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Wild Boar /Feral Pig Hunting - Frequently Asked Questions

Family of wild pigs in the brush, photo by E. Zaborsky BLM

1.  Is a hunting license required to take wild pigs?

Yes, a valid hunting license and game tags are required.  Refer to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Hunting regulations.


2.  Where are the pigs?

The picture below this text is a map of California showing the rate of pig tag returns between 1992-2001.  The picture also shows the California Counties.  Each small colored rectangle on the picture represents a named USGS 7.5' Quadrangle map which is the closest geographical location to where the pig was successfully bagged.  Each rectagle is approximately a 60 square mile area.

Wild pig hunting - take map for California 1992-2001, courtesy CA DFG(Wildlife)

More detailed information about pig hunting can be found on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Wild Pig Management Program web page.  Other local non-BLM options for pig hunting are located in the San Antonio Valley Ecological Reserve (special hunts), Fort Hunter-Liggett Military Reservation, and the Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area.


3.  What is the season and limit for wild pigs?  ...and other hunting questions??

Visit the Wild Pig Management Program - Guidelines for Wild Pig Depredation web page for the most up-to-date information.


4.  Want to know more about the history and ecology of pigs in California?  Watch the informative video "Hog Wild" brought to you by the San Francisco Bay Area National Park Science and Learning group (11:09 minutes).

"In 1924 a hunter purposely released a handful of wild boar in Monterey County. Now the pigs number in the hundreds of thousands and reside in all but two of California's 58 counties. Big, fast, smart and hungry, these animals often out-compete native species and damage fragile native ecosystems. Now hunters are stepping up to be part of the solution..."

Single wild pig, photo by M. Westphal BLM

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Bureau of Land Management
Central Coast Field Office
940 2nd Avenue
Marina, CA 93933
Phone: (831) 582-2200
Fax: (831) 582-2266
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