Wednesday, October 5, 2016
2017 Hunting Curry Mountain,Griswold Hills,Panoche,Stockdale,Tumey Hills Wildlife Areas
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Pig hunting on BLM land in San Benito County,
California Hunting and outdoors men, er, sorry, people, are thinking, Deer season is over, bird hunting is passe except turkey season which starts late March. But pigs are legal all year and bow and gun hunters looking for late winter and spring porkers.
Boar hunting allows you to take one hog per day and have one in possession, but you will need a valid hunting license and pig permit. California has two species of wild pigs — Feral European and Russian hogs located along the south Central in Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo and Santa Clara counties.
Adult Russian boar reach 3 feet tall and can get to 350 pounds.They were introduced from Europe in Monterrey County in 1925 before reaching into the Santa Lucia Mountain Range. Moved also now in the rugged area south and west of the Carmel, west of King City and on surrounding public lands. The feral pigs, perhaps somewhat more numerous, are smaller but these boars can reach 300 pounds!
You will find them in the south Coast and also in Mendocino, Tehama, Glenn, Colusa, Sonoma and Lake county and into the foothills of the Sierra. Private lands and hunting ranches are by far the most successful, and we have a couple of web site below for all of these.
Pig hunting pressure is less and pigs won't spook off the private ranch hunting land. Pigs are known for having up to 3 big litters per year and there are many and growing. They avoid hunters because Pigs are listed after primates and dolphins as the next in intelligence, so if you think your dog is smarter, think again.
Their vision is poor, they hear better than most animals, and sense of smell is outstanding too. They use their long snouts to sniff out danger, they have the ability to cover up to 20 miles without stopping for rest.
February is the best time in California for pig hunting because the hills are winter grass makes tracking and stalking conditions superb. No doubt pigs taste better when taken in late winter and early spring because instead of acorns, their diet consists on shrubs, roots, fresh greens.
We will show you some of private ranches below on a couple of web sites, where pig hunting is more successful. Success is 80 percent for most of these properties, while public lands are much, much less productive. But, if you don't mind spending the time, it seems pursuing pigs is a lot like hunting deer. Make sure you hunt with your face to the wind, and select your shot carefully, these boar have tough, tough skin.
The hardest part about hunting pigs is ﬁnding them. It‘s difﬁcult to obtain permission to hunt on private lands, because most hunting rights are leased to guides. There are pig hunting areas-Lake Sonoma, Spenceville, Cottonwood or Tehama state wildlife areas, but with so much pressure and too few animals to for most boar hunters.
On Bureau of Land Management property that will only cost nada and a lot of effort, and some accurate shooting, eventually you will succeed.
Hunting in broadly named areas as mapped above is Panoche Hills, Tumey Hills, Griswold Wills, Clear Creek, Curry Mountain, Stockdale Mountain. We narrow these down to 5 choices below, but remember, there is a scattering of hunting clubs these areas, so watch for posted signs, and we have info about hese at the web sites below.
1. Laguna Mountain. One of the best pig hunting area is Laguna Mountain is a good access for walking in. Boar Hunting groups can drive east on Coalinga Road in south San Benito County to a parking lot high up at 2,800- feet elevation. Walk the rolling hills for about one mile south to Miller Canyon. We suggest making a a stand very early mornings and watch for pigs heading up the canyon. Hogs habitually will eat and hydrate in the mornings then move up to the thick brush during the day.
Hunters need to be aware of the private ranches , some of which we have on the below web sites, that populate Laguna Mountain. About 3,000 acres provides pig hunting throughout Laguna Mountain.
2. Clear Creek Management Area. This is an excellent pig hunting area, HERE is our Map but for detailed info on how to hunt this area go to:
3. Coalinga Mineral Springs. Pig hunters have 9,000 acres of public land here for boar hunting. It has high slopes and rocky terrain with a 3 mile hiking trail t to the 3,558-foot Kreyenhagen Peak. Also Hog Canyon, Echo Canyon, Sulphur Creek and Oak Flat should all hold pigs
4. Stockdale Mountain. Located at the end of Slack Canyon Road northwest of Parkﬁeld. Try Pig hunting southerly to the Stockdale Mountain
5. Curry Mountain. Drive 6 miles west of Coalinga on Highway 198. Access is by foot through lands managed by the DFG along Highway 198. Curry Mountain seems almost vertical and rough, but has a hunt-able number of boar.
If you want a guarenteed, more or less, opportunity joining a hunting club or a day use property is
your best option over BLM lands, as we said above go to these sites for hunting club info or private hunting ranches.
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