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 Track Record: Averaging out the past couple decades, our javelina hunters have experienced a 100% rate of opportunity for all weapon types!
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 2019:
Archery-Only Season: Jan. 1-24, 2019
Youth-Only Rifle Season: Jan. 25-Feb. 3, 2019
Handgun, Archery, Crossbow, Muzzleloader Season: Feb. 8-17, 2019
General Rifle Season: Feb. 22-28, 2019
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 2019!! Spaces are Limited.
2019 Javelina RATES
Guided & Outfitted Hunts:
|Javelina Hunt Options||# Days||Rate|
|Javelina Hunt: 2 on 1||3*||$1,600.00/person|
|Javelina Hunt: 1 on 1||3*||$1,900.00/person|
|Archery deer/javelina combo (2 on 1)||5*||$2,800.00/person|
|Archery deer/javelina combo (1 on 1)||5*||$3,200.00/person|
Choose a "Hunter to Guide Ratio" of either 1-on-1 or 2-on-1. The 1-on-1 hunt means one hunter per guide. 2-on-1 means two hunters per guide (share a 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 hunting partner, you will have your own personal guide and get the 1-on-1 rate.
* Arrive to camp the day prior to hunting. Depart camp about noon on the last day of hunting. So, it's best if flying hunters arrive in Arizona the evening prior to meeting us (two days before hunting), rent a car from the airport, get a hotel room and we will meet the next day about noon in the hunt area about 1 to 2 hours from the Tucson Airport or 3 to 4 hours from the Phoenix Airport. These are the closest major airports. Flying hunters can follow us to camp with their rental car. Flights should depart the morning after the hunt. More details on the general info page.
Description of Javelina Hunts
Javelina Hunts Include: complimentary accommodations (tent camps), meals, transportation in field while hunting only, a guide and *up to 3 days of hunting (depart camp about noon on last day 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, transportation in field while hunting only, a guide, and many extras. This is a 5 day hunt instead of 3 (depart camp around noon on last day of hunting).
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.
Space is limited, so book early!!! We usually only accomodate up to five 1-on-1 hunters at a time to keep it a quality hunt.
Costs and Considerations that are the hunter's responsibility: Licenses and tags, rental car, 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 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 $700.00. Space is Limited. Based upon Availability.
Accommodations: We use a Southwestern Style outfitter camp which is often located many miles from civilization. Sleeping quarters are typically in deluxe outfitter tents. A trailer often serves as the kitchen/mess hall where hunters gather to eat. If you are looking for a hunt with fancy lodges, this is NOT the hunt for you! Camps are used because we stay in remote areas. The deluxe tents consist of either large outfitter canvas tents or Alaknak tents with heat during the colder months. The size of our tents are tall and spacious inside; either 10X10, 10X14, or 12x12 and stand 7-9 feet tall. Cots with thick pads are provided, but all hunters must bring their own sleeping bags. For those that own a camping trailer and would like to bring it to camp to stay in are more than welcome to do so, but we cannot discount the hunt any. It must be high enough for ground clearance on rough dirt roads. Please ask for road conditions before bringing one.
View our javelina videos for more feel of our hunts.
Be sure you visit our general info page.
Recent Javelina Hunt Photos
Eric Swanson made a close-in stalk to 5 yards with his 10mm pistol! (Feb 2018)
Jason Kuhns used his 25-06 to take this big old javelina boar (Feb 2018)
Steven Kuhns with this tuff javelina that took several shots to put down (Feb 2018)
Guide Jon and Dave Fusi with his javelina that he shot perfectly at 202 yards (Feb 2018)
Dave Ross form IN used a .243 to take this nice javelina (Feb 2018)
Mike Hatfield from CA with his big Arizona javelina (Feb 2018)
Bob Childs came from Utah to take this big Arizona boar javelina (Feb 2018)
Mark Evans and guide Pat Feldt with a nice rifle season javelina (Feb 2018)
Brad Owen with a big archery season javelina (Jan 2018)
Damin Cordes with his big javelina sow (Jan 2018)
Bill Reeves with his first bow hunt javelina (Jan 2018)
Guide Jake Lindsey with bowhunter David Crowther and the trophy javelina (Jan 2018)
Gerald Good from Kansas ended up shooting the largest javelina of the season! (Feb 2017)
This is 77 year-old Mike Norgard with a nice javelina that he shot using his muzzleloader. (Feb. 2017)
Eleven year-old Gavin Thompson was able to shoot this sneaky javelina with one shot at 131 yards! (Jan. 2017)
Joe Vet shot this javelina using his bow and a Rage Hypodermic broadhead. (Jan. 2017)
Tom and Pat with a big old javelina boar that Tom shot with a Rage Hypodermic. (Jan. 2017)
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)