The application deadline is fast approaching for hunters who wish to enter the permit drawing for the Joice Island pig hunts. The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) will be accepting application cards through close of business Feb. 10, 2012. The drawing will be held on Feb. 14, 2012.
A total of 24 two-day permits will be issued. DFG will be holding these limited-entry, permit-only hunts to control a small population of wild pigs on the Joice Island Unit of the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area in Solano County. Joice Island is a 2,150-acre wetland area consisting of thick cattails, tules, some brush and standing water.
The first weekend of this hunting opportunity has been reserved for apprentice hunters. Two-day pig hunt permits will be issued by drawing only for the following weekends:
Apprentice Hunters (12 years of age and older with Junior Hunting License)
- March 3-4
General (Adults or apprentice hunters may apply)
- March 10-11
- March 17-18
- March 24-25
- March 31-April 1
- April 7-8
- April 14-15
- April 21-22
Three hunters will be drawn for each of the eight weekends, for a total of 24. Permits with maps and additional information will be mailed to successful applicants. A permit holder may bring one non-hunting partner. Only shotguns using slugs and archery will be allowed as well as dogs. In addition to a hunting license, participants must also possess a validCaliforniapig tag.
To apply for a permit drawing, please send a standard postcard with the hunter’s name (apprentice hunters must also provide name of adult chaperone), valid hunting license GO-ID number, address, telephone number and desired hunt date.
Mail the application card to Joice Island Pig Hunt, 2548 Grizzly Island Road, Suisun City, CA 94585. Each hunter may apply only one time and for only one date. Applications will be accepted for parties of up to two hunters, but the card must contain all information for both hunters. Incomplete cards and multiple entries will not be accepted. There is no fee to apply.
DFG reserves the right to cancel this hunt and close the area to all public users without prior notification due to unforeseen circumstances or emergency situations.