Sunday, July 21, 2024

Get Your Permit to Go Wild Pig Hunting at Solano County’s Grizzly Island Wildlife Refuge


The following is a press release issued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife:

A Wild Pig [Photograph from the CDFW]

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering wild pig hunting opportunities in March, April and May at the Joice Island Unit of the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area in Solano County.

The 2022 Joice Island pig hunt drawings will be administered online exclusively. CDFW is accepting applications until 4 p.m. on Feb. 14.

The limited-entry, permit-only hunts help control the population of wild pigs on the Joice Island Unit, a 2,150-acre wetland area consisting of thick cattails, tules, brush and standing water.

Hunters may only use shotguns with nonlead slugs or archery equipment. Dogs and bicycles are not allowed.

Four hunters will be drawn for 13 consecutive weekends for a total of 52 hunters. The maximum hunting party size for this hunt is two hunters. There is no charge to apply. The first hunt weekend will be reserved only for apprentice hunters holding junior licenses, age 12 to 15. Hunters may apply for all hunts but will only be selected for one. Hunters may not enter more than once as part of multiple parties. Permit holders may bring one non-hunting partner. Junior license holders receiving a permit must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. The adult accompanying the junior license holder does not need to be a licensed hunter.

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Apprentice Hunt Weekend – Only Junior License Holders (Age 12 to 15) May Apply

  • March 5-6

General Hunt Weekends – Adults and Junior License Holders May Apply

  • March 12-13
  • March 19-20
  • March 26-27
  • April 2-3
  • April 9-10
  • April 16-17
  • April 23-24
  • April 30-May 1
  • May 7-8
  • May 14-15
  • May 21-22
  • May 28-29

To apply for both the apprentice and general hunts, please visit CDFW’s Special and Apprentice Hunts Online Registration System(opens in new tab) and either log in or create a new account. Navigate the drop-down menus and apply for the weekend of your choice. Permits with maps and additional information will be emailed to successful applicants.

CDFW reserves the right to cancel any of these hunts and close the area to all public users without prior notification due to unforeseen circumstances or emergencies.

For more information or questions, please contact CDFW at (707) 425-3828.

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    • This is clearly a comment from an uneducated perspective. Learn more about the non-native and invasive species before petitioning folks to “leave them alone.”

      “Take me down to paradise city where the hogs are feral and there’s thirty to fifty!” 🙂

  1. W R Hurst brought wild boars to his San Simion estate for the purpose of hunting. They are one of the most damaging non native mammals in America. Rooting destroys trees. They have no effective predators and can kill a mountain lion.

    • I hear they also eat people. As in dead bodies. Sad but true. That’s why some people are never found. But their blood ? STILL CRIES OUT of the ground to God. There will be justice in the end. ????Danny Ray

      • just like in the book Unintended Consequences by John Ross
        where Uncle Herman’s (?) Hogs are fed some lawless goons from f-troop.
        there is a homework assignment for ya. 800 pages but a truly super read!

        where’s Henry Bowman these days?


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