What Does it Take to Hunt Javelina & Wild Hogs?

Hunting Season of Javelina vs. Wild Hogs

As mentioned in an earlier blog, javelina live in 3 states:  Arizona, New Mexico

Feral Pigs & Javelinas Can Do Incredible Damage to Suburban Yards When Other Food is Scarce!

and Texas.*  If you are interested in hunting javelina here, there are 2 zones in Texas, with a 2 animal/year limit.

In Texas, there is no season for feral hogs – there is no annual limit, nor is hunting limited to certain days or months. **

Hunting the Javelina & Wild Hog in Texas 

Most youngsters have their first experience with a javelina while hunting for whitetail deer.  The seasons often overlap and even in areas with few deer, there are often plenty of javelina.

Things to Worry About When Hunting These Pigs 

Even if you’ve read my 2 previous articles *** about the collared peccary (javelina), you are NOT ready to hunt wild pigs or javelinas.  I only talked about their sweet side.  

Before you start to aim your center-fire rifle, muzzleloaders or archery equipment, we need to talk about their “not-so-cute-and-cuddly” side.

Although not usually aggressive, they are wary, challenging and quite intelligent.

When cornered, wounded or protecting their piglings (or piglets), they can turn ugly.  Actually, they were born ugly; they can become dangerous!

Oh, and the Other Thing I Didn’t Mention … 

These animals come with razor-sharp tusks.  If wounded, they are going to be looking for someone to share their unhappiness with …. Don’t let it be you!

Successful Hunters Know the Animal’s Habits

Both the collared peccary and the feral pig are omnivores, eating cacti, grasses, roots and tubers.

The wild swine have well-developed senses, while the javelina has poor eyesight, average hearing and an excellent sense of smell.

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Come Back Tomorrow:  For The Rest of this Article!

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* Javelina have migrated from their original habitat in South America.  Thus, they are also available in South & Central America, as well as Mexico.  For this discussion, I’m only discussing hunting these animals – javelina and feral hogs — in the US.

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** In fact, if you recall a previous article I wrote about the problem we are having with feral pigs in Texas, you know we are actively inviting hunters to help us cut the numbers of these nuisance animals in our state!

See:  Feral Pigs in Texas — 2 Million Strong and Increasing

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*** The 2 earlier articles are:

Hold Your Nose … We’re After Some Javelina!  and

Javelina: You Don’t See ‘Em, But You Sure Can Smell ‘Em

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Today is Memorial Day!

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We should never be complacent about what others have given to our country!

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Remember Those Who Gave All So We Might Have So Much!

Today is Memorial Day!

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Sunday Special: Army Rear Window Graphics With Snap!

Our Army is the largest branch of our armed forces.  So naturally, they should have some super graphics, right? You ‘betcha!  To look at them all, Military Rear Window Graphics. (All 5 branches are in this category; the Army graphics start about mid-page.)

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One of the most beautiful Graphics I sell! That's why you see it whenever I highlight a branch of the services (available for each of the 5 branches, plus one without a service emblem)!

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Special Forces -- There's quite a ring to that phrase, isn't it there? Actually, they are "elite military tactical teams trained to perform high-risk dangerous missions that conventional units cannot perform."

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This Army Armor Graphic comes in 3 sizes to fit your ride (All my graphics come in 3 or 4 sizes, depending on the Manufacturer)!

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The Army National Guard: State-side support in times of disaster and home-grown emergencies!

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Combat Infantry: This flag commemorates the Combat Infantry Badge, awarded to an infantryman or Special Forces soldier - "being personally present, and under hostile fire, while serving in assigned, primary infantry or special forces duty in a unit actively engaging the enemy in ground combat."

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The Army Corps of Engineers: Their mission "is to provide vital public engineering services in peace and war to strengthen the nation's security, energize the economy, and reduce risks from disasters."

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Quotes:

‘Special Forces’ quote is from Wikipedia, entry of the same name

‘Combat Infantry’ quote is from Wikipedia, entry entitled:  ‘Combat Infantry Badge’

‘Army Corps of Engineers’ quote is from US Army Corps of Engineers Mission & Vision Page

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Wondering where the Rest of the Military Graphics Are?

Already Shown:

Air Force

Coast Guard

Marine Corps

Coming Soon:  Navy

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Freedom Flight Army used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics

The remaining 5 Graphics are used by permission of Restyler’s Choice Graphics

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Remember Those Who Gave All So We Might Have So Much!

Monday is Memorial Day! 

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Saturday Humor: The Real Truth of Men vs. Women and a Blond Joke

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This was Probably Created by a Woman Engineer!

Examples of Simple vs Complex Machinery!

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This Next Joke Sort of Unravels the Brilliance of the Previous Machinery! 

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The Blond and the Truck Driver 

A blonde had just gotten a new sports car and was out for a drive when she accidentally cut off a large truck. The driver was outraged and was eventually able to make her pull over.

He got out of his truck and pulled a piece of chalk from his pocket. He drew a circle on the side of the road and gruffly commanded to the blonde in his most threatening voice, “Stand in that circle and DON’T MOVE!”

