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Spring Javelina Hunts

So is anyone on here headed out for a spring javelina hunt in Arizona besides me and my hunting partners?  We'll be hunting the HAM (handgun, archery, muzzle loader) season that starts the first weekend in February.  I know that Hoggetter was out last year but it looks like he is going to be sitting next to his pool rehabbing his shoulder this season.  

This year we are going to ruff it and stay in a nice motel while we are out.  Ya can't beat a nice hot shower after a day of tracking and spotting those little buggers out on the hill sides or in the ravines.  Not to mention a little bit of TV just to have to get up and turn it off after we have passed out when we hit the beds.  

This year we will even be hunting quail for the first couple of days to see if we can get our selfs a tasty dinner but we will only have 3 days to do that before we get serious and have to start to hunt in earnest.  It is a fun hunt and the nice thing about it is that it gets me away from the snow and cold in Colorado.  But, it has snowed on us one year not to mention the rain that we have gotten the last few years.  But getting out into the wilds is better than staying home. 

For those that haven't hunted these little critters they are something else.  They'll run for a couple of miles after you spook them and you'll wonder how they do it on stubby little legs.  They are also called the ghost of the desert in that if you spot one you better mark that spot because if you look away you might have a hard time finding him again even if he is standing in the open.    

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I can't believe that nobody

I can't believe that nobody besides me is going to be hunting these animals this coming spring. 

As I said it is a great  way to get out of the house and to hunt something that is a little bit of a challenge.  This and if you put in for the draws in Arizona you have to buy a hunting license anyway so this is just one more animal that you can hunt when there really isn't anything else going on except for small game seasons.  Also like I said you can also hunt quail until February 6 next year and get to know some of the country that you might be able to pick up a desert mule deer in if you decide to try the draw for them. 

I also read a topic about the coues deer and what their range is.  One of the best coues deer hunting areas for a trophy animal in in Arizona's unit 33 witch also holds a lot of javelina.  So if you wanted to get some points for them along with getting to know the area this would be a great hunt for you to try out. 

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Spring Javelina Hunts

I'm getting ready to move to Tucson, but it won't be until summer.  Hope to get in on it next year, though.

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37a general for me my two

37a general for me my two sons and grand son our first time and looking forward to it not sure where were going or what to expect buts thats part of the fun

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The first couple of years

The first couple of years that we hunted down there we were in 37a and only took  two of them but then we really didn't know what we were doing.  We hunted off of the RailX ranch in the flat country.  When we talked to a couple of others all they could tell us was that the whole area was full of rattle snakes and we did see a few of them. 

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believe me...

Believe me, if I lived where they lived, I'd be out after them too!  But I don't so I can't unless I opt for a hunt away from home and I'm saving those precious budgeting dollars for bigger game liek mule deer or moose in 2011.

But there is no reason that you can't get out and enjoy the hunt for us.  Get out there and go for it then let us know how you make out!

Mike

 

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were going to start around

were going to start around red rock and silver bell hoping to find sum canyons and river bottoms.    and are starting off with are bows but if that doesnt work well break out the rifles as far as rattle snakes go im shure there be sum and my grand son thinks thats cool but i dont  had one to many encounters.                                                                                                                                 We thought about staying at a hotel but were going to take the camper so my grand son can experience  the desert at night.                                      good luck on your hunt                                                                                                                                                  

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Haven't done this one for

Haven't done this one for about 5 years now. I don't remember the unit but we hunted outside of Safford. I got one in 2 tries and my friend never got one at all but this is not a good unit. I love camping in the desert and look forward to doing it again someday but just got sidetracked with Texas hogs the last few years.

For any first timers Desert bull sells some very useful maps with hunt locations and gps cordinates. It helped us a ton.

http://www.desertbull.com/

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