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.
I have a system I use in Whitetail hunting during the rut that seems to work for me. When I make a mock scrape in the area I wish to hunt I will place a couple of 35mm
film canisters (film removed of course) in the scrape after I have cleared out all leaves and other debris. The film canisters are filled with cotton balls and saturated with doe in heat urine. This keeps the urine from soaking in the ground and can be refreshed on each trip if needed. I will also use the tarsal gland of the buck...