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.
When it comes to scent, there are basically two types; those that attract and those that mask. I've tried both on many occasions. There are lots and lots of "doe in heat" scents, designed to attract a big buck into range. I've also used a "cow in heat" scent while elk hunting.
Another scent would almost be better named as a "coverup smell". The main goal is to cover up human odor or mask it. Though I don't believe you can ever totally eliminate all human...