"I hunted this property six times between 2005 and 2008. The ranch has changed outfitters twice since 2008. The new outfitter is Frank Hook of Jack Ranch Wild Pig Hunts (805-610-0485; www.jackranchwild pighunts.com). Hook has been a ranch employee for the last 12 years, knows the feeding habits and movements of the game very well, and is very professional and polite.
"I was very impressed with Hook's knowledge of the whereabouts of the game and his familiarity with the ranch. This is an incredible property. There are very few hunting operations in California of this size. The terrain varies from flatlands to steep hills and ravines. The hills are ideal for glassing and spotting animals. We drove to different parts of this huge property and spotted groups of six to 40 animals. In fact, I had never seen so many wild pigs and wild Russian boar.
"We often located animals over 1,000 yards away then drove to where we could get out and stalk. Other times, we walked up steep hills to get a shot at pigs between 100 and 200 yards away. There are many trees and bushes where pigs can hide. While there are cattle on parts of the ranch, Hook was able to find game in areas without cattle.
"I shot a five-year-old black wild boar approximately 260 pounds and a true trophy boar of approximately 280 pounds. The distinction between a trophy Russian wild boar and normal wild boar is long teeth that cause a curl in the lips of the trophy animal. The long est teeth on a trophy from Jack Ranch have been 4.5 inches. Hook charges $1,000 for a trophy and $600 for a normal wild boar or wild pig.........(continued)