Does Calling Javelina Really Work?
13 Feb 2006
AP, I just wanted to share my recent success with you. I've been trying
unsuccessfully to locate and kill a javelina since 2000. I've always come up
blank on public land in New Mexico. A couple years ago my
hunting buddy found your website and shared it with me. I liked what I saw and
ordered your call. I hadn't had the chance to use it until this year, the
first we actually found javelina in a huntable location. Last Saturday we
drove to a new area and found some encouraging sign, so we decided to hunt
there. We saw some javelina cross in front of us and after a short stalk
I used the javelina call to call in a pair and take this nice boar.
Unfortunately, I had a "javelina fever" and took the first shot
presented, the head. Obviously, this ruined the skull as a trophy and prevented
me from measuring it. I understand now that this is a pretty good sized javelina,
so you can understand that I regret not collecting a trophy of some kind (my
wife probably would have killed me had I gotten a shoulder mount!). I kept him
whole and plan to pit barbecue him in the near future. I'll forward my success
(or not) of that endeavor at a later date. Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks
for the tips and for producing a fine call. As a dedicated coyote caller, it was
a great experience to call in and take a javelina. I hope to repeat this
performance next year, hopefully with a bow. It was fun enough that I'm even
considering a hunt in Arizona or Texas in the future.
This is my second year to use the J-13 Javelina
hunting in South Texas. Last year I was anxious to give it a try. After arrowing
a Javelina out of a herd of about seven, I immediately began blowing on theJ-13 hoping to get a shot for my buddy that made the stalk with me.
Date: 16 Jan 2006
I need to tell you about an experience with the J-13 call. I was hunting whitetail in unit 21 with a friend of mine, we weren't seeing any deer and we started looking for anything that looked alive. My buddy was glassing a canyon and at exactly 778 yards he spotted a group of Javelina. I had my J-13 call in my pack and i asked Mark if he wanted to see something really cool? He said sure! I said that this call would call those pigs in from that far out--he said no way, I'll put 50 bucks on it--i took the bet and it was a good thing i did too. I started a series of squawks that sounded similar to what the demo sounds like on the website. The pigs turned directly at us and started the long run up the face of the canyon, all the while mark was saying "i can't freaking believe this!" Long story short, i called the big lead bore to with -in 8 feet of Marks boots and when he smelled us i started calling again and the second boar came to with-in inches of Mark''s boots!! Big fun, a ! non-believer believes, and i have $50.00 bucks to spend! Mark asked me to buy one of the calls and i did yesterday for him off of your easy to order website form.
I know we shouldn't educate an animal but i don't really think they knew what was what when they turned and trotted off, in fact, they stopped at 65 yards and just started to feed again.
Just to let you know how i knew how far it was--i own a pair of Lieca 10x42 rang finder's and they are very accurate!!
let me tell ya, if you don't have a J-13 your missing out!!
Thanks for a quality call!!
I'm afraid I must complain that I am quite dissatisfied with
I purchased the J-13 javelina call for use on a hunt my wife and I had planned
in Arizona. My disappointment stems from the fact that due to your call our hunt
ended far too quickly. My wife had never hunted big game before and was not yet
very proficient with her .222 so I thought a call might present her with an
easier shot. We spent a couple of weekends scouting and found an area with an
active herd. Opening day we set up camp and looked forward to a leisurely
hunting and camping trip in the beautiful spring weather we enjoy here in
Arizona. We drove to the area we planned to hunt and began a slow still hunt
into the wind. After about 30 minutes we came to the convergence of two deep,
mesquite filled washes. We couldn't proceed without making a lot of noise and we
had a good view of the hillsides surrounding us so I thought this would be a
good time to try out the J-13. We sat down a few feet from the edge of the wash
and I began calling. I blew for about 15 seconds and the
call was far too loud for me to hear the herd of javelina charging up the side
of the wash in front of us. By the time I saw the first huge boar it was
too late to do anything but rear back and kick him in the snout to prevent him
from running right over me. Five or six other pigs followed and they all
stopped!, completely surrounding us. Now
I do recall reading in the instructions that before beginning to call one should
have his weapon ready and be prepared for action. Well, I guess I assumed this
was just sales hype because we were far from ready for this assault. I
was frantically tearing at the holster of my .357 looking for all the world like
Barney Fife trying to get his single bullet out of his pocket. I was finally
able to get unholstered and downed the big boar. At that the pigs scattered and
I was able to turn my attention to my wife who looked like she was about to have
a heart attack. I had not trusted her to have a cartridge in the chamber and she
My friend Richard Trejo and I chased some pigs for a couple of hours, we just couldn't close the distance so we decided to call them in. Took this Javelina in unit 36a, using a J-13 Javelina call. We brought the pig to 15 yards from 150 yards, pig was quartering towards me so I drilled him on his front shoulder with PSE Thunderbolt with 100 grain shockwave broadhead and PSE carbon arrows, pig didn't go 10 yards! Dressed out to 55-60lbs. Thank you,
I have to say thank you for this website once again. Last year I sent you
a note about our trip after we checked out your site. At the end I
mentioned that I was ordering some of your J-13 calls to use on our next
javelina hunting trip.
