Stojan slipped into his stand around 2:00 pm for his evening hunt. The weather was a comfortable 60 degrees and overcast. An hour into his sit Stojan was daydreaming about Javelina and studying Texas bird life. His chair was posted to watch over a sendero and as Stojan slowly swung his gaze from East to West he saw three Javelina ghosting out of the Texas brush.
Stojan slinked from his chair and began the stalk. He moved quickly walking and later crawling. He cut the distance from 300 yards to 100 in the first five minutes The last 100 yards took most of an hour. By moving when the animals fed and freezing motionless when their heads were up he was able to get within their comfort zone.
But as quickly as the stalk had started it ended as the wind momentarily reversed and three Javelina disappeared back into the brush. Stojan returned to his stand exhausted and exhilerated. He sat back and began to replay the stalk in his mind but he was brought adruptly back to the moment when he heard the distinct sound of javelina grunts behind him. He slowly turned in time to see two dark forms moving throught the mesquite just a few yards behind him.
The javelina were moving toward the sendero and would emerge a short ten yards to his right. Stojan had a few seconds to turn his hips and his shoulders and raise his bow. As the first Javelina’s long snout was was emerging from the brush Stojan began to draw. The Javelina took two more steps and Stojan pulled deeply into his anchor point and the arrow was away.
It took the Javelina in the back of the ribcage angling foward into the chest and protruding 12 inches out of the far side. The Javelina roared then spun instinctively and then crashed back through the mesquite. It tracked a short circular path behind Stojan but quickly piled up under a cactus and Stojan heard the animal draw it’s final breath.
This was Stojans first hunt in the United States and his first Traditional bow kill. When he arrived back at camp he did a fine job of butchering his prize and a marvelous job sharing his story with his friends, new and old.