California Pig Hunting Seasons, Laws, and 57 Public Locations

Methods of hunting during the California pig hunting seasons

Here, we fetch up California pig hunting seasons, laws, and 57 locations.

Topics

  1. Seasons.
  2. Tags.
  3. Bag limits.
  4. Hunting hours.
  5. Hunting methods.
  6. Species.
  7. Hunting areas.
  8. Hunting license.
  9. Property damage.
  10. Forum and blog.

Species for California Pig Hunting Seasons

Species of boar / hog for the California pig hunting seasonsHunters commonly refer to pigs as hogs or boar. Hunting laws for the California pig hunting seasons refer to them as “wild pig,” which are categorized as “big game” mammals. Wild pigs are “free-roaming pigs not distinguished by branding, ear marking, or other permanent identification methods.” Authorized species include feral pigs, European wild pigs, and their hybrids (genus Sus). The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), formerly known as the “DFG,” manages the wild pig hunting program.

For historical information about pig hunting in California, download CDFW’s Guide to Hunting Wild Pigs in California. These hog hunting rules for the California pig hunting seasons are located in Section 4650 of the California Fish & Game Code (FGC § 4650 and 4651; and Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations, Section 350 (14 CCR § 350).

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California Pig Hunting Seasons

California pig hunting seasons are open all year long.  This pig hunting regulation for the California pig hunting seasons are located at 14 CCR § 368.

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License for California Pig Hunting Seasons

Big Game Pig Hunter RifleTo hunting during the California pig hunting seasons, you need a California Hunting License. It has to be in your immediate possession while hunting the field. It’s valid from July 1 or the date of purchase through August 31.  They’re available for residents, non-residents, disabled veterans (reduced fee), juniors, recovering service members (reduced fee), and for life (5 pig tags per year).

These California hog hunting rules for the California pig hunting seasons are located at FGC § 4652 and 14 CCR § 700(b).

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Tags for California Pig Hunting Seasons

Age Limit

To qualify for a California pig hunting tag, the applicant must be at least 12 years old.

Availability

California boar hunting tags may be purchased online from the CDFW for the base fee of $15 (adjusted annually). They are available for residents and non-residents.

Possession

California pig hunting tags must be in the hunter’s immediate possession while in the field hunting for wild pig.

Reporting

Immediately after killing a pig, the hunter must completely fill out the tag with a pen or permanent marker, including the California pig hunting report card.  The report card must be returned immediately to the CDFW.

Tagging

Immediately after completing the kill card, hunters must punch out the month and date of kill and attached the pig license tag to the carcass.

Validity

California pig hunting tags are valid from the date of purchase until the end of the current license year, which ends on August 31.

Warning shot!!!  For current prices, link to CDFW’s webpage.  These California pig tags laws are located at FGC §§ 4652, 4654, 4655,, and 4657; and 14 CCR § 708.13.

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Permits for California Pig Hunting Seasons

Depredation permits for the California pig hunting seasons
Depredation Permit

Wild pigs can cause serious damage to people and property, including crops, domestic animals, and livestock. In general, landowners, tenants, and/or their agents and employees can kill or trap wild pigs to protect people and property. For more information, see our page for California Depredation Permits. This is true even outside of the California pig hunting seasons.

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Shooting Hours for California Pig Hunting Seasons

Shooting hours for the California pig hunting seasons begin one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise.  Shooting times end at one-half (1/2) hour after sunset.  This hunting regulation is located at 14 CCR §§ 263 and 352.

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Bag Limits for California Pig Hunting Seasons

Harvest Report for the California pig hunting seasons
CDFW Harvest Report

There are no bag limits during the California pig hunting seasons. The same is true for possession limits. This hog hunting rule for the California pig hunting seasons is located at 14 CCR § 368.  Download CDFW’s Yearly Wild Pig Take Report.

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Methods of Hunting for California Pig Hunting Seasons

Pig hunting in California is allowed only with authorized methods of take, e.g. hunting.  Warning shot!!! Every game bird, game mammal, furbearer or nongame animal taken under the authority of a hunting or trapping license and reduced to possession by the hunter or trapper shall be immediately killed and become a part of the daily bag limit. This hunting rule for the California pig hunting seasons is located at 14 CCR §§ 251.5 and 353(a).

