California DFG Offers Wild Pig Hunt on Bobcat Ranch

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The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) will conduct a permit-only wild pig hunt on Bobcat Ranch in May. This hunting opportunity - under the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Program - will give 56 wild pig hunters access to the private property during two archery periods, two apprentice periods and four general method periods.

The SHARE Program is a voluntary landowner incentive program. Participating landowners receive liability protection and may receive compensation for providing public access to or through their land for wildlife-dependent recreational activities. The goal of the SHARE Program is to provide hunting, fishing and other recreational access on private lands in California that would not be available otherwise.

The Bobcat Ranch is located in Yolo County's Vaca Mountain foothills, west of Winters. Hunting under the SHARE Program will help achieve the ranch's long-term conservation management objectives, which include controlling the wild pig population.

Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on April 5, 2011. More information and applications are available on DFG's SHARE Program website at:


Wild Hog Hunting

Wild Hogs can be hunted in California 365 day a year, from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.  No bag limits or daily limits - harvest all you want!

However, a completed (with your name, address, etc) "pig tag" must be in your possession while hunting (each hunter in the party must have at least one).  You need to have 1 tag for every pig in the back of your truck at the end of the day. For CA residents, tags are just under $20 each.

It's just another way for the State to raise money... wild hogs are not indigenous to CA, breed exponentially, are destructive of the native habitats and are voracious eaters (destroying food plots for the native species of turkeys, deer, elk & bears).

I heard next year they're going to make residents buy mouse tags ion order to trap mice in your own home!

arrowflipper's picture

win - win

This looks like a win, win for both the hunters and the private land owners.  I know that California has an exploding pig population and lots of landowners would like to at least control them, if not get rid of them.

I am wondering how the DFW got involved with private land owners?  And it doesn't look like the land owners are just "giving" these hunts away.  They reserve the right to charge for trespass fees, etc.  It's kind of like having the state control a private hunt for you, you get the money and the state administers it.  I don't know if there is a season on hogs in California???  Is there a license and tag requirement?

I have a friend that lives in Northern California that has access to a grundle of land that has a sizable population of the old Russian boars.  He has invited me on numerous occasions to come down and hunt.  All I would need to provide is out of state license, lodging and some meals.  He will take me out and guide me.  I guess I had better look more closely into this hunt.  My friend said there are some bruisers on the place but he wouldn't guarantee we would see any of them.

I have always wanted to take a big old Russian boar.  I don't know how they would eat or what kind of a mount I would do, (if I did one at all) but it might be a fun hunt.  Does anyone know what kinds of mounts are done on boars?  Maybe just a European mount with those tusks sticking up?

I guess this is something I need to look into.  How can I go wrong?

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Care to hook me up with your

Care to hook me up with your buddy?????? Wink

hunter25's picture

Sounds like a good program. I

Sounds like a good program. I know California has a huge population of wild pigs but I read on the website a few years back that 95% are taken on private lands. I was considering going there on a DIY hunt but that pretty much put an end to it. I also looked at guided hunts but most of the prices I saw were very high and Texas is closer anyway. At least north Texas as the southern part makes it almost double.

You can find pretty good Texas hunts with food and lodging for under 500 for 3 days. I couldn't find anything in California for even close to that.

I hope programs like this open up more lands and make it more affordable for people to give hog hunting a try.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

California has these quite

California has these quite often, on alot of their properties.

They have some pheasant hunts near me, for juniors, women, and families.  It's quite a neat program, along with the aprentice programs.

The problem is, the pig hunts are always too far north.  But, I guess if it doesn't cost too much, it might be worth the drive.

I will have to look into this.  It's about an 8 hour drive, so I am not sure. 

But heck, if I got drawn, I wouldn't have to pay the $500-$1000 like it costs to hunt other properties for pigs.

jaybe's picture

Ha, ha. I laughed when I saw

Ha, ha. I laughed when I saw the title of this. I thought, "Well, they could be offering a bobcat hunt on a Pig Ranch."

This sounds like a good idea, especially since they are offering some of the tags to different people during different times. I like the idea of the apprentice hunts, which, I assume, means young hunters just getting started.

I have no idea where this area is, but "Vaca Mountain foothills" sounds like a great place to pursue wild game. This is a great way to try to control the wild pig population, and I applaude Californina for coming up with a creative way to get after these pests.