Category Archives: Hunting Stories

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That one time…

One of the most memorable encounters with a pig has to be the one where I was not looking for pigs…

Wondering around a nut orchard looking for monkeys and other small vermin, armed with a shotgun containing two #8 shotshells and a sidearm loaded in snake shot shells after encountering a few a Rinkhals in the past few trips out on foot.

A troop of monkeys was spotted in the lower side of the nut orchard and attempting to work with the element of surprise, using the nut trees as cover made perfect sense. So here I was walking along the rows, climbing underneath the trees and sliding down the furrows into the next row as I got closer and closer to the troop.

On about the third furrow, as I slid down and sat up to regain composure I came face to face with a warthog scoffing nuts!

Here I sat, a shotgun with rounds that are only going to make him mad, and a handgun with nothing better in it…

I sat there what felt like eternity as the pig snorted, looked me up and down and eventually ran off into the surrounding forest…!

From that day onward, I always have heavier rounds available at a moments notice!


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The Challenge

Boar hunting is as much of an adventure as it is a challenge.

Those who don’t hunt pigs, or don’t hunt at all fail to understand the attraction of that elusive bush pig!

Many people have a look and say things like;

  • “you forever building pig feeders.”
  • “how much money do you spend on feeding those things?”
  • “how many hides do you really need?”
  • “every time I come visit you, I see you working on something different for pig hunting…”

Yes…

Those are the ones who have not experienced the lure of wild boar and the challenge of hunting them!

For me, is about experimenting, trying something different, building something – a blind, a feeder station, whatever.

Its a wholesome activity, not just a hunt! And that is what I try to explain to people, try it, come along and experience it…

You will see, boar hunting is not about shooting a pig, its about a lifestyle and a respect for the challenge leading up to shooting that pig…

Loaded up to go out and install an automated feeder!