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Wild Pig Tags

Resident and nonresident hunters, 12 years of age and older, with a valid annual California hunting license may purchase wild pig hunting tags. There is no limit on the number of wild pig tags one person may purchase; however, tag fees are nonrefundable, and tags cannot be transferred from one person to another. For tagging requirements, see Harvest Tag Reporting.

Wild Pig Hunting Season

Wild pig tags are valid throughout the hunting year, commencing on July 1 and ending on June 30 the following year. There is no daily bag or possession limit for wild pig. For more information on pig hunting and regulations, please go to CDFW’s website at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Hunting/Wild-Pig.

Legal Methods of Take

Generally, wild pigs may only be taken using archery equipment, rifles, .40 caliber or greater muzzleloaders, shotguns and pistols, or revolvers. Knives and spears are not legal methods of take for wild pigs in California. Please see the California Hunting Regulations for Mammals and Furbearers (CCR T14-353) for detailed information.

Wild Pig Hunting Opportunities

Cañada de los Osos Ecological Reserve

CDFW provides limited-permit apprentice pig hunting opportunities at Cañada de los Osos Ecological Reserve near Gilroy. The hunts are conducted in coordination with volunteers from the California Deer Association (CDA) who operate the program.

Hunts are scheduled in the spring and fall, and applicants may only apply online by visiting www.wildlife.ca.gov/Regions/3/Hunts/CDLO. Due to the high demand, hunters who are unable to attend the hunt for which they are drawn must notify our office within fivea days of being notified that they were successfully drawn. Please only apply for hunt dates you can attend.

Successful applicants will be assigned a volunteer from the CDA who will act as their guide for the duration of the hunt. Cañada de los Osos falls within the Ridley-Tree Condor Preservation Area and non-lead ammunition is required for all big game hunts.

SHARE Program for Private Lands Hunting

CDFW provides limited entry permitted hunting opportunities on private and public lands through the SHARE Program. See Share Hunts for more information and pig hunting opportunities offered through this program.

More Information

Additional information about these hunts and others may be obtained by visiting CDFW’s special pig hunts webpage: www.wildlife.ca.gov/Hunting/Wild-Pig#194443-hunts. CDFW continues to work with resource conservation partners to provide these special pig hunts. Additional special opportunities will be announced on this webpage as they become available.

Top 15 Counties for Wild Pig Hunting

County

3-year average reported take

Monterey

714

Kern

710

San Luis Obispo

401

Mendocino

307

Sonoma

265

Tehama

235

San Benito

144

Colusa

118

Lake

95

Santa Clara

86

Fresno

82

Glenn

72

Shasta

60

Napa

47

Merced

42