Where to hunt Giant Forest Hog
Giant Forest Hogs are divided into three subspecies which are found in the humid and damp rain forests of western and central Africa as well as the highland forests of Ethiopia and Kenya. They may not be hunted in Kenya where all hunting is closed. They are mostly hunted in Cameroon, Central African Republic and selected areas in Ethiopia. BookYourHunt only has hunts listed for Giant Forest Hog in Cameroon.
Giant Forest Hog hunts are normally combined with a few other specialist species, like Bongo, Forest Sitatunga, Dwarf Buffalo and a number of Forest Duikers. In Cameroon numerous outfitters offer 8-15 day safaris that include these hogs. The daily rates for these safaris range between $2,220-3,300 per day with trophy fees running between $1,665 and $ 2, 445. If you are a serious hunter we recommend the longer 15 day safaris as just getting to this destination is expensive and you do not want to return home empty handed.
When to hunt Giant Forest Hog?
The best time to hunt Giant Forest Hog is the driest time of the year when the marshy areas and open glades amongst the huge forest trees start to dry out and the Giant Forest Hogs are more concentrated in the remaining areas. The official forest hunting season in Cameroon starts on March 1 and finishes on June 30. No matter what time of the year you expect to hunt you will get wet and muddy.
Mostly hunted as a trophy of opportunity whilst busy with a walk and stalk hunt for another species. They are very vocal and often heard before being seen. As is the case with most pig species their eyesight is very poor but their sense of smell is excellent so always approach from downwind. Giant Forest Hogs may also be hunted from a high stand (machane) overlooking a likely spot where these animals may congregate in a forest glade near a salt lick.
Why hunt Giant Forest Hog?
Even if you are not a pig hunter, these huge hogs are one of the most treasured forest trophies owing to their share bulk. Hunters who hunt in these forests are there due to the fact that they are after something different to the normal African plains game hunts and after the forest specials which will no doubt include a Giant Forest Hog. Normally these animals are too big to be full mounted in a hunter’s trophy room. However they still make great shoulder mounts, skull mounts and in some cases only the tusks are shield mounted.
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