The Outfitter allows only a limited amount of hog hunting, and has a self imposed hog season of January-June. This seasonal hunt promotes higher populations and better success rates. Because of this outfitters management program this is one of the best hog hunts we have in the country. This is a perfect hunt for someone looking to learn how to hunt and going for big game for their first time. Get more information.
The California hog hunting season is year around however this Outfitters mainly hunts January to June as part of a Quality Management Program. A few hunts during the remainder of the year are available.
All California hog hunting is spot and stalk. There is no baiting in the State of California and all animals are 100% fair chase. Archery hunts are much the same as rifle hunts however there are portions of the ranch that are archery only with excellent hunting. Morning hunts are typically walking through known feeding areas and routes to bedding areas. Evening hunts are typically sitting on vantage points overlooking bedding areas and stalks will occur accordingly. All hunts involve a significant amount of glassing.
Opportunity Rate / Success Rate
There are no trophy fees for Wild Boar Hunts. The average size of these hogs are approximately 125-150 lbs. Hogs are often taken in the 175-225 lbs range. A handful of hogs with 2-3″ tusks are taken every season.
Hunters can fly into the Santa Rosa, California Airport and a guide will pick them up. Another option is to fly into the San Franciso Airport, rent a car and drive approximatly 2 hours North (a guide can pick up from SFO Airport, however a transportation fee will apply). The town nearest to the ranches is Cloverdale, California. Detailed information is available upon request.
All hunts are fully guided and hunters will not be turned loose to free roam. All guides have many years experience and know the ranches well. The guides must go through years of training before they are turned loose to lead trips. A maximum of 2 hunters per guide is our promise to our clients (typically it is one on one). This Outfitter will only hunt one booking party of two at a time on one ranch so clients can be assured that maximum success in the field is our goal.
The Wild Boar hunts are located in northern California’s famous Napa and Sonoma County wine country. Vineyards are visible or located on the ranches. Most ranches consist of moderately sloped hills with rolling oaks and open meadows. The terrain is excellent for the spot and stock method. There are heavy brush patches that are typically bedding areas for Hogs. Only the edges of the heavy brush areas are hunted. Stock ponds, natural springs and creeks run through the properties.
Weather conditions during the hog season can vary from cold wind, rain, fog and the occasional snow storm to sunny days of 80 degree temperatures. Hunters are advised to check weather conditions and check in with the guide for gear and packing information.
Meat and Trophy Care
All hogs will be cleaned and skinned for you by your guide. Local butcher shops and taxidermists are available upon request.
Physical Fitness Necessities
Wild Boar Hunts can be demanding, however a slower paced hunt is offered with high success rates. A few hunters return each year who have medical conditions that will not allow them to leave the road. The success rate always increases if a hunter can get to areas less traveled.