Many javelina hunters are bringing home the bacon
KINGMAN - For many javelina hunters in Mohave County, it was either feast or famine when it came to finding and bagging one of the "Grey Ghosts of the Desert" last weekend at the opening of general javelina season.
Gary Siegfried advised there were eight hunters in their camp in Unit 18A and that six hunters got a pig.
Ron Fanire said he hunted in Unit 16A but never saw any pigs, while Dave Ballard filled his second pig tag of 2015 with a large sow javelina that he got in Unit 16A.
Ballard said that he actually walked up on a herd of six pigs that were all sleeping in and around a juniper tree. He took his pig with a Remington AR-15 at 40 yards.
Greg Holden and his son, Devlin, took a pair of porkers in Unit 18B. Holden said he used a varmint call to bring in the herd that produced his pig.
This is the second pig of 2015 for Greg, who bagged a pig in the same unit with his bow in January.
The Chan family continues to have the top pick of javelina in Unit 18B. Jay Chan, showing no adverse effects from a heart attack in January, bagged a large pig Saturday morning that weighed 40 pounds and 15 ounces.
His brother, Alan, also took his second javelina of 2015 at the same time. Jay's oldest son, Michael, flew in from Minnesota late Saturday night and was in pig camp in 18B early on Sunday morning.
The entire Chan family - Jay, Alan and Ryan - went out with Michael on his hunt. In less than three hours, Ryan had located a small herd of pigs and Michael bagged a large sow that weighed 42 pounds and 6 ounces, field dressed.
He currently leads the Arizona Wildlife Outfitters Big Pig contest. Michael's brother, Ryan, is in second place with a pig that weighed 41 pounds and 6 ounces, while Jay is in third place.
Michael took the pig at 108 yards with his custom AR-15.
The Chans were in a camp that had eight tags. Four of them were filled.
The season for the general rifle hunt will close on Thursday.