A Mixed Report on a Combo Bobcat and Feral Hog Hunt in California


Published: July - 2013

Subscriber Dave Westrum has turned in a mixed report on a combo bobcat and feral hog hunt in California with Central Coast Outfitters, operated by Alfred Luis. The hunt occurred in January of this year. The crux of Westrum's complaint is the lack of trophy-quality hogs available on the property.

In part, Westrum's report sounds like a rave review. "Bobcats were extremely abundant," he writes, "One day we saw eight different bobcats." He describes the trophy quality of the bobcats he took as good and very good. Among the highlights of the hunt, he lists: "Cojo Jalama Ranch!!!! (his emphasis) The ranch is overlooking the Pacific and is magnificent. We actually saw whales from the ranch while hunting. It is truly an amazing place."

The problems arose when Westrum switched to hunting pigs: "I booked the hunt as a combo hunt for bobcats and pigs. I would certainly recommend the hunt for bobcats alone, but I felt the pigs were not at adequate numbers to hunt. We saw a few sows, and I asked Alfred about shooting one of those, but he said no. He later told me that a biologist hired by the ranch said the pig population was dangerously low. I did see one boar, but he [the boar] did not give me an opportunity for a shot. Alfred said he saw another boar, but I did not see it."

Westrum has other complaints as well, "The first two days of my hunt Alfred told me to be ready at 5:30 am but, he showed up at 6:00, which I felt was too late as the sun was already up by the time we started hunting. Alfred and his nephew always carried rifles and insisted that if I shot a pig and it continued to run they would also shoot it. I prefer to shoot my own animals, but since I never got a shot at a pig this never became an issue. Finally, I did not like signing two separate contracts over four pages each before hunting."........(continued)

 
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