He then went to her car and cut up her leather seats. When he turned around she had a slight grin on her face, so he said, “Oh you think that’s funny? Watch this!”

He gets a baseball bat out of his truck and breaks every window in her car. When he turns and looks at her she has a smile on her face. Now he’s getting really mad.

He gets his knife back out and slices all her tires. Now she’s laughing. The truck driver is really starting to lose it.

He goes back to his truck and gets an extra can of diesel fuel, pours it on her car and sets it on fire. He turns around and she is laughing so hard she is about to fall down.

“What’s so funny?” the truck driver asked the blonde. She replied, “Every time you weren’t looking, I stepped outside the circle!”

— This joke, and many others, are at Wasted Your Time

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Come Back Sunday:  See a Variety of Army Rear Window Graphics!

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Upcoming Attractions:

When Humans Try to Domesticate the Javelina

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Hunting Javelina and Wild Hogs

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I have several other projects in the works – fishing & hunting 

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How Sharp is Your Fishing Hook?

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Fishing Hooks Get Dull Quickly -- from Scraping Against Rocks, Dragging Along the Bottom of the Waterway, Etc.

In a phrase:  Probably not sharp enough!

When You Open a New Box of Hooks

When I was a kid, a new box of hooks meant something:  every shiny hook was razor-sharp and ready to go!   I don’t find that necessarily true today.

I’ve even had a sales clerk tell me (with a straight face) that the new hook “is ready for you to apply the sharpness you want for your situation.”  (This is fancy double-talk for:  Here are the hooks, you make them usable.)

Whatever ….

Into catch-and-release? It is important to use pliers to mash down the barb. That part of the hook is what keeps your fish from sneaking away.

If your hook is dull, you are going to lose fish. Also, it’s easy to drag your hook over a rock and grind away the edge.

Look at this photo. Although it is hard to see, there is an area between the point and the barb that should be beveled. Also, the point AND barb should be sharp.

Fortunately there is a way to correct this problem. Most sporting goods stores sell a hook sharpener.

I found a site with instructions and photos. Go to http://fishing.about.com/od/basicfishinginstruction/ss/Sharpen_Hooks.htm for info on sharpening hooks.

It seems that any quality file will work — the author (above) even suggests taking an emery board fishing for emergency repairs.

Hook Tips

Expect to sharpen all hooks, even new ones.

Vary the coarseness of the grit for different hooks:

  •  coarse grit for large trebles,
  • medium grit for average-sized hooks and
  • small hooks need a finer grit.

Expect to change your hooks often.  With use, hooks get brittle and fail just when you need them to snag and keep the fish.

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‘The Prize’ used by permission of Restyler’s Choice Graphics

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Saturday:  Another Joke

Sunday:  Come See a Variety of Army Graphics!

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Upcoming Attractions: When Humans Try to Domesticate the Javelina

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Hunting Javelina and Wild Hogs

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Javelina: You Don’t See ‘Em, But You Sure Can Smell ‘Em

Let’s talk a bit more about the skunk’s stiffest competition:  the javelina.

What Makes the Peccary Smell So Bad?

While describing the javelina yesterday, I didn’t mention the musk gland of these

Note the raised hairs on the back of this javelina!

creatures.  Located on the lower back (above the tail), the peccary uses the scent in various ways.

When excited or alarmed, the javelina raises the dark hairs on his back and squirts his musk scent. The gland looks rather like a nipple — and the liquid is oily and a dark yellow.

The peccary can squirt the fluid several inches. When the pigling *is born, he has a fully functioning scent gland.

The Social System of the Javelina

After telling you how awful it smells, you may be surprised to hear that these

The Javelina roamed freely in South America before gradually moving northward.

animals use the scent for anything other than to ward off enemies.

But first, I need to share a bit more about the social life of a peccary. The javelina is a social animal that travels in mixed family groups (male and females of various ages).

Herds may be as small as 3 – 4 or as large as 20.  It is rare to see a solitary peccary unless he is old, ill or injured.

Peace and harmony are encouraged in the herd by regular physical contact between the members.

Javelinas pair off and stand nose-to-tail and rub their heads over the scent gland of the other animal!

They share their personal scent with the other members of the herd, essentially creating a “herd scent.”

The Peccary’s 2 Main Senses

The javelina is extremely nearsighted.  Because his eyesight is so poor, he relies on smell and sound to navigate in his habitat.

Thus, recognizing the herd’s scent helps him stay with his own group, even if he’s surrounded by many other animals.

Dietary Delights of the Javelina

These animals aren’t real picky about what they eat.  Although they delight in prickly cactus and other succulent plants, they are not above sinking their teeth into rotting carrion on the roadside or carelessly covered garbage.

As their habitat shrinks due to human development, more javelina than ever are interacting with man … and the results are not very pretty!

*   FYI: javelina babies = piglings; swine babies = piglets

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Tomorrow:  How Sharp is Your Fishing Hook? 

