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SHARE Wild Pig Hunts Offered in Southern California

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting applications for upcoming wild pig hunts. The hunts will be held on Tejon Ranch and Baeke Ranch in Southern California. The hunts are offered through CDFW’s Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program.

Tejon Ranch, in Kern County is offering semi-guided wild pig hunts on June 27-29 and October 24-26. Located 60 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Bakersfield, hunters will have access to approximately 100,000 acres of the ranch for these hunts. Five SHARE Access Permits (good for two hunters each) will be randomly drawn for each hunt period. Tejon Ranch’s semi-guided pig hunt is a two-and-a-half day group hunt that includes two nights lodging, meals and a guide who will direct hunters and provide tips on how to have a successful hunt. Hunters are limited to one pig tag each during this hunt.

For the first time, Baeke Ranch in Santa Barbara County will offer two wild pig hunts on June 24-26 and July 15-17. Overlooking the Santa Ynez Valley just northwest of Solvang, Baeke Ranch is located in Ballard Canyon Ranches, locally known as “Hog Valley.” The property is approximately 20 acres surrounded by open space and is a maze of game trails consisting of chaparral scrub and coyote brush with oak and pine cover. One SHARE Access Permit (good for two hunters) will be randomly drawn for each period.

Hunters with a valid California hunting license may apply online through CDFW’s website. A $10.25 non-refundable application fee (plus any applicable license agent handling fees) will be charged for each hunt choice. Applicants may apply for multiple hunt periods but only once per period. To apply for these hunts, please see www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/online-sales.

SHARE offers incentives to private landowners who allow wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities on their property. 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 SHARE is to provide additional hunting, fishing and other recreational access on private lands in California. For more information about these hunts or SHARE, please see www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.

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Media Contacts:
Victoria Barr, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-4034
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 564-4170

CDFW Offers Pig Hunting Opportunities at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will be holding limited-entry, permit-only hunts to control a small population of wild pigs in Solano County. The hunts will be held the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area on the Joice Island Unit, a 2,150-acre wetland area consisting of thick cattails, tules, some brush and standing water.

A total of 24 two-day permits will be issued over the span of eight weekends. The first weekend, March 5-6, is an apprentice hunt for junior license holders only. Junior license holders must be at least 12 years old to participate in this hunt.

The following seven weekends – March 12-13, March 19-20, March 26-27, April 2-3, April 9-10, April 16-17 and April 23-24 – are general hunts, for which both adults and juniors may apply.

Three hunters will be drawn for each weekend. Permit holders may bring one non-hunting partner, and must purchase a California pig tag prior to the hunt. Please note, dogs and bicycles will not be allowed on the property, and hunters may only use shotguns with slugs or archery equipment.

Please note that as of July 1, 2015, nonlead ammunition is required when hunting on all state wildlife areas and ecological reserves. Please plan accordingly. For more information please see the CDFW nonlead ammunition webpage.

All applicants must have a valid California hunting or junior hunting license. Applications must be received by close of business on Monday, Feb. 8. The drawing will be held on Feb. 11.

To apply for a permit, please mail a standard-size postcard to:

Grizzly Island Wildlife Area
Joice Island Pig Hunt
2548 Grizzly Island Road
Suisun City, CA  94585

Applicants must include the following information:

  • Hunter’s name (applicants for the apprentice hunt must also include the name of an adult chaperone)
  • Hunting license number
  • Mailing address and phone number
  • Desired hunt date

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. Successful applicants will receive their permit, a map and additional information in the mail.

CDFW reserves the right to cancel this hunt and close the area to all public users without prior notification in the event of unforeseen circumstances, dangerous conditions or emergency situations.

For more information, please contact CDFW at (707) 425-3828.

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Media Contacts:
Patrick Graham, CDFW Grizzly Island Wildlife Area, (707) 425-3828

Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

2015 Big Game Digest Now Available Online

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has posted the 2015 Big Game Digest to its website. The 64-page document can be downloaded online for free at www.dfg.ca.gov/publications/digest/.

2015 California Big Game Hunting DigestThe popular guide includes season, quota and harvest information for deer, elk, pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep, as well as tag drawing information, bear and wild pig hunting information and big game hunting regulations for the 2015-16 seasons.

Printed copies of the Big Game Digest will automatically be mailed in late April to hunters who purchased a big game tag or applied for the Big Game Drawing in California in 2014.

“As printing costs continue to rise, more funding for big game conservation will be available if the department reduces printing and mailing costs,” said Dan Yparraguirre, CDFW’s Deputy Director of Wildlife and Fisheries. “Making the Big Game Digest available online also means that hunters can access this information sooner.”

Hunting licenses, tags and drawing applications will be available on April 15. Purchases may be made through the Online License Service, at any CDFW License Sales Office or License Agent, or by telephone at (800) 565-1458. The deadline to apply for the Big Game Drawing is midnight on June 2.

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Media Contact:
Stuart Itoga, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-3642
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

CDFW to Offer Wild Pig Hunting Clinic in Monterey County

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program and the Pacific Coast Hunter Education Association will jointly offer a wild pig hunting clinic on Saturday, April 12. The clinic will be held in Lockwood in Monterey County.

Designed for all skill levels, the clinic will cover wild pig biology, methods for locating wild pigs, laws and regulations for pig hunting, hunting and field dressing techniques and the care of wild game.

The clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $45 for adults. Youths 16 years and younger are free but must be accompanied by a registered parent or guardian. CDFW’s Advanced Hunter Education Program will provide all necessary class equipment.

An optional $10 barbecue lunch (country ribs, salad, beans and a drink) will be available for purchase from the Pacific Coast Hunter Education Association the day of the clinic.

Space is limited and preregistration is required. Registration forms can be found online at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced/index.aspx. After registering, participants will receive an email with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring.

Media Contacts:
Lt. Dan Lehman, CDFW Advanced Hunter Education Program, (916) 358-4356
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

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Wild Pig Hunts Offered in Southern California

Public Contact: Victoria Barr, SHARE Program Coordinator, (916) 445-4034
Media Contact: Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting applications for four upcoming wild pig hunts at Tejon Ranch in Southern California. The hunts are offered through CDFW’s Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program.

Six SHARE access permits will be offered through a random drawing for each hunt. Successful applicants will be allowed to bring a hunting partner.

For the first time, two of the SHARE wild pig hunts will be semi-guided. These group tours span two nights and two and a half days and include lodging, meals and guides to advise hunters and share techniques for a successful hunt.

The other two hunts will be self-guided and will include use of a camping area.

Hunt dates:
Dec.13-15, 2013 (self-guided)
Jan. 17-19, 2014 (semi-guided)
Feb. 14-16, 2014 (self-guided)
March 14-16, 2014 (semi-guided)

Hunters with a valid California hunting license may apply online through CDFW’s website. A $10.25 non-refundable application fee (plus any applicable license agent handling fees) will be charged for each hunt choice. Applicants may apply for multiple hunt periods but only once per period. To apply for these hunts please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ols/.

SHARE offers incentives to private landowners who allow wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities on their property. 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 SHARE is to provide additional hunting, fishing and other recreational access on private lands in California. For more information about the Tejon Ranch wild pig hunts or SHARE, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/share/.

About Tejon Ranch
Located in Kern County, Tejon Ranch consists of approximately 270,000 acres and is the largest working ranch in California. Located 100 miles north of Los Angeles and 25 miles southeast of Bakersfield, hunters will have access to approximately 100,000 acres of the ranch for these hunts.

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