California Offers Joice Island Pig Hunt

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Drawing to be held for 2010 Joice Island Pig Hunting Permits. The application deadline is approaching for hunters who wish to enter the permit drawing for the Joice Island pig hunts. The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) will accept application cards through close of business Feb. 12 and the drawing will be held on Feb. 15.

A total of 24 two-day permits will be issued. DFG will be holding these limited-entry, permit-only hunts to control a small population of wild pigs on the Joice Island Unit of the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area in Solano County. Joice Island is a 2150-acre wetland area consisting of thick cattails, tules, some brush and standing water.

The first weekend of this hunting opportunity has been reserved for apprentice hunters. Two-day pig hunt permits will be issued by drawing only for the following weekends:

  • Apprentice Hunters Only (12 & over with Junior License) March 6-7
  • General (Adults or apprentice hunters may apply)
  • March 13-14
  • March 20-21
  • March 27-28
  • April 3-4
  • April 10-11
  • April 17-18
  • April 24-25

Three hunters will be drawn for each of the eight weekends, for a total of 24 hunters. Permits with maps and additional information will be mailed to successful applicants. A permit holder may bring one non-hunting partner. Hunters may use dogs for this hunt. Only shotguns using slugs and archery will be allowed for this hunt. In addition to a hunting license, hunters must possess a valid California pig tag.

To apply for a permit, send a standard postcard with the following information: Hunter's name (apprentice hunters must also provide name of adult chaperone), valid hunting license number, address, telephone number and hunt date. Mail the application card to: Joice Island Pig Hunt, 2548 Grizzly Island Road, Suisun, CA 94585. Each hunter may apply only one time and for only one date.

Applications will be accepted for parties of up to two hunters, but the card must contain all information for both hunters. Incomplete cards and multiple entries will not be accepted. There is no fee to apply.

DFG reserves the right to cancel this hunt and close the area to all public users without prior notification due to unforeseen circumstances or emergency situations. For more information, contact DFG at (707) 425-3828.