Warthog the Traditional Way



Warthog the Traditional Way

By Jerome Gizowski

Jun 3, 2010 – 7:30:08 PM


Author with two uglies on his last day.

It was my last day of bow hunting, on what was a very difficult ten day South
African safari. This was my sixth trip to

Africa and the list of animals that I wanted was very narrow and specific. I had passed
up so many shots at trophy animals in hopes of taking my targeted critters that
I stopped counting. So, it was a relief to be sitting in a ground blind over a
waterhole instead of spotting and stalking the numerous African species on my
last day. This area in the

is overrun with warthogs and the ranch owner
asked me to shoot every pig that came in to water. “When you and your hunters
leave” he replied, “You will be our last group of the season. We will have to
shoot over 200 warthogs on this ranch alone.”

I was relieved that there was no pressure on me. As I had already gotten all my
wanted trophies and that I could sit back, relax and enjoy my last day. The set
up at the water hole was about 35 yards. On the long side, shot wise for my
traditional equipment so I was concerned about arrow penetration. I was about
to find out what my 60 lb. Recurve bow and my 580 grain Spinning Insert
equipped arrow could do.


The first pig to come to water was a big sow. She came in facing
directly at me. I don’t usually take frontal chest shots but I really thought I
could make this shot. I drew up and came to my anchor. As soon as my finger
touched my lip the arrow was gone. It was like slow motion.  The arrow flew silently over the pond and hit
the warthog smack in the middle of her chest.


I watched the fletching disappear completely into the pig. When
she turned I could see the broad head exiting just in front of her rear leg
about 15 inches. She bolted out of sight and I sat down still shaking from the
encounter. I was replaying in my head the events when three more warthogs came
in. The pig in the middle was the largest with all three were broadside to me
and at 30 yards.  I knew I could snipe
this pig out of the middle of the group so I drew back, locked onto the middle
pig. This time I don’t remember even releasing the arrow. I just watched the
fletching disappear behind the shoulder and the arrow squirting out the other


All three pigs bolted out of the water hole, water and mud flying
in every direction. I radioed for my tracker and a half hour later we were on
the blood trail. We didn’t go 40 yards before finding the first pig and the
other laid only 5 yards further. My P.H. looked at the first pig and said, “You
shot her in the chest facing you?” Yes! “And the arrow went all the way thru
and out?” Yes!  “I can’t believe it!”

The Spinning Insert by Ethics Archery made all the difference when it came to pin point accuracy.

I don’t think that without the Spinning Inserts in my arrows that I would have
achieved even close to the penetration that I got on that warthog. Great

For more go to: Ethics Archery


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