Arizona Javelina Guides and Outfitters
Arizona offers javelina seasons during January through February. Javelina can be one of the most enjoyable game animals to hunt in Arizona. They are not pigs, nor are they even in the pig family. They are peccaries. Javelina are gregarious, sociable animals that hang in groups of 5 to 15 animals with a home range of about a square mile. 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 35-60 pounds dressed-out. They offer a very challenging hunt for the bowhunter, handgun hunter, crossbow hunter, muzzleloader hunter or even rifle hunter. Spot and stalk is the technique we use to hunt 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 group of peccary 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 though. 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 from javelina is often 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 javelina live in the desert mountains. Hunters are encouraged to condition themselves in order to increase their odds for success. 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 javelina hunt success rate has been 90 to 95% for all weapon types (rifle, archery, handgun, and muzzleloader hunts) with a 100% rate of opportunity!
Arizona has a January Archery-Only javelina season, an early February Handgun/Archery/Crossbow/Muzzleloader (H.A.M. Season) and a late February Firearms season. Centerfire RIFLE cartridges that we recommend are: .243, .25-06, .270, 7mm-08, .308, .30-06, .300 WSM, etc. Javelina 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. Crossbows can be used during the firearms season and H.A.M. season.
Season Dates for 2017:
Archery-Only Season: Jan. 1-26, 2017
Juniors-Only Rifle Season: Jan. 27-Feb. 5, 2017
Handgun, Archery, Crossbow, Muzzleloader Season: Feb. 10-19, 2017
General Rifle Season: Feb. 24-March 2, 2017
Book the Hunt First and then we will assist with licensing. Arizona javelina hunting is by an online application process through the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The drawing odds for our preferred area have historically been 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.
Hunting license fees: $37.00(Res) and $160.00(NR)
Javelina Tag Fees: $38 (Res) and $115 (NonRes)
Now Booking For January/February 2017!! Spaces are Limited.
$ 2017 Javelina RATES $
Guided & Outfitted Hunts:
|Javelina Packages||# Days||Rate|
|Javelina Hunt: 3 on 1||3||$1,250.00/person|
|Javelina Hunt: 2 on 1||3||$1,500.00/person|
|Javelina Hunt: 1 on 1||3||$1,750.00/person|
|Youth-Only Rifle Season||3||$900.00/junior|
|Archery deer/javelina combo (2 on 1)||5||$2,500.00/person|
|Archery deer/javelina combo (1 on 1)||5||$3,000.00/person|
Choose from 1-on-1, 2-on-1, or 3-on-1 hunting packages. The 1-on-1 means one hunter per guide. 2-on-1 means two hunters per guide. 3-on-1 means three hunters per guide. If choosing 2-on-1 or 3-on-1, it is a requirement that you bring the other hunter(s) to share the guide with. If you cannot find hunting partner(s), you will have your own personal guide and get the 1-on-1 rate.
Description of Javelina Package
Javelina Hunts Include: complimentary accommodations (tent camps), meals, complimentary ride to camp if flying (pick-up/drop-off point: Tucson Airport Hotels Only), camp transportation, a guide and up to 3 days of hunting.
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 complimentary accommodations (tent camps), meals, complimentary airport transfer (from Tucson Airport Hotels Only), camp transportation, a guide, and many extras. This is a 5 day hunt instead of 3.
Youth-Only 3-Day Rifle Season: 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 as a non-hunting observer and will only be charged a fee of $500.00. Youth Hunt Fee Total: $900.00/junior + $500.00/parent = $1,400.00
BOOKING INFO: The first step is to book the hunt with a minimum 50% non-refundable deposit and sign 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.
Costs and Considerations that are the hunter's responsibility: Licenses and tags, butchering, shipping of meat, taxidermy, hotel stay before/after the hunt (if flying). Gratuity for your guide is gladly accepted and is customary (15% is typical).
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 high enough to be pulled on rough dirt roads. Please ask for road conditions prior to bringing one.
Firearms hunts are in two seasons: Handgun/Muzzleloader and Rifle.
Our bag limit is one javelina per person per hunt.
If a hunter has not tagged by the scheduled end of hunt, there is sometimes an option of paying at a daily rate thereafter.
Non-Hunter Fee: Some hunters like to bring along a buddy to camp and share the experience while they hunt. Invite someone as a non-hunter while on your guided javelina hunt for a fee of $500.00. Upon Space Availability.
View our javelina videos for more feel of our hunts.
Be sure you visit our general info page.
Recent Javelina Hunt Photos
Kevin Moynahan from Illinois shot this outstanding Arizona javelina during our rifle season. (Feb. 2016)
Ken Everett from Idaho shot this nice javelina with his .25-06 rifle. (Feb. 2016) video of hunt
Chuck and Ken from Colorado tagged-out with their muzzleloaders at 161 yards (Feb. 2016)
Dave Anderson came from California to hunt javelina with his muzzleloader (Feb. 2016)
Chip Mooneyham shot this nice javelina boar at 177 yards with his muzzleloader (Feb. 2016)
Chuck Fowler from Ohio shot this nice, fat boar javelina at 30 yards with his bow (Jan. 2016)
Rick Giolitti from California came for some javelina bowhunting. The Rage worked perfectly! (Jan. 2016)
Marc Newkirk from Kansas with a nice javelina he shot with his bow and a Rage Hypodermic. (Jan. 2016)
12-year old Eli Fleming with his first javelina (2016)
Russ Lopp from Oklahoma shot this nice javelina at long distance. Video of hunt (Feb. 2015)
Mark Barnes from Wisconsin shot this nice javelina with a .44 magnum handgun. (Feb. 2015)