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Hunting at Lake Sonoma


                                                      Lake Sonoma


                                            Pig Hunting Information


Archery and Crossbow Hunting Only

Hunting dates are as follows: November 9, 2019 - March 25, 2020

Hunters will initially be required to register for hunting through one of the following sales locations:

Milt Brandt Visitor Center at Lake Sonoma, Lake Sonoma Resort & Marina, Turra’s Back Room Archery Shop in Santa Rosa or West Coast Archery Shop in Petaluma and Dixon.

Hunters may register in person at the Lake Sonoma Milt Brandt Visitor Center, 3288 Skaggs Springs Road, Geyserville, CA 95441. Open Wednesday thru Sunday 9am-4pm, 707-431-4533 or by e-mail to

No registration available at Park Headquarters!

NOTE! The hunting property pass when properly displayed will be honored as a day use fee pass at Lake Sonoma only during the hunt dates (11/09/19 03/25/20). USACE camping and Lake Sonoma Marina fees still apply.

ALL USACE camping at Lake Sonoma is through reservation only. The Liberty Glen campground gate is kept locked at all hours; campers will be provided a gate combination after making reservations online at or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Walk in camping is not allowed at these campgrounds however the Marina has both tent and RV camping available for walk-ins.

Previous years’ hunters must register for the 2019-2020 season. The Friends of Lake Sonoma non-profit group will be coordinating hunt registration and will charge $35 to complete the process. The money will be used for registration costs, educational materials, and land stewardship projects within the park.

Hunters will be required to show a valid driver’s license, valid CDFW hunting license, and CDFW pig tag(s). They will then be issued a hunting property pass and given a brief orientation on hunting at the park. There is no maximum number of hunters for this hunt. You will also be asked to fill in a hunter check-in form on the days you hunt. Simply drop this in one of the park fee vaults when you arrive. You only need to drop off the bottom portion of the form when you get a pig. This allows us to track how successful the hunt season is.

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 & Wildlife 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.

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 but to be successful hunter you will really need to spend some time in the field to see for yourself. The Hog hunting forum at is also an excellent source of information from both hunters and park staff.

For more information on behavior, biology and how to hunt wild pigs see the CDFW’s Guide to Hunting Wild Pigs in California (PDF) at

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 within the park to access hunting grounds. However you may not operate any motorized vehicle at any time 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.


If you have more questions you can contact

Park Ranger Emily Kohl at 707 431 4533 or

Park Ranger Brian Emmons at 707 431 4523