I grew up in Hobbs New Mexico and I have never seen a pig in the whole lea, eddy county area. But I have been gone for about 10 years so things could have changed. Lots of dear, quail, dove, coyotes and the such though.
I'm from Carlsbad. The pigs are mainly located around the Pecos River. Best opportunities to harvest one will be late evening near the water, as they only leave the thick brush about sundown. During the day you will have to hunt the thick stuff along the river or the big ravines that run down to the river. In the thick stuff, use a shotgun with slugs and buckshot for close range work. They are fast and the salt cedars are pretty thick. I have a buddy that hunts them with dogs and they have had quite a bit of success. But he's a maniac and kills the pigs with a knife while the dogs hold the pig. Good lluck in finding some. Hunt the 7 revers area up-river of the WMA. The salt cedars are thick in that area, but there are a bunch of hogs up there. Go right after a rain or snow and the sign is easy to spot and tracking has a better chance of success. With the number of pigs in the area, determining the freshest sign (ie. right after a rain or snow) is a big help.
Every year my Pro-Staff and I head to the woods to hunt the old wise Tom. We travel thousands of miles covering numerous states hunting these old guys. Lots of times we end up hunting public lands or private property that have been hunted already. That’s the last thing you want to hear when you just traveled 6 hours that someone else has already hunted the property. We had to come up with a game plan and one real fast.
The first thing we did was ask the farmer were they usually see the birds in...