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Call For Hog Hunting Guides And Outfitters

January 13, 2013

guides deskThis is a little different for me, as usually I’m the one making recommendations and doing reviews.  However, I’ve received a couple of emails lately asking for guided hunt recommendations, and I realize that I’ve been pretty much out of the loop… especially when it comes to CA hog guides.  Of course I still have my standard recommendations, Bryson-Hesperia Resort (Deedy and Karin Loftus) offering semi-guided hog hunts down near King City, and fully guided huntign with Mark and Colby Williams (also in the King City area).  There’s Tejon Ranch in southern CA, of course, with both their Wild Pig Management Hunts and guided/semi-guided hog hunts.  And my old friends at Native Hunt are still in operation as well.

But at least two people have been asking about hunts in Sonoma County, and while I know there are outfits there, I know nothing about them.  And other than that, I don’t know who’s still in business, who has changed contact information, or who’s joined the party with a new outfitting and guide business.  So here’s the question to you, good readers:

Can you recommend hog hunting guides in your neck of the woods… whether it’s California, Texas, or anywhere else in the country?

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13 Responses to “Call For Hog Hunting Guides And Outfitters”

  1. Dave B on January 14th, 2013 10:16

    I have been using Ernie Sanders at D and E Guide Service. He mainly hunts the Guenoc and Comstock Ranches in Lake County, however, they also hunt in Cloverdale, CA in Sonoma County as well.

    Ernie is a no-frills kind of guide. He lives, breathes and eats hunting. He scouts daily and has game cams everywhere. He typically has good groups of hogs patterned by the time you show up for the hunt. I have been hunting with him several times now over the past few years and have always had 100% opportunity to take hogs.

    Ernie’s rates are about fifty dollars higher than other guides. He is $500 for the guide fee + $150 kill fee for a total of $650 if you are successful but again, he always puts me on good hogs.

    They are a full service guide providing all transportation during the hunt and game care after the hunt. Post hunt, they completely field dress and skin your animal and prepare you for transport to the butcher.

    On a side note, I have muscular dystrophy making me disabled. I can walk but have some trouble with it. I also have a hard time now, holding my rifle. Ernie always carries a chair and a tripod for me into the field (actually he does this for most of his hunters disabled or not) so that I can take my shot from a seated position with a tripod to hold up my rifle and keep it steady.

    You can reach Ernie at:

    Ernie Sanders
    Guide Lic. #10486
    19892 Grange Road
    Middletown, CA 95461
    707-696-8579
    http://www.dandeguideservice.com/

    Colusa Indian Community Outdoor Adventures is another outfit I have gone with for ducks but they also run hog hunts. Their duck operation is top notch and their guides are truly professional in every way. The same guides that guide duck hunts also guide their hog hunts.

    Their hog hunts are $600 per hunt and I have heard nothing but good things about them. If their hog hunts are anything like their duck hunts, then they are worth the money.

    Their hog hunts are all run out of ranches in the Arbuckle, CA area in Colusa County.

    Contact the hunting program manager, Casey Stafford at:

    Casey & Regina Stafford
    CICC Outdoor Adventures
    Office: 530.458.8730
    Mobile: 530.682.3176
    E-Mail: outdooradventures@colusa-nsn.gov
    http://www.hunt-fish-game.com/contact.htm

    NOTE – Both guide services accomodate my disabilty. I can walk but have some troubles with it. Both have been more than accomodating helping me to and from hunting areas and into/out of blinds etc.

  2. Phillip on January 14th, 2013 12:26

    Thanks for the info! I think I remember talking to Ernie a while back, but I’ve never hunted with him.

    Hopefully, more folks will chime in.

  3. daniels on January 15th, 2013 11:39

    In Central Texas, 4 Pines Ranch (http://www.4pinesranch.net/HOG_HUNTS.html) is my go-to guy for semi-guided hog hunts. They hunt from stands over feeders and spot and stalk, including night-time hunts. Matt is a good guy, and he has a decent cabin on site for lodging.

  4. Phillip on January 23rd, 2013 08:27

    Thanks for the info, Daniels! I checked out their site and it does look like they’ve got a pretty good setup over there. Prices seem relatively reasonable as well. Maybe I’ll get a chance to get over there sometime this spring and check it out first hand.

