Hunting Warthog South Africa

The warthog - Africa’s best “hog” hunting

Hunting Warthog
Scientific Name : Phacochoerus Aethiopicus
Weight : 100kg (m), 70kg (f)
Shoulder Height : 70 cm (m), 60 cm (f)
Breeding Season : April and May
Minimum Calibre : 243

About Warthog Hunting

Warthog hunting is a lot of fun! The warthog is a very popular trophy among African hunters. They occur widely throughout Southern Africa. Warthog make family groups called sounders, which is a mother and her piglets (up to 8 at a time) joined by the boar during breeding season.

Warthog are grazers and like to graze on freshly sprouted, green shoots. They often feed with their front legs bent and resting on the ground which enables them to get closer to their food.

Warthog live in abandoned aardvark holes and will “reverse” into the hole with their head and tusks facing the entrance.

Judging a Trophy Warthog

Both male and female warthogs have upper and lower tusks. The males have thicker upper tusks, but not necessarily longer. Male warthogs have a set of warts just below their eyes that protrude quite prominently. They are absent in the female.

Warthog Hunting Tips

When hunting warthog in South Africa, scout the open areas near water in the cooler parts of the day. They will often rest amongst the thick bush and trees in the heat of the day. Their favorite time to drink water is around 11am – 1pm.

Be decisive in your shot placement and use a caliber with good knockdown power. Wounded warthog will often dash head first into any available hole and they’re difficult to dig out. Enjoy the hunt!

What does a Warthog Hunt cost

The cost of a trophy warthog hunt is $550. Warthog hunting packages are common. The Management Hunting Package $3500 for 8 days includes 2 management warthog, 2 springbok. 2 impala, a kudu, black wildebeest, blesbok and an eland.