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    First time there was last week. Always hunted public land.... spent three days there. Never have seen so much pig sign... every where !!!!!! Problem was it was almost 70 degrees durning the day. Did not see any pigs. Did see a ton of signs....... 686 hunter in there so far, only 27 pigs taken.....Any advise on how to get a pig there ? Thx ...

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    Although I've never hunted there, my advice would be to keep trying, hunt early and into the late evening hours.

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    Hey Hog. You have either find them going to their bedding areas are how to find them bedded down. Easiest way to fish the lake is with a boat. They usually average about one hog a week so 27 sounds about right. Good luck and Happy hunting

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    Time it for no moon. When there is a lot of pressure get out real early and make a beeline to the other side of where people are hunting and wait for them to drive them towards you. This has worked for me on public land a lot. Take advantage of them pushing.

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    Thank u all for the advise...all makes sence.... thanks. Again

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    Since the lake closes next month don't wait to long

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    I'm heading back to the lake the 7-10 anyone going to be out that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsp View Post
    I'm heading back to the lake the 7-10 anyone going to be out that way.
    I can't make it this time, as I'm still getting squared away with my archery stuff. Keep me in mind though - I'm on the other side of the bay from you and wouldn't mind trying it out up there.
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    Where are you at Bambi? This may be my last go this year since I'm coaching baseball and its about to get into full swing.

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    I live ten minutes from the lake however I'm taken my 12 year old to get his hunter safety that weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsp View Post
    Where are you at Bambi? This may be my last go this year since I'm coaching baseball and its about to get into full swing.
    I'm over in the San Ramon/Danville area. I'm a long time pig hunter, but a noob with archery hunting. I've shot a lot of targets, but never hunted with a bow.

    I'm all set with the equipment now, just need someone to go with........ I don't know the Lake Sonoma area, so if you do that would be a perfect situation for me.
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    You would have to pre reg and its like 30$ if you do that maybe we can meet up, Up there.

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    Just been there...the hill side was tore up with pig signs!!!!... good luck!!!
    Pig is what i do very well...cuz my only question is...how many do u want me to leave???

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    I hunted at the Thumb camp site..... leave site and follow road (grass) to top of hill. The other side of the hill, one facing the boat ramp was tore up........ if you circle around the hill , in line with boat ramp.... many many wallows..... Good luck....

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    Thumb camp?

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    Yes its right next to skunk camp. They are camp sites

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    yes thats a good area, if you see rooting park and walk. I've taken a couple there, found em bedding in the scrub oaks. keep in mind pigs like to sleep on/in flat depressions on a hillside my thinking is they find flat spots so they don't roll downhill when asleep ;-) yes you can hunt the wallows but they pass through those areas. I prefer to find them eating or sleeping, they spend more time at those spots. thing about hunting any game is to walk walk walk walk and walk some more. learn the area like the animals do. the more you walk the better you know the area. good luck, wish I could be there. next year.
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    Thanks guys I will check those places out I usually hunt liberty glen area and hike back to the tip of the lake. Great country back there with some good sign, my buddy has seen some and we have heard some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoghunter209 View Post
    First time there was last week. Always hunted public land.... spent three days there. Never have seen so much pig sign... every where !!!!!! Problem was it was almost 70 degrees durning the day. Did not see any pigs. Did see a ton of signs....... 686 hunter in there so far, only 27 pigs taken.....Any advise on how to get a pig there ? Thx ...
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    This is the only sign I found.
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    So where is the rest of the sign to go with that. There should be a bloddy arrow or a dead pig.

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    Nice sign

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    nice mikey, I'll get back out there one of these days
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoghunter209 View Post
    First time there was last week. Always hunted public land.... spent three days there. Never have seen so much pig sign... every where !!!!!! Problem was it was almost 70 degrees durning the day. Did not see any pigs. Did see a ton of signs....... 686 hunter in there so far, only 27 pigs taken.....Any advise on how to get a pig there ? Thx ...
    1. Hunt after or during the rain. The ground will be wet so it will be quiet and the runoff/rain will conceal noise. Stalk uphill to redwood trees where they usually bed to stay try. That's how i got one last season at the lake, here's a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgz6-A3L34c . Plus, the meat is more tender if they never wake up.

    2. If the ground is dry find their trail leading out of their bed and wait over it in the evening.

    3. Go in early morning and try and find pigs feeding before going to bed.

    I'm sure there is plenty of other ways, but these three methods have either put a hog on the ground or yielded an opportunity to do so.

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    Nice vid that was pretty sweet to come up on them like that.

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    Dude! that is so cool! wow! nice way to get your hog. I've never hunted hogs, only ducks and pheasants, but just watching you do it, you make it look so easy. I don't know if I'd be going out there anytime soon, but thanks for sharing your hunting advice. I really like the way you think my friend :-)

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    That video is friggin awesome.

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    Saw one pig jump across the road on the walk in but other then that week sign of pigs. My partners saw one at dusk last night!

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    Dsp, I'm out of redwood also. What part of the lake were you hunting?

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