Bushpigs with my bow

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  1. Azbowhunter2

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    I need some ideas and help on taking one of these Bushpigs with my bow. The area I have been hunting they are only nocturnal and seem very skitish. Any tips anyone has would be appreciated. Is it legal to take these at night? Are you allowed to use the red light or would they work if it is legal?
     
  2. Dempsey Bayly

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    I shot my first Bushpig with a bow this year and let me tell you it's no easy feat! It takes a lot of hard work which I'm sure your going to do, with regards to the red lights and hunting them at night it is all perfectly legal as far as i know and this was the manner in which i conducted my hunt. If possible it is best to leave the red lights on over the feeding site all night every night so as to allow the pigs to become used to feeding in those conditions, this was luckily afforded to me and played a big part i believe. As for any advice i have i would recommend you are confident in your bows setup and PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE because when you are under those low light conditions and you have to make a tricky shot its very different from your garden at night with a torch light aimed at a target. Also dress warmly as it can get very chilly in the blind or tree stand! Best of luck with your endeavours!
     
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    Thank you, thats what I had suggested to my PH. We tried the red light one night but it spooked them so probably like you say he needs to have it on a week or two before I return. Thank you for your insights I have hunted wild bore in Texas like this and have been successful but was not sure if we could use this technique or not.
     
  4. nuval.J2711

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    It sounds like you know what you are doing considering you have taken an apparently very skittish animal with a bow, and I am wondering if you can give a new bow hunter some tips, like brand new. I bought my first compound bow earlier this week, bear Attitude. My local shop put the draw weight as low as it goes considering i am only 15. while setting up the bow I noticed I wasn't able to draw it past halfway. When I got home I did some dumbbell lawnmowers which is the same movement of drawing a bow, and i was able to do the same weight as the bow was set. This has been driving me crazy and I have talked to the guy who set me up and he said its all technique but I have not found a video that shows this technique. Any tips for a beginner?
     
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    Some exercises you can do to strengthen your shoulders.
    Attached doc in pdf.

    Then search bow drawing techniques on YOUTUBE. There are plenty of lessons.
    Have a look.
     

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    @nuval.J2711 Take tips from this guy.
     
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    thank you very much. I have written those down and very excited to get going.
     
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    Good luck.
    With those exercises I was able to get to the point of drawing an 87 pound draw weight without an issue.
     
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    You dont need a fast bow to shoot a bushpig, you need a quiet draw cycle.
    My suggestion is to shoot at 60lbs and make sure your arrow does not rasp along as you draw.

    If you want a serious chance of killing a pig you need a few baits you can use as pigs move constantly.
    More often than not your blind setup is whats stopping you from killing the pig.
    Good luck. Feel free to ask any questions you may have
     
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    nuval, got back to the bow shop, have them lower the poundage on your bow so it is comfortable. shoot your bow regular (every day ) . do the exercises recommended . never shoot more draw weight than you are comfortable with. Forrest
     
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    Nuval, this video can help !

     
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    AZbowhunter2 , I hunted with African barefoot safaris in S.A. he had a red light that would come on at sun down set up for bush pigs.it stayed on until sun rise. he said very similar to hunting leopard at night . Forrest
     
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    They'll come to bait at night... shoot them there with a trijicon lit pin. I used a sound and light set up we use for leopard.
    Find out where they bed during the day...easy to shoot there whilst they're sleepy!
     
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    Drawing your bow doesn't involve your shoulders or arms as much as your Rotator Cuffs... These are the muscles that sit either side of your spine between your shoulder blades. Keep your drawing arm elbow up high! Then you are 'rotating' your arm backwards until the bow is drawn! The last action is bringing your hand into you cheek to the anchor point. That is until you get strong enough to just rotate it back and bring it into anchor point fluidly. Take the draw weight down until you can draw it easily..then wind it up a turn at a time over a coupla days. Doing a bend over row (lawnmower as you call it!) is NOT the same as drawing your bow! You'll soon get the 'technique'!!
     
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    good video!
     
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    Firstly ensure that you actually have the bushpig on bait before even going out to hunt them. We set up many feeding spots and put trail cameras at all of them, once you see them at a spot regularly you start setting up your shooting position taking wind and animal movement into consideration.
    We usually set up a red light with a rheostat right above the feeding spot so as soon as you hear them coming in you slowly increase the light until you can see enough to make a good shot.

    if you are using an outfitter for your bushpig hunt, ensure that you get regular updates of pictures on the trail camera.
     
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    Some pic's from our trail cams on bait - we setup the blinds around 15-20 meters away and monitor their activity on trail cams to see when the come in and the best times to enter the blinds.

    trailcam-1.jpg trailcam-2.jpg trailcam-3.jpg trailcam-4.jpg
     
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    I hunted under a small L.E.D. light and a tree stand. It worked great. The Porcupines came in as well. The Bushpigs were skittish because of the Leopards in the area. Leave the light on all day and night. I hunted with a #78 pound longbow and 1026 grain arrows. The shot was 12 yards in the pitch black. Get used to shooting at a black outline of the pig. I did not practice at night before my hunt as I was unaware that we would be hunting at night. Being an instinctive shooter helped me a lot. I had to trust my ability to shoot in the dark. No sights. I took an extremely nice Boar.
     
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    Bushpig Hunted by Charles Moniz with Limpopo Big Game Safaris.

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