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Javelina leftover tag

After an unsuccesful deer hunt, I decided to purchase a New Mexico leftover Javelina Tag. The statewide season in New Mexico runs from January 16 to March 31.

I have already started the scouting efforts and with some luck I should run into some Collared Peccary. I will be hunting unit 21 west of Las Cruces, NM but I'm also looking at units 29 and 30.

Any tips or advise on hunting Javelina in southern New Mexico will be greatly appretiated. 

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I would suppose that hunting

I would suppose that hunting them in New Mexico should be no different that where I hunt them in Arizona. We usually ride our wheelers in the bottom of the washes and look for tracks and then follow the tracks or head into the next draw that the tracks would cross and check there, but then we know the area quite well and usually know where they will go.

A couple of things about their habbits. They don't like the wind. On a windy day find a draw or area that is out of the wind and start glassing. After they are jumped they will usually run in a straight line, down one hill and up another for a couple of ridges. I have watched them run over a mile and you could almost draw a line it was so straight. If they are not spooked but moving when they hit a saddle they will usually parallel it for a ways before crossing. Also once you have found a herd you can usually walk right into it before seeing them. I couldn't tell you how many times I have found myself right in the middle of one without even knowing it and there have been times when I knew that the herd was there but I ended up in the middle of it anyway. While you are glassing for them once you have spotted one look for more, also pick a landmark on where they were located at. They can disappear while standing still and you will have a hard time picking them out. They also like to bed just out of the dry washes under trees. They also have a musk gland located on the top of their backs, don't mess with it. It will come right off when you skin them.

Good luck on your hunt.

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Leftover Tag

I too picked up a leftover tag, for AZ though.

I'll be hunting them with my SIG P226, 357 SIG. I guess the only advice I can give is glass, glass, glass. Time for me to get out and start scouting as this will be in a new unit that I've never hunted before.

Also, get a Javelina call if you don't already have one. Don't use it until you are within 100 yards of them and when you use it be prepared for them to come in on the run.

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I have seen a lot of the

I have seen a lot of the videos of hunters using the calls and really don't know if they are any good.  Last year I tried one and never got a responce, the instructions also said that it would cause ones that were running away that weren't spooked to turn and come back.  Well, that didn't happen either.  I came to the conclusion on the calls that the javelina hadn't read the instructions on what they were suppose to do. 

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Fine Print

Critter wrote:

I have seen a lot of the videos of hunters using the calls and really don't know if they are any good.  Last year I tried one and never got a responce, the instructions also said that it would cause ones that were running away that weren't spooked to turn and come back.  Well, that didn't happen either.  I came to the conclusion on the calls that the javelina hadn't read the instructions on what they were suppose to do. 

Yeah, sometimes animals don't read the fine print.

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I do have the javelina call

I do have the javelina call and I intend to use it if I need it. I'm more worried about finding the javelina than calling them. I figure that after a herd is spotted, it should be eaasy to get within rifle range. I'll keep everyone updated on the scouting efforts.

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It is quite easy getting

It is quite easy getting within rifle range and that is why I have switched over to a pistol hunt, a little bit more challenging. 

As was mentioned you may have better luck on getting to a high piece of ground and doing a lot of glassing.  The area that I hunt has enough sany washes that we can look for tracks and then work on gettin in on them. 

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Calling

Check out this video of calling in Javelina:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25gmJI_EQ4Q

 

 

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Spotted large group last week

Prhunter- We spotted a large group of javelinas following that valley road slightly to the northwest of Texas Hill in Unit 30 while we were out there.

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Sweet, thanks for the info.

Sweet, thanks for the info. I'll be hunting unit 29 the first few days. If no luck I will definately check out unit 30.

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Good Luck!

Good Luck mate!

I look forward to reading your report, post hunt.

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