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Wild Pig Eradication in California

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by dubious, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. dubious

    dubious Well-Known Member

    What is the procedure for eradicating feral pigs in farmland in California (santa cruz county)? A farmer is asking me about hunting, baiting, and trapping. Do you need a hunting license? Can you get a tag after you get your pig? How much does a tag cost? Is their a limited season? Anything else I should know?

  2. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    In Texas, they just turn 'em in to a cash crop by charging a fee/kill fee for hunting 'em. Good luck on eradicating 'em. They breed like rabbits, they're mean as a griz, and they ain't stupid. I don't think you can trap 'em out and I know you can't hunt 'em out. You can semi control 'em with dog hunters, but you ain't gonna get rid of 'em. As your governor says, they'll be back.
  3. Asherdan

    Asherdan Well-Known Member

    Here's a link to some of the depradation permit laws.

    Here's a link to the DF&G general page for pigs.

    MCgunner has a real answer too. Guys like Boaring Experiences make a living by guiding on farms they have owner/operator rights from.

    Sounds like your farmer acquaintance could head down the depredation route and either eliminate them himself or have his designated agent do it for him.

    In any and all cases do the state paperwork and licenses in advance. DF&G will fine a mans pants off him.
  4. Flintknapper

    Flintknapper Well-Known Member

    Not gonna happen.....

    I've been hunting/trapping hogs on the same 400 acres for almost 25 yrs. now.

    I can tell you from experience that the words "pig/hog" and "eradication" are mutually exclusive.

    Anywhere feral hogs are firmly established....you will never be completely rid of them.

    Yes...you can scare/harass them away for periods of time (especially with dogs). But in the process (again especially with dogs) you are educating them.

    Hogs are very smart, make no mistake.

    In my experience... the most effective method on large pieces of property is to have them dispatched by helicopter. Next to that...is by careful and continual trapping.

    On smaller parcels of land....selective hunting (preferably over bait where legal), will allow you to remove the Alpha sow, then you work your way down...removing as many mature animals as possible (this takes time). Eventually...you have "dumbed down" the sounder by means of removing its leadership and "brains".

    The remaining animals (shoats/gilts/juvenile boars) can be easily trapped, or will even disperse naturally as the boars reach a certain age (you have "broken" the sounder).

    Of course, much depends upon where you live....what the hog population is...and how much hunting pressure they have experienced.

    But as far as "eradicating them" goes, well..........I'll pray for you.;)
  5. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member


    I have to admit that I laughed when I read that question: "Can you get a tag after you get your pig?"
  6. kyle1974

    kyle1974 Well-Known Member

    you have to tag a pig in california? :rolleyes:

    Last time I called the parks and wildlife office, in reference to the state regulations on wasting animals. (I had A LOT of pigs that needed to be killed), the parks and wildlife employee stated that their un official policy was "whack 'em and stack 'em"

    God, I love Texas :D
  7. GTS Dean

    GTS Dean Well-Known Member

    "Buzzards gotta eat, same as worms."
  8. Flintknapper

    Flintknapper Well-Known Member

    Whack ‘em and Stack ‘em works for awhile….but they breed like rats, so there’s always more later on.



    Of course, this may be “politically incorrect” in ************. ;)
  9. matrem

    matrem Well-Known Member

    Was that rig responsible for that pile?
    If so,I'm very envious!!
  10. kyle1974

    kyle1974 Well-Known Member

    matrem.... no it wasn't

    that photo of the stack of pigs has been going around for years. that photo of the shooting buggy wasn't added until later.

    friggen pigs.... you can't kill them fast enough. I shot 17 off my place last year, and it was like I didn't shoot a single one.

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  11. matrem

    matrem Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the clarification..And..I was in east Texas last month,was fortunate & killed two boars..If you need any help,let me know..I'm not against another hog hunt!
  12. Deer Hunter

    Deer Hunter Well-Known Member

    There are plenty on our old deer lease in East Texas. Next time I'm up I'll be out at night with my AR and NVD. Gotta clean them up somehow.
  13. Flintknapper

    Flintknapper Well-Known Member

    There is no shortage of feral hogs in East Texas.

    I just need to get them all lined up! ;)

    Here is a boar my Daughter “took out” recently:

    A big old “Alpha” sow she shot:
  14. Deer Hunter

    Deer Hunter Well-Known Member

    Flint, that land looks like I stepped out into my lease. Glad to see another deep East Texas resident taking care of the hog population.
  15. Flintknapper

    Flintknapper Well-Known Member

    We try to do our part!
  16. greyling22

    greyling22 Well-Known Member

    I miss E tex.
  17. Harve Curry

    Harve Curry Well-Known Member

    I hear there's some in SE New Mexico I could hunt.
    How is the meat?? Do you get good pork chops, bacon, and hams ?
  18. Nathanael_Greene

    Nathanael_Greene Well-Known Member

    The younger, smaller animals (<100 pounds), especially sows, are really very good--lean and tender. Feral hogs are my favorite game animal because they're so tasty.
  19. hoji

    hoji Well-Known Member

    Actually the regs on wasting animals is only for game animals. Feral pigs are not game and can be left for buzzards and coyotes with no fear of getting fined{ as long as you dont have issues with the land owner about leaving them}

    Flintknapper is absolutely correct about how to get rid of t hem, break the brains of the sounder and trap the juveniles. I will be going out this weekend and attempting to get a shot or 3 on some alpha sows.

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