Author: AP Jones - JavelinaHunter.com - Tucson,
Let me first state, predator calling for Javelina should only be
used in a situational manner (I’ll explain later). If used
incorrectly or in the wrong situation, predator calls will prove
worthless. In fact, it will scare the Javelina herd away 99.9
percent of the time. Despite predator calling limitations, it’s
without a doubt the most exciting way to hunt Javelina. Using a
predator call exploits the Javelina's propensity to counter attack
predators and come to the aid wounded or distressed herd mates.
How to use the
The first thing you need to do is purchase a predator call. There
are many good choices for under $10, call’s that mimic or are
advertised as "cotton tail" or "jack rabbit" distress calls work best
for Javelina hunting.
Next, forget what you know, or think you know, or how you've used calls
in the past. Most hunters have "played around" with a call
before. You blow into it, it sounds kind of like kazoo or
fairly deep "waaaa.... waaaa..." sound. To affectively call in
Javelina you want to imitate the sound of a piglet getting the hell
chewed out of it. This is done by blowing violently, using your
hands to cup the end of the call to mimic the piglet’s mouth opening
and closing. Imagine what a frightened piglet sounds like, adjust
your hands and the "blow" pressure accordingly until you sound like an
axe murderer at a teenage slumber party.
Situational Use: Use
a predator call only in three situations.
Situation number 1.
You’ve spotted the herd, they are no more than 60 yards away and you
can't easily close the distance because of thick brush (to noisy) or
it’s to open of an area (no cover).
Before calling you should "set-up", pistol or bow at the ready,
kneeling position, with the location of all animals identified as best
as possible. Your call should be on a lanyard, so you can spit it
out of your mouth after calling (hands on weapon), buts its quickly
retrievable if needed. A 3-4 second calling sequence will normally do
the trick. As soon as the call sequence is complete be ready!
Javelina will be coming fast. Generally they make 15 to 20 yard
charges, stop, and charge again towards the area of the call. You
will often hear the "woof" sound they make with each step they take, as
there coming in. Stay calm and pick a clean shot. Don't
hurry the shot or settle for a bad shot, or worse yet "flock shoot",
and don't worry if they see you. I have called in, shot, and
missed the same animal three different times with a pistol before, and
ultimately bagged him. It can go like this, shoot, miss, the
animal runs away, blow on the call, the animal comes back, shoot, miss
and so on.
Situation number 2.
Your humping along (day dreaming) and bang, off busts a herd at 40
yards in 5 different directions. Get on the call (blow)
immediately. 3 to 4 seconds, look for animals and listen for
"woofing", wait a few seconds and back on the call for another 3 to 4
seconds. Generally, not all the herd will of seen you. Some
Javelina may have stayed "frozen" unsure of the exact nature or cause
of the alarm, while other Javelina may initially only run 50 -75 yards,
then stop and freeze to determine the source of danger. Often times a
quick calling sequence will bring the Javelina right back to you for a
Situation number 3.
Moving through thick mesquite tangles and you hear a faint "woof"
or smell pig. Although you don't see Javelina, if you hear
the telltale faint "woof" sound, then they are in close enough
vicinity to respond to a call. The "woof" call is an alert call,
similar to a deer’s "snort", even when alerted, Javelina still will
respond to the call a great percentage of the time.
Cold calling. Calling blindly, that is, with no Javelina or "hot"
sign sighted is unproductive 99.9% of the time.
Authors note about
When Javelina are responding to a call, they are coming to protect a
herd member--ready to charge and bite! If you don’t think
Javelina can be dangerous, check out www.javelinahunter.com’s Javelina
Attacks page, for several newspaper accounts, and verified reports of
Javelina attacking people and pets. They can get very, very close,
very, very quickly, keep your situational awareness about you. On
several occasions I've had to make noise, waive my hand, stand up,
kick, etc. to scare off Javelina. this has occurred even after I've
shot and bagged an animal. It's very common for Javelina to
approach at ranges well under 10 yards when calling--that's close!...No
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