I really enjoy visiting your site. This past year (February
2003) my hunting partners and I purchased two of the J-13 calls after reading
about them here. In the course of
5 days I called in probably 25 different Javelina. Everyone in my party
got a shot or shots at Javelina, with 3 out of 5 tags being filled! The calls to
put it simply, are amazing!!!
1/30/03 I had purchased your J-13 Deluxe call two weeks before our hunt and listened to the calling instructions that you have on the internet. I had never before hunted javelina and found the information on your website very helpful. By following your instructions, I successfully called four javelina and one coyote. In addition to this trip being my first javelina hunt, it was also my first bow hunt. I harvested two javelina on the trip (the limit in Texas) and am convinced that I would not have had this success without your product and information.
Thanks for your help!
Thanks allot everyone at Javelinahunter.com I hope to send you a good picture this year. I must say I was a little skeptical about the call at first, until I saw it with my own eyes! It was kind of like someone yelled charge. We had 11 of 34 pigs come running in like a freight train! I was along for the hunt with my buddy who I think filled his jeans, if you know what I mean!
I want to thank you for an outstanding website. My son and I read every page from start to finish. We have hunted Javelina with a bow on and off for several years. We would occasionally see them but would rarely get a chance for a shot. This year after reading about calling, and all the other tips you offer, We saw the most Javelina that we have ever seen. We had more shot opportunities than ever. Although we didn't take a pig (the wind was tough on our bow shooting ability) we had the best season ever. Our calling experience... We found a feeding area that was so fresh the cactus and the scat was still moist! Not heeding your advice of having an arrow nocked, I called on a predator call I had with me trying to imitate the sounds on your website. To our surprise 6 pigs came charging up the hill right at us stopping at about 15 yards when they hit our scent. If we had been ready we would have had easy shots. I'm sure if I had used YOUR call it would have been much better. I had to really bend the sounds to get the predator call to sound like your recording. Although I didn't have time to order your call before we went but I am sending you an order for 3 calls when I finish this message. Thanks again for the GREAT website!
Mr. Jones: Just wanted to let you know that I will never go javelina hunting without my J13 Deluxe! My first javelina hunt took place in January's archery season, east of Tucson. My first encounter was with four pigs that were on to me and already moving out. They were about 80 yards away when I started calling. They did a u-turn and charged me. At about 30 yards, they caught on to my amateur calling and gave me the slip. The second encounter - I stalked to within 35 yards of a javelina. I put my 20 yard pin on his vitals and missed low. I ranged it afterwards at...yes...35 yards. I immediately hit the call and three came back with a vengence. I couldn't get a clear shot through the brush. My third and final encounter came when I ran into a group heading my way. They were instantly on to me. They slipped out of sight. I hit the J13, and BAM, the two largest were back at 10 feet, and fired up! Again, the brush was thick and I couldn't make a clean shot. All in all, the J13 Deluxe worked extremely well three out of three times. Unbelievable! If it weren't for my inexperience at bowhunting, I would be eating desert pork tonight. Thanks for the great product. I am anxiously waiting for next season.
getting that replacement reed to me so quick. Remember, I am the one who had my
5 year old hunting partner try to blow it with a mouth full of peanut butter or
something and clogged it up. Well, this thing worked pretty well. Last week I
was out in the AZ desert looking for some pigs and on the second day I came
across a nice boar while still hunting the flats. I fired a shot from the long
bow and missed just low. I thought I would give the call a try when I spotted
the rest of the herd about 20-30 yards away. the
reaction from these pigs was instantaneous. They charged me before the first
note was completed. I actually had to jumped out of the way to avoid getting run
over. they were coming from every direction. I kept blowing and they kept
coming. Eveytime I blew it more would come. Well I must of gotten a
little frazzled from all the charging because pretty soon I was out of arrows.
