The Warthog is a common member of the wild pig family, and a cousin of the European boar. Hunting Warthog is a popular trophy of choice amongst many of our clients. The habitat of choice for the Warthog is open ground, watering holes, grasslands and pans.
The Warthog is especially fond of grazing on the newly sprout grass of a burnt out area. Both the male and female have protrusions on their face, 2 on the female and 2 on the male. Their tusks vary in size, but the female usually has longer tusks that curve backwards over its snout. The Warthog keeps its tusks sharp by grinding them against each other.
Warthogs like to live in ant bear dens that have been deserted which they dig out and clear with their hooves and snouts. The Warthog isn’t very dependent on water but will drink when water is available. Hunters go hunting Warthog for a variety of reasons that range from trophy tusks and delicious meat to bait used for Leopard hunting.
He is tough and the male can weigh up to 250 pounds. He is basically an exclusive grazer and wanders wherever he pleases. They move around in small groups called sounders and the piglets stay with their mother for up to 3 years. The males only join the group for mating.
When hunting Warthog you will have the most luck near wet marshy areas and water holes. Their tusks are mostly visible with up to half embedded in their skulls. Although they have two sets of tusks, only the upper tusks are taken as trophies.
Hunting Warthog is best accomplished by approaching them from downwind because their eyesight is poor. The .30 calibers are a good choice for hunting these animals. With larger sized boars it would be advised to consider a larger calibre for a more effective shot. When shooting the Warthog aim just above the front leg to about the middle of the body. The frontal brain shot is also very popular and for this you need to aim between the eyes.