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Javelina meat

I have never gotten to go shoot javelina. Are they good to eat? I have killed boar and it tasted alot similar to regular pork (just tougher). I don't know anyone to kill javelina to ask so if I sound stupid forgive me. I just have no experience with them.

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Re: Javelina meat

They have a taste all their own and nothing like pork. Since there is so little of it I usually slow smoke it over mesquete wood for about 8 hours and whoever I have given some to love it. My hunting partner usually just fries it with pepers and onions. Others will barbque it or make chile with it. I even ran into a guy in Arizona that made jerkey out of it.

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Re: Javelina meat

Good deal. If/when I get to Texas and hunt I will have to see about taking one and trying it. From what I have seen Texas is eat up with them. Do they cause the same damages as wild hogs do for the farmers and ranchers?

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Re: Javelina meat

They will root around some but they don't casue the destruction that pigs do. If you are hunting them in Texas I believe that you can soot as many as the land owner will let you. Or how ever many you can afford.

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I know on feral pigs I

I know on feral pigs I usually dont even mess with the big boars. They are tough and rank. Now a 50 pound sow is just right if you cook it properly. I would asume that Havalinas are simular.

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Javelina are nothing like

Javelina are nothing like feral pigs the only thing that they have in common is some of the looks that that is where it ends.  Size wise a 50 pound one is about average and if you find one that is pushing 70 then you have yourself a trophy.

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I knew they were small. I've

I knew they were small. I've heard that they smell aweful. Do they smell like a feral hog or a smell all there own ? If they smell worse than a pronghorn or feral hog.......I'll make sure to take some rubber gloves if I get a chance to hunt them.

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They don't smell that bad but

They don't smell that bad but they do have a sent/musk gland on their backs that you do not want to mess with.  The nice thing about it is that it comes right off with the hide and if you didn't know that it was there you would never know.  As far as the rubber glove route that is up to the hunter I have never bothered.  But then I do know that it is recomended for cleaning any wild game animal, it's just that I learned not to use them 45 years ago and just don't bother with them. 

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I usually dont bother with

I usually dont bother with rubber gloves on deer but feral hogs suposidly have a strain of TB that can infect humans.......So I always use gloves on them.

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Ack double post.

Ack double post.

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I've heard that the local

I've heard that the local indians won't even eat the meat from a javelina. They have a puss gland that oozes a nasty smell out all the time and it stays with the meat. I've tried it before and never wish too again. stuff was raunchy...

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