Lake Sonoma Pig and Deer Hunting

Pig Hunting

Pig hunting season at Lake Sonoma will begin early this year.  Hunters are being allowed access from November 17 until March 24,2018. Hunting is limited to specific areas of the park and is self-guided.  Only archery and crossbow hunting is allowed. Special credentials are needed to hunt pigs at Lake Sonoma.  Hunters with a valid California hunting license and pig tags can purchase credentials at the following locations:

Lake Sonoma Marina (open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Milt Brandt Visitors Center at Lake Sonoma (open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Turra's Backroom Archery Shop, 3325 Regional Parkway, Santa Rosa

West Coast Archery Shop, 2040 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma

The permit fee is $35.  A valid drivers license, hunting license and pig tag must be provided at the time of purchase. Permits are available now.  For more information, call the Milt Brandt Visitors Center at Lake Sonoma at 707-431-4533 or email


Guided Pig Hunts

New this year are guided pig hunts led by Jayson Collard, avid hunter and the director of the Friends of Lake Sonoma hunting program.  Cost for the a guided pig hunt is $350.  Reservations should be made with Jayson at 707-293-6410 or via email at


Guided Deer Hunting

Deer hunting is allowed at Lake Sonoma on a limited basis to help control the deer population.  Each year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife conducts a survey of the of the herd at Lake Sonoma to determine the maximum number of bucks that can be taken.  Areas of the park that have been closed for decades are now open only for deer hunting.

The season begins each year in mid-July and runs through mid-September.

Deer hunting is by archery or crossbow only and is semi-guided by Jayson Collard, a volunteer and member of the Friends of Lake Sonoma Board of Directors. Fee is $600 for the first day and $200 for subsequent days (if you were unable to take a buck).  As a bonus, deer hunters will also be allowed to harvest a wild pig.

Hunters must have a California A-zone deer tag and a pig tag.

If you would like to reserve a hunt, please contact Jayson Collard at 707-293-6410 or via email at 


Hunting Fees

All fees associated with the pig and deer hunts are donated to the Friends of Lake Sonoma for park maintenance and programs.  We greatly appreciate your support!

Board of Directors

Linda Clapp, chairman

Rich Thomas, vice chairman

Tony Pettis, treasurer

Mark Thayer, secretary


Directors: Dora Azevedo, Nikki Baxes, Harry Bosworth, Joe Brandt, Jayson Collard, John Granatir, Rick Herbert, Donna Meier, Brad Sherwood, Kasey Wade and Burrell Wyle.


Directors Emeritus:  Gordon Amrein, Paul Finn, Dave Harmeson, Phil Pinto, Arnold Santucci, Ken Screechfield

Tax Status

The Friends of Lake Sonoma is recognized as a non-profit cooperative association under section 501 (c) 3 of the United State Internal Revenue Service tax code.  Our tax identification number is 94-2260679.  We operate on a fiscal year from January 1 to December 31.  Monetary and in-kind donations to the Friends of Lake Sonoma are considered to be tax deductible, unless limited by law.


The Friends of Lake Sonoma relies on strong partnerships with key govenmental agencies and businesses, including:

United States Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District

Sonoma County Water Agency

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

National Environmental Education & Training Foundation

Toyota Motor Sales USA

Back Country Horsemen of California -- North Bay Chapter

Bike Monkey

Sonoma County Bowmen

United Flyers of Sonoma County

Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley




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