Ammunition

By no later than July 1, 2019, there will be a Statewide ban on lead-based ammunition for hunting birds and mammals with a firearm, including pigs. This hunting ammo rule for the California pig hunting seasons is located at FGC § 3004.5(c).

Click here for CDFW updates on the implementation of the lead ban. Click here a summary of regulations for areas that presently require non-toxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.   Also see “California Condor Range” below.

Bait

No person shall knowingly feed big game mammals, including pig.  This bait restriction for the California pig hunting seasons is located at 14 CCR § 251.3.

Bow and Arrow

Archery for California pig hunting seasons.In general, archery is an authorized method for hunting during the California pig hunting seasons. Warning shot!!! Link to our summary of restrictions related to hunting pigs with a bow (tags, blades, casting distance, lights, disabilities, use of dogs, etc.).  These bow hunting restrictions for the California pig hunting seasons are located at 14 CCR §§ 353(a) and 354(c).

California Condor Range

California pig hunting seasons in the Condor Range.In general, you can only use non-lead ammo in the California Condor Range during the California pig hunting seasons. Warning shot!!! Link to our summary of California pig hunting ammunition restrictions in the California Condor Range. These ammo restrictions for the California pig hunting seasons are located at 14 CCR §§ 353(h).

Computers

In general, California wild pigs may not be hunted with any computer-assisted or remotely controlled device, equipment, Internet site, web-based system, telemetry device, software, or other technology.  This hunting law for the California pig hunting seasons is located at 14 CCR § § 251 and 251.9.

Crossbows

Crossbows for California pig hunting seasons.In general, crossbows are an authorized methods of hunting during the California pig hunting seasons, but only during the regular season.  There is an exception for hunters with a Disabled Archers Permit from the CDFW.  Warning shot!!!  Link to our summary of regulations for hunting pigs in California with a crossbow.  This crossbow regulation for the California pig hunting seasons is located at 14 CCR § 353(e).

Dogs

General Rule

In general, California wild pigs may be hunted with (or used for training by) up to three (3) dogs per hunter. This dog hunting rule for the California pig hunting seasons is located at 14 CCR § 265(c)(1).

Baited Areas

The pursuit of California wild pigs with hunting dogs may not begin within 400 yards of a baited area. This dog hunting regulation for the California pig hunting seasons is located at14 CCR § 265(b)(5).

Wild Pig Season

Dogs are NOT allowed for California pig hunting during the archery season for bear. This California dog hunting law for the California pig hunting seasons is located at 14 CCR § 265(a)(1).

Big Game

Do are not allowed for hunting wild boar during seasons closed to Big Game hunting. This dog hunting rule for the California pig hunting seasons is located at 14 CCR § 265(b)(2).

Closed Areas

Dogs may not be used for hunting pig in areas closed to dogs. This dog hunting law for the California pig hunting seasons is located at 14 CCR § 265(b)(2) and (c)(2)(B).

Closed Season

Dogs may not be used during any season closed to California wild hog hunting. This California dog hunting regulation for the California pig hunting seasons is located at FGC § 3960(b).

Collars

Electronic dog retrieval collars using global positioning equipment are not allowed for California boar hunting with dogs. This dog hunting law for the California pig hunting seasons is located at14 CCR § 265(d)(1).

Deer Season

Dogs are NOT allowed for California boar hunting during the archery season for deer. This dog hunting rule for the California pig hunting seasons is located at 14 CCR § 265(a)(1).

During general deer season, each hunter may use only one (1) dog for hunting wild pig in California. This dog hunting regulation for the California pig hunting seasons is located at 14 CCR § 265(c).

Depredating Pigs

California wild pig dog hunting may be allowed with a permit from the CDFW. This California hog hunting rule is located at 14 CCR § 265(b)(2). Warning shot!!! “California Pig Hunting Permits” above.

Dog Control Zones

Dogs are NOT allowed for hunting California wild pig within Dog Control Zones from the first Saturday in April through day before the general dear season opens. This California pig hunting law is located at 14 CCR §§ 265(a)(4) and (b)(1).

Ecological Reserves

California wild boar hunting is NOT allowed on any California ecological reserves  where hunting is closed. This California pig season rule is located at FGC § 3960(b)

Wildlife Areas

California wild boar hunting is NOT allowed on any California wildlife area where hunting is closed. This California pig season rule is located at FGC § 3960(b).

