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with snow. However, the organized drive
is a favorite technique. The scale varies.
In Germany I participated in a huge
drive, 30-plus "guns" and more than 70
drivers with dogs and horns. In Estonia,
I joined a small group of local hunters as
they drove stands of timber-they told
me they hunted this way just about every
Saturday all through autumn.
Wherever pigs are found size varies
with diet. Our Central California pigs
have a hard time making a living, especially during our long, hot and dry summers. We figure a really big boar might
weigh 250 pounds, and very few exceed
300. They get bigger in the Southeast,
where food conditions are better. I am
not convinced that Eurasian wild boars
get bigger than feral hogs (in either body
or tusk size), but in hard-hunted populations big, older boars are always a small
minority. A big boar isn't nearly as tasty as
a medium-sized sow-but a big boar with
good tusks is an awesome prize anywhere.
Turkey is the best place I ever hunted
for big boars. This follows logically. Food
sources are excellent, so the pigs get big.
More importantly, however, Turkey is a
Muslim country; most Turks don't eat
pork, and while Turkey has a strong
hunting culture most folks leave pigs
alone. The boars Donna and I shot there
looked more like grizzly bears, huge with
long coats, and tusks that, once pulled,
were nearly 10 inches in length! That was
a night hunt over bait, but pigs are also
hunted by moonlight in croplands, and
occasionally by drives.
The Eurasian wild boar is found all the
way to Japan, but there are several other
Asian pigs. Some, like the legendary

babirusa with curling tusks, are not currently hunted, but a few others are here
and there. In the Philippines I hunted
both the Philippine bearded warty pig
and feral hogs. Slightly smaller and more
uniformly gray rather than dark, the pigs
of the Indian subcontinent are somewhat
different. An Indian wild boar eluded me
on several hunts in Pakistan, and I didn't
get one in Nepal, either. Just recently, in
farm country near the Indian border, I
got a big boar in southern Pakistan. Cool!
Africa
Africa has several varieties of wild pigs.
Along the Mediterranean coast the most
numerous large animal is the Barbary
wild boar. Smaller and paler in color, it's
an offshoot of the Eurasian wild boar,
separated for eons and legendary for
its aggression. They're hunted today in
both Morocco and Tunisia, with shotguns only during well-organized drives. I
hunted them in Tunisia, and it was really
one of my best hunts ever. The pigs are
surprisingly plentiful, and the Muslim
farmers hate them; they're delighted to
see them thinned out!
Most widespread of the African
swine is probably the bushpig. Nocturnal, cover-loving and difficult to hunt,
bushpigs are found from South Africa
to the Sahara, and on west through
the forest zone. In Southern and East
Africa bushpigs vary from tan to black,
but off to the west they're a uniform
reddish color and are called "red river
hogs." Although South Africa hosts a
huge diversity of antelope, much of its
wildlife today is on private land and is a
cash crop-sort of like Western Europe.
june 2017 ❘

Left: In northern Turkey the author and
his wife, Donna, hunted huge-bodied
Eurasian boars with tusks nearly 10 inches long. Above: Some Texas feral boars
top 300 pounds-a good pig anywhere!

Destructive of crops (sound familiar?),
the bushpig is very available to local
hunters who pursue them avidly, with
dogs in daylight and over bait at night.
Often overlooked by visiting hunters, the bushpig is a great game animal.
Years ago, when I was a lot younger, I
hunted them with local hunters and their
dogs. I'm pretty sure I ran a marathon
that day, following hounds up and down
cutlines in dense thorn. Late in the afternoon I crawled into that horrible Addo
thorn and shot a big boar at about 10 feet.
More recently I've hunted them over bait,
also exciting but not quite as strenuous.
Bushpigs are found in most areas
where there's cover and water, but they're
so nocturnal that sightings are rare. In
collective years of African hunting, I've
seen bushpigs in daylight just a couple
of times ... with one exception: coastal
Mozambique. There we often see them
out feeding. Sightings are random enough
that it's almost impossible to hunt them
on purpose, but in the course of a 10-day
safari most hunters will have a chance.
Warthogs are almost as widely distributed, found from South Africa to the
Sahara and also east to west-but not in
the forest zone. The warthog is not a true
pig; significant differences include the long
antenna-like tail and dentition: The warthog's major tusks are the uppers, curving
out and up. Although males usually have
larger tusks, sows can be toothy so at first

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