I can't believe that you haven't ran into them yet after getting them on your trail camera. Is it getting fairly warm where you are hunting them? If so you may have to hammer them in the mornings until around 11am, by that time they are usually beded down in a cool shady spot in a wash. Then you almost need to step on them to get them to move. When you are glassing for them look real hard in the brush just above whe bottom of the washes, they seam to like those kind of areas. They don't call them the ghost of the desert for nothing.
I wished that I was 800 miles closer to you and I would come give you a hand.
If it is windy find a bowl or the end of a draw that is out of the wind, they hate it since it screws up their smell and hearing when it is blowing. We have found a lot of them in a couple of areas that are compleatly out of the wind when it is blowing. Just about every time that we go into them when it is blowing we have found them.
After many hours of glassing and hiking we never spotted any javelins. The temperatures during the hunt ranged from the low 20's in January to almost 80 degrees this past weekend.
The unit where I hunted has javelina in it but in small and isolated herds. I had picked them up with my trail cams but they seemed to be in the area every two weeks or so. They seemed to have moved on when the water dried up and the temps dropped.
We glassed for long period of times, we tried calling and even sat at water hoping the warms temps would bring them in but no luck.
It was still a great time and I hope to get out there again next year.
It's too bad that you didn't run into them while hunting. I would almost be willing to bet that if you placed your trail camera back up you would get some pictures of them again, that is the way that it works.
I know that some of the times when we have been out hunting them that is seams like they have us figured out instead of us having them figured out but we have been chasing them for so long we think that we know all of their tricks.
That flat land is hard to hunt them in. I have tried it a couple of times and by the time I saw the pig he was already headed in the other direction and out of sight. I much prefer the hilly terrien that I hunt where you can get up high and glass sidehills where they really can't hide too well.
Being a bowhunting I've always been fanatical about scent control. Whether it's sprays, carbon clothing etc. I've tried it. The best thing that I have found for eliminating human scent is Betadine. It's been used in hospitals and homes for decades as a defense against infections on minor scrapes and burns. It can typically be found near the pharmacy in any of the major "one stop shop" stores, and a bottle will last multiple hunting seasons.
Before every hunt possible I...