Affordable California Hunts for Hog and Spot-and-Stalk Bear


Published: July - 2013

Subscriber Gary W. Griffith found a very affordable, hog hunt in northern California near Redding with an outfitter who also offers low cost spot-and-stalk black bear hunts. Griffith, who describes himself as "in reasonable physical condition for a 72-year-old with both hips replaced," and his wife ("71 years old and a cancer survivor,") hunted in April with Jason Mead of Catch Em Outfitters (530-917-6217; home.joimail.com/~jna01/index.html). Griffith says he took a trophy boar with 4.5-inch tusks, while his wife took a barren sow. "She enjoyed the hunt more than any in several years," he says. "Hunting was by spot-and-stalk glassing from higher ground in what Griffith describes as "beautiful country with rolling hills, oak trees and NO underbrush."

"Jason is a very dedicated professional with strong ethics who works hard to ensure clients have a great hunt and experience while practicing quality conservation techniques. Our game was taken care of very professionally, gutted in the field, skinned and cooled at his home, then delivered to a local butcher for cutting, wrapping and freezing. Bring a big cooler for getting your meat home."

Griffith gives the cost of his two-day hunt as $650 per person, plus $227 for licenses. Hunters lodge and dine at their own expense in Anderson (about 10 miles south of Redding).

We spoke with Mead by phone at press time and learned that, in addition to spot-and-stalk wild hog, he also offers spot-and-stalk black bear, spring turkey hunts ($650 for two days), and fox and raccoon hunts with hounds ($300 for two days). Until recently he had offered hound hunts for bears and bobcats, but California no longer allows bear or bobcat hunting with hounds. Spot-and-stalk black bear hunts are for two days and priced at $2,000, including camping accommodations. The season runs from the last weekend in September through the end of December. Bears average around 250 pounds in this area and feed in large clearcuts, and Mead is confident that he can get clients a bear in two days. "If we find that isn't enough time, I'll extend the hunt."........(continued)

 
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