The first thing I did was write the base natural resources department and request a hunt application. Once I received the application I filled it out and returned it along with $70 to purchase an annual permit. Hunter Liggett has good small game hunting (in addition to pig and deer hunting), and I wanted to shoot quail and bandtail pigeons later in the fall, so I purchased the season permit. Within a couple of weeks I received a voucher in the mail redeemable for a season permit. A voucher is essentially a receipt indicating the entry fee has been paid. To get a hunting permit, I presented my application and voucher at the hunter registration window located at the Fort Hunter Liggett Campground and Store.
When planning my hunt, I decided to avoid opening weekend which is one of the few times when the base quota of 700 hunters is met. I selected the third weekend of the season to make sure the opening day activity had died down. I drove to the area on Friday night and checked........(continued)