I started these posts last summer and continued through August when I started building a patio at my house which was probably a little more than I should have tried to handle myself. Patio led into dove and early goose, then archery, duck, firearms deer, muzzleloader, late goose and finally snow goose. Now with a little more time on my hands its back to my posting my taxidermy collection.
This animal is another one of my distinct African game collection. I already posted my zebra and baboon. The final animal that I added to my plains game package was a warthog. We harvested our smaller animals during the first three days of our hunt at a ranch near Somerset East RSA and were scheduled to move to another ranch to hunt our larger game on day five. So we headed out on the fourth day to try and get a warthog.
We spotted an extremely large female warthog a couple hundred yards off a road and thought it would be a relatively easy stalk for my grandfather to get a shot. We got out of the truck and stalked to about 125 yards where my grandfather set up on the shooting sticks. Unfortunately he was unable to connect on the shot and we had to keep hunting. We spent the majority of the day trying to get within range of a large boar and were about to quite so we could get back, pack and head to the other ranch. On our way back to the truck we spotted a decent boar in the bottom of a small ravine about 200 yards away. We made a short stock and I set up on the sticks. The warthog dropped on the shot and I had my trophy. We loaded it in the truck and went back to the lodge to pack up for the hour and a half drive to the next ranch, Asante Sana, where we would pursue Kudu, Gemsbok, Blue Wildebeest, Black Wildebeest and Red Hartebeest.
I chose a European mount for the warthog. I had seen several shoulder and full body mounts of them and had not particularly liked them. At the lodge we were staying they had a European mount of a warthog and I liked how it showed off the tusks so that is what I went with.