All-Pro Javelina: Bowhunting Javelina with Justin Tuck

Posted: 06/11/2012 in Archery, Hunting, Hunts

All-Pro Javelina: Bowhunting Javelina with Justin Tuck.

by Mike Carney • May 24, 2012

The Javelina Fun Bunch TV Crew: Outfitter Jarred Peeples, Justin Tuck, Mike Carney, Larry Jones, Danny Farris, Curt Wells, Mike Mattly, Terry Rohm and videographer Ross Farro.

As New York Giant All-Pro defensive end Justin Tuck lined up the shot, I confirmed the yardage: “It’s 35 yards,” I whispered. “No wait, 40.”

We had just hastily closed the distance after spotting the group of javelina feeding in a sendero some 150 yards away, and it was now or never as the largest peccary in the group nervously eyeballed the ominous figure taking aim in his direction. As the cameraman rolled video behind us, it occurred to me, and nearly made me laugh out loud, that one of the most accomplished athletes in all of professional sports was having the time of his life chasing bristle pigs through the South Texas brush country.

The introduction came months earlier when one of Justin’s agents called on his behalf with an equipment inquiry. I provided some gear guidance and then asked if Tuck would like to join the Bowhunter TV crew on an upcoming trip to hunt javelina in South Texas. “What’s a javelina?” was the response. A couple conversations and a few months later, and we were picking Justin up at the San Antonio airport. Joining us were Associate Publisher Danny Farris, Editor Curt Wells, cameraman and ace caller Larry Jones, plus Terry Rohm from Tink’s and Mike Mattly from Knight & Hale Game Calls.

Due to his day job, Justin isn’t afforded many opportunities to pursue the glamour species of fall like elk, caribou, mule deer, whitetails, goats, and others. The best fall outcome Tuck can hope for is a few days chasing deer in New York and New Jersey, or the rare bye-week schedule when it lines up perfectly with other open seasons.

Growing up in rural Alabama, Tuck was exposed to hunting early in life, but came to bowhunting late, after his days at Notre Dame. In spite of limited time afield each fall, he has piled up an impressive list of experiences including huge deer, bears, hogs, turkeys and numerous African species, including two Cape buffalo. Tuck genuinely loves archery, preferring it to all other types of hunting, and it shows in his shooting.

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