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kuhjäger
09-25-2007, 10:58 PM
I have recently been bitten with the urge to try hunting, either boar or deer. I don't know much about it, where to go, or how to go about actually going into the wild and going lord of the flies on a Boar.

Are there any resources out there for me, or anyone wanting to take a Santa Cruz area Nubian out for a lesson?

rkt88edmo
09-25-2007, 11:03 PM
You can start here:
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/hunting/hunting.html

redneckshootist
09-25-2007, 11:52 PM
do you have a good rifle?;) if not I have one for sale.:D

CavTrooper
09-26-2007, 5:28 AM
Start by studying your potential quarry.

Find out where they live, where they travel, where they feed and other natrual behaviors. Learn thier anatomy, where must you hit the animal to produce a quick, clean and efficent kill.

Figure out what you are going to do once you take an animal. Are you going to have it taxadermied, processed for meat, let it lay, what? Make sure you know where to go and what to do once you have taken the animal.

Learn your equipment.

Shoot your rifle/bow whatever you plan on hunting with. Shoot ALOT! Shoot from "field" positions, off of sticks, off of a backpack, off of a rock, offhand, prone, so on. You want 99.9% accuracy and consistency in your shooting. If you can only make consistent, accurate hits at 50 yards or 100 yards or 500 yards, thats the range you need to stick with. DO NOT just pick up any old rifle and go hunt, find YOUR rifle, practice with it and learn how to quickly kill your game. DO NOT take shots that are outside of your ability, you will end up wounding an animal or flinging lead out into space only to come down SOMEWHERE potentionally injuring or killing someone.

Basically, practice, practice, practice. Scout, prepare, scout some more. Go where the animals are, and your hunt will be productive.

glockman19
09-26-2007, 9:53 AM
I will be looking into planning a private pig hunt on Tejon Ranch beginning in February 2008. I need a minimum of 21 hunters to get a discounted rate of $450 per hunter. I make NO MONEY on this, just a discounted rate for myself. We are given a specific area on teh ranch to hunt. thir are camp sites and NO maximums. Buy the tag and you can kill it.

Hopefully I can put it together. It should be a great experience for new hunters to learn and experienced hunters to share their knowledge.

Trippshoot
09-26-2007, 10:27 AM
How big are the pigs? i may have to see what my benelli can do!

I will be looking into planning a private pig hunt on Tejon Ranch beginning in February 2008. I need a minimum of 21 hunters to get a discounted rate of $450 per hunter. I make NO MONEY on this, just a discounted rate for myself. We are given a specific area on teh ranch to hunt. thir are camp sites and NO maximums. Buy the tag and you can kill it.

Hopefully I can put it together. It should be a great experience for new hunters to learn and experienced hunters to share their knowledge.

Trippshoot
09-26-2007, 10:30 AM
Im new to hunting also and Im up for a hunt if any one will lend a teaching hand or slap in the back of the head for a Noob

I have recently been bitten with the urge to try hunting, either boar or deer. I don't know much about it, where to go, or how to go about actually going into the wild and going lord of the flies on a Boar.

Are there any resources out there for me, or anyone wanting to take a Santa Cruz area Nubian out for a lesson?

redneckshootist
09-26-2007, 10:50 AM
I will be looking into planning a private pig hunt on Tejon Ranch beginning in February 2008. I need a minimum of 21 hunters to get a discounted rate of $450 per hunter. I make NO MONEY on this, just a discounted rate for myself. We are given a specific area on teh ranch to hunt. thir are camp sites and NO maximums. Buy the tag and you can kill it.

Hopefully I can put it together. It should be a great experience for new hunters to learn and experienced hunters to share their knowledge.

I may be interested, that is if I get my finaces figured out by then

acousticmood
09-26-2007, 11:02 AM
I will be looking into planning a private pig hunt on Tejon Ranch beginning in February 2008. I need a minimum of 21 hunters to get a discounted rate of $450 per hunter. I make NO MONEY on this, just a discounted rate for myself. We are given a specific area on teh ranch to hunt. thir are camp sites and NO maximums. Buy the tag and you can kill it.