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Soon:  When Humans Try to Domesticate the Peccary

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Hunting Javelina and Wild Hogs

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Published in: on May 26, 2011 at 12:01 am  Comments (1)  
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Hold Your Nose … We’re After Some Javelina!

This is an example of Ugly, Smelly and Hairy all meeting in one animal!

A Little History

Although pigs and javelina are in the same order of mammals, they diverged

Newborns are 1 lb. bundles of red-brown or tan hair, with a dark strip down the back.

“about 38 million years ago:  pigs evolved in the Old World, peccaries in the New World.” *

Believe it or not, the collared peccary (or javelina – pronounced have-ah-LEE-nah) comes from South America.

Over thousands of years, they worked their way northward into North America.

Eventually, they settled in the warmer areas of North America.  Why?  Because they cannot survive cold!

It wasn’t until the 1700’s that javelinas showed up in the records — of Arizona.

All the Attributes Nobody Wants!

Unfortunately for these little piglings, after 3 months as a “cute” child, they emerge as an ugly mini-adult stinker.

Here’s a description of this strange animal:  He has a large head, skinny, short legs with rather small feet.  His hair is wiry, like a hairbrush’s bristles.

At birth, he is born with a mane of dark hairs (that grow to about 6″) that starts between his ears and runs along the spine to the tail.

When frightened or startled, the peccary’s mane stands on end and he looks fearsome!

Staying Cool During Seasonal Changes

The collared peccary is a fashionista — always changing into a new and better coat.  From November to almost March, the adults wear their dark coat.

In the spring, they shed that fur coat — some even go bald on their hips and hind-ends.  They are pale and blend in with their surroundings – usually very hot summers in parched regions.  However, the dark mane always stays on the animal.

By September, the javelina is growing a thicker winter coat; however, he has no undercoat.  Because he cannot survive a harsh winter, he does not venture into cold climates.  Most javelina live in the dry areas of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Pigling Births

Peccary births can happen throughout the year, however most occur in the summer and fall, when there is plenty to eat.

One or two piglings are born after a 5 month pregnancy.  This is in sharp contrast to the large litter of piglets born to swine.

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* Quote from:  Javelinas, by Lauray Yule, 2004, Rio Nuevo Publishers, p. 7.

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Next Time:  Well, I haven’t even gotten to their stink glands, what they eat, their lives in the herd, or hunting tips! Bummer!  

Come back for more exciting adventures with these stinky little beasts!

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Published in: on May 25, 2011 at 12:02 am  Comments (1)  
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A Different Spin on Fishing — Via Kayak!

As a member of LinkReferral, I have the opportunity to read about and review a variety of  websites and blogs.

Today, I found an interesting one that I’d like to mention to my readers:   Learn About Kayak Fishing,  Fishing Kayaks, Kayak Accessories & Gear

It’s pretty easy to figure out what they are all about!

A Kayaker Riding the Rapids

Why This Kayak Fishing Site? 

In a phrase, I like their style!  

My husband and I don’t watch TV  … so every once in a while, we miss a fun commercial.    If you scroll down to:  “Does Your Girlfriend Like Fishing,” you can get a laugh too. 

Site of Practical Info 

If you’ve ever thought about a kayak, but didn’t know what to ask, here’s a site with buyer’s info.  One example:  “Select your Kayak by the Places You Fish.”

A Look at Their Fave Blogs

Near the bottom, I took a look at their favorite blogs and websites.  I’ve lived in this area for 40+ years and did not know about:   Texas City Dike Fishing

I know about the Texas City Dike (having fished and launched from the site for years), but didn’t know there was a place to keep up on the things going on there.

You never know what is available on the web!

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Next Time: Hold Your Nose, We’ll be Learning about Javelinas

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Published in: on May 24, 2011 at 12:02 am  Comments Off on A Different Spin on Fishing — Via Kayak!  
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A Little Humor: Quite a Dog Trick!

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Saw this the other day and had to share it with you!  Just too cute!

This dog has his owner trained!

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Coming:  Tuesday, May 24 @00.01 am:  See New Post About Fishing via Kayak! 

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Published in: on May 23, 2011 at 8:15 am  Comments Off on A Little Humor: Quite a Dog Trick!  
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Sunday Special: Wildest of the Wild Rear Window Graphics

This category is for the jungle animals … and a few others.  Essentially, I call them the Wildest of the Wild Rear Window Decals!

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Everyone will Notice 'Clyde' -- He's So Ugly that he's Cute!

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A Beautiful Leopard ... 'On the Prowl'

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Absolutely Adorable ... 'Three Pandas!'

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Graceful and Gorgeous ... Zebras in 'Golden Reflections'

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Tropical Beauty: 'Rain Forest Menagerie'

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At the End of the World: 'Nomad of the North'

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Graphics #’s 1, 3 and 5 are used by permission of Restyler’s Choice Graphics; Graphics 2, 4 and 6 are used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics

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       Next Sunday:  Come Back and See a Wide Variety of Graphics for the                 US Army!

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