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CA SHARE Program Again Offering Free Spring Hog Hunts

February 24, 2012

Just saw this in my inbox yesterday.  It’s a sign of spring, I suppose, when the CA DFG announces the SHARE program hog hunting opportunities.  The SHARE program opens private land to a limited number of hunters.

The Bobcat Ranch in Yolo County has been participating in the program for a few years now, and this year they’ll be hosting hog hunters once again.  Here’s the info about the hunts directly from DFG:

Bobcat Ranch is located in Yolo County’s Vaca Mountain foothills, west of Winters. The property is 4,000 acres of rolling oak woodland with a couple of steep canyons. Some hunters consider the Bobcat Ranch to be a challenging property to hunt.

Two-day wild pig hunt permits will be issued to hunters by a random draw.

  • Applications will be accepted for parties of up to two licensed hunters.
  • Hunters may apply for more than one hunt period per application but can only be drawn for one period.
  • Only one application will be accepted per party or individual.
  • Individual hunters may be accompanied by no more than one non-hunter.
  • Hunt parties may consist of two licensed hunters, non-hunters will not be allowed in a party.
  • Apprentice hunters may only apply as an individual and must be accompanied by an adult.

Apprentice hunt applications must be received by 3 p.m. February 22, 2012.

General and archery hunt applications must be received by 3 p.m. February 29, 2012.

No more than six hunters will be allowed to hunt per period. No dogs may be used. Only certified non-lead ammunition for big game may be used during this hunt. Archery equipment may be used during the general hunt periods. A pre-hunt orientation is required on the first day of each hunt, and all hunters are required to check in and out of the hunt area. DFG personnel will be onsite during the hunts. For this SHARE opportunity there will be no application fee.

The hunts are limited entry and by permit-only, available to all holders of a valid California hunting license and a wild pig tag, which are available at license providers throughout the state. Applicants must indicate the periods for which they wish to be considered. Hunters may apply for the two-day wild pig hunts by submitting an application to DFG. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Address and fax number are provided on the applications. Successful applicants will be mailed entry permits with maps and additional information.

DFG or AUDUBON CALIFORNIA RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CANCEL THIS HUNT AND CLOSE THE AREA TO ALL PUBLIC USERS WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFOCATION DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES OR EMERGENCY SITUATIONS.

Unfortunately, at least for some of you Hog Blog readers, I received this a little late.  The deadline for apprentice hunters to apply for the hunts has already passed.  Gun and archery hunters have until February 29 to get their applications in.

The SHARE program is a great opportunity for hunters in CA, and it’s very deserving of support.  Check out the website for more info about the program, as well as the hog and other special hunts.

 

Comments

5 Responses to “CA SHARE Program Again Offering Free Spring Hog Hunts”

  1. David on February 24th, 2012 11:30

    This is a great opportunity although I am somewhat disappointed that even though this is outside the condor range, they still require use of non-lead ammunition.

  2. Phillip on February 24th, 2012 11:46

    I hear ya, David. The Audubon CA folks are involved in running these hunts, though, so if they want lead-free, then the least we can do is comply. Without their involvement, this program may not happen.

  3. David on February 28th, 2012 11:12

    Agreed. I thought the same thing as I read about it. Which brings to mind some other thoughts. I don’t want to have to re-sight my rifle with non-lead ammo just to have to re-sight it again for lead rounds after the hunt. So I think what I am going to do if I get drawn is the following: I am fortunate enough to own more than one rifle and although I have a favorite, I may take one of my 30-06’s and pattern it in non-lead ammo. That way when I get lucky in one of these draws (which doesn’t happen often) I will have a rifle already set for the hunt and I don’t have to go through the hastle or expense of changing up my normal hunting rig.

    How do you handle these situations? You have hunted Tejon and other places with non-lead ammo. Do you just repattern your favorite rifle or do you use a different gun?

  4. Phillip on February 28th, 2012 13:59

    David, my “solution” was switching to non-lead for pretty much everything. For most of my hunting, I just use lead-free ammo… particularly the Winchester ETips.

    I like it. It’s accurate and effective from my 30-06 (ETips), as well as from my .325 (Barnes TSX). I’m still working on something for the .270.

    I’m in a slightly different situation, because I do get ammo to test from time to time so I’ve been working on a “project” rifle that I just re-zero whenever I’m using new ammo. The range time is good for me anyway, and you learn a lot about a gun and scope when you’re constantly making little changes.

  5. shotgunner on February 28th, 2012 14:40

    I found 150gr Barnes TSX bullets in my handloads are as good or better than any factory ammo, lead or not. My 30-06 just loves them.

    I also feel the terminal performance is as good or better than lead based bullets. 100% expansion and very near 100% weight retention is common on recovered bullets I have seen.

    Because of this, I too use non-lead for everything.

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