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Back From Arizona Javelina Hunt

Well, after a week and a half I am back home reading all the questions and answers that have eluded me while I was away. 

I headed down to Oracle, Arizona last week for our anual javelina hunt and thought that this was going to be a great year.  We hunted high and low, covered the flat lands, washes, and hills.  On the opening day my partner did jump a small herd but didn't get off a shot.  I had to wait until after the rain and snow came to find my little critter.  We had tempatures from the 70's to the high 20's.  The scarry thing was that I saw more mule and white tail deer than I did javelina. 

All I can say is that it was quite a trip.  Here are some pictures.   

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Here Comes the Storm
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Lunch after the Storm
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Thanks for sharing your pics.

Thanks for sharing your pics. Nice looking Javelina. Congrats!!!

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Congratulations on another

Congratulations on another successful javelina hunt down there. Your snow pictures were a surprise though.

I'm finally seriously considering going back after them next year. I actually bought my hunting license and entered the draw last week and plan to continue now that I've started. That's half the cost so I might as well get after them.

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The hunt this year was a

The hunt this year was a tough one.  We jumped a herd on opening day and then saw a couple on the 4th day.  I shot the one that I got on the morning of the 7th day just before we left and my partner didn't even get a shot.  This was during the HAM (handgun, archery, muzzle loader) season. 

If you like to archery hunt them that hunt runs in January and quail season is still going on so you could kill two birds with one trip if you like.  The rifle season will start next Friday for this year and with a nice warm spell the snakes could be out of their dens but not too far from them that they couldn't go back into them at night.  This year we did find another snake den site under a windmill.  Hopefully the rancher that runs cattle in the area will get the message and be careful at that water site. 

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good hunt

Looks like you had a great time on your trip. Thanks for sharing the pictures and I always figure that any day hunting is a great day! Thumbs up

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Congratulations!

Congratulations on a successful stink pig hunt.

What did you use to take your javelina? If I recall correctly you mentioned that you were going to use a single action, .45 Colt I think, prior to this hunt? Is that what you used?

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I used my T/C Contender in

I used my T/C Contender in 7-30 Waters.  I had the .45 Long Colt along as a back up or for a close shot.  This year they were so spooky that we couldn't get close and the shot I took was just around 75 Yards. 

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Very nice Critter!  I love

Very nice Critter!  I love reading your javy hunt reports! Congrats!

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My intention is the HAM

My intention is the HAM season. Is my Encore with 22-250 barell to light? BUrris 2x7 scope on top and the only barell I own for it right now.

I had thought the quail overlapped that season but i really hadn't looked at it closely.

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The 22-250 should work fine. 

The 22-250 should work fine.  My hunting partner uses a Contender in .223 and has taken a number of them.  One problem that we have found is that with the .223 is if you hit them in the shoulder you better plan on a long tracking job, it just doesn't have the punch through that is needed out of a 14" barrel.  About 7 or 8 years ago I ran into a guide that had a couple of hunters with them.  They had taken a shot at one and thought that they had hit it.  The pigs happened to run right by me and then the hunters showed up asking if any of them had been hit.  I told them that from the way that they were running that I doubted it.  The hunter that was shooting the Contender in .223 shot over 50 rounds that year from what we heard from some hunters that were camped by them.  A couple of years later we started to see broken shoulders that had shoulders that had healed while we were butchering them.  Even my hunting partner lost a couple of them that he knew that he had hit.  We even tracked one for over a mile before we lost the blood trail.  Then a couple of years ago he hit another one in the shoulder and we tracked it about 1/2 mile before we caught up with it to finish it off.  When we butchered it we saw the 55 grain bulled pilled up on the shoulder but didn't punch through. 

Did I ever say that these little critters are some tough ones? 

As for the quail season it usually ends the first weekend of February.  The last few years except for this one the javelina hunt started the Friday before so you could get in 3 days of quail hunting but the swapped back to the second Friday this year but who knows in years to come. 

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lots of fun chasing them little guys

glad to see you guys had a good time. we went and tried a new area this year16a did not see to many Javelina did see sum nice deer and came across a fresh Mountain lion kill it was a thrill .next year we are going back to Tucson area

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