Wild pig hunting California Fort Hunter Liggett

Important update: Fishing and hunting on Fort Hunter Liggett are canceled until further notice due to wildfires in the area. (August 22, 2016). This includes wild pig hunting California, of course.

True, died in the wool wild pig hunters in California  do not need a lengthy introduction to Fort Hunter Liggett. It is hard to imagine wild pig hunting  California on public land without talking about HunterLiggett.

When it comes to  wild pig hunting California on public land, Fort Hunter Liggett leads the pack. Hunter Liggett produces the highest number of hogs harvested on public land year after year. Only by Vandenberg Air Force Base to the south rivals it.

Both are military installations with access restrictions and a plethora of rules and regulations to navigate hunters can strike out after his coveted game. Nevertheless, it is easier to get access to Ft. Hunter Liggett and to get a hunting permit than, say, Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Hotel on Fort Hunter Liggett

On the other hand, fewer hunters compete for game on Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) because of the stricter qualification requirements.

The California Hunting Post has reported on the Hunter Liggett in several previous articles. Search and read what we had to share at the time. This will give you a good idea what to hunt and what to expect.

Wild pig hunting California is unlike anything an average boar hunter experiences when hunting ‘wild boar’ on a private ranch with a guide. Very often, the guide is also the owner or a manager of the ranch with intimate knowledge of the boar population on the property. He also knows from observation and experience where the pigs are .

Signs of the Beast

The ranch owner or guide has transportation and helpers available, often including dogs. Hey, let us not forget the cold water, drinks, and sandwiches he carries on the truck. On decent ranch roads that he knows very well. Finally, his helpers field dress the quarry usually done at an existing  processing station. Not much of a challenge there.

None of that exists on public land and on military bases. You are on your own to navigate, scout, track, locate, and harvest the game. And to get back home in one piece. It takes useful hunting equipment to be ready for possible mishaps.

Then comes the hard part: Getting your quarry back to your car that can be miles away.

Navigation and survival skills are skill sets hunters must master to be successful and to survive. That requires not only knowledge, experience, and skills but also quality equipment to make things easier.

Oh, and some locations require that you carry heavy-duty off-road equipment to get you and your car out of trouble. As in mud, the infamous fort Hunter Liggett muck that has swallowed many a hapless 4×4 after a rain.

Hunter Liggett has a total of 165,500 acres and rights to use another 95,00 acres of the adjoining Los Padres National Forest. Hunters have access to much of this acreage to hunt big game. Furthermore, upland game hunting and fishing are also available on the Fort. Military training schedules decide which areas of the Fort are open for hunting on what days and during what times.

No hunter, even a ‘permitted’ hunter, should go to the Fort to hunt without first checking with the registration and training areas window at 831-386-3310 first.

Updated information is also available by email at huntnfish@liggett-emh1.army.mil.

Wild Pig hunting California at Fort Hunter Liggett

Fort Hunter Liggett is located in a part of California known for its solid population of wild pigs. Harvest reports and wild pig tags submitted to CDFW show that Hunter Liggett has a solid population of wild boar.

Just where they are located on the Fort at any given time is another question. Boar are moving around a lot within their established home area. They particularly do so when their daily routine gets disturbed in any way.

Wild Pigs harvested near FHL

Military exercises are a good means of sending a sounder of wild pigs into an adjacent, undisturbed area. Heavy hunting pressure is another. If a hunting area was exposed for any extended period of time to intense pig hunting, there is a good chance that the boar have moved to better, and safer areas.

That is often an adjacent private ranch. Such as the Bryson Resort, for example.

Indeed, there are several private hunting ranches near Fort Hunter Liggett that report stable wild pig populations and good wild pig hunting California. For a hefty price, of course.

You can avoid that by familiarizing yourself with Fort Hunter Liggett, its wildlife and the rules and regulations that apply to hunters and hunting on the Fort.

Hunter Liggett is open to civilian visitors at certain dates, times, and in accordance with a number of rules and restrictions.

Opening hours are in general:

Mon & Thurs: 0830-1700 
Fri: 0830 – 1800
Sat & Sun: 0730 – 1600 
Tues & Wed: CLOSED

You can also get updated information by emailing to usarmy.hunterliggett.imcom-central.list.fhl-huntandfish@mail.mil.

Hunting permits and regulations

Hunting wild pigs California requires a valid California hunting license, and pig tags. So does FHL. However, they also ask for a valid drivers license, insurance for your vehicle, and vehicle registration.

But that is only the beginning. You also will need:

  • FHL hunting and fishing permits

Annual $ 100, two-day weekend $ 45. Discounts for junior hunters, the disabled, and active military.

Download and submit your 2016 FHL hunting application over the IInternet directly from FHL

FHL elk

Get your copy of the fishing permit application from Hunter Liggett as a pdf file.

Anything else? Oh, yes, much morebefore you can go hunting wild pigs California on FHL

You will also need a

  • Harvest Report form

Download it from conveniently from the horse’s mouth. You need to submit the form at the end of your hunt when you check out from FHL.

