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.
Over the years I have seen several elk and deer hides left in the woods by hunters and I have to wonder why they do this? I fully understand and agree about getting the hide off the animal as soon as possible to cool the meat, but why not pack out the hide with you and use it? As far as I know there are no state laws that require you to take the hide home, but to me why waste such a beautiful part of the animal? Some might think they have no use for the hide or it costs too much to tan....