Lake Sonoma Pig and Deer Hunting

Pig Hunting

Pig hunting season will once again begin in November and continue to late March, 2019. 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 Wednesday - Sunday, 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

Jayson Collard, avid hunter and the director of the Friends of Lake Sonoma hunting program, will once again offer guided pig hunts for the 2018-2019 season. 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. 

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

Deer hunts are $700 for one day and $1,000 for two days.  Each hunter is allowed to take a pig as well as a deer.  

NOTE:  2019 DEER HUNTS ARE SOLD OUT. If you would like to reserve a hunt for 2020. 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

Kasey Wade, chairman

Rick Herbert, vice chairman

Joe Brandt,  treasurer

Mark Thayer, secretary


Directors: Dora Azevedo, Nikki Baxes, Jayson Collard, John Granatir, Donna Meier, Brad Sherwood, and Burrell Wyle.


Directors Emeritus:  Gordon Amrein, Linda Clapp, Paul Finn, Dave Harmeson, Tony Pettis, Phil Pinto, Arnold Santucci, Ken Screechfield, Richard Thomas

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 Water

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Sonoma County Tourism

Back Country Horsemen of California -- North Bay Chapter

Sonoma County Bowmen

United Flyers of Sonoma County

Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley




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