Southwest Javelina

by
posted on April 7, 2014
qa_ah2015_fs.jpg (21)

undefinedQ: I’ve hunted wild hogs here in Florida for several years, and now I would like to try for javelina, which I assume are a type of hog. I know they are found in the Southwest but would like your opinion on where to hunt them. Would a javelina hunt most likely have to be a guided proposition, or could a do-it-yourselfer have a fair chance?

A: Scientists believe javelinas are a distant relative of wild boar and domestic pigs, but because the linkage has not been substantiated, these western hemisphere natives are accorded separate family status. Though once it roamed across much of the territory that is now the southern U.S., the javelina's present range generally extends just north of the border region of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. All three states held hunting seasons last year.

Many big-game outfitters in the Southwest take javelina hunters, though frequently the animal is hunted as a sideline or in conjunction with other game. The little (50- to 60-pound maximum) desert pigs are present in good numbers on ranches in south and west Texas, but sportsmen who want to hunt them on their own should investigate public-land possibilities in Arizona or New Mexico. Initial inquiries should be directed to the Arizona Game and Fish Department or the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish.

Javelina hunting can be a very sporting proposition, and even where they occur in good numbers it often takes an experienced eye to spot them in their desert habitat. The pigs normally travel in groups—as many as two or three dozen together—and because they remain quite wary and have an excellent sense of smell, stalking can be difficult.

Latest

MAIN 2022 Oregon Waterfowl Stamp Winner
MAIN 2022 Oregon Waterfowl Stamp Winner

Oregon: ODFW announces 2023 annual wildlife art contest

The winning artist in each contest receives a $2,000 award and winning artwork is used to produce collector's stamps and other promotional items with sale proceeds benefitting Oregon's fish, wildlife and their habitats.

Primos Releases New Trigger Stick Gun Mounted Bipods

Primos hunting has announced its new line of Trigger Stick Gun Mounted Bipods, which come in short, medium and tall heights.

New for 2022: Browning X-Bolt Speed Ovix SR

The latest X-Bolt’s new Ovix camo pattern is suitable for a variety of environments, and its shortened, threaded barrel allows users to mount a suppressor while maintaining a reasonable overall length.

First Look: Franchi Instinct Sideplate

The new Instinct Sideplate sets itself apart with an elegantly engraved, color-case-hardened sideplate-style steel receiver, providing classical accents to its gold-plated trigger and complementing its rich AA-grade satin-finish walnut stock.

Savage Arms Announces Sponsorship of NRL Hunter Series Matches

Savage Arms is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the National Rifle League (NRL) Hunter Series—an evolving rifle competition that challenges participants with exciting ways to practice shooting skills in hunting-like conditions.

NSSF Retailer Surveys Indicate 5.4 Million First-Time Gun Buyers in 2021

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearm industry trade association, revealed that at least 5.4 million people purchased a firearm for the first time in 2021.

Interests



Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.