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spectr17
01-09-2011, 12:00 PM
We're starting to get the plans together for our annual Tejon hog hunt. This is a great hunt for experienced and new hog hunters. This hunt usually has about 25 to 30 hunters but we've had up to 75 depending on the date. The Tejon Ranch is just north of Los Angeles CA at the top of the Grapevine. One of the most beautiful places you'll ever see or hunt but it won't be much longer as there are home developments going in there in a year or two. We'll also be roasting a pig Saturday night for supper along with a free raffle so start bugging the wife/hubby and saving your beans. Apps and checks will be due in April.

COST: $450 for one hog, no trophy fee. This is a non-refundable hunt fee, if you don't kill a pig you DO NOT get your money back. No non hunters or guests are allowed, you must be a paying hunter to attend. This is a Tejon Ranch rule, not ours. You'll get to hunt from about noon Friday till Sunday night. 2 1/2 days. Tejon wants us off by dark Sunday if possible.

CAMPING/LODGING: Dry camping on the south side in Bear Trap Canyon. Paved road into the fairly flat campsite so trailers and motorhomes can make it in. Porta potties for rest rooms. No water or electric available.

VEHICLES: No quad type ATVs but you can use the Rhinos type ORVs. 4wd or high clearance vehicle is recommended but not necessary. You must buy insurance from Tejon for this hunt, $10 per person for 1 year.

TERRAIN: is varied, from steep and deep to rolling hills to flat benches. You'll find pigs in all areas so if you're older or a bit out of shape you can still have a good chance at seeing a pig. The last 2 hunters I helped shoot a pig on Tejon we were 1/2 mile from a road and the other one 1/4 from the road. The hard core guys take packs and drop off into the infamous straight up and down canyons and then walk out the pig after boning it out. You can even road hunt the ranch if you want.

WEAPONS: allowed are bow, pistol, shotgun or rifle for this hunt. This hunt is in the lead free zone of CA so you will need lead free ammo.

WEATHER: End of May could be getting pretty hot or even a late spring storm. Plan for either one. Ranch is at 3600 feet and in the mtns so a storm can roll in fast.

HOGS ON TEJON: Most of the hogs on Tejon are the wild black or brown colored type with boars up to 300 lbs our group has taken. Tusks have run up to 3 to 4 inches that I've seen but the big tuskers are the exception. Most run around a couple inches. You can shoot a meat pig 125 lbs or trophy hunt the big boars, whatever you want.

MEAT PROCESSING: There is a nice skinning rack at the campground that Rich W. made and we'll have lights and some tables set up. You can skin and cut up your own hog there or we can show you how and help you do it if you need help. If you just want to fields dress your pig and then take it to a meat processor you can do that too. There are several butchers within an hour or two of Tejon.

RECOMMENDED GEAR: GPS or compass and map. You can buy a map of Tejon at check in, they're $10. The place is huge and you can get turned around real easy in some on the canyons. Snake chaps or boots. Lots of rattlers on this ranch and the oats get thigh high so you can't see where you're walking many times. Backpack or pack frame if you have one to carry out hog meat if you drop one way down in a canyon and have to bone it out. Binos to help glass up pigs and cover more ground. Shooting sticks, many shots are cross canyon and you need a good rest. Rangefinder to make sure of that cross canyon distance. Lots of rope to drag up a pig out of a hell hole if you don't want to bone them out and pack out. I carry 300ft, some carry 500ft and more. Good field dressing knife and sharpener. Meat bags or pillow cases to put meat in if you pack the hog out. Hydration pack or some way to stay hydrated, one of the biggest "I wish I had" regrets from guys who end up hiking way more than they thought they would and had to gut a pig at the end. FRS radio or some type of 2 way radio like a HAM radio. We try and monitor a FRS channel for those needing help or that get lost. I have a HAM radio I use for long range commo on the ranch but nothing works down in the canyons, we do relays to help get the word out in that situation. Bring wet weather gear if you have it. We have hunted in the snow too so good warm boots if the weather looks nasty.

ALCOHOL/DRUGS: We are guests on the ranch and the last thing we want is an someone getting shot or doing something stupid while under the influence. We have no problem with hunters cracking a beer after the guns are up but if you are found hunting while drunk or under the influence you will be asked to leave the ranch and you will lose your hunt money. Tejon also does not tolerate any bending of this rule.

We try and pair up the new guys with the more experienced guys to help make sure the new guys learn as much as they can and to help them get a shot if possible. Most guided hunts now are running over $600 so this is a great way to go pig hunting and an even better deal if you are from SoCal, it's close.

