Where to hunt Bushpig
Classified as one of Africa’s greatest crop raiders and despised by farmers. Bushpigs are well distributed throughout Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, especially in areas of lower altitude that offer dense cover, forests, thick riverine vegetation and reedbeds. Good cover, water and food supply of their favourite crops of maize (corn) and sugar cane, are a recipe for good Bushpig hunting conditions. They can be hunted in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. For serious pig hunters, South Africa is your best bet where some Outfitters specialise in hunting Bushpigs.
In Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique you will be required to book a minimum of a 7-10 day hunt, with a daily rate of $600-$700 and pay a trophy fee of approximately $750-$925 plus license fees. While in Tanzania, a minimum 10 day hunt will cost approximately $1,200 per day with a trophy fee of $550-$850. In South Africa, the daily rates range from $350-$450 per day with a trophy fee of $400-$1,250. Some places charge an additional rate for night hunting ranging from $50-$100 and others charge a baiting fee of up to $200 for a successful Bushpig hunt. Hunting Bushpigs with dogs can cost you an additional $300 a day.
When to hunt Bushpig?
Bushpig may be hunted all year round In South Africa and Zimbabwe. In Mozambique the season is open from April 1 to November 30. The Zambian hunting season runs from the beginning of May to the end of November. In Tanzania the hunting season is from 1 July to 31 December. The best months for hunting Bushpig are the dry winter months when food is scarce and they are at their easiest to bait. Avoid the rainy season when food is plentiful and easy to find with their exceptional sense of smell.
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If you are a serious pig hunter, then South Africa is the place for you. Being a nocturnal animal they are not often seen during the day. Although, sometimes hunted as a trophy of opportunity when they burst out the under growth when disturbed during a hunt. In Mozambique, the Outfitter use beaters to drive the pigs out of the long grass and clients get to shoot the pigs while on the run, a favourite hunting method used during wild boar hunting in Europe. For the fit, special dog hunts can be arranged and for the more sedentary folk, sitting in a blind hunting over a bait pile of rotting meat or fermented corn can be arranged. This same method can be used for bow hunters alike.
Why hunt Bushpig?
Bushpig hunting with dogs can become quite infectious for those who can keep up with the chase. For other, sitting in a blind trying to outwit a pig with super sensory smell and hearing, can be very exciting. This is one animal that you have to entice into the killing zone using all your hunting skills and knowledge. Being a crafty animal, they make for an extremely challenging hunt. If you are hooked on Bushpig hunting, the tusks mounted on a shield make great displays. Both full mounts and shoulder mounts are also very popular as each pig seems to have a unique colouring and facial expression. Like all members of the swine family, they must be treated with respect as they can become very aggressive when wounded.
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