Friday, March 24, 2017

2018 California Public Land Pig Hunting Report plus Maps and Hunting Clubs and Ranches

 2018 California Public Land Pig Hunting Report plus Maps to BLM an National forest Lands. You also get access to our giant free hunting and fishing Map site, with how to fish and where to fish or hunt these Public lands.

Get  "day use" or "membership" contact info  on over 100 California and Oregon Hunting Clubs and Private ranches for fishing and hunting.
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1. lndian Valley BLM
2. Laguna Mtn. BLM
3. Stockdale Mtn. BLM
4. Coalinga Mineral Springs BLM
5. Clear Creek BLM
6. Hopland Grade BLM
7. Cow Mountain BLM
8. Southern Extreme Mendocino National Forest
9. Cache Creek BLM 
10. Scotts Mtn. BLM
11. Camp Roberts
12. Los Padres National Forest Santa Lucia Range 
13. Fort Hunter Liggett Military Base
14. Los Padres National Forest   

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14 Public Land hunts on Government BLM and National Forest Lands 

 Wild boar are numerous but not so easy to locate.  However, they are very mobile, moving 20 miles in a day.
So, even though hunting is better on private lands, Public Lands access to good  pig hunting isn’t  hopeless, you just need  to put in more time and  work harder than all the other hunters.

Use our Hunting Map lists 14  locations for Public pig hunting opportunities. See our Coalina, Clear Creek and Fort Hunter Liggett blogs with custom Hunting maps for these areas.

Most of these Public Land areas sites are not vehicle friendly, so plan on  plenty of hiking while you track, spot and  stalk, and be sure you've got the gear to  pack out your animal when you’ve been  successful. See our other blogs for what gear you will need, and how to locate and track pigs.

 PIG FACTS 101: Pigs aren’t indigenous  to  California, and the animals  here  are the result of imported swine brought  to this country. Before the  1900s, some of the European pigs were released to  feed on our abundant forage, and the  hogs went feral. Going back further, Spanish settlers and sailors left Russian strain boars at various outposts as a food source for when they returned.

 European and Russian  pigs mingled freely, and now we have  wild boar/feral hogs with a black, or mottled to striped coloring…the black IS a influence of the Russian strain  of genetic material.
Boar at 300 pounds can be taken, but you’ll see more between 100 and 200  pounds. Sows and smaller pig make  much better table fare.

Ideally, take an animal from 60 to 120 pounds, but your objective should be to shoot the first pig that gives you an opportunity.

See our Pig Hunting blogs for how to clean and butcher your pig. Hopefully you should get 50 to 75 pounds of high  quality, great tasting hams, chops, bacon  and sausage.

The  beginning of summer will make finding  them considerably easier. In the Spring,  hogs are eating new growth grasses and  roots and can water almost anywhere.  These animals can  spend all day in heavy cover eating,  sleeping and watering in areas where  you'll never see them.

As the water  sources dry up towards summer, the pig will be forced to  move around more, and your odds soar.  Remember that water flows downhill,  and as the hills begin to bake in the sunshine, boar will often be found on flats  and in valleys where the water will most  plentiful.

NIGHT STALKERS: Pigs are nocturnal  feeders for the most part, and you’ll  have your best chance of spotting one  commuting from feed and watering  zones to bedding areas just after dawn  and just before sunset. Take a stand on high ground  above a well-used pig trail to get your  game.

During the day it is a tougher hunt; plan on  hoofing it and  spending  time glassing for your prey. Plan on scouting for signs of likely areas. The easiest  thing to spot will be patches of ripped turf that has been  rooted about for acorns, etc.

Also keep an  eye peeled for pig generally they go straight up a hill, not  criss-cross like other game trails.  Tufts of hair  caught on a barbed wire fence will show  a hog has passed under; if the hair is soft  and pliable, it’s fresh sign.. 

Droppings are good sign too.  A boar leaves behind large round droppings, especially after feeding on grains.  Deer spoor is much smaller. Cow excrement will clue you for pigs  that will  often dig into these for undigested food. Yummy.

Trees near a watering hole with a  caking of mud will also point to the presence of boar. These rub trees where hogs  will scratch themselves also give the  hunter an idea of the animal’s size. You‘ll  also want to look for small diameter trees  that have been mangled by a boar gnawing on them to sharpen their teeth. 

With high capacity lungs and strong legs, boar can sprint and cover good distances at speeds near 25 mph.  Once jumped, they can be 20 miles away  with no problem.

Grab a good set of binoculars to break the vista down into  manageable viewing areas by glassing a section  quadrant  by quadrant and  identifying everything  you see. A pig’s eyesight isn’t that great but sense of smell in a  boar is awesome, and if you don’t hunt  with the wind in your face, you‘ll lose. 

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2018 California Public Land Pig Hunting Report plus Maps and Hunting Clubs and Ranches

 2018 California Public Land Pig Hunting Report plus Maps to BLM an National forest Lands. You also get access to our giant free hunting and...