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Public wild pig hunting on private land in Solano and Merced counties soon available in the Fairfield and Merced area. Apply now for eight public wild pig hunting opportunities on private land from November 2016 to February 2017.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife does it again. The Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program of CDFW offers public wild pig hunting opportunities beginning in November of this year. These public hunts on private land also will include waterfowl and upland game hunts.
The SHARE public wild pig hunting features eight pig hunts on the private Rush Ranch in southern Solano county. The property owner determines the exact hunting dates. On the other hand, a random drawing will select the lucky winners of the two permits per hunting period. Each permit is good for two hunters.
The successful applicants have access to about 1,000 acres of the Rush Ranch (out of a total of 2,070 acres). Also, they can camp free in a designated camping area of the ranch.
The Rush Ranch borders the Suisun Marsh near Fairfield. It is located in an area with known wild pig populations.
All public wild pig hunting on the Rush Ranch is limited to archery, crossbow, and shotguns with slugs only.
In addition, the Merced Wastewater Treatment Plant will open 300 acres of its property for hunting waterfowl, dove, and pheasants.
The property has seasonal ponds and wetlands that provide forage and safe resting places for the three species. Agricultural fields nearby and sloughs make the property a desirable habitat waterfowl and pheasants.
Use the link below for more details and instructions on this hunt.
Suisun Marsh overview (commons)
California hunters with a valid California hunting license (and pig tags for wild pig hunting) apply online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/online-sales.
Applications require a non-refundable application fee of $ 11.37 for each hunt choice. Depending on the hunt, successful applicants may bring a hunting or a non-hunting partner. Non-hunting partners cannot carry any firearm while on the hunt.
Compare this small application fee with the exorbitant access and guide fees private ranchers are charging wild pig hunters. And you will have to agree that SHARE hunts are a great way for the public to hunt on private ranches.
It is the closest a hunter can get to public access to private properties without having to deal with all the negatives that come with hunting on public land.
Want to know more about the SHARE properties above? Or are you interested in other public wild pig hunting opportunities on private land?
Easy, just visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.
Hunting on SHARE properties is vastly superior to hunting on PLM land. Consider this, PLM access and/or tag fees are generally exceedingly high. I will talk about that and other options for hunting on public land in an upcoming article.