For those of you who don’t know me, it has always been a hunting dream of mine to hunt a warthog armed only with my CS boar spear and my recon scout knife…To prove to myself that it could be done solo by an average guy using a lot of dedication, determination and patience….
But also to show all my rifle- and bow hunting buddies back home, who for years just smiled and shook their heads behind my back, what real ethical and responsible hunting is actually all about!
Having before dispatched many a wounded critter with this spear, I just felt that this year-IT’S TIME!
After a full 6 years of trying and many frustratingly close stalks, but just not close enough for my spear, I finally realized my spear hunting dream. After 7 hours of walking and stalking, spanning two days, in the deep Bushveld of the Limpopo near Botswana, I finally got my reward—a ‘trophy’ warthog without the help or assistance of any trackers, dogs, binoculars, range finder, blind, gadgets etc. Just me, my spear, the Bushveld and that Warthog!
Boy oh Boy-what an exhilarating experience it was to finally get it right!
Talk about ethical hunting with true epic proportions! At the time I did not even take notice of the tusks! I was fully preoccupied by focusing and concentrating on its ears and tail for any indication that it become aware of me as I carefully finally stalked to within an adequate throwing distance for me.
Eventually I managed to stalk this particularly warthog to within 7 meters, and after a nervous and soft, deep breath to steady myself, I let fly with this big and heavy spear. The razor sharp spear blade entered the warthog a bit low on the right side just behind the ‘elbow’, and like a hot knife through butter it completely penetrated the hog, only to be stopped by the 2 ‘wings’ where the blade join the handle, in the process severing 2 ribs on entry and 4 ribs on exit at the far side!
It also destroyed amongst other things, the bottom of the heart, the liver and one lung, also causing who knows what massive other internal damage.
When the warthog immediately ran away with the spear still sticking out of its side, the handle dragged on the ground at an angle allowing the big 18.5” sharp blade to do some more serious damage as it cut-up everything in its way internally until it finally dropped out after about 10 m.
The left photo on the previous page you can see where it stumbled after about 20 m when a part of its cut up liver even fell completely out of the entry wound!
It does say something about the toughness and will to survive of a warthog, that even after such a massive traumatic and deadly wound, it still managed a ‘death run’ of about 100m until it just fell dead in its tracks!
Well, back home that evening the astonished PH immediately contacted his neighboring hunting contacts with the news, but none of them wanted to believe him until he sent them some photos of this trophy warthog hunted only with a spear.
It is the first recorded hunt in a 150 km radius of game ranches in this far Northern Limpopo area that anyone came solely to hunt a warthog only with a spear, and then actually also achieving it!
After the trophy (for me) 11” & 12” tusks respectively of this mature boar warthog were removed, I took these pictures just for comparison with my 7” blade hunting knife.
Maybe spear hunting will eventually become a recognized ethical hunting discipline, one-on-one, without help, gadgets, blinds or dogs when this story becomes known? It is definitely not for everyone, and I stand firm that chancers, ego chasers and irresponsible ‘hunters’ best be discouraged.
It definitely requires a whole different mindset and hunting skill. This type of hunt is most of all about the thrill of the hunt and to again become ‘one’ with nature in a certain primitive way, and not primarily about the trophy or the meat. It’s the hunt and not the kill that matters here most of all.
I fully expect someone to object or will want to make a case about true responsible spear hunting as being unethical, and I say you are entitled to your opinion. I alone know about the years of frustration and preparation and total new set of hunting and stalking skills as an old and experienced rifle, handgun and bow- hunter I had to master first before I could finally achieve this ‘back to basics’ spear hunt in a truly ethical and responsible way.
Remember way back when everybody frowned upon and then even said that it was unethical and impossible to hunt with a hand gun, then later with a bow and arrow, and nowadays even with a Co2 air gun? Just see where these sport disciplines are now!
Let’s wait and see….
In the meantime, I still get goose bumps, reliving my long awaited dream hunt come true!