Things are starting to look good for my upcoming New Mexico Javelina hunt in January. I had a few pose for some pics in front of my trail cam. Seems like some rough country but doable. I'll keep everyone updated.
I have actually thought about putting up a trail camera while I am down in Arizona hunting them but then I know that 99% of the shots that I would get on the camera are going to be a cow wandering past the camera.
But I may just try it this coming February and see what I get on the camera and if it is warm enough I might even place one on the rattlesnake den that we found years ago. It might reveil some neat pictures.
The reason why I put the trail cam up in that area is because last year I ran into a small herd of Javelina during my Barbary Sheep hunt. I just wanted to make sure that there was still some movement in the area.
They seem to be active most of the day. Hopefully they'll be around when the season starts. I don't expect to see many other hunters since most of the most popular Javelina units in NM are in the southwestern part of the state.
Any recomendations of what caliber to use (or what you all prefer) for the Javelinas?
Lets see, I have taken them with a .38, .357mag, 9mm, 40S&W, .41mag, 44mag, 7-30 Waters and those were my pistol ones. For rifle I have use 22-250, .270, and a .54 cal muzzle loader.
The furthest that I have shot one was a little over 300 yards with the .22-250 and the closest one was at 5' with the 7-30 Waters. In all reallity what ever you use for deer hunting would work quite fine, just stay away from the .22 rim fires, but if you do use a .22 lr or magnum if they are legal do not shoot them in the front shoulder but just behind it. I have seen .223's out of a Thompson Center just break the shoulder with them getting away with very little blood loss.
One of the things I struggle with when afield is keeping my rifle clean and in good working order. Small amounts of dust and dirt collect moisture; moisture can freeze rendering your action immovable when you need it most. I have seen this happen on multiple occasions, and over time, I’ve learned the cause and how to prevent this from happening.
The first thing that you need to avoid before going afield is leaving excess oil on the gun. Oil will trap dirt and sand in all the wrong places....