Public Land for Wild Pig Hunting in California

by Kristin Jennifer
Wild pigs are hairier than domestic pigs.

Wild pigs are hairier than domestic pigs.

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Wild pigs were brought to the United States by immigrants. The pigs are technically wild boar hybrids, as pigs have crossbred with wild boars. In California, most wild pigs live on private lands, but many make their homes on public lands and are available for hunting. Hunters should check ahead of time for seasons, restrictions, reservations and fees.

Northern California

In Northern California, the Tehama Wildlife Area provides ample wild pig hunting for selected applicants in April and May. Hunters can camp onsite but cannot hunt with dogs. Entry to the hunting site is from Plum Creek Road. The total area available for hunting is 46,000 acres. Spenceville Wildlife Area, with portions in Nevada and Yuba counties, allows wild pig hunting without permit or fee. Hunters may hunt with dogs as well as camp on the land. Kills in this area can be scarce. Hunters seeking a challenge may enjoy hunting the Indian Valley Wildlife Area in Lake County. The pigs inhabit a deep chaparral that makes kills more difficult. No entry fee or permit is required. Camping and dogs are allowed.

Central California

Fort Hunter Liggett (liggett.army.mil), south of King City in Monterey County, allows hunting and camping on site on weekends and federal holidays. Hunters should download a hunting permit from the military base's website and mail the application in with their fee. Stop by the registration office in person before beginning each hunt. Call the base ahead of time to verify availability. The Monterey Ranger District (fs.usda.gov) in Los Padres National Forest has 325,000 acres for hunting. This area is for hunters who like a challenge, as it involves stalking wild pigs into remote areas of wilderness and over steep, brushy terrain.

Southern Sierra Mountain Area

The Hume Lake Ranger District (fs.fed.us) in the Sequoia National Forest offers fairly good wild pig hunting through spring, summer and fall. Wild pigs can be found in the Pine Flat Reservoir. Call for reservations.

Southern California

Wild pig hunting is available in the Los Padres National Forest's (fs.usda.gov) Santa Barbara and Santa Lucia ranger districts. Stop in at the ranger's office to check in before hunting. These areas have seasonal restrictions for hunting, dependent on wildfire risk.

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