Jason from our forum is the guy emailing out the Tejon hunt apps and insurance form. You can email me for his email or stay on top of the planning on our forum at http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/hog-javelina-hunting/212406-2011-jho-tejon-pro-hog-hunt-5-22-11-a.html#post2258287

Videos from the 2008 hunt

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toby
01-09-2011, 12:14 PM
Cool deal been there many times "just a note" this fee is non-refundable and must be paid up front. In other words no pig... money gone! Jesse will the ranch be open for this event only? or will it be open for all? and will it be south or north or both?? sorry for all the questions.

spectr17
01-09-2011, 12:50 PM
The hunt will be south side only right now unless we get more than 50 hunters. If we get more than 50 hunters than we get to use the north side too. The ranch will be only open to this hunt and the Tejon Ranch hunt members I believe. Tejon members being allowed to hunt the same area we will be in has changed several times so we're still waiting to here what the rule will be this year. The ranch is so huge we never really had a conflict with the members being in with us, we just had a problem one year with a bunch of drunks that wanted to party 24/7 and not hunt. Tejon was good enough to escort them off the ranch when one of them almost ran over a couple of us in the campground.

Thanks for the note on it's a non-refundable hunt fee, I edited it to show that now.

clay32
01-09-2011, 12:57 PM
This is a great weekend hunting trip on a beautiful piece of land, I went last year, had a blast, and wish I could go this year but my wife is pregnant with our first and due "sometime mid May" Oh well, maybe next year...

DirtyDave
01-09-2011, 1:15 PM
I went last year and got my first boar. I will try to make it if I can afford it this year. Met a bunch of nice guys too.

Just to add to it. I know there is always A LOT of interest in this hunt every year, but there is a lot of guys that request apps then dont end up going. Please dont waste Jesse's or Jason's time if you are not SERIOUS about going. They are setting this up on their own time and there is nothing in it for them. They are just doing this to put together a fun hunt with a good success rate.

Also Tejon ranch is LEAD FREE for ALL forms of ammunition, Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol, Rimfire.
I have some partial boxes of Lead-free 30-06 rounds if somebody needs them to get sighted in for cheaper than dropping $40-60 on a box!

DirtyDave
01-09-2011, 1:39 PM
Last year
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lewdogg21
01-09-2011, 2:32 PM
Very cool. If this was NorCal I'd go for sure.

taknitezx2
01-10-2011, 12:16 PM
so is this group hunt pretty much made up of calguns and jesseshunting forum members? I definately like the sound of being able to team up with someone more experienced to show and give me information rather to pay a guide and not know what im going to get.

toby
01-10-2011, 12:38 PM
.......me think so?.......:yes:

spectr17
01-14-2011, 2:05 PM
so is this group hunt pretty much made up of calguns and jesseshunting forum members? I definately like the sound of being able to team up with someone more experienced to show and give me information rather to pay a guide and not know what im going to get.

The hunt has folks from several forums and some that are not on the Interwebz too. The other bonus is the wildlife you see on Tejon. They have trophy Rocky Mtn elk there, mulies, cougars, bear, antelope, badgers, pure strain Merriams turkeys, tons of bobcats and quail along with the pigs. Definitely bring a camera as you'll get some awesome shots of a lot of animals.

Full Clip
01-14-2011, 2:44 PM
This sounds awesome.
Looking into the dates...

professionalcoyotehunter
01-14-2011, 3:43 PM
I will try to make it again this year.

toby
01-14-2011, 5:11 PM
OK I know if you have a party of I believe 7 or more you can use one of their really nice cabins for just $50 more well it could be $100 but last time it was only $50, something to think about if you like...:D

Accomodations
Enjoy spectacular views from these extremely comfortable mountain cabins. Each comes equipped with 2 bedrooms plus a bunk room. 2 full bathrooms with double sinks, a fully functioning kitchen, dining area and indoor fireplace all add to the charm of these cabins. Enjoy evening campfires from the fire pit as you absorb the breath-taking views. Game racks and cold storage make these hunting cabins complete!

mwunsch
01-15-2011, 9:46 AM
I went 3 Mays ago and got a nice meat hog, great hunt.

Its a nice short drive, my only thing is if you dont get a pig, you dont get ANY money back. I respect their rules, it just makes it a bit of a risk,

but then again, isnt all hunting?

The guys were nice, and the vets were happy to talk to me.

Id go to the skining area and just hang out and ask questions, and the old timers were great to talk to and give me tips.

spectr17
01-15-2011, 6:37 PM
I'm not sure if the cabin is available to us for our Ham Slam, at least we've never had anyone stay in it during this annual hunt. Let me check and see.

Full Clip
01-18-2011, 10:59 AM
Its a nice short drive, my only thing is if you dont get a pig, you dont get ANY money back. I respect their rules, it just makes it a bit of a risk,

But then again, isnt all hunting?

Yessir, that is correct. Anyone who wants a sure thing should just take their $450 to Costco.
I've been skunked before and will be again, but the experience has always been well worth the money.

mwunsch
01-18-2011, 1:59 PM
Yessir, that is correct. Anyone who wants a sure thing should just take their $450 to Costco.
I've been skunked before and will be again, but the experience has always been well worth the money.

well said sir

Fjold
01-18-2011, 4:47 PM
The land should be available for a while as they just made a deal with the state to put 200,000 acres of it in an ecological preserve (that will stay open for hunting) to get a break on their taxes and permission to develop the rest of it. (My neighbor is one of the higher ups in the Tejon Ranch corporation).

spectr17
01-18-2011, 8:22 PM
The land should be available for a while as they just made a deal with the state to put 200,000 acres of it in an ecological preserve (that will stay open for hunting) to get a break on their taxes and permission to develop the rest of it. (My neighbor is one of the higher ups in the Tejon Ranch corporation).

