Unplanned Warthog

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  1. Willie Grové

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    I got my bow in 2014 and have been target shooting since. I never got a chance to go hunting with it because of personal reasons.

    Last year in 2019 I booked a hunt at Tarentaaalrand to shoot my first animal with a bow. I had my site on a Springbok to start with my Sringbok Grand Slam. I arrived at Tarentaalrand on the Thursday afternoon and I was greeted by the owner Theuns Cloete.

    Theuns took me to the hide early Friday morning. The hide was made from n water Jojo tank. I sat for about an hour when I saw Springboks coming in. I ranged them 84m. They just past by. No long after them a Black Springbok ram came with 2 Common Springbok ewe's. I ranged the ram at 87m. Too far to take a shot because Springboks string jump like rabbits. One om the ewe's came to the water hole. Great shot but one problem. She was near to give birth anyday now and I was after a trophy ram. They went away later and I sat and wait. Lots of game came in. Waterbucks mostly dearing the moring and a Eland cow with her calf and 2 young bulls. Just before sun set a group of Sable came in and went. I saw through the hide hide window at the back that there were Springbok. I was waiting for them to come in but they did not. Theuns came and pic me up and I asked them if I can shoot anything that comes in tomorrow because it will be my last day and I wanted meat for my freezer also.

    The Saterday morning Theuns drop me at a other hide were Blesbok and Blue Wildebeest mostly are. We made a nice feed mix for them next to the waterhole. There was tracks and droppings anywhere so it was a good sign. I sat in the hide and waited. Suddenly I saw a warthog piglet walk past the hide window. I could have smack it behind the head if I wanted thats how close it was. I saw it was a sow with her for piglets coming in for a drink. They drank and they left. Later 3 young boars came in for a drink. I did not want to shoot a young one because I felt they must live on to get bigger. Later I nice boar came in. I ranged him at 13m but hear something in the bushes behind the hide and ran in that direction. I hear a huge squeal then silence.

    I sat and waited and waited. They suddenly I saw a warthog boar at the waterhole. He was totally relaxed tail down everything. I ranged him at 20m. I drew my bow and I aimend. He was stil drinking totally relaxed. Pulled the trigger on the release. The arrow flew so fast that I only saw it hitting the weight that was tied down over the ballvalve of the water hole. The warthog did not run away it jog away into the bushes. I missed!!!! I got out of the hide and walk to my arrow. I was anger at myself. My first animal with the bow and I missed. When I got to my arrow my heart stop. It was was covered in blood all the way. I did not miss, the arrow went completely through the warthog. I was shaking when I phone Theuns to come and help track the Warthog. Theuns and his daugther arrived and we tried to get a blood trail. The red sand made it hart. Then I saw something in the road. It was my Warthog. He ran 50m. It was a big old warrhog with wornout tusks. It was not my Springbok that I wanted but I was a very happy man. My first animal with a bow was one of the toughest animals in Africa and it was acomplete pass through. What more could a man ask for. IMG_20190810_073544.jpeg IMG_20190810_151627.jpeg IMG_20190810_155844.jpeg
     
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  2. mikecatt13

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    Congratulations, you are now certainly a bow hunting addict! Haha. Nice pig and nice choice in brand of bows. ;)
     
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  3. Art Lambart II

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    Congrats on your pig, I'm sure he will be tasty.
     
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  4. Willie Grové

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    Thank you. I only shoot the best
     
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  5. Willie Grové

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    Thank you. Warthogs make very delicious cheese grillers.
     
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    Congrats on a fine archery trophy-maybe the first but for sure not the last! I loved warthog sausage with eggs for breakfast. Eager to read your next adventure-
     
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  7. Willie Grové

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    Thank you
     

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    Nice report and experience, but that it aint....no warts and no worn tusks and a lot of white bum fluff......

    Great experience, thanks for sharing and well done on your first bow kill.
     
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  9. Willie Grové

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    Sorry my bad. Thanks for the correction.
     

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    Congrats and thanks for sharing!
     
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    Congrats to you sir
     
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    Congratulations on arrowing your pig.
     
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    my unplanned warthog came while I was hunting impala with a .243 win loaded with 80 gr bullets, he was just walking at about 90 yards when I saw him and I put the .243 win 80 gr bullet into his neck close to his head and he went straight down.

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    Nice report. Good shooting. I enjoyed reading about your first hunt. Thanks
     
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    Welcome Willie to the AH forum! Quite the challenge to bow hunt in Africa I’m certain!
    I’ve never eaten warthog. How was it?
     
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  16. Willie Grové

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    Warthog is delicious. I made cheesegrillers from him. Best in the world.
     
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  17. Willie Grové

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    Thats a nice warthog and impala
     

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    Congrats on getting a warthog as your first animal with a bow.

    What draw weight is your bow?
    What is your arrow weight?
     
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  19. Willie Grové

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    I have a 31" drawlenght and my bow is set on 60 lbs. My arrow weight is 427gr. The arrows I used is Carbon Core Stalkers tip with Thunderhead Edge broadheads
     

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    What would be the largest animal you would hunt with your setup?
     

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