Harassment

It is illegal to harass, herd, or drive California wild pigs, intentionally disrupting the pig’s normal behavior patterns (e.g. breeding, feeding and sheltering).  This California wild pig rule is located at 14 CCR § 251.1.

Lights

In general, artificial light is NOT allowed for hunting hogs in California. However, pigs may be hunted at night with a depredation permit (see “California Pig Hunting Permits” above).  These California pig season rules and regulations are located at 14 CCR §§ 250, 263, and 353.

Muzzleloaders

Muzzleloaders for California pig hunting seasonsIn general, muzzleloaders are an authorized methods of hunting during the California pig hunting seasons.  Warning shots!!!  Link to our summary for restriction related to ammunition, caliber,  sites, transportation and tags.* These muzzleloader regulations for the California pig hunting seasons are located at 14 CCR §§ 353(a), (f), (g), (j) and (k).

* Proposed Regulation: there’s a proposed regulation to define the kinds of ammo you can use.

(1) A softnose or expanding projectile is a bullet designed to increase from its original diameter, commonly referred to as “mushrooming”, and retain a significant part of its original weight upon impact with, or when passing through the tissues of an animal.
(2) Projectiles commonly referred to as “frangible” bullets, designed to disintegrate upon impact with, or when passing through the tissues of an animal are not softnose or expanding projectiles.

Pistols & Revolvers

In general, pistols and revolvers are an authorized method for hunting during the California pig hunting seasons.  However, ammo is restricted to centerfire cartridges with softnose or expanding projectiles.* This pistol and revolver laws for the California pig hunting seasons are located at 14 CCR § 353(c).

* Proposed Regulation: there’s a proposal to define the kinds of ammo you can use.

(1) A softnose or expanding projectile is a bullet designed to increase from its original diameter, commonly referred to as “mushrooming”, and retain a significant part of its original weight upon impact with, or when passing through the tissues of an animal.
(2) Projectiles commonly referred to as “frangible” bullets, designed to disintegrate upon impact with, or when passing through the tissues of an animal are not softnose or expanding projectiles.

Rifles

Big Game Pig Hunter RifleIn general, rifles are an authorized method of hunting during the California pig hunting seasons.  However, ammunition is restricted to only centerfire cartridges with softnose or expanding projectiles. (Also see “Muzzleloaders” above.) These rifle hunting regulations for the California pig hunting seasons are located at 14 CCR § 353(a).

* Proposed Regulation: there’s a proposal to define the kinds of ammo you can use.

(1) A softnose or expanding projectile is a bullet designed to increase from its original diameter, commonly referred to as “mushrooming”, and retain a significant part of its original weight upon impact with, or when passing through the tissues of an animal.
(2) Projectiles commonly referred to as “frangible” bullets, designed to disintegrate upon impact with, or when passing through the tissues of an animal are not softnose or expanding projectiles.

Shotguns

In general, shotguns are an authorized method of hunting during the California pig hunting seasons. However, there are ammo and shell capacity restrictions.

Ammunition

Slugs may be used for hunting California wild pigs.  Warning shot!!!  In areas where the discharge of slugs is prohibited by county ordinances, buckshot may NOT be used for hunting wild pigs.  This California hunting regulations is located at 14 CCR § 353(b).

Shell Capacity

Shotguns must be incapable of holding more than three (3) shells firing single slugs. This shotgun hunting regulations for the California pig hunting seasons is located at 14 CCR § 353(b).

Trapping

Recreational trapping is not an authorized method of hunting during the California pig hunting seasons. However, it might be allowed with a California Depredation Permit. These trapping laws for the California pig hunting seasons are located at 14 CCR §§ 250 and 353. Also see our summary of California Trapping Laws.

Vehicles

Aircraft

No motorized, hot-air, or unpowered aircraft capable of flight or earth orbiting imaging device may NOT be used beginning 48 hours before until 48 hours after the wild pig hunting season. Warning shot!!!  Flying slowly at low altitude, hovering, circling, and repeatedly flying over is evidence of a violation. See 14 CCR § 251.

