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Arizona Javelina Guides and Outfitters
Javelina can be one of the most enjoyable game animals to hunt in Arizona. They are gregarious, sociable, pig-like animals that hang in groups of 5 to 15 animals. The common name is the "collared peccary" because of a white ring of hair that circles the neck region. Javelina appear to be larger than they really are, but in actuality, they only weigh 35-55 pounds dressed-out. They offer a very challenging hunt for the bowhunter, handgun hunter, muzzleloader hunter or even rifle hunter. Spot and stalk is the technique we use to tag one of these unique animals. Our guides use high-powered optics to locate a herd. Javelina are low to the ground and blend into their surroundings very well. So, they can often be a challenge to locate amongst the gray desert scrub. Once a herd is located though, a stalk can be planned. Javelina have poor eyesight, which enables hunters to approach within closer distances than other big game. This does not mean they are easy. Hunters must keep the wind in their favor when making a stalk and be extremely quiet in order to get within a desired shooting distance. Because of their large canines, javelina make nice open-mouth mounts. If you are successful, a full-body mount of a snarling peccary (javelina) can be a very unique trophy. The meat can often be made into sausage or chorizo. Our archery javelina hunts in January can be combined with both Coues deer and mule deer.
Hunters should note that our hunts do entail a great deal of hiking in order to find the wild groups of javelina. Hunters are encouraged to condition themselves before arriving. Note: We do not put down corn or other bait to attract the javelina, like in Texas. This is a fair chase hunt where we use the spot and stalk method amongst desert mountain terrain.
Our Success Rate: Averaging out nearly the past couple decades, our success rate has been 95% for rifle hunts with 100% rate of opportunity (taking shots)! Archery javelina hunts have a 95% rate of opportunity (flinging arrows). If you are in good enough physical condition to hike to the quality areas and can shoot straight, you have a high chance of tagging a javelina.
Arizona has a January Archery-Only javelina season, an early February Handgun/Archery/Muzzleloader (H.A.M. Season) and a late February Firearms season. Centerfire RIFLE cartridges that we recommend are: .22-250, .243, .257, .264, .270, 7mm-08, .308, etc. Although these are small critters, they are very tough animals and often get away injured from smaller cartridges. Typical HANDGUNS to use are the single-shot Thompson or Remington XP100 centerfire cartridges, like .243, .257, 7mm-08 or the like. Revolvers in .357 magnum, .44 magnum, .454 Cassul, etc. with red dots or scopes are also common handguns that work well. MUZZLELOADERS can be .50 caliber inline style with scopes or traditional.
Seasons for 2014:
Jan. 1 - 23 (Archery-Only Season)
Jan. 24 - Feb. 2 (Juniors-Only Rifle Season)
Feb. 7 - 16 (H.A.M. Season - Handgun, Archery or Muzzleloader)
Feb. 21 - 27 (General Rifle Season)
Arizona javelina hunting is by a lottery application process through the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The drawing odds for our preferred area are 100%! The deadline to apply is mid-October prior to the season. If you missed the deadline, there are usually leftover tags that can be purchased by mail on a first-come, first-serve basis until they are all gone. We will assist you with the licensing process after you book the hunt. Contact us before October or as soon as possible if you are interested in a guided javelina hunt.
Tag fee (Non Res.): $105.00 and hunting license fee: $151.25.
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Guided & Outfitted Hunts:
Description of Javelina Package
Package includes: accommodations (tent camps), meals, complimentary ride to camp if flying (pick-up/drop-off point: Tucson Airport Hotels Only), camp transportation and a guide. Choose from 1on1 or 2on1 packages. 1 on 1 means one hunter per guide. 2 on 1 means two hunters per guide. If choosing 2 on 1, it is a requirement that you bring the other hunter to share the guide with. If you cannot find a 2 on 1 partner, you can choose 1 on 1.
Booking Info: The first step is to book the hunt with a minimum 50% non-refundable deposit and some paperwork. We will then assist you in getting tags and licenses, which takes place in September through early October. The remaining balance is due at least 21 days prior to the hunt. We recommend cancellation insurance for all of our guests. Visit our policy page for more details.
The Juniors-Only 3-Day Rifle Season is specifically designed for youth hunters 10-17 years old. If under 14, the youth hunter must have passed a hunter safety course. A parent must accompany the youth while hunting and is charged the normal non-hunter observer fee of $500.00. Junior Hunt Fee Total: $900.00/junior + $500.00/parent = $1,400.00
Archery Deer/Javelina Combo: This hunt allows January archery javelina hunters to have an added bonus of hunting deer (Coues or Mule) while hunting for javelina. The archery deer tag is over the counter. The hunt includes accommodations (tent camps), meals, complimentary airport transfer (from Tucson Airport Hotels Only), camp transportation, a guide, and many extras. Each combo hunter has one guide and hunts 5 days. Additional days at $400/day.
For those that own a camping trailer/pop-up and would like to bring it to camp to sleep in are more than welcome to do so, but we cannot discount the hunt any. It must be small and high enough to be pulled on rough dirt roads.
Firearms hunts are in two seasons: Handgun/Muzzleloader and Rifle.
Cost for licenses and tags, butchering, shipping of meat, taxidermy, hotel stay before/after the hunt (if flying) are the hunter's responsibility.
Our bag limit is one javelina per person per hunt number (specific area/timeframe designation).
If a hunter has not tagged by the scheduled end of hunt, there is an option of paying at a daily rate thereafter.
Non-Hunter Fee: Invite your partner or family member as a non-hunter while on your guided javelina hunt for a fee of $500.00.
* Usually Friday through Sunday for basic javelina hunts. The Combo is normally a Friday through Tuesday morning. All hunters arrive in camp one day prior to hunting. Sometimes this schedule can be altered to accommodate your needs.
View our javelina videos for more feel of our hunts.
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Recent Javelina Hunt Photos
Mike and Jim from PA with a pair of javelina that they shot using a .243 WSSM (Feb. 2013). Video of the hunt
Matt Gilbreath with a nice javelina that he shot during the rifle season using his 7mm-08. (Feb. 2013)
Gary Johnson with a javelina he shot at 20 yards using his Mathews bow during the H.A.M. season. (Feb. 2013)
Greg Nelson from Alaska shot this big javelina sow with his Hoyt Matrix bow. (Jan. 2013)
Scott Cadreau and a javelina he shot using his Mathews bow. (Jan. 2013)
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