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Javelina Hunting History in Arizona

Javelina were not legally designated as big game animal in Arizona until 1929, when a season from November 1 through January 31 was authorized and a bag limit of one javelina a year was imposed. 

Hunter interest gradually increased, particularly among non-residents, and the javelina became an important game animal in Arizona after World War II. By 1950, hunters were purchasing nearly 10,000 javelina tags and taking more than 1,000 animals a year. 

In 1959, an archery javelina season was initiated, and by 1971 more than 30,000 hunters were harvesting more than 6,000 javelina a year. This pressure was deemed excessive in some game management units, and permit-only firearm hunting was instituted in 1972. To further curtail hunt pressure and better distribute hunters, permit-only HAM (handgun, archery, and muzzleloader) hunts were initiated in 1974, and archery hunting was limited to permit-only hunting in 1992. In 1999, 12,580 firearm permits, 7,760 HAM permits, and 9,220 archery permits were authorized, resulting in a harvest of 6,363 javelina.

Source - Arizona Game & Fish Department 


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