Hog And Javelina Hunt In Texas


Published: May - 1998

The hog and javelina hunt I took this past February 26 to 28 was on the 100,000-acre Killem Freer Ranch, a working cattle ranch in deep South Texas. The ranch manager is George Light (512-394-6058), and I found out about his hunt from the "Back of the Book" section in this newsletter. When I called him, I found him to be very personable and accommodating. He said he needed at least 10 hunters to make it cost effective to pay the kitchen help and other staff for this hunt, which is an off-season alternative to their whitetail deer hunts. I thought it would be very difficult to come up with 10 hunters, but through friends of friends, 14 of us quickly signed up.

We all chose to drive to the ranch, a 960-mile one-way drive from Kansas City. We had planned to hunt Thursday through Saturday. However, some hunters arrived at the ranch early enough on Wednesday to hunt the afternoon and evening. Light was eager to get the hunt started, and the hunters were put on stand right away at no additional cost. The hunt continued through Saturday evening, which in effect turned out to be a 3 1/2-day hunt for some of the hunters, all for a straight fee of $400, plus $35 for a five-day, non-resident small game license.

In all, the 14 hunters in our party took 22 javelina, three feral hogs, one coyote and one bobcat. State law limits hunters to two javelina each, and all hunters had the opportunity to take their limit, though some chose not to. Of the feral hogs taken, two were large boars and one was a sow. Although hogs are apparently abundant on the ranch, our success rate on them was fairly low. Light said the hogs are difficult to pattern in February due to cool temperatures, and are much easier to hunt during the hot summer months when they will come to water. Specifically, he says the best time to hunt hogs is during the summer when the moon is in its dark phase. The hogs........(continued)

 
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