The color of the body of the bushpig varies widely between dark brown and reddish brown on both males and females. The distinguishing factor between a male and a female bushpig is the bony ridge and two warts on the snout.
Bushpigs are mainly nocturnal. Adult bushpigs stand from 26 to 39 inches at the shoulder, and weigh from 121 to 331 pounds. They resemble the domestic pig, and can be identified by their blunt, muscular snouts and small eyes. Their color varies from reddish brown to dark brown and becomes darker with age. 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 fairly short and inconspicuous. Unlike warthogs, bushpigs run with their tails down. Males are normally larger than females.
Bushpigs are quite social animals and are found in sounders of up to 12 members. A typical group will consist of a dominant male and a dominant female, with other females and juveniles accounting for the rest. Litters of three to four young are born in summer after a gestation period of approximately four months. Bushpigs can be very aggressive, especially when they have young.
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 that may be hunted in South Africa. Primarily nocturnal, they must be hunted over a bait from a blind or using hounds to flush them from the areas where they bed down during the day. Either way, they are an incredibly difficult, yet satisfying species to hunt.
Hunting bush pig 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 Bushpigs 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 Bushpigs might be sleeping during the day. The hunters are then stationed along likely routes of escape for the Bushpigs.
Shot placement for Bushpig Hunting
The 7mm is more than adequate. For those hunters who do not wish to go through the red tape of having to bring a rifle in to South Africa Nick Bowker Hunting has available a 7mm custom made Remington Magnum fitted with a suppressor. The rifle is mounted with 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.
Treat these guys with respect; small groups with young can be counted upon to show aggression. Hunting bush pig can make for an exciting evening and an interesting stalk, but use caution, as this ill-tempered beast can be extremely dangerous when wounded.