Warthog in South Africa
On An airgun safari in South Africa, the hunting had
been difficult, weather was cold and overcast, which
are not conditions favored by the prehistoric pigs.I set
up over a water hole in a natural blind built up from
brush and using rocks and cactus as the framework.
By the time my friends left me I was completely boxed
in. And thats when I found .........
Jim Chapman

This hunt can be seen on American Airgunner
broadcast on Pursuit Network and on you tube post
That if I even took a deep breath I'd get poked by a
sharp spine. So I carefully held my position and
waited, spending my time glassing the distant
ridges for traces of pigs moving in for water. This
was my next to last day before boarding the plane
for the 32 hour trip home, and things didn't look
very good. I always shoot a couple of warthogs
when I go out to the Eastern Cape, but they are so
plentiful most of the time I'd passed on several
opportunities early on.

As I dropped my glasses I spotted first one hog that
had slipped in from my right side followed by a
second. These pigs were identical in size, so of
course I dropped the crosshairs on the one
standing in the water, which would prove the most
difficult to retrieve,

The gun I was shooting was a .457 XP Ranger
shooting Mr Hollowpoint 250 grain bullets. The gun
was charged to 3600 psi and was putting out about
500 fpe.

When I pulled the trigger, the gun roared (it is not a
quiet airgun) and knocked the pig over in the water.
He thrashed and kicked a bit, and while he ended
up a bout five feet further out in the water/mud, he
didn't get up again.

I've take many warthogs, Russian boar and feral
hogs, and think they are a fine airgun trophy!
This pig was not big
as far as they go, but
any game taken fairly
with an airgun is a
trophy. And what this
pig lacked in stature,
he made up in pure
ugliness. Warthogs
are not the most
beautiful animal to
start with, but having
to be hauled out of
the muck didn't help
much either.

I'm going back to SA
next summer and will
bring a small group of
airgunners with me.
Send an email if your
interested in joining
this hunt of a lifetime
with us!