How To Successfully Hunt The Javelina

To successfully hunt the Javelina, you focus on the species, their nature, feeding and general habitat preference.  Opportunity for hunting for the Javelina comes in the general firearms hunt, archery muzzle loader categories.

Understanding The Javelina Or Peccary

Collard PeccaryA peccary or collared peccary is a medium-sized animal, with a strong resemblance to a pig. Like a pig, it has a snout ending in a cartilaginous disc, and eyes that are small relative to its head. Also like a pig, it uses only the middle two digits for walking, although, unlike pigs, the other toes may be altogether absent. Its stomach is not ruminating, although it has three chambers, and is more complex than those of pigs.

Peccaries are omnivores, and will eat insects, grubs, and occasionally small animals, although their preferred foods consist of roots, grasses, seeds, fruit, and cacti—particularly prickly pear.  Pigs and peccaries can be differentiated by the shape of the canine tooth, or tusk. In European pigs, the tusk is long and curves around on itself, whereas in peccaries, the tusk is short and straight. The jaws and tusks of peccaries are adapted for crushing hard seeds and slicing into plant roots,  and they also use their tusks for defending against predators

Javelina Nose and TusksBy rubbing the tusks together, they can make a chattering noise that warns potential predators not to get too close. So, if you’re in thick brush or cover and you hear what sounds like hands clapping beware a Javelina is close and not real happy with you. If that’s the case, then freeze, stand still and access where the pig’s located and get ready for a quick exit.

In recent years in northwestern Bolivia near Madidi National Park, large groups of peccaries have been reported to have seriously injured or killed people.   As a rule, these little guys aren’t a real threat unless you get them boxed in the rocks, cave or some type of confined area. They’re most interested escaping. Now with that said, dealing with one that has been wounded, approach with caution and dispatch the animal at the first opportunity from a safe distance. They defend themselves if they feel threatened, but otherwise tend to ignore humans. They defend themselves with their long tusks, which sharpen themselves whenever the mouth opens or closes.