Powered Vehicles

California Pig Hunting Seasons for vehicles and ATV / OHVIn general, motor vehicles may NOT be used to pursue, drive, herd, take, or kill a California wild pig (e.g. motor-driven air or land vehicles, motorboat, airboat, sailboat, and snowmobile).

However, such vehicles may be used if (1) the motor has been shut off or the sails furled, (2) all forward progress has ceased, and (3) it is drifting, beached, moored, resting at anchor, or is being propelled by paddle, oar, or pole.

There are exceptions related to private property damage, depredation permits, and mobility impaired hunters with a Mobility Disabled Persons Motor Vehicle License (link to our summary of rules for California disabled hunters.

These vehicle laws for the California pig hunting seasons are located at 14 CCR § 251.

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Public Hunting Areas for California Pig Hunting Seasons

CDFW regions for California pig hunting seasons.
CDFW Regions 1 – 6

There are many for California pig hunting on private and public lands.  For convenience, we’ve organized hog hunting opportunities by regions / zones within the CDFW.  Follow the links to our summaries of area-specific rules for boar hunting and other authorized species.


Region 1

Northern California Pig Hunting Areas

  1. CDFW Region 1 for California pig hunting seasons. Cahto Peak Unit of the South Fork Eel River (BLM)
  2. Jackson Demonstration Forest
  3. King Range National Conservation Area (BLM)
  4. Klamath National Forest
  5. Paynes Creek Recreation Area (BLM)
  6. Red Mountain Recration Area (BLM)
  7. Sacramento River Bend ONA (Paynes Creek Recreation Area)
  8. Sacramento River Management Area (BLM)
  9. San Antonio Valley Ecological Reserve (SHARE program)
  10. Shasta Management Area (BLM)
  11. Six Rivers National Forest (Mad River Ranger District)
  12. Tehama Wildlife Area (SHARE program)
  13. Trinity Management Area (BLM)

Region 2

North Central California Pig Hunting Areas

  1. CDFW Region 2 for California pig hunting seasons. Bobcat Ranch (SHARE)
  2. Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest
  3. Cache Creek Recreation Area
  4. Cache Creek Wildlife Area
  5. Cow Mountain Recreation Area
  6. Crocker Meadows Wildlife Area
  7. Indian Valley Recreation Area
  8. Indian Valley Wildlife Area
  9. King Range National Conservation Area (BLM)
  10. Mendocino National Forest (Covelo and Upper Lake Ranger Districts)
  11. Spenceville Wildlife Area

Region 3

Bay Delta California Pig Hunting Areas

  1. CDFW Region 3 for California pig hunting seasonsCedar Roughs Wildlife Area
  2. Grizzly Island Wildlife Area (Joice Island SHARE hunt)
  3. Indian Valley/Walker Ridge Recreation (BLM)
  4. Knoxville Recreational Area
  5. Knoxville Wildlife Area
  6. Lake Sonoma
  7. Lake Sonoma Wildlife Area
  8. Putah Creek Wildlife Area
  9. Rector Reservoir Wildlife Area

Region 4

Central California Pig Hunting Areas

  1. CDFW Region 4 for California pig hunting seasonsBig Sandy Wildlife Area
  2. Camp Roberts (SHARE program)
  3. Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve (SHARE program)
  4. Clear Creek Management Area (BLM)
  5. Coalinga Mineral Springs National Recreation Trail
  6. Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area (SHARE program)
  7. Eastman Lake
  8. Fort Hunter Liggett
  9. Frank Raines County Park
  10. Hunter Valley Recreation Area
  11. Joaquin Rocks/Ridge (BLM)
  12. Laguna Mountain Recreation Area (BLM)
  13. Little Panoche Reservoir Wildlife Area
  14. Los Padres National Forest (Monterey Ranger District, Chew’s Ridge and Piney Creek)
  15. San Luis Reservoir Wildlife Area
  16. Sequoia National Forest (Hume Lake Ranger District)
  17. Sheep Ridge (BLM)
  18. South Fork Eel River (BLM)
  19. Stanislaus National Forest (Groveland Ranger District)
  20. Stockdale Mountain (BLM)
  21. Tejon Ranch (Ca. Deer Assoc.)
  22. Tuolomne and Mariposa Planning Unit (BLM)

Region 5

South Coast California Pig Hunting Areas


Region 6

Inland Deserts California Pig Hunting Areas

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