Bushpig Hunting

Bushpig hunting will take you to the thickets and dense underbrush, where they lay-up during the daylight hours. They are best hunted during the night when they are most active. They must be hunted over bait from a blind or using hounds to flush them from the areas they bed down during the day.

Shot placement for Bushpig hunting
Shot placement for Bushpig

Interesting facts about the Bushpig for hunters

  • Bushpig is a mammal that belongs to the family of pigs. There are six subspecies of bushpig in the eastern and southern parts of Africa.
  • Upper tusks of bushpig are poorly visible. Lower tusks (elongated canine teeth) are large, curved, and sharp and used mainly as weapons against predators.
  • Bushpigs share several morphological features with warthogs. Compared to warthogs, bushpigs have less prominent warts on the muzzle (only adult males have warts), shorter tusks and they run with downward positioned tail (warthogs run with erect tail).
  • They are nocturnal creature (active during the night).
  • Bushpig is an omnivore (it eats meat and plants), and its diet consists of roots, tubers, rhizomes, fruits, crops, earthworms, and insect larvae.
  • Also, they will occasionally follow monkeys and collects their leftovers.
  • Bushpig hunting requires warning as preparation is required.
  • An excellent swimmer and often wallows in the mud to prevent overheating and to protect itself against insect bites
  • They live in groups (called sounders) composed of 4 to 10 animals, and the group consists of a dominant male, dominant female, and young animals of both sexes.
  • Bushpig use grunts, squeals and growls for communication.
  • Mating season for bushpigs takes place from April to June.
  • The Female uses grass and builds a nest shaped like a haystack. The nest can be 10 feet wide and 3 feet high.
  • Pregnancy lasts around four months and ends with 2 to 4 piglets. Babies spend the first days of their life in the nest.
  • Bushpig young are dark brown colored and covered with pale stripes that provide camouflage in thick vegetation, and both parents take care of their offspring.
  • Bushpig aggressively defends their young from predators.
  • Bushpigs reach sexual maturity at 18 months and can survive up to 13 or 14 years in the wild.

The difference between a male and female Bushpig

The color of the body of the bushpig varies widely between dark brown and reddish-brown on both males and females. What distinguishes a male and a female bushpig is the bony ridge and two warts on the snout.

Bushpig male showing two bony ridges
Bushpig male

About the Bushpig

Your African Bushpig trophy should have an average shoulder height of around 32 inches, weigh about 180 pounds, and have a Tusk length of approximately 4 inches.

The Bushpig is one of the most challenging species of plains game hunted in South Africa.

Primarily nocturnal, they must be hunted over bait from a blind or using hounds to flush them from the areas they bed down during the day. 

Either way, they are an incredibly tricky yet satisfying species to hunt.

Bushpig inhabits grasslands, riverine woodlands, swamps, reed beds, and semi-arid areas.

These animals are rarely seen in the wild because they inhabit hardly accessible terrains and are most active during the night.

Hunting bushpig will take you to the thickets and dense underbrush, where they lay-up during the daylight hours.

They are most likely best hunted during the night when they are most active.

In the case of hunting Bushpig using hounds, things get a lot more interesting.

We will get a pack of hounds and send them into an area where we think the Bushpig might be sleeping during the day.

The hunters stand along likely routes of escape for the Bushpigs.

Bushpig female
Bushpig female

Bushpig Hunting in South Africa

Bushpigs are mainly nocturnal. Adult bushpigs stand from 26 to 39 inches at the shoulder and weigh from 121 to 331 pounds.

Their color varies from reddish-brown to dark brown and becomes darker with age. However, both sexes have a lighter-colored mane, which bristles when the animal becomes agitated.

The upper parts of the face and ears are also lighter in color. Their sharp tusks are relatively short and inconspicuous.

Unlike warthogs, bushpigs run with their tails down. Males usually are larger than females.

A typical group will consist of a male and female, with other younger females and juveniles accounting for the rest.

Litters of three to four young are born in summer.

Bushpigs can be aggressive, especially when they have piglets.

They are omnivorous and eat roots, crops as well as carrion.

They grunt softly while feeding and make a long growl as an alarm call. 

Trophy Judgement and Rifle Caliber for Bushpig Hunting

The 7mm is more than adequate. For those hunters who do not wish to go through the red tape of bringing a rifle into South Africa, Nick Bowker has available a 7mm custom made Remington Magnum fitted with a suppressor.

Mounted on the rifle is a Swarovski Z8 tactical scope. We have hand loaded Hornady ELD-X ammunition.

This set up including ammunition, is available as part of all hunting packages free of charge.

Bushpig should be treated with respect. Especially when they have young as they can show aggression.

Hunting bushpigs can make for an exciting evening, and use caution, as these bad-tempered animals can be dangerous when wounded.

Bushpig can be added on to one of our many 7 animal packages for example the sable package.