Hunting bushpig in South Africa is a night-time affair and can be a very rewarding experience. The bushpig is said to be the African version of the European wild boar as the two mammals share similar physical features and social behaviours. The bushpig is a strong, stocky pig with powerful forequarters. Its upper tusks are barely visible, but the lower tusks are razor sharp and grow to 7cm in length. It is very dangerous when surprised in the bush or wounded during hunting, it can inflict serious wounds with its sharp, protruding canines. An adult boar has an average shoulder height of 23 inches and an average weight of 20 pounds.
Bushpig hunting is an extremely exciting hunt and can be done in three ways. The most common practice of hunting bushpig is through baiting. Hunters will then wait in the blind until the bushpig arrives to feed. It’s vital to remain still as they have excellent hearing and eyesight, as well as smell. Another method of hunting bushpig in South Africa is through the use of a spotlight at night while searching the area’s fields and other open areas. Bushpig hunting in South Africa can also be done by using a hound pack to chase and corner the pig. Using a pack of hounds to hunt bushpig in South Africa is an effective way of getting an opportunity at a trophy bushpig, and increases the hunter’s odds of success.
Hunting bushpigs in South Africa with Somerby Safaris is an extremely exciting and fulfilling experience, despite which method you would like to use. We have excellent hunting areas and years of experience in night hunting bushpig. A bushpig hunt with Somerby Safaris is definitely one to add to the books.