California Offers Pig Hunt on Joice Island

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The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) will hold a limited-entry, permit-only pig hunt to control a small population of wild pigs on the Joice Island Unit of Grizzly Island Wildlife Area in Solano County. Joice Island is a 2,150-acre wetland area consisting of thick cattails, tules, some brush and standing water. DFG has reserved the first weekend of this hunting opportunity for junior hunters. Two-day pig hunt permits will be issued by drawing only for the following weekends:

Junior Hunters (12 and over with a Junior License):

  • March 3-4, 2007

General (Adults or Juniors may apply):

  • March 10-11, 2007
  • March 17
  • March 24-25
  • March 31-April 1
  • April 7-8
  • April 14-15
  • April 21-22

Three hunters will be drawn for each of the eight weekends, for a total of 24 hunters. DFG will hold the drawing for the 24 two-day permits on Feb. 15, 2007. 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 the hunt. Note: Only shotguns using slugs will be allowed for this hunt.

To apply for permit, send a standard postcard with the following information:

  • Hunter Name (Junior hunters must also provide name of adult chaperone)
  • Valid hunting license number
  • Address
  • City, State, Zip
  • Telephone number
  • Hunt date

Mail Application Card To:

  • Joice Island Pig Hunt
  • 2548 Grizzly Island Road
  • Suisun, CA 94585

Applicants should choose only one hunt date. DFG must receive application cards by close of business, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007. 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.