More on Hunting Javelina and Wild Hogs

Javelinas weigh between 30 and 50 lbs., while feral hogs average about 130 lbs. Some feral hogs have weighed as much as 465 lbs!

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!

Hunting Methods

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:

  • stalking,
  • hog drives,
  • still hunting,
  • safari-style hunting and
  • calling
  • 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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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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