A big bodied bushpig hunted in the Waterberg mountains🏹🐗🏹
Here are some facts of the species:
Bushpig is a mammal that belongs to the family of pigs. There are 6 subspecies of bushpig that can be found in the eastern and southern parts of Africa. Bushpig inhabits grasslands, riverine woodlands, swamps, reedbeds and semi-arid areas. These animals are rarely seen in the wild because they inhabit hardly accessible terrains, where they are active mostly during the night. In some parts of Africa, bushpigs feed on the agricultural crops. Despite organized killing due to conflict with humans, wild population of bushpigs is still large and stable. Bushpigs are not on the list of endangered animals.
Interesting Bushpig Facts:
Bushpig can reach 39 to 59 inches in length, 26 to 39 inches of height at the shoulder and 121 to 331 pounds of weight. Males are larger than females.
Body of bushpig is covered with coarse hair that can be reddish brown, dark brown or grey-colored. Whitish mane runs along the spine from neck to shoulders. Face is covered with light-colored hairs. Ears end with white tufts.
Bushpig has elongated head with flat snout, small eyes and large, pointed ears. It has strong body, short legs and thin tail that ends with tufts.
Upper tusks of bushpig are poorly visible. Lower tusks (elongated canine teeth) are large, curved and sharp. They are used mainly as a weapon against predators.
Bushpigs share several morphological features with warthogs. Compared to warthogs, bushpigs have less prominent warts on the muzzle (only adult males have warts), shorter tusks and they run with downward positioned tail (warthogs run with erect tail).
Bushpig is nocturnal creature (active during the night).
Bushpig is an omnivore (it eats meat and plants). Its diet consists of roots, tubers, rhizomes, fruits, crops, earthworms and insect larvae. Bushpig occasionally follows monkeys and collects their leftovers.
Bushpig is an excellent swimmer. It often wallows in the mud to prevent overheating and to protect itself against insect bites.
Bacon wrapped, cherry feta basil pesto filled Bush pig fillets. Don't swipe if your sensitive to hunting.
My appreciation for my food just goes to another level by being involved in the whole process and more so knowing were and how the meat were processed.
Daytime Bushpigs!!🐗 _
While stalking up to a big old eland bull, this fella came around and we couldn’t resist the opportunity to take him!
One is very lucky to see them during daytime as they are nocturnal animals.
First shot was a bit to far back, we ran out of daylight and my trackers got on his tracks again first thing the next morning. 200 yards away Temba saw just the tiniest piece of his left ear moving through the thick mopane brush, we sneaked up and my client Jaco drilled him with a perfectly placed brain shot.
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| Bushpig Part 2 | 🐗🐗
Still in disbelief at the monster of a Bushpig @higgsshaun and I just hunted, we headed home on a major high! It was 2am and we’d just sat down in the kitchen when Shaun’s phone started buzzing. He looked at it in shock and shouted “There’s pigs on bait!” Neither of us could believe it but in no time we were back in the Hilux and on our way. We started our stalk quite a way off the bait and as we approached closer we took our boots off. We kept inching forward while monitoring the sounder through the thermal sight until we were around 65m away. As we got comfortable the boar rushed off the bait, he came back but stood behind a tree until he spooked off for a second time. I thought that might be it and I’d missed my chance but after several minutes he was back and I wasn’t going to chance him running off again. As soon as he was clear I indicated to Shaun that I was going to shoot as he was attempting to shoot the sow too. I fired and watched the boar collapse where he stood. Right after my shot came Shaun’s. He’d managed to make an incredible shot on the sow as she took off but neither of us were sure what had happened, however we heard crashing in the sugar cane nearby. She hadn’t gone 25m. The excitement and action was truly surreal and neither of us imagined that our night could’ve gotten any better after the success with the first boar. We couldn’t have been more wrong though! A massive thank you to @higgsshaun for such an unforgettable hunt! 🙏🏼