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Javelina hunting

Post by elkaholic » Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:42 pm

We spent several trips hunting for javelina here in Arizona.

3 trips to areas we had success before - no piggy's no tracks - no sign , even after cooler wetter weather.

Last trip yesterday - hunted hard all day -still nothing- Decided one last spot we had drove by but didn't hunt .

Walking a creek bed . up a canyon that we knew opened up a little back in about a 1/2 mile. It was late afternoon about 2:30 when we heard " oof " on the side of hill. PIGGYS -- it's a sound they make when they get nervous in between a woof and hoof when u exhale.

My friends are ahead of me but we get ready - I can't hardly hear anyway but I believe my partners when I see they get ready -stop point and start quietly oofing back at the piggy's.

we spent 15 minutes being patient-talking to this piggy -we know is talking back. We don't know how many ! We are kinda surprised as the wind changed and now it's blowing right up the draw/canyon instead of down it -inour faces anymore. We all look at each other and know it's probably over.

Noway -piggy is still oofing. Next thing we know there he is at about 50 yrds in the wide open creek edge . I can't shoot- my one freind is sitting , he can't shoot. That leaves my other freind standing with his crossbow steadied on his shooting stick. The piggy turns and is coming right at us . He comes about 20 yrds before he stops and stares and then turns broadside . Twang- thump -the bolt rips thru him- double lung-right behind the front leg-. we see a huge blood spot on his side -he disappears into the thickets.

2 of us know it a good shot-- Shooter doesn't - lol . we assured him - he had a dead piggy.

3:05 - we sit oofing 15 more minutes - i slowly move up, inhopes i can get a shot too if more are around.

3:20 we move up,find bolt, it's covered in blood-good hit

Piggy made it about 45 yrds before piling up in the thickets on the side of the hill.

gravedigger broadhead - 405 barrnet ghost - 22in bolt

first pic- entrance shot-- second- exit shot - third is the creek bottom looking back to the open foothills. Not all hunting is done in the desert . yes even we get snow

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Re: Javelina hunting

Post by janesy » Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:46 pm

Cool hunt!

Do you eat Javelina's?
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Re: Javelina hunting

Post by elkaholic » Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:04 pm

YES we eat Javelina - One can cook / process it like any other game animal!

I like beer Brat's myself

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Re: Javelina hunting

Post by paulaboutform » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:07 pm

Thanks Elkaholic. Those little javies have been on my hit list for years. Congrats!

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Post by hankenhunter » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:28 pm

Well done Gary! Bet that got the old blood pumping. Look at the size of those chompers! Are they as dangerous as feral hogs?
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Re: Javelina hunting

Post by mr meat » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:41 pm

Congrats
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Re: Javelina hunting

Post by quake » Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:13 pm

Great job!! That thing looks ferocious.
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Re: Javelina hunting

Post by janesy » Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:21 pm

elkaholic wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:04 pm
YES we eat Javelina - One can cook / process it like any other game animal!

I like beer Brat's myself
Ill have to put it on my bucket list then!
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Re: Javelina hunting

Post by elkaholic » Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:29 pm

Any wild animal can be dangerous if hurt or cornered. Javelina are only really known to be aggressive if protecting their young.

Theres a great calling video on utube- imitating a distressed young- They run back to the call and one actually jumps and snaps at the caller--within a foot

Mostly when you get in a herd and spook them - they can run blindly in any direction- heres where calling or oofing them back can get you a shot!

watch the whole video- u may have to copy paste - the whole link- it should work great video!

my closes archery shot was 4 ft. we usual put in for unit 21 -HAM hunt- handgun archery muzzleloader- where crossbow hunting is legal
the hunt above was archery-

I actually drew the 21 ham hunt- and got a second (leftover)tag for the archery hunt- the above hunt--- so 2 tags are legal now as long as not in same unit

calling in javelina by AZ extreme hunting 3:43 video

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=callling+javelina&qs=n&sp=-1&pq=callling+javelina&sc=2-17&sk=&cvid=0F170DC2F53848FDBAA1F3B48D7DDA84&ru=%2fsearch%3fq%3dcallling%2bjavelina%26qs%3dn%26form%3dQBLH%26sp%3d-1%26pq%3dcallling%2bjavelina%26sc%3d2-17%26sk%3d%26cvid%3d0F170DC2F53848FDBAA1F3B48D7DDA84&view=detail&mmscn=vwrc&mid=C51402A4E186E64CFD9BC51402A4E186E64CFD9B&FORM=WRVORC
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Re: Javelina hunting

Post by elkaholic » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:05 am

We hope to return to this same area as the rancher we met informed us he has a predator problem - several lions bothering his cattle and a recent newborn calf was killed. No one has been varmint calling in there for a very long time - we got an invite.!!

Always pays to talk the the ranchers!

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