Lake Sonoma Pig and Deer Hunting

Pig Hunting

Pig hunting season begins in November!  Official starting date has yet to be determined.  Hunting is limited to specific areas of the park and is self-guided.  Only archery and crossbow hunting is allowed.  No guns are allowed at Lake Sonoma.  Special credentials are needed to hunt pigs at Lake Sonoma.  Hunters with a current driver license, 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.)

Turra's Backroom Archery Shop, 3260 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa

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

Milt Brandt Visitor Center at Lake Sonoma (Daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

By Email:

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.  

Certain areas of the recreational area will be off limits this season due to rising lake levels. Complete details on access and hunting rules will be provided with the orientation materials once hunters register for their hunting pass.

If you are planning to camp at Lake Sonoma while hunting, please make your reservations in advance through the National Recreation Reservation Service at or by calling 1-877-444-6777.  Walk-in camping is only available through the Lake Sonoma Marina & Resort, which has tent camping and RV camping.  Contact the Marina at 707-433-2200.

NOTE:  Check-in and harvest reporting must be done via email at  If you cannot email, you cannot hunt.  Properly displayed hunting credentials (property passes) will cover day use fees during the hunting season.

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 2024-2025 season. Cost for the a guided pig hunt is $650.  Reservations should be made with Jayson 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 $850 for one day and $1,400 for two days.  Each hunter is allowed to take a pig as well as a deer.  

NOTE:  Deer hunts for 2024 have all been sold.  If you would like to reserve a hunt for 2025, please contact Jayson Collard 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

Skip Brand, chairman

Rick Herbert, vice chairman

Joe Brandt,  treasurer

 Vacant, secretary


Directors: Dora Azevedo, Nikki Baxes, Carl Bowers, Jayson Collard, Marci Cook, Dan Horn, Brent Swinth,  Marshall Turbeville, Jim Wilmes and Burrell Wyle.


Directors Emeritus:  Gordon Amrein, Harry Bosworth, Linda Clapp, Paul Finn, Dave Harmeson, Donna Meier, Tony Pettis, Phil Pinto, Arnold Santucci, Ken Screechfield, Richard Thomas, Kasey Wade

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




Contact Us