Javelina Hunts


Published: August - 1998

And, finally, in reply to several subscriber requests for information, Sasser has this to say about hunts for javelina in his part of the world: "I have not written much about javelina for U.S. Hunting Report because these animals are so common in many areas that they're considered a nuisance. That's a shame because the javelina, a.k.a. collared peccary, is a colorful, irascible little/big game animal. Roving in small bands through the brush, these near-sighted, pig-like animals add personality and a prickly charm to their habitat. Javelinas make an interesting trophy, with a mouthful of teeth that include impressive fighting tusks. A big boar weighs about 40 pounds. Largely due to their poor eyesight, they are relatively easy to stalk, assuming the wind is in your favor. This makes them a good target for archers, handgun hunters and muzzleloader fans. Any common rifle caliber from .222 up is adequate for javelina. In many Texas counties, there is no closed season on javelinas. Summer months are brutally hot, however, and I wouldn't recommend hunting javelinas prior to October. Prime time is February and March, when the weather is cool. Because javelinas are bargain-basement game animals, most ranches only hunt them in conjunction with other, more profitable hunts. Pay $5,000 for a whitetail buck hunt, for instance, and you can shoot a javelina on many ranches for $100 to $250. The King Ranch, to cite a specific example, charges $100 for a javelina but only hunts them in conjunction with other animals, such as the nilgai. The ranch charges $300 per day for a guided nilgai hunt, plus a kill fee of $450 for a bull or $150 for a cow. Up to two javelina can also be taken for $100 apiece. On this particular package, the budget-minded sportsman can shoot a nilgai cow and one javelina for $550, or a nilgai bull and one javelina for $850. A mature nilgai bull weighs about 700 pounds and a cow weighs about 400. Nilgai meat is very good and the wary animals are challenging to hunt. For more information, contact Butch Thompson at the King Ranch, PO Box 1090, Kingsville, TX 78364, Tel.........(continued)
 
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