  5. David on October 3rd, 2013 10:29

    What a joke 4 pines is. We just came back from there the 3 of us and didnt see a hog anywhere. We wasted $1000 for a bum hunt and the cabin was so dirty that there were mouse poo in our bed and everywhere in the drawer and cupborads, even the shower was so dirty that we had to clean it also before we could even think about taking one. Well at least the next folks coming in will have a better place to arrive in then we did. We were told we could only hunt at night, so dont go there thinking that its anytime hunting. We will never return, as we drove for 2 days to get there and then paid the fee, we could of had a better time at a place in Arkansas and had several to bring home. For me this was my first time ever hunting and wow, from the website it looks like everyone gets a hog.

  6. Phillip on October 4th, 2013 11:48

    Thanks for the info, David. Sounds like you had a pretty bad time. I’d hope that you left your feedback with the operator, in hopes that he’ll improve things.

  7. Matt on November 9th, 2013 14:04

    David, I’m sorry but there are multiple flat lies in your comments.
    Poo in your bed?? I think not, and if so, why didn’t y’all say something so it could have been taken care of it? I make myself readily availbe to all of my hunters 24/7… Is the cabin perfect? No but it IS a hunting cabin… Also, i have NEVER told ANYONE they cannot hunt in day time hours. That’s nonsense. I might have said the hunting is better at night but again I’ve never told even one hunter they can’t hunt any certain hours. Obviously the hunting would be better at night during the Texas summer.
    Lastly, I’m sorry if you guys didn’t get hogs. While I do everything in my power to help my hunters be successful, sometimes it doesn’t come together. I can assure you that I have many many hunters return year after year from all over the country. During all seasons.
    A bad review is one thing but to lie about your experience is another…

  8. Phillip on November 11th, 2013 07:42

    Thanks, guys. I’m going to call a halt to this one now, before it turns into personal tit-for-tat. Readers have the opportunity here to see both sides. I don’t know the operation, nor do I know any of the folks who are commenting about it, so I can’t vouch for the truth or fiction in any of this.

    My recommendation for folks planning a hunt with an outfitter is, as always, do your homework and use more than one source. Don’t just rely on the Internet, and this comment thread is a good reminder of why.

  9. James on November 10th, 2013 12:48

    Hello guys. My group and I have been to 4 pines ranch for the last four years in a row now and we always have a blast! We go every year in August. Its hot but the only time of year we can all get together.
    We’ve never experienced anything like “David” described. No, the cabin is not “5- star” but it’s not supposed to be, its a hunting cabin! We’ve never seen rat poo or anything like that either. I don’t recall ever thinking the shower was “dirty”. Again, it’s not perfect but it’s better than a lot of hunting cabins and tents I’ve stayed in while hunting. 🙂
    We’ve always hunted an hour or two before dark and in to the night and then some in the early mornings. The owner (Matt) has always recommended night hunting because the hogs are nocturnal, which is to be expected, but he’s never told us any times we couldn’t hunt?
    The hunting has been pretty good for us. Some years we have to put more hours in the blinds than others but hey that’s hunting, isn’t it?
    David, for new hunters and such that don’t or can’t put the necessary time in the blinds, he does offer hunts in the high fence section of the ranch.
    Anyway, we can’t wait to go back next summer. Good times!
    Happy hunting fellas!

  10. Deedy Loftus on November 11th, 2013 21:20

    Well, I’ll be the first to change the subject. Hey Phillip, how in the heck are you? Good to read your story above. We had a really good summer here, a few guys didn’t get on hogs, but the majority did, that’s of course on the semi-guided hunting, the fully guided is always guaranteed anyways. The hogs love the barley in the summer don’t they? I just thought I’d poke my head in here and see what you’re up to, miss ya buddy.
    Deedy

  11. Phillip on November 12th, 2013 08:57

    Heya, Deedy.

    Good to hear from you, and glad to hear the hunting is still going strong down there. I do miss sitting up on a big hill and seeing those hogs roll into the barley fields.

  12. Deedy Loftus on November 12th, 2013 10:24

    I miss you sitting on the hill watching the hogs roll in, good times for sure. And of course all the turkey hunting we did together in the spring, that was a blast. Hope you’re having way more fun in Texas, hunting Cali has always been such a rules & regulations state, but that’s politics, so we wont go there. Are you guiding in Texas?

  13. Phillip on November 12th, 2013 13:23

    Definitely much different in TX. Feeders, stands, shooting houses, and liberal seasons and bag limits… not to mention free-ranging exotics like axis deer. You’d think I’d be hunting every day, but my freezer only holds so much meat.

    Not really guiding yet. It’s a little tougher to make the connections here so far, and my free time is a little more limited. Been helping out with game processing at the local smokehouse, and meeting some folks. Hope to turn that to something good in the near future.

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