Arizona Javelina Guides and Outfitters
Southern Arizona is home to the Javelina. Hunting seasons for this critter are 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 animals that live in a tight-knit family group of around 5 to 15 animals. The javelina groups are territorial with a home range of about a square mile and a half. 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, a stalk can be planned. Javelina have poor eyesight, which enables bow 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. Our favorite is jalapeno and cheese summer sausage or chorizo! Archery javelina hunts in January can be combined with both Coues deer and mule deer.
Hunters should note that javelina live in the mountains. Hunters are encouraged to condition themselves to the best of their ability in order to increase their odds for success. Note: This is a fair chase hunt where we use the spot and stalk method amongst desert mountain terrain. It is not a "bait and wait" hunt, like in Texas.
Our Track Record: Over the past couple decades, our javelina hunters have experienced an extremely high Rate of Opportunity for all weapon types!
Arizona offers several different Javelina seasons: a January Archery-Only javelina season, a late February Youth-Only firearms season, an early February H.A.M. Season (Handgun/Archery/Crossbow/Muzzleloader) and a late February Rifle season.
RIFLE CARTRIDGES that we recommend for javelina are .25 caliber and up, such as: .25-06, .257, 6.5, .260, .270, .280, 7mm-08, .308, .30-06, and .300 WSM. Regardless of what people say on the internet sites, blogs and social media, Javelina are very tough animals and often get away injured from smaller cartridges. We don't recommend anything less than .25 caliber. Guides prefer to have the javelina D.R.T. (dead right there) than to trail and/or lose it!
Typical HANDGUNS to use are the single-shot Thompson or Remington XP100 centerfire rifle cartridges, like .257, 6.5, 7mm-08, .308, etc. 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 using scopes, sabots, bipods.
CROSSBOWS are not considered archery in AZ, but can be used during the firearms season and H.A.M. season.
Season Dates for 2021:
Archery-Only Season: Jan. 1-21, 2021
Youth-Only Rifle Season: Jan. 22-Jan 31, 2021
Handgun, Archery, Crossbow, Muzzleloader Season: Feb. 5-14, 2021
General Rifle Season: Feb. 19-25, 2021
If you would like to book a hunt, contact us prior to early October so we can assist with licensing/tag procedures. 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 early October prior to the Jan-Feb season. If you missed the deadline, there are sometimes "leftover" tags that can be purchased by mail on a first-come, first-serve basis until they are sold out ("Leftover" tags for good areas are usually sold out by November). Contact us before October or as soon as possible if you are interested in a guided javelina hunt.
Hunting license fees: $37.00 (Resident) and $160.00 (NonRes). All draw applicants need to purchase a nonrefundable Arizona hunting license in order to apply.
Javelina Tag Fees: $38 (Res) and $115 (NonRes)
|Javelina Hunt Options||# Days||Rate|
|Javelina Hunt: 2 on 1||3*||$1,750.00/person|
|Javelina Hunt: 1 on 1||3*||$2,000.00/person|
|Archery deer/javelina combo (2 on 1)||5*||$3,000.00/person|
|Archery deer/javelina combo (1 on 1)||5*||$3,500.00/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 non-resident 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), complimentary meals, transportation in field while hunting only, a guide, packing out animal, and up to *3 days of hunting (depart camp about noon on last day of hunting).
Archery Deer/Javelina Combo: January archery deer hunters who hunt during the first 3 weeks of January, have the added bonus of hunting javelina while hunting Coues deer and/or mule deer. The archery deer tag is over the counter. The javelina tag is by draw in September and is optional with the archery deer hunt (we don't charge extra to add on javelina). Includes complimentary accommodations (tent camps), complimentary meals, transportation in field while hunting only, and a guide. The combo hunt is up to 5 days in duration.
Choose a "Hunter to Guide Ratio" of either 1-on-1 or 2-on-1. The 1 on 1 rate means one hunter per guide. The 2 on 1 rate means two hunters per guide. If choosing 2 on 1, you must bring the other hunter to share the guide with.
BOOKING INFO: The first step is to contact the outfitter to get on the list for a hunt. He will then assist you in applying for tags and licenses, which takes place in September through early October. Hunters will book the hunt by signing a contract and submitting a 50% non-refundable deposit immediately after tags are drawn. 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 contact us early!!! We usually only accomodate up to six 1-on-1 hunters in camp at a time, so book early.
Other Costs and Considerations that are the hunter's responsibility: Licenses and tags, rental car, butchering, shipping or transporting of your meat/hide/trophy to home, taxidermy, hotel stay before/after the hunt (if flying) are some other things to consider and are the hunter's responsibility. 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 or observer while on your guided javelina hunt for a fee of $750.00. Space is Limited. Based upon Availability.
Accommodations: Our complimentary accommodations are basic southwestern style outfitter tent camps which are often located many miles from civilization. Sleeping quarters are typically in deluxe outfitter tents, unless noted otherwise. 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! Tent camps are used because we stay in remote areas. The deluxe tents consist of either large outfitter Kodiak canvas or Alaknak tents. The size of our tents are tall and spacious inside; typically 10X10, 10X14, or 12x12 and stand 6.5-9 feet tall. The tents are equipped with heaters during the colder months. 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. Video of our typical camp.
View our javelina videos for more feel of our hunts.
Be sure you visit our general info page.
Javelina Hunt Photos
Doug with his giant boar javelina that he shot during rifle season (2020)
Mark from MO with his javelina that he shot at 320 yards (2020)
Tom with a nice javelina taken using his Defiance custom 6.5 caliber rifle (2020)
Dave from Montana shot this nice javelina with a custom 6.5 caliber rifle (2020)
Mike from California with a nice javelina during rifle season (2020)
Hunter L. made a great shot on this javelina at 275 yards (2020)
Dean shot this javelina at 200 yards during rifle season (2020)
Pete from Ohio with a big male javelina that he shot with his bow (Jan 2020)
Russ with a nice javelina that he shot at 280 yards using his .260 custom rifle (2019)
Justin with a javelina that he shot using a .270 at 150 yards (2019)
Vince shot this big javelina with his 6.5 Creedmoor (2019)
Vic shot this javelina at 25 yards with his bow and Rage Trypan broadheads (2019)
Eric made an excellent close-in stalk to 5 yards with his 10mm pistol! (2018)
Jason used his 25-06 to take this big old javelina boar (2018)
Steven with this tuff javelina that took several shots to put down (2018)
Guide Jon and hunter Dave with his javelina that he shot perfectly at 202 yards (2018)
Dave form IN used his pappy's gun to take this nice javelina at 240 yards (2018)
Mike from CA with his big Arizona javelina (2018)
Bob from Utah shot this big Arizona boar javelina with his 6.5 Creedmoor at 250 yards (2018)
Mark and guide Pat Feldt with a nice rifle season javelina
Brad with a big archery season javelina
Damin with his big javelina sow
Bill Reeves with his first bow hunt javelina
Guide Jake Lindsey with David and his archery javelina
Gerald from Kansas ended up shooting the largest javelina of the season!
This is 77 year-old Mike who shot this nice javelina at 208 yards using his muzzleloader.
Eleven year-old Gavin was able to shoot this sneaky javelina with one shot at 131 yards!
Joe shot this javelina using his bow and a Rage Hypodermic broadhead.
Tom and Pat with a big old javelina boar that Tom shot with a Rage Hypodermic.