  • Dashboard Pass (MWR)

Get it also from FHL as a pdf file.

  • FHL Hunting and fishing regulations

Get them here, then familiarize yourself with them. They are very important if you want to do things right and keep your privilege to hunt on FHL. No kidding.

It pays to have a look at the

  • FHL Point System regulations

The Point system  determines the drawing rank of a hunter’s applications for a deer or elk hunt. Unsuccessful hunters will receive an additional point for the next year’s drawing.

Boar Rifle eBook

More permits, regulations, and rules

And now let us look briefly at the remaining heavyweights of Fort Hunter Liggett permits and regulations.

  • Weapons registration

All weapons must be registered to bring them and use them for wild pig hunting California on Fort Hunter Liggett. Download the registration form and the guidelines for submitting registration of personal firearms. These are pdf files. You need the Acrobat Reader or an equivalent to open and print them.

  • Blaze Orange

is required by FHL policy. You must show at least 100 square inches of orange on your garb. Camouflage orange is allowed.

  • Non-lead hunting ammunition

All hunters must use unleaded hunting ammunition while wild pig hunting California  on the Fort. That is not asking much. Nonlead hunting ammo is required for hunting on CDFW properties and wildlife areas in California since July of 2016 anyway. And the full ban of leaded ammo is inevitably coming in a few years.

  • Weekday hunting

is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. only. You can preregister for the day beginning at 4 p.m.

  • Teletrac Registration System

This is one of the most important innovations for hunting on FHL. All hunters and fishermen must now check in and also check out using the Teletrac Registration System.

The FHL staff will no longer issue registration forms. Instead, hunters use the Teletrac system to check in and out.

The system uses the FHL permit number and a pin to process the checks. You can download the instructions to sign into an area or reservoir from Teletrac.

Call the number listed in the instructions to check in and out following the directions in the instruction pamphlet. At first glance, the process looks confusing. But it is not more difficult than calling your gas company’s  automated customer service.

Are we there yet? No, one more thing.

You did not think wild pig hunting California was that uncomplicated, did you?

After registering with Teletrac, you need to download and print your daily vehicle pass. You must display it on your car’s dashboard. Do not forget to update the pass when you change areas.

Furthermore, the pass also reminds hunters that they can only use weapons approved for the area in which they hunt. Check the current weapon restrictions by calling (831) 386-3310 or at http:// www.liggett.army.mil/sites/fishhunt/update.asp.

Fort Hunter Liggett is a very large. It is divided into 29 areas. Not all areas are open for hunting at any given time. You need to find out which areas are open and what weapons may be used in the area. Some of them are for bow hunting only.

You can get area maps from FHL or download the official USGS topo maps directly.

Nevertheless, there is much more to know about FHL.

Go directly to this Fort Hunter Liggett website for current fees, details on wildlife that can be hunted and other pertinent information.

Similar data, including additional information on hotels, food, gas stations and more, is on this site. Beware, some of the information appears to be outdated.

Let us be clear, wild pig hunting California  does not come without effort. In fact, it takes much preparation before you can go on your fist hunt. Success is not guaranteed, never.

However, your chances of getting a wild pig are much better on FHL than on any other public land in California, except VAFB, of course.

And even if you do not get your boar, hunting on Fort Hunter Liggett is a challenge and fun. As long as you do not get trapped in the notorious FHL muck.

But it is worth the trouble.

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Peter Jaeckle is the publisher and Chief Editor of the California Hunting Post.You can find him also on Google+,Twitter, Facebook and on many other sites. Over the past decades he has written on investments, dogs and dog rescue, economic and on environmental topics.

2 thoughts on “Wild pig hunting California Fort Hunter Liggett”

  1. When it comes to wild boar hunting in California, only one name goes to mind: Hunter Liggett. The permits are easy to acquire, and lots of wild pigs seen roaming about. This hunting territory has the highest number of hogs being harvested, and it definitely has earned its reputation as the popular destination for boar hunting. However, there is also one other location, the Vandenberg Air Force Based (VAFB), that is less popular, and has less people, with stricter hunting limitation. To get deep into the experience of boar hunting, Hunter Liggett, have owners or managers of the area who have intensive knowledge about the animals, and would be able to provide wise advice on how to catch one. To effectively catch your boar, you need to make sure that you have the skills, experience, and moreso appropriate equipment for hunting

    1. Well said. Sums up the essentials of boar hunting locations in California. I find it particularly helpful that you mention talking to knowledgeable and wise boar hunters with independent experience.
      To which I want to add, do not rely on advice from boar hunting guides.
      They have their own agenda.

      Vandenberg AFB has very good boar hunting, indeed. However, hunters must be military or an acceptable equivalent to getting a permit there. Deer hunting is great at Vandenberg AFB as well.

      Hunter Liggett feral pigs are ‘overflowing’ to adjacent private lands.

      The extremely hot summer will definitely affect boar populations negatively. However, July is anyway the month in which sows do not reproduce. There will be more activity after, let’s say, September depending on weather conditions.

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