California DFG Offers Wild Pig Hunting Clinic
The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) will offer a Wild Pig Hunting Clinic at the Tejon Ranch in southern Kern County on Aug. 2, 2008. The clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"This clinic offers great information on pig hunting," said Susan Herrgesell, Advanced Hunter Education Program Coordinator. "Tejon Ranch is a beautiful destination and the clinic is educational and fun for participants and instructors."
Cost of the clinic is $40, however registration is free to Pacific Coast Hunter Education Association members and other Certified Hunter Education Instructors in appreciation for their help in educating the next generation of California hunters. A barbecue lunch will be provided with a $10 donation.
Topics covered in the clinic are pig biology, hunting techniques and requirements, methods for locating wild pigs and methods of take. Instructors will also discuss field dressing, care of game and recipes.
In addition, instructors will discuss the new law prohibiting the use of lead bullets in condor habitat, which went into effect July 1. Gov. Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 821 in October 2007; the law is intended to reduce the potential of lead poisoning through legal hunting activity in California. In January 2008, prior to the passage of AB 821, Tejon Ranch banned the use of lead ammunition on its property. A variety of certified non-lead bullets are available. To obtain more information about this type of ammunition, visit www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/condor.
The clinic organizers will also hold a raffle including a grand prize of a pig hunt on Tejon Ranch. Raffle tickets can be purchased with cash or check. All proceeds from the clinic will go to the Pacific Coast Hunter Education Association and DFG's Advanced Hunter Education Program.
Tejon Ranch is located 30 miles south of Bakersfield and 60 miles north of Los Angeles. It spans more than 270,000 acres and is privately-owned. Use of this area is made possible through DFG's Private Lands Management Program, a partnership between the DFG and private land owners to offer opportunities for public access.
Interested individuals must submit a registration form and space is limited. For more information about the clinic and to obtain a copy of the registration form visit the DFG Web site at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced or call (530) 347-3980. The clinic is a partnership with the Pacific Coast Hunter Education Association, Tejon Ranch and DFG.