The largest one we ever killed in far west Texas was 72 lbs. in south Texas 65 lbs
I'd love to see some photos of 100 lb javelina
This could be deemed as major embellishment of the truth !!
Would love to this Javi you speak of though. Good luck on your hunt for it.
Most of the mature boars were in the 50# range with sows being in the 40# range.
I think the best person to give insight on the size and habits of javelina would be RK.
About 30 years ago......my good friend Donnie H, lived in Benson and worked at Davis Monthan AFB at the time with me. He got a brand new Ruger 30/06 package deal with a 3x9 scope from Jenson's. All excited about using it.
First morning of javelina season he's out scouting a slope as the sun warms up. Donnie liked bar hopping and drinking beer some and had a rough night before, (maybe still a little drunk, for sure hungover) which contributed to adventure I'm sure.
Anyway he soon spots a nice herd up the slope maybe 150 or 200 yards away. Easy range for his new 30/06.
He's sitting and raises his rifle (scope cranked to 9x of course). A fine looking pig fills his scope, he takes aim and squeezes off a shot and pig tumbles like hit with a bazooka.
Following Monday before work Donnie asks if we want to see his pig, he's got it in a cooler in his truck.
We go take a look and it's a piglet, may 11 or 12 # at the most.
What happened was as he raised his rifle to shoot one from herd that's quite aways out, a little guy came from behind a prickly pear 30 or 40 yards in front of him . He thought he was shooting a monster from the herd. LOL
Took Donnie awhile to live that down. Maybe you had to have been there. Still makes me smile.
Unique critters. I love the Chinese fire drill when you shoot one.
A buddy and I spotted a herd up on the mountain. It was steep…and by the time we got up to where we thought they were- Gone! It was bouldery and brushy so we each got up on a rock to look around. Not one minute later, one is standing 8’ from me, 10’ from Randy- we look at each other like, ‘what the heck?’
I’m pointing at Him, you shoot….he shakes his head- no you. We are going back and forth multiple times until I finally spine one with my recurve at maybe 12’ away. He starts screaming and here comes the fire drill, maybe 15 of them darting this way and that, grinding their teeth, rooting on the one I shot, carrying on.
They are darting by My buddy who is at full draw swinging one way then another …..I thought he was going to fall. He wrecked a couple arrows before shooting one at about 5’.
Those critters are a hoot.
Years ago we had several coyotes turned into sausage Those dogs were the hit of the wild game dinner. Of course we told nobody what it was
It was labeled "special wild game"
Be sure to remove the glands when cleaning it btw.
I do not rate javelina in same class as beef, elk, venison or antelope
I tried it, not knowing what to expect. It was DARNED good!
Since then I've had several made into sausage with good results.
The bowhunting records program, Bowhunting in Arizona, is also a fantastic source for researching where the biggest trophies of each species come from in Arizona, since every entry includes the unit number in which it was taken.
They're not a pig either despite looking and acting like one. Since DNA unraveling has become common place, many mysteries have been solved and new wonders are revealed. The Javi is one.