Hopefully I can put it together. It should be a great experience for new hunters to learn and experienced hunters to share their knowledge.

I'm definetely interested.

SIP2000GLO
09-26-2007, 1:20 PM
Definitely interested too.

461
09-26-2007, 1:27 PM
Count me in for the pig hunt. Man I can taste those ribs already!:D

461
09-26-2007, 1:30 PM
kuhjäger- What part of the state are you in?

vega
09-26-2007, 9:11 PM
Tag...........

FatKatMatt
09-26-2007, 10:07 PM
Well, first off you'll need to take a hunter safety class which costs about $30; after that you'll be issued a hunter safety certificate and then you'll be able o get a hunting license, which costs around $45 unless you're a juvenille, then it's $9. You'll also need a tag for the game you're hunting.

After this, you're pretty much set except for equipment. You'll need a goof rifle, some quality expanding ammo, and I also suggest a good pair of hiking boots and some blaze orange clothing. For the rifle, most any bolt gun, levergun or single shot would work. A semi-auto would work well too I suppose. After that, buy a bunch of different brands of hunting ammo for it and hit the range, try and find what it likes. Once you've got that out of the way, go buy a pair of good boots and a safety vest. You might also want to add a survival kit in the event you get lost.

This is my first year for hunting as well, so I'm pretty much parroting what I heard in my hunter safety course as well as what my Dad has said.

kuhjäger
09-26-2007, 11:24 PM
I will be looking into planning a private pig hunt on Tejon Ranch beginning in February 2008. I need a minimum of 21 hunters to get a discounted rate of $450 per hunter. I make NO MONEY on this, just a discounted rate for myself. We are given a specific area on teh ranch to hunt. thir are camp sites and NO maximums. Buy the tag and you can kill it.

Hopefully I can put it together. It should be a great experience for new hunters to learn and experienced hunters to share their knowledge.

This sounds like a great plan. If you get it organized you should advertise it on the board!

glockman19
09-26-2007, 11:32 PM
This sounds like a great plan. If you get it organized you should advertise it on the board!

I will advertise it here, on THR & TFL

Nahuatl
09-27-2007, 6:41 AM
I'd like to hear from one satisfied Tejon Ranch hunter - and especially someone who's shot a pig there in the last three months.

glockman19
09-27-2007, 7:48 AM
and especially someone who's shot a pig there in the last three months.

You won't becaus for the last 3 months they've been closed to pig hunting.

accordingtoome
09-27-2007, 8:02 AM
find something and shoot it

Kmullen
09-27-2007, 9:19 AM
Here are some photos of Pigs taken on the ranch.
Kevin
http://www.hunttejon.com/Wild%20Pigs.htm

CavTrooper
09-27-2007, 10:05 AM
Im not one to PAY to hunt, it takes the fun out of it FOR ME. Canned, fenced, or guided hunts just arent all that great IMO, especially for HOGS! Hogs are a non-native, destructive species and most any landowner would be happy to have someone come out and cull the hogs from thier property. That being said, for some folks, a guided hunt is the only way for them to get into hunting. A guide will supply just about everything you need and (most time) will basically stick an animal in front of you so that all you need to do is pull the trigger. If all you want to do is kill something, a canned, fenced or guided hunt is the ticket. If you want to LEARN how to hunt, then you must put in the work, take the time and do it right (my opinion).

Kmullen
09-27-2007, 10:15 AM
The ranch is 270,000 acres. I dont think I would call aything on it "canned"

CavTrooper
09-27-2007, 10:23 AM
I was wondering who the first person to tell me that this was not a canned, guided or fenced hunt would be. Funny, I got hit twice in the same minute.
Allow me to clarify:
While this hunt may not be canned, guided or fenced, I personally do not enjoy canned, guided or fenced hunts. They may be for some folks, but they are not for me. There are cheaper, better and more enjoyable ways to learn the skills needed to hunt (MY OPINION).
Ive been informed that this hunt is niether canned, guided, or fenced, While I think that is great, that you must go out and find animals on your own , it leaves me to wonder what the $450 fee is for? If it is merely a land access fee, I wouldnt pay it, theres plenty of free access land around, go find it.