US Army Corps of Engineers
San Francisco District

Hunting at Lake Sonoma

                                   

                                                      Lake Sonoma

                                                       2018-2019

                                            Pig Hunting Information

 

Archery and Crossbow Hunting Only

Hunting dates are November 10, 2018 - March 24, 2019

All hunters, even if visiting Lake Sonoma for just one day, are required to pay a $35 registration fee upon entry, which allows hunting at the park for the entire season and waives the usual $5 day-use park fee charged to non-hunters. Fees charged by the privately owned marina still apply.   Hunters can register at one of the following locations:

Milt Brandt Visitor Center at Lake Sonoma, Lake Sonoma Resort & Marina, Turra’s Back Room Archery Shop or West Coast Archery Shop. The Milt Brandt Visitor Center is located at 3288 Skaggs Spring Road, Geyserville, CA 95441.  The center is open Wednesday through Sunday,  9am-4pm.  CONTACT:  (707-431-4533) or at Lakesonomavc@outlook.com   No registration is available at park headquarters.

Hunters who have registered previously will need to re-register for the current season.

Hunters will be required to show a driver’s license, valid CA hunting license, and a CA pig tag and will then be issued a hunting pass and given a brief orientation on hunting at the park. There is no maximum number of hunters for this hunt.  Also required is a check-in form that can be dropped into one of the park fee vaults.   The second part of the form is required only when a hunter gets a pig. 

other important rules to note:

• 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 trespassers.

• 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, as well as 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.

• Hunters are required to 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 a successful hunter you will really

need to spend some time in the field to see for yourself. The hog hunting forum at

www.jesseshunting.com is also an excellent source of information from both hunters and park staff.

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. You can use archery and crossbows but you may not operate any motorized vehicle at any time or use horses if the trails are closed for the rainy season.  

If I’m hunting for several consecutive days, do I have to check in each 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.

Questions? contact Park Ranger Kelsey Machen at Kelsey.J.machen@usace.army.mil or Park Ranger Brian Emmons at 707 431 4523

 

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