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 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.