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Online Applications Available For Joice Island Wild Pig Hunts

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering wild pig hunting opportunities in March, April and May at the Joice Island Unit of the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area in Solano County.

The 2022 Joice Island pig hunt drawings will be administered online exclusively. CDFW is accepting applications until 4 p.m. on Feb. 14.

The limited-entry, permit-only hunts help control the population of wild pigs on the Joice Island Unit, a 2,150-acre wetland area consisting of thick cattails, tules, brush and standing water.

Hunters may only use shotguns with nonlead slugs or archery equipment. Dogs and bicycles are not allowed.

Four hunters will be drawn for 13 consecutive weekends for a total of 52 hunters. The maximum hunting party size for this hunt is two hunters. There is no charge to apply. The first hunt weekend will be reserved only for apprentice hunters holding junior licenses, age 12 to 15. Hunters may apply for all hunts but will only be selected for one. Hunters may not enter more than once as part of multiple parties. Permit holders may bring one non-hunting partner. Junior license holders receiving a permit must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. The adult accompanying the junior license holder does not need to be a licensed hunter.

To apply for both the apprentice and general hunts, visit CDFW’s Special and Apprentice Hunts Online Registration System and either log in or create a new account. Navigate the drop-down menus and apply for the weekend of your choice. Permits with maps and additional information will be emailed to successful applicants.

CDFW reserves the right to cancel any of these hunts and close the area to all public users without prior notification due to unforeseen circumstances or emergencies.

For more information or questions, contact CDFW at (707) 425-3828.

Apprentice Hunt Weekend, March 5 and 6 – Only Junior License holders (Age 12 to 15) may apply.

General Hunt Weekends – Adults and Junior License holders may apply – March 12 and 13; March 19 and 20; March 26 and 27; April 2 and 3; April 9 and 10; April 16 and 17; April 23 and 24; April 30 and May 1. Also, May 7 and 8; May 14 and 15; May 21 and 22; May 28 and 29.