The land may be available but the ranch is already changing with the pipe and other infrastructure going in. There are 3 huge developments and something like 18 golf courses proposed that will alter those ridges and mtns forever. Bear Trap Canyon where we camp for this hunt is one area that will be homes or a dayum golf course.

We've been seeing realtors driving around prospective clients all over the ranch and see the markers they've stuck in the ground. The other thing is Tejon had us jump through a few hoops on what to do with the hog carcasses, it kept changing on how they wanted to hide the fact there are wild pigs on the ranch. I'm guessing there's going to be a few surprised home owners when the hogs come a calling in the night.

The other thing that wouldn't surprise me is once the homeowners get in there they will start whining about gunshots and hunters in camo walking around and they will start a movement to close hunting. Kind of like they do with gun ranges, you can bet that farm on that happening.

spectr17
04-04-2011, 8:32 PM
The paperwork and apps for our JHO May 20-22 2011 Tejon Hog Hunt are due April 22 2011. Don't dally. Info and contact person email at the link.

http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/showthread.php/214560-20011-Tejon-JHO-Hunt-Apps!-Hunt-is-May-20-22nd

lewdogg21
04-05-2011, 6:51 AM
If your a new or even seasoned hunter looking for hunting partners and to learn something like this could be extremely beneficial.

$450 is a good price.

toby
04-05-2011, 5:21 PM
Anyone from here going to this??? :shrug:

ADAM
04-05-2011, 9:12 PM
I AM GOING FOR SURE

Sig_Shooter
04-06-2011, 5:02 PM
Hi guys, I just sent in my request for an application so hopefully I see you guys there. I'll be going by myself so if anyone wants to take a newbie under their wings, I'll share my beer :)

tpuig
04-06-2011, 8:52 PM
I just emailed Jason also...

Heading there from SF Bay area. Have enough room for a lot of pigs in the back of the truck...

ADAM
04-07-2011, 8:05 AM
i have sent Jason two emails and have not heard from him.

spectr17
04-10-2011, 8:40 PM
Give him till Monday to respond, he was up at Choppers hog hunting for several days and just got back.

spectr17
04-13-2011, 12:00 AM
Sigshooter, I can show you a couple good spots there where we get shots every trip. Just make sure you can hit a target out to 200 yards.

For those still waiting to here from Jason (app guy), I sent him an email. He was out of town at CHoppers the last few days.

tpuig
04-13-2011, 1:05 AM
Jason is back and sent me the app. Unfortunately I won't be able to make this one. I'll have to live vicariously through you pig killers... Good luck.

Sig_Shooter
04-13-2011, 9:02 AM
I got the application from Jason yesterday and sent it in today. Jesse, any help will be greatly appreciated. I'll go ahead and hit the range to make sure I can hit those 200yd shots.

ADAM
04-17-2011, 6:42 AM
who is going from calguns? row call

spectr17
04-20-2011, 9:51 PM
Last call, apps are due to Jason by April 23rd. Not sure what the head count is but I think were in the mid 20s now. If you need the app package emailed to you please email or PM me.

ADAM
04-20-2011, 9:54 PM
i am in Jesse ,so is sig shooter

mnguyen84
04-20-2011, 10:44 PM
sounds fun. i'll have to stash some cash away for next year.

spectr17
04-25-2011, 9:21 PM
Jason said Tejon extended the deadline for us for apps so you can still send them in to him. If you need and app package please PM or email me for one. Sounds like the first week of May is now the cut off. Sorry about the change.

ADAM
04-29-2011, 5:46 PM
what is the final head count Jesse ?

spectr17
04-29-2011, 10:16 PM
Not sure Adam, let me check, with the extension several more jumped in. The deadline is May 10th now so if anyone wants in on this hunt there is still time to get your app in. Email or PM me your email address for the app package.

ADAM
05-12-2011, 8:32 AM
20th of may is closing whats the head count?

Sig_Shooter
05-12-2011, 2:10 PM
Last time I checked JHO, the count was 15/16, but there might be more in the works. Jesse can confirm the final number once he verifies. I'm getting excite y'all. I have to go get an orange cap since I lost mine in Georgia the last time I went hunting. That along with a sweater, a pair of socks, binos, and a headlamp.

spectr17
05-13-2011, 1:20 AM
It's around 16 right now. Some last minuteitus for some bouncing in and out. There's still time for anyone wanting to join this hunt, just email or PM me. Jason said he's working on not paying the additional $100. Last year Tejon let the group fly at $450 with under 20 hunters.