Regional Reports-West

Los Padres National Forest

Your best public-access shot at big pigs is the Los Padres National Forest, a 1.75 million¿¿¿acre chunk of land in Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and Kern counties. The better pig populations are in the Santa Lucia Range in Monterey County and the San Rafael Mountains and Wilderness Area in Santa Barbara County (particularly east of Lake Cachuma). The Ventana Wilderness is known for producing large boars that are a mix of feral hogs and true European wild boars. The best way to hunt these areas is to set up a central base camp and hunt out from there each day. Contact: Los Padres National Forest (805-968-6640).