, displaying 2 dominant warts on both sides of the head, while sows have much smaller warts. When judging the trophy quality of Warthogs, one must always consider that on most occasions there is at least 2-3 inches of tusk inside the lip.

IDENTIFICATION: Warthogs' natural skin colour is grey, but can appear reddish or yellow due to their constant mud bathing activities. Snout is broader than that of a domestic pig and long canine teeth (tusks) curl over the snout. Males display two sets of warts on either sides of the head, females only one set. Both sexes have tusks. Tails are always erect when on the move.

Warthog are hunted in the Limpopo, Eastern Cape, North West and Zululand provinces of South Africa.

When hunting a Warthog, they can be found in areas with short grass and sufficient water. Warthogs prefer habitats with open woodlands, floodplains, marsh areas and areas surrounding pans and water holes.  Warthogs also like areas where fresh grass grows following a fire. Independent of water.

Warthog Habits: Grazer. Lives in family groups, nursing groups and temporary bachelor groups, while solitary males are not uncommon. Diurnal and sleeps at night in old Ant Bear holes, always entering backwards. Such holes serve as shelter against predators and bad weather. Home ranges overlap and become larger in dry seasons. Enjoys mud wallows.

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