Javelina Hunting Tips
weather patterns and habitat conditions are the keys to having a successful hunt
strategy for javelina.
Supplee, Game Branch chief for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, said if
conditions are dry, then pay attention to water sources such as springs and
stock tanks. "Javelina will be tending to bed in the daytime closer to
is unseasonably warm, like much of last year during the javelina seasons,
Supplee recommends hunting at first light to catch the javelina before they head
to bedding areas. "If it is unseasonably warm, look for javelina to bed
earlier in the day and be a little nocturnal. That
means hunting at first light."
said hunters should always check the southeastern facing slopes, especially in
the morning. Also check the drainage bottoms and grassy benches where it is
possible to have an early green up.
there is no green up, javelina will be eating prickly pear in most of the state
and shindagger agave in southeastern Arizona," Supplee advised.
if it is a real January (meaning cold), javelina will bed in places with good
cover, including caves. They will rise with the sun and be more active on a cold
and sunny day. At sunset, they will move back to warm cover. "Your hunt in
these conditions can be more leisurely with the start-up time, but plan to hunt
all day. So pack a lunch," she said.
there is a light rain, Supplee said, don't stay at home. "Javelina will
stay out and feed all day in those conditions. You can move more quietly, plus
track them more easily."
there are windy conditions, javelina will feed on the lee side or lower in the
canyons. During calm days, they are likely to be on the ridges or higher on the
As usual, no
matter where the javelina might be, actually finding them means wearing out your
eyeballs rather than your shoe leather. Good optics can make all the difference.
Javelina blend in well with their surroundings.