Javelina: Tailor Made for the Western Bowhunter

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  • Ty Nathan McEwen

    How, and can we eat these animals??

    • dialedinhunter

      Absolutely, man! Chorizo and breakfast sausage are some popular dishes for javies. Another one that is great is a braised back ham. Look up kimchi tacos recipe on the meateater website. I did that last year minus the kimchi, and it came out great. Made pulled javi tacos and BBQ sandwiches.

      • Ty Nathan McEwen

        Great advice on the recipies and links to find them. Could you go in depth about how to clean them after the shot, as I know with the scent gland it makes for a tricky clean.

        • dialedinhunter

          The best advice I can give you is to not touch the meat with anything that has touched the hide. If your knife touches the hide, then wipe it off before continuing. If your hands touch the hide, do not touch the meat with that hand. That is where rubber gloves come in handy. Having two people makes it a lot easier when taking care of these dudes. You can for sure do it with one, you just need to pay attention. I used to use 2 knives. One for skinning and one for quartering. Now, I just use one. If you run a replaceable knife, you could switch blades out for the two tasks.

          Absolutely do not hit that pimple on their backs with your knife and try to stay away from it all together. It comes off with the hide, but be carefully as you are skinning to not hit it. If any of the above mentioned is not done correctly, there is a chance that the meat will taste how the javi smells. Not good, hahaha. That is where the big misconception comes about the meat. The same happens with bears, but in their case, people don’t trim off enough fat from their meat.

  • Anthony Martorana

    Awesome article. I’ve been going to AZ for the last two years to hunt. The first was mule deer and javelina and the second was elk. I got lucky a drew a decent elk tag and was successful. But let me tell you what. Spot and stalk javelina was the funniest thing I’ve hunted. After missing three times in the morning because those little suckers are quick I was successful in the afternoon. Just hope I’m lucky enough to draw a tag for this January.

    • dialedinhunter

      Hahahahaha!! Those little suckers are tough! Their small stature makes it so difficult to see them through the brush and yes, they are QUICK! First archery javi hunt I went on, I missed 8 times!!! That’s awesome about your elk! Nice bull? Thanks for reading!

      • Anthony Martorana

        I was lucky enough to take him on opening day with my rifle. I wish it was with my bow. Now I’m back to playing the point game hopefully to draw again.

        • dialedinhunter

          Heck of a bull!! That is awesome! Hopefully, you can draw again soon! I’m still waiting for an AZ tag! I have 6 points now, so hopefully I draw next year! Congrats on your bull!