Lake Sonoma Pig and Deer Hunting
Pig hunting season at Lake Sonoma will begin Thanksgiving Weekend and run through mid-March, 2017. 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 fee is $35. A valid drivers license, hunting license and pig tag must be provided at the time of purchase. Permits will be available beginning in October for the 2016-2017 hunting season. For more information, call the Milt Brandt Visitors Center at Lake Sonoma at 707-431-4533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 $500 for the first day and $175 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 email@example.com.
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!