I hope to find everyone doing well, and thanks in advance for reading this thread.
I've got a buddy in LA area new to hunting. He had his first ever hunt (archery deer in california) last year which was unsuccessful. I had him put in for Javelina in AZ this year and he drew. We filled 3/4 tags from one herd on our third day hunting and I'm very happy to have helped my buddy, a new hunter, successfully harvest his first animal, especially archery harvest.
On topic - He has a ton of interest in pursuing hogs in Cali and would like to take me out there to hunt them as well. I've been doing my best to give him general advice about hunting hogs. The basics like using maps to stay on public land, looking for sign, feral hog patterns (based on what i've seen on hunting shows) etc. He tells me that theres a big problem with these hogs in the wine country. My first instinct is to tell him to make cold calls to properties and see if anyone has a problem that he can assist with.
Moral of the story - I don't know the first thing about california, but at the very least I'd really like to get him a starting point on where to "LOOK" for some hogs.
What do you all recommend? Seeking permission on private land? Hunting public land on the outskirts of private land? Could really use anyone's advice on where or how to even start looking for suitable places that we might be able to hunt hogs.
Not asking for GPS coords or anything specific. Just a starting point of where or how to begin looking for an area that we could hunt.
Thanks in advance, looking forward to hearing back from you all