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Deer hunting San Diego

Tips for finding deer in san diego. im a new deer hunter and im trying to find a place to hunt near san diego. I've heard that laguna MT. and palomar mountain are good spots. dose anybody else have any tips for a complete newbie.

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Welcome to the site

Welcome to the site Baconman.  A pig hunter, by chance??? :wink:  I have been hunting San Diego for the last 15 years or so.  Not tremendously succesful, but still, I know the area quite well.

First of all, what kind of weapon would you be hunting with?  That makes a difference.  Laguna has a good number of deer, and also, a very large number of hunters.  One of the reasons is that it's ARCHERY ONLY.  You can get just outside the bondary, and you are still in National Forest land and can hunt with a rifle, but the prime areas are off limits to guns.  I know guys that take their 2 deer off there every year.

For rifle hunting, there is alot of land out there.  Get a map of the Cleveland national forest.  From the northern end of the county, all the way to the Mexican border, there is publice land that holds deer.  Most of your spots will be busy if you stick to the main road, it's just a fact of life trying to hunt so close to 3 million people in the greater San Diego area.  Palomar is good, but popular.  I have been up there a few times already this fall, and will hit it one more time next month.  Also, check out Eagle Peak and Boulder Creek Rds from julian area, south.  Also some areas out near Pine Valley.

Best of luck to you.  Don't know if you have an A-22 tag or not, but that's really the only deer season left.  If you need any advice check back in with me close to the June 2nd drawing next summer.  Until then, hang around and check out the forums.  Lots of good info to go around.

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Yes I am a pig hunter, but I

Yes I am a pig hunter, but I would like to change over to deer because venison is so good. I'll primarily be using a slug gun with iron sights, so I can't hunt laguna unless I buy a bow. Would it be best if i try to apply for a G-13 tag and carry that with a normal tag. I'm mainly a meat hunter and I have not ever hunted in the San Diego area, because I usually hunt in the Bakersfield area. I would like to know where to get into a good spot, where i would have a little chance of bagging a deer.

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I have 2 other questions. 1st

I have 2 other questions. 1st is is Big Laguna lake in the Laguna mountain area with only bow hunting, and can i even hunt there. Okay I lost the other question.

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What do you know for good pig

What do you know for good pig spots? I have never shot a pig, so maybe we could trade guide services.... Wink

Yes, Laguna Lake is in the archery only area.  Here is the best map I have found showing all the rec area and it's boundaries.

http://lmva.org/trails/map.htm

 

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