Archery-Only Pig Hunt Season Set To Open At Lake Sonoma On Saturday

The following press release is courtesy of Friends of Lake Sonoma:

CDFW photo by Robert Waldron.

Lake Sonoma pig hunting season opens Saturday

Geyserville, CA, Monday, November 6, 2023—Lake Sonoma’s annual pig hunting season will officially open Saturday, Nov. 11, and property hunting passes are currently on sale at four Sonoma County locations.  All hunting is archery only; no guns are allowed on Lake Sonoma property.

Feral pig hunting is allowed at Lake Sonoma to help control the wild pig population.  The season runs through March 17, 2024, and the fee for hunting remains at $35 this year. 

Hunters must have a valid driver license, a valid California hunting license and a current California pig tag in order to purchase a hunting pass.  

Property passes are available at the Milt Brandt Visitor Center at Lake Sonoma, as well as the Lake Sonoma Marina Resort.  They are also sold at Turra’s Backroom Archery at 3260 Santa Rosa Ave. in Santa Rosa and at West Coast Archery Shop, 2040 Petaluma Blvd. North in Petaluma.  Passes can also be purchased via email by contacting  The hunting pass, when properly displayed, will be honored as a day use fee pass at Lake Sonoma during the hunt dates only.

Hunters must check in and report pig harvests via email at

Individuals without access to email cannot hunt.

Certain areas of the park will again be off limits this season, due to the residual effects of the 2020 Walbridge Fire and the rise in lake water levels from excessive rains last winter.  Complete details on access and hunting rules will be provided with orientation materials when hunters register.

Hunters wishing to camp at Lake Sonoma while hunting must make reservations at, or by calling 1-877-444-6777.  Walk-in camping is not allowed at the Lake Sonoma campgrounds, but Lake Sonoma Marina Resort has both tent and RV camping available for walk-ins.  Call 1-707-433-2200 for more information.

Jayson Collard, director of the Friends of Lake Sonoma hunting program, is offering guided pig hunts at a cost of $650 per person.  Reservations for the guided hunts should be made directly with Jayson via email at

All funds received are donated to the Friends of Lake Sonoma to cover registration costs, educational materials and help pay for land stewardship projects within the park.

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