You must have a rifle tag. I usually hunt with a T/C Contender in 7/30 Waters with 120 gr. Noslers but have used other pistole's as well. One year we were down there during the rifle hunt and a friend used a .270 and it didn't hurt the one that he got too bad. I would suggest to you to try and hit the critter in the ribs. If you go through a front shoulder you might not have any of that meat left, there is not enough meat to waist any.
Yea i have a rifle tag. I bought a bow in November and am going to try my hand at deer in January. I haven't archery hunted in 15 years but I've been practicing like hell. We don't have javelina in wisconsin...so I'm pretty pumped about hunting them. Hopefully my scouting pays off and I can put my tag on one.
You shouldn't have any problems with a rifle as long as you see one or a heard of them. That is why I hunt with a pistole. It's a little bit more of a challenge in that you need to get within 50 yards or so to take one. A lot of the time I will just see how close I can get to the heard of them. I've been close enough that I could kick them as they run past. That's the fun part of it. I guess that is why I have been showing up in Arizona for the last 15 years to hunt them, besides getting out of the snow and cold of Colorado for a couple of weeks.
It's funny when I say snow in that last year we got 6" of the white stuff to hunt in for a day not to mention the rain the day before. But then that is part of the fun of the hunt.
I wouldn't mind a little snow for my hunt. It would make any tracking before and after the shot easier. They would stand out better. And, the snow deadens sound. Albeit I don't really have to get very close with a 270. But it would make the hunt that much more memorable.
From the books that I have read, there is a lot of importance in knowing every nook and cranny of your hunting territory as well as the animal that you are hunting. So scouting as much as possible, just walking the land, will give you a good idea of what's around the corner or what's on the other side of a hill. Which can be very beneficial.
Making your own maps of human and deer trails, and different types of foliage such as group of pines,...