Yesterday’s story about hunting javelina and wild hogs ran too long. So today, I’m finishing the tips on hunting the collared peccary and feral pigs.
Successful Hunters Know the Animal’s Habits
The wild swine have well-developed senses, while the javelina has poor eyesight, average hearing and an excellent sense of smell.
Neither of these animal groups have quiet table manners.
Use These Facts While Hunting
You will be able to hear the collared peccary while they are dining. Coupled with their pungent smell, it’s rather easy to find them.
If you are using a handgun, muzzle loader or archery equipment, you will need to get close to the javelina … which is usually not much of a problem because of their poor eyesight.
Never forget, however, that these are wild animals with a poor sense of humor. If injured instead of killed outright, these beasts are potentially very dangerous!
Because most javelina are shot while hunting for deer, the most common method of hunting is stand hunting. However, wild swine and peccaries are also hunted by:
- hog drives,
- still hunting,
- safari-style hunting and
- setting out corn and other foodstuffs,
- using “hog dogs.”
Differences in Habitat
Feral hogs are, unfortunately, all over Texas. These wild animals were once domesticated pigs that reverted to the wild; this process may have occurred as far back as when the Spaniards brought them to the New World!
Where the Wild Things Are!
As I mentioned in a previous article, Texas has more than 2 million of these wild hogs — and their numbers are increasing! There is no season on these wild hogs — and no upper limit to the number available in a year.
On the other side of the coin, the javelina is a game animal in Texas and there is a limit of 2/year. The collared peccary lives in 2 large zoned areas.
This year, the season for the Northern Zone (43 counties, roughly the arid counties around San Antonio) is between October 1, 2011 and February 26, 2012.
The 50 counties of the Southern Zone, are the south and southwestern Texas counties along the Rio Grande River (the natural border between Texas and Mexico). Their season is from September 1, 2010-August 31, 2011!
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