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HAM javelina hunts start on Friday

This is an adult javelina, the second most-hunted big game animal in Arizona. This year Arizona Game and Fish issued more than 5,000 tags for handgun, archery and muzzleloader hunts in Arizona. (DAVID and PEGGY BALLARD/Courtesy)

This is an adult javelina, the second most-hunted big game animal in Arizona. This year Arizona Game and Fish issued more than 5,000 tags for handgun, archery and muzzleloader hunts in Arizona. (DAVID and PEGGY BALLARD/Courtesy)

KINGMAN - The 2015 HAM (Handgun, Archery, Muzzleloader) javelina hunts will start statewide on Friday, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department regulations.

There have been 5,400 HAM tags issued statewide for the second most-hunted animal big game animal in the state.

Locally there are 100 tags in Unit 16A, 75 in Units 10 and 18A, 100 in Units 17A and 17B, and 250 tags for Unit 18B.

Hunters can utilize centerfire handguns, muzzleloading rifles, muzzleloading handguns, crossbows and bows and arrows on these hunts.

With all of the recent rain in and around Mohave County, the javelina will be scattered and not closely tied to permanent water sources.

The best way to locate javelina is to use binoculars and/or spotting scopes.

Javelinas live and die within a square mile and if hunters find a group, the herd boundaries can be identified by natural features such as canyons and mountains.

Javelinas have poor eyesight, but have good hearing and an exceptional sense of smell.

Most successful hunters will try to get downwind of a feeding herd before starting a stalk.

Adult javelina will weigh (field dressed) from 32 to 44 pounds and are good eating if properly handled.

Pigs should be skinned and the carcass washed out as soon as possible, and care should be taken to avoid contact with the scent gland that is located on the back of the pigs.

This gland emits an oil-based liquid that smells like a skunk. This scent is used by javelina to keep track of members in the herd.

Do not touch or rub the hair on the back of javelina. The gland comes off with the hide when the javelina is skinned.

The HAM hunt will close on Feb. 16.

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