They were all laying at my feet. It
seemed every time I was knocking one I would get charged and fumble the arrow
away. I finally picked one up off the ground, got it knocked and put a
cedar arrow thru the heart of a nice sow at 15 feet. Hunt over. Blood pressure
up. I think the size of the heard (at least 30 and maybe up to 50. I know this
because we went back a couple days later to successfully harvest another for a
friend) and the number of piglets probably had something to do with the aggressiveness
of the herd. Thank you again for the prompt service and the excellent product.
I just wanted to say thanks for the outstanding javelina call. I got into a bunch of pigs a few days ago, and they were running all over the place for about 45 minutes without giving a clear shot. I didn't even try the call. That night I read a bunch of testimonials on your web sight and went out this morning to try to call more aggressively. Overall, they charged right at me several times to within 10 yards. If they didn't respond directly to it, they would at least move around a little, which helped me find them again when I lost them on a hillside. anyway, I finally got a shot and scored my first javelina. Thanks! -
J-13 Is awesome. I have hunted archery Javelina for 18 years not
filling a tag out maybe 2-5 times all from units 22,23,& 24b. I tried elec.
tapes in the past and had no luck. I just purchased the J-13 before this 03'
hunt. Today 1-1-03 I spotted a half dozen pigs at day break maybe 1 mile away.
Finally getting to 1 ridge from the herd we see another hunter stalk and hit one
and bust up the herd. (Go figure). Then a second guy with him appears he stalks
the moved herd but misses. (We video taped him missing) Turns out the pigs ended
up coming down and crossing the wash came up & over our hill (5) now. We
lost them in the thick brush. They were not spooked from us at least. Well
I blew on the call and found them they all came woofing. Total instant response.
All 5 walked w/in 15 yds. from me I drew on them and did not shoot. Instead I
waved to Paul to hurry up and come down the hill. He crashed down to me in
seconds they were still woofing heading down hill. As he approached, I
called again and instantly one pissed came right in he drilled one at 10 feet
then I blew again and knocked an arrow, but they came over or thru the brush so
fast I shot at one at 10-15 feet and completely missed. Today is a day we will
never forget using this call. In the end Paul filled his tag it went down
50 yds away. I missed twice today. My wife to be Angela witnessed me calling
with success and watched over us with binocs all morning. Thanks Ange for the
patience. It all happened so fast we did not video tape it. As for the other
hunter Ange says they began talking very loud and whistling? As if on purpose.
(Probably pissed when they heard all those screaming pigs). He did not find his
pig he left the area. We spotted them glassing/hunting again hours later.
Atleast Paul was blown away with what happened today.
I will never go pig hunting without it again.
Larry Morgan Jr, Archery Javelina. Hunt Unit 37A, Arizona. Sow field dressed @ 28lbs (click on picture to enlarge)
Your site is the reason I got this wonderful animal yesterday! Great site and thank you for another great hunting memory . I called the rest of the herd in 3-times! What a rush! (harvested on 01-19-02 in unit 24b in Arizona)
Wow, it should be against the law to hunt with a J-13 call. After doing a cold call Friday evening, a male came over a ridge about 80yds away, closing the distance so fast. It was mind blowing, and even a little freaky. What a nice pig for my first Javelina hunt. I'll send pic and hunting details.
We are thinking of going back on Friday for a few days to take
advantage of hunting some property we had the pleasure of meeting the very nice
owners of. They are complaining of the little bugers making a mess of their corn
field. There is allot of sign around their place. We got a brief look at it the
first time out a few weeks ago.
I just wanted to say thanks for producing such a great call. I went on my first javelina hunt down on the San Carlos Reservation during the last weekend of their rifle hunt season. I am from the state of Washington and we spent 3 great days in the desert. On the last evening about 45 minutes before dark I was working up a wash and spotted some javelina moving towards me. The wind was swirling a two of the pigs caught my scent and up and out of the bowl they went. I hit the J-13 call with three quick calls and they kept running but I caught movement coming towards me from my right. A nice boar was coming to the call whoofing and a snapping. I side stepped to get the wind in my favor and he came around a bush at 20 yards all puffed up and a whoofing. I well placed arrow and I had my first Javelina. I wouldn't hunt for Javelina without your call. Thanks again for helping me take my first and hopefully not my last javelina. I will try to forward a picture to you soon.
