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Guides’ thoughts for hunting winter hogs
Winter weather has finally kicked in along the West Coast and those extremely dry hillsides will soon be showing some greening up. Hogs have been feeding on acorns under the shade of oaks since they started to fall last month. Most of the barley and wild oats have either been harvested or eaten up by large groups of hungry wild pigs.

Western Outdoor News contacted Chad Wiebe of Oak Stone Outfitters, based out of Bradley, to get his thoughts on hunting winter hogs.


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CENTRAL COAST BOAR Young L. Zerbe of Monterey made a good shot on this huge boar. It was his first wild hog and he was hunting with master guide Chad Wiebe of Oak Stone Outfitters. PHOTO COURTESY OF CENTRAL COAST TAXIDERMY


“In the winter, our tactics change quite a bit from summer time hunts and the dryer months. Hogs in the winter tend to be much more nomadic, especially once the acorns drop. We try to find a high vantage point and rely on glassing larger areas than we do on summer hunts. Once spotted, we will try to get closer by stalking a group of pigs feeding with their heads down. Any rain, like that one that blew through this past week, is obviously a huge help in detecting fresh sign — we don’t get that luxury very often,” stated Wiebe.


“We are seeing lots of pigs on our guided hunts. During the fall we would catch them coming to and from limited water sources, which made for good stalking and taking killable shots at a variety of boars, sows and meat pigs. Now that we got some rain I would think that pigs might start rooting more often looking for wild onions and other tuber plant life,” said Clint Miller of Miller Bros. Expeditions.


Miller went on to add, “Hogs were coming down in the valley floor for a food source and a drink and then heading back up into the dense cover of surrounding mountains. With this past week’s rain, we’ll likely be spending more time hunting the hills. There are plenty of pigs all along the Central Coast and this Parkfield area offers up prime hog hunting.”


Hog hunting guide Lincoln Raahauge, Raahauge’s Hog Hunting Guide Service, (951) 833-8116, based on a ranch northeast of Bakersfield, has a new property to hunt hogs. The ranch consists of 31,000 acres, is located in the foothills of the western High Sierra and varies in elevation from 1,500 feet clear on up to near the timber line at 7,000 feet. This ranch is privately owned and Raahauge has exclusive hog hunting rights to the property. The ranch has a very huntable established population of wild hogs. The cost of a wild pig hunt is $1,500 and the hunt package includes: 2.5 days of hunting (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), hunts are conducted by licensed hunting guide, Lincoln Raahauge, ranch style meals are part of the experience, experienced dogs are used, in the field transportation via ATV is included as are comfortable mountain cabins.


Ron Gayer, the head guide for Indian Rock Ranch, located in higher foothills above Glennville, 661-809-1613, hunts hogs on this beautiful ranch property. On a recent WON turkey hunt with Gayer, we watched a huge 325-pound boar rooting the side of a nearby hill as we headed out to a nearby turkey blind overlooking a spring. That boar sported tusks so long that you didn’t need bios to see the ivory. While the ranch offers mostly turkey hunts, wild pig hunting can be a good option. According to Gayer, currently the wild pig population that moves through the ranch are pretty well spread out as they root under the oaks and onto some food plots for tubers and other plant life.


Clayton Grant, master guide of Bitterwater Outfitters, (805) 610-4521, based out of Cholame, hunts on nearly 300,000 acres of private ranches along the Central Coast for hogs, coastal blacktail deer, turkey and exotics, including Tule elk. Most all of the ranches hunted by Grant hold good numbers of hogs, some sporting huge tusks. Hogs are not hitting newly planted barley fields as the seeds haven’t germinated yet. During cooler weather, hogs will stay out a little longer in the morning and head to feed and water late in the afternoon. With darkness now at about 5:30 p.m., the hunting day is a tad shorter than during the spring, summer and early fall months.


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