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Old 05-19-2019, 11:38 PM   #1
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A couple of weeks ago one of the local farmers contacted me asking if I could help with hunting bushpigs thats causing a lot of damage in the corn.

I jumped at the opportunity as its a very challenging hunt and the meat is absolutely the best around.



1st challenge is to walk the boundaries and find where they come into the crops.



Then its time spent under African stars. The way I hunt them is by walking slowly in the dark listening for them in the corn where they are feeding.

I use a flir scout tk monocular that hangs around my neck to scout for body heat.

One of the things to learn is what the breeze at night does as it can change from area to area and for those who have hunted them before you know they have super senses.

Once I hear them I start moving into the corn slowly covering 50 yards in 45-50min at times stalking closer till I get to see them on the flir.

My rifle I use for this type of hunting is my 303 Brit Lee Enfield fitted with a Aimpoint red dot sight, a Light Force PredX9 light under the rifle with a red or green filter, loaded with handloads, 174gr Hornady RN bullets.

Once I am close enough to try for a shot (5-15 yards average )the rifle comes into the shoulder and the light goes on. Shots are taken the moment the pig is seen.





One of the workers on the farm told me that he sees some bushpigs moving around late afternoon just before sunset on the hill opposite the farm house.

I took my Sauer 200 in 308win topped with a Leupold VX3 and started looking for them as I can stretch the 308 shot compared to the dot that I use for close work.



The first afternoon delivered nothing except a beautiful sunset.

A couple of day later I returned and setup in a different location.



After about an hour a bushpig popped out suddenly just above the poplars in the middle moving quickly from left to right, I made a quick shot and the 150gr bullet connected spot on.





The 150gr bullet did the number on the pigís heart.



Two weeks of hunting is left before I have a bow hunter from Washington coming over for 10 days.

After that I will change my tactics into getting them on bait and getting hunters to hunt them from a pop up hide.


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Old 05-20-2019, 06:24 AM   #2
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nice..too much fun!!
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Old 05-20-2019, 06:34 AM   #3
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Sweet! Nice write up
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:18 AM   #4
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:59 AM   #5
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Nice write up

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Old 05-20-2019, 08:01 AM   #6
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:10 AM   #7
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:34 AM   #8
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Congrats!

I understand the bait and pop-up approach for clients, but your way sounds way more fun! Maybe it's just personal preference.
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:56 AM   #9
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:26 AM   #10
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Congrats!

I understand the bait and pop-up approach for clients, but your way sounds way more fun! Maybe it's just personal preference.


Thanks for all the comments,

88 you would be surprised how few people can walk softly in the veld during day time, then add people dont know anymore how to walk at night without lights.

It all is a recipe for busted pigs, then with pigs moving around the corn fields more than one hunter becomes a dangerous situation.

For clients I prefer a hide as I can control scent, movement and sound a lot better and give them the best shot at big boar


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Old 05-20-2019, 10:03 AM   #11
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Old 05-20-2019, 10:35 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the comments,

88 you would be surprised how few people can walk softly in the veld during day time, then add people dont know anymore how to walk at night without lights.

It all is a recipe for busted pigs, then with pigs moving around the corn fields more than one hunter becomes a dangerous situation.

For clients I prefer a hide as I can control scent, movement and sound a lot better and give them the best shot at big boar


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Makes perfect sense to me. I just like your style and would vow for the up close and personal approach!
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Old 05-20-2019, 10:48 AM   #13
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Makes perfect sense to me. I just like your style and would vow for the up close and personal approach!
Same here. Nice write up and pics. Thanks,
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Old 05-21-2019, 12:21 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the response,

I will go out stalking tonight again in the full moon.
Week number 4 on the property and I am still patterning behavior in the moon light


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Old 05-21-2019, 03:25 AM   #15
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Well done!
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Old 05-21-2019, 03:42 AM   #16
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Congrats on the piggies!! That night stalking sounds like fun.
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Old 05-21-2019, 09:28 AM   #17
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Man, you are living my dream!! I always enjoy your hunting threads. Thanks for taking the time to post them. Very nice guns too by the way.
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Old 05-21-2019, 11:44 AM   #18
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This story and pics could have been any where in Texas with all of our feral hogs. The corn pics looked just like damage done by them that I had seen before.

I did not know Africa even had "bushpigs".

Cool pics and story
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Old 05-21-2019, 12:17 PM   #19
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Congrats on the kills ! I have a couple friends who have hunted bushpigs unsuccessfully. From that, I feel like your bait and blind option is a good one.
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Old 05-21-2019, 12:19 PM   #20
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Old 05-21-2019, 04:30 PM   #21
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Well tonight was a hunting night but not a killing night.

Its was one of those kinda nightís where I needed to be lucky once but it did not happen.

Walking to the corn field I could hear them brake the stalks as they were feeding, stalking closer but with the wind behind me I did a semi circle in the wetland just below the corn fields.

I got to with in about 15 yards from the corner of the corn field in the knee high grass when 1st one bust out on my right into the grass giving no shot, then with the Flir pick up another one on the left hand side but corn and grass is so thick I cant see it when the light goes on.

Still looking for a shot the third pig came out of the field 15 yards away on my right, the flir showed it was a big pig and as I started swinging the 303 into the shoulder for a shot it burst into the grass running, at times I could just see the hair on its back confirming itís probably a big boar.

No shots to night but at least it was a great session under African Stars again.




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Old 05-21-2019, 04:53 PM   #22
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Very cool. Thanks for sharing.
Are those domestic pigs that have gone feral?
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Old 05-22-2019, 12:25 AM   #23
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Very cool. Thanks for sharing.
Are those domestic pigs that have gone feral?


Breese,

We have two wild pig species in Southern Africa.

One is the Warthog and the other is the Bushpig.

Bushpig hunt is also called the poor manís leopard hunt when they are hunted over bait.


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