Moses Lake, WA
I used it (the J-13) twice in three days and both times I had Javelina turn on a dime and head straight for the call! behind a catclaw bush, then worked his way down wind just in time to catch my arrow at about 15 yds. He came back towards me and expired at about 10 paces to my left. If it wasn't for the J-13 call I think my first shot that missed would have been game over for me and the day. Shot my Javelina at 10:30am...... Thank you,
Hello could you please tell me the price of your J-13 caller and e-mail me back with your order line phone number. Because of your callers I was about to get my first pig in San Carlos, Arizona. Would like to order my own. Thanks
Hi AP,Got my pig yesterday. Just a medium sized female... Called them in with your call. One nice boar came in first, but couldn't get a shot at him. I had a pretty good hunt. Stalked some nice coues and called in several herds of pigs...
Read Amanda's Hunt Story -Its Outstanding -AP Jones
Richard English & Jim Lipowski, 2002, San Carlos Indian Reservation, Arizona
Nice letter and great picture even though they didn't use the J-13...It's better to have a call and not need it, then need it, and not have it...hey, but they liked the pamphlet!
Well we made it back considering our quarry. At 10.30 am one morning 2 of our hunters located pigs in a cactus patch. Upon checking wind the pursuit was on!. within 20 yards they could here the crunching mouths at work. The little buggers were intermingled inside the patch! Time seemed to stop. After what seemed an eternity they gave their signals for clear shots! Crack!! cactus and rocks absorbing the impact of high speed carbons!! At least 10 little piggys running nuts not sure of what happened? For that matter 2 hunters not sure what happened? Hunter grabs his J-13 call and piggys are in a frantic. Hunters not ready!! Piggys crisscrossing everywhere!! Piggys leave!!! hunters fuzzy and laughing!! Good Hunt! Piggys fine.Broadhead needs Burial. 5:30 Pm Other two hunters spot 2 large ones and 2 small ones. Top of large mountain. Choose pursuit with limited time. Run to top of mountain with lungs on fire! Other hunter motions that pigs were leaving area. Ron tells hunter to get ready .3 quick blasts on j-13 call and pigs stop and look back. Continuing the sequence the pigs are about face and hauling bacon to us. Hunter has bow ready and drawing back! Click !clack! Arrow off rest!! Little Piggys continue strong advances!! Archer in trouble!! piggy at 20 yards and running straight at him!!! Arrow leaves bow High and piggy in hot pursuit of Archer!! Archer uses bow to defend against attack!!! Cam wheel in piggys mouth and hunter telling piggy to get out of there!!! Piggy leaves! Ron hollering shoot it and is still calling in hopes of shot. Same little piggy obeys Ron's wishes. Head on straight to Ron. Ron seeing what happened to other hunter chooses to spit call out of mouth and stand up. Pig stops at 23 yards head on. Piggy does not like what it sees. Piggy turns to run and Ron shoots. Smack!! Piggy hit low and back. Cedar shaft in two peices. Ron running after piggy to see where it was going. Other hunters were glassing the whole advent. Saw Ron running after piggy and radio to Ron that they confirmed last siteing. Chose to pursue in morning due to knowledge of impact. Tracked following morning until blood ran out and could tell by blood sign that it was a meat hit. What a Hunt!!!. Our group has lots of bowhunting experience with a kill ratio of better than 60 percent on deer Elk and Bear in any given year. Javelina with a call and bow are indeed a worthwhile effort. Thanks AP Jones for such a great web site and a great call. We didnt see any more pigs that week but that one day was special. Successful big game hunters lost notches that day due to the little gray ghost that inhabit the beautiful Arizona desert. Were we successful? you bet!!! we didnt bring home ham, but we brought home a wealth of knowledge and a hope to some day reastablish our notches. The people in and around Safford are first rate. God Bless !! !! May the spirit that moves in all things continue to touch our hearts !!
Ron in Colorado
Cool letter, fun hunt- AP
My brother, Pop, and I came onto our first javelina North of Lordsburg. They disappeared and I let out a couple of calls with the J-13. While calling I positioned myself into a small clearing. Low and behold I saw the raised back hair of a boar over the top of an arroyo. He came out of the arroyo and was trotting right at me with the wind in my face. I didn?t want to take a breast shot so I waited. He stopped behind a bush broadside where I could see him. When he took two steps into the clearing, I fired my .357 and Whammo, my first javelina! Nothing is more exciting or fulfilling than calling in a javelina within 10 yds. The J-13 made me a believer and I look forward to using it in the future!
From one AP to another, your website is awesome! It is the most informative website on javelina I have found on the internet. Your insight and advice provided me with hours of research. Keep up the great work!
Anthony Perez Rio Rancho, NM
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