Pig Hunting Information
REMEMBER, the Visitor Center is closed.
There will be no shotgun hunting this season - Archery and Crossbow Hunting Only.
Hunting dates are as follows:
Archery and Crossbow Only November 23, 2013- March 27, 2014
Hunter registration for Pig Hunts is required at the park. The Visitor Center is currently closed due to Continuing Resolution for Fiscal Year 2014 constraints and the district’s on-going efforts to allocate Operations and Maintenance funding to sufficiently fund all of its projects and activities.
To register In-person:
Hunters will be able to register in person at the Lake Sonoma Marina office, off Skaggs Springs Road ($5 convenience fee charged at Marina).
To register via fax or e-mail:
Fax or e-mail a copy of the hunters Driver's License, Hunting License and Pig Tag to 707-431-1031 or e-mail Rachel Mack at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a contact telephone number and/or fax number at the top of the page.
To register by mail:
Please mail a copy of hunters Driver's License, Hunting License and Pig Tag on a letter-size paper to:
U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
ATTN: Lake Sonoma Pig Hunt
3333 Skaggs Road
Geyserville, CA 95441
Previous years’ hunters must register for the 2013-2014 season. The Friends of Lake Sonoma, a non-profit group, coordinates the hunt registration process and will charge $30 to complete the process. Registration fees are used to offset hunter registration cost, education material and for land stewardship within the park.
Registration staff will fax, email, or mail the "Terms and Conditions" page of rules for you to read, sign and return.
Once the "Terms and Conditions" page is received, registration staff will call to process credit card payments and complete the registration process. This year’s fee is $30.
Each hunter will be assigned a hunter number. A vehicle hang tag and boat sticker will be sent to each registrant. The first day of hunting is NOVEMBER 23. Please begin the long distance registration process early to allow time for mailing.
NOTE: DUE TO BUDGET CUTS SOME ACCESS POINTS TO THE PARK MAY BE CLOSED
Lake Sonoma’s shoreline will be off limits from November 23 through March 27 to any vessel that does not display a 2013-2014 hunting registration sticker, is not registered at a campsite, or whose operator/occupant is not within shouting distance of the vessel. Any vessel not meeting one of these three requirements will be considered "abandoned equipment" and its owner subject to citation ($150.00) and possible impound fees.
- Stay within park boundaries even if an injured animal crosses onto private land. Park rangers may not see you but our neighbors do and they are very vocal in their disapproval of trespass.
- Hunting stands and game cameras are permitted provided that they do not permanently scar the trees.
- Hunters are subject to all park rules and regulations, all county, state, and local laws, and California Department of Fish & Game regulations.
- In accordance with California hunting regulations, feeding (baiting) of pigs is strictly prohibited.
- Dogs may not be used while hunting.
- Hunters may not possess a firearm (including a sidearm) while in the field.
- Pigs must be gutted at least 100 yards away from any man made structure, trail or campground. Do not dispose of entrails in garbage cans; leave them in the field to attract other boar.
- Hunters are required to possess a valid hunting license on their person and have pig tags with them while hunting.
Commonly asked questions:
Where are the pigs?
A: Signs of pig activity can be seen in all areas of the park.
Can I carry a side arm while hunting?
A: No, you will have to rely on your skill and judgment in making a shot with your bow or cross bow.
Can I use the fire roads and trails in the park?
A: You may hike on any fire road or trail at any time within the park to access hunting grounds. However you may not operate any motorized vehicle or use horses if the trails are closed for the rainy season. Also, you may not follow a fire road onto adjacent private property.
If I’m hunting for several days in a row, do I have to check in every day?
A: No, you only need to check in on the first day of a multi-day hunt. We only ask that you drop your checkout card in a fee vault on the way out of the park so we can keep an accurate tally of how many hunters have participated and what kind of success rate you are having.
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