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Back from Arizona Javelina Hunt

Well, I returned from Arizona on Thursday after a interesting hunting trip for my spring javelina.  We saw temperatures from 7 degrees on up to the low 70's but had fun every day.  My partner took his javelina on Sunday and I got mine on Tuesday.  It was interesting in that when we checked out our usual hunting grounds we didn't find that many.  Now it could of been because of the bow hunters that were out all of January and it looked like it.  There were people and wheeler tracks all over the area not to mention a couple of sets of 4 wheeler tracks where there should not of been since it was a close area. 

For Jim Boyd here is a picture of the knife that you gave to me and my javelina.  For a reference the knife is between 5 and 6" long.  The javelina isn't the largest out there but will be some fine eating when I get the smoker tuned up for it.  I'll get a story and more pictures later this month for those of you that like to read them. 

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Javelina and knife
Javelina and knife1.22 MB
Hunting partners at lunch time
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That looks like too much fun.

We had to eat two January Archery Tags in Unit 23 because we couldn't find time to go.  It seems like everybody is having a great year with Javelina.  Congratulations on getting to have a successful hunt this time of year.

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Congrats

Critter,

Looks like you guys had a great time and congrats on filling the tags also. Thumbs up

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Congratulations on your

Congratulations on your hunt.

the two times I hunted Arizona for them we were outside of Safford, Either I was doing it all wrong or there just weren't many in that area as we only saw two herds for both trips and I was only able to harvest one.

Gonna do it again but with more research next time.

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We have been hunting the same

We have been hunting the same area for 14 years now and have only missed getting one 3 times and one of those years we didn't see a thing.  But then they had an outfitter out there looking and running dogs after cats all the time also.  We also got some great advise from the old fella in the picture.  Also the area that we hunt is more hills and washes than flat land so we usually drive the washes on the wheelers and look for tracks in the morning and then get up high and glass for them.  Which after finding them turns into a spot and stalk situation.  I will admit that I have blundered into a few of them by hiking but that is the exception. 

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We mostly hiked washes and

We mostly hiked washes and draws most of the day or drove ridgelines and glassed the canyons.

The one I got was jumped by surprise and I killed at about 40 yards.

Saw one other herd standing on a sandbar on the edge of the Gila river but were gone in the thick brush by the time we got over to where they were.

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Congrats Critter, looks like

Congrats Critter, looks like you had a blast. I have never hunted or eaten those critters. Is it pretty inexpensive to go there to hunt?

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The hunting license and tag

The hunting license and tag are $256.25 but once you have the license you can put in for deer and elk without having to buy a license.  Also while we were down there the quail hunt still had 4 days left so we could also hunt them.  Now if you pick up an archery tag then the quail hunt is open your whole season but with a rifle tag all you get to hunt are the javilena's.  While we are down there we stay in a motel witch runs $50.00 a night for 2-3 people and those hot showers feel real nice after a day of wandering around in the desert, and this year they felt real good since it got down to 7 degrees while we were down there.  Usually the temperatures are between 30 and 70 so camping out would not be out of the question if you wanted to rough it. 

For us up here in Colorado it is a way to break up the winter for a week and go somewhere that it is a lot nicer.  When I left my house it was a -24 and I figured that it had to be warmer down there. 

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Great job on the javelina

Great job on the javelina critter,

 Tell us about the quail, any pics?

I really missed not being able to go this year!

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We didn't get into that many

We didn't get into that many quail this year.  We did jump one covey of around 30 on the opening day but didn't have the shotguns with us other than that bunch all we saw were a lot of singles so we left the shotguns in the truck.  I'm not sure if it was archery hunters or hunters after quail but there were wheeler tracks all over the place this year.  They were even in places that we wondered just how they got it into the area so that could of been a factor for the birds.  I do know that as far as the javelina were concerned we had to go to an different area than we usually hunt to get into them.  It is funny in that when the javelina hunt was a week later after the quail hunt we ran into quail all over the place, but then that is the way things usually work out.

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Okay Critter you've really

Okay Critter you've really got me thinking about going back to Arizona again next year. I know you use wheelers but how much of a disadvantage do you think I have by not using one? I have no plans to buy one as I just don't have enough use. I could possibly borrow one but just not sure it's worth hauling one all the way down there for me.

I camped the last 2 times I went and would probably do the same again unless my dad talked me out of it. One trip it was in the 70's the whole time and the next one had winds like a hurricane and our water froze every night.

Do you ever see any coati? I posted a few days ago but got no response.

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