Category Archives: Hunting

Eastern Sierra Wardens to Conduct Wildlife Checkpoint

Contacts:
Lt. Bill Dailey, CDFW Law Enforcement, (760) 872-7360
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will be conducting a wildlife checkpoint operation to promote safety, education and compliance with laws and regulations.

CDFW wardens will be conducting the inspection on westbound Highway 108, 1.5 miles east of the Inyo/Mono county line on Monday, Sept. 22, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The wildlife checkpoint is being conducted to protect and conserve fish and wildlife, to encourage safety and sportsmanship by promoting voluntary compliance with laws, rules and regulations through education, preventative patrol and enforcement.

CDFW reminds hunters to make sure they are familiar with all game laws before entering the field. View California’s hunting and fishing regulations by visiting https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Regulations.

Deer tags need to be checked carefully as local wardens have been finding hunters with D Zone tags hunting in the premium X Zone areas.

All anglers and hunters will be required to stop and submit to an inspection. CDFW officers will also be providing informative literature about invasive quagga mussels and New Zealand mud snails.

CDFW to Offer Wild Game Cooking Clinic in Southern California

Contact:
Lt. Dan Lehman, CDFW Advanced Hunter Education Program, (916) 358-4356
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program and the Hunter Education Instructor Association of Southern California are jointly sponsoring a wild game cooking clinic on Saturday, Nov. 8. The clinic will be held at the Compton Hunting and Fishing Club in Compton.

Designed for hunters of all skill levels, the clinic will be led by experienced certified California hunter education instructors and will focus on how to make the most of what you harvest. The clinic will include demonstrations on game care, butchering and cooking. Several recipes for big game, upland game and waterfowl will be cooked on-site and available for students to sample. A wild game cookbook will also be provided.

The clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The cost is $45 for adults. Youths 16 years and younger are free, but must be accompanied by adult.

CDFW’s Advanced Hunter Education Program will provide all necessary class equipment. Space is limited, so participants are asked to preregister online at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced. After registering, participants will receive an email with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring.

Fall General Hunting Seasons Opening Soon

Media Contacts:
Craig Stowers, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-3553
Clark Blanchard, CDFW Communications, (916) 651-7824

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) would like to remind hunters that California’s fall general big game hunting seasons are right around the corner.

The upcoming California general deer and bear seasons are some of the most popular hunting opportunities in the state. With weather cooling off and leaves starting to turn color, autumn in California is a great time to be in the wilderness. General season opening and closing dates vary by zone and can be found by following the links below.

Californians enjoy some of the widest ranges of habitat and hunting conditions in the nation. Hunters can pursue black bears in the redwood forests of Humboldt County, or mule deer in the high desert of San Bernardino County and everything in between. While California has its fair share of privately-owned land, there are vast swaths of national forest, timber lands, state wildlife areas and other lands accessible to the public that provide excellent hunting opportunities. CDFW also offers hunts on private lands through its SHARE Program and Private Lands Management Program.

In addition to big game, fall upland game seasons include quail, pheasant, wild turkey and grouse. The California Fish and Game Commission also recently adopted regulations opening a year-round hunting season with no bag limit for the invasive Eurasian collared dove. Learn how to identify them here.

California also offers coveted pronghorn antelope, elk and bighorn sheep hunts through a drawing system. Hunting for wild pigs is growing in popularity and can be done year-round.

2014 Deer Seasons

2014 Bear Seasons and Important Hunting Information

2014 Pronghorn Antelope Seasons

2014 Elk Seasons

2014 Bighorn Sheep Seasons

2014 Upland Game Seasons and Limits

A valid California hunting license and appropriate tags for each species pursued must be obtained before entering the field. Buy a hunting license and tags online here or find a CDFW license agent here.

California hunters are required to complete a hunter education training course, pass a comprehensive equivalency test, or provide a valid hunter’s safety certificate before purchasing a hunting license for the first time in California. Each year approximately 30,000 students complete the state’s hunter education course. Find a class here.

Hunters always have the responsibility to be familiar with state game laws before entering the field. Regulations can be found here.

Given the exceptionally dry conditions this year, it is even more important that everyone does their part to prevent wildfires. One less spark means one less wildfire. Learn more here.

CDFW would like to encourage Californians to get out and enjoy our state’s unmatched wild places. Whether just for a day hike on the coast, or a 10-day pack trip to hunt deer in the Trinity Alps, California offers some of the most diverse outdoor experiences anywhere. Be safe and have fun.

Nonprofit Groups Can Raise Funds With California Hunting Tags

Media Contacts:
Regina Abella, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-3728
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites nonprofit organizations to help wildlife by auctioning big game hunting license tags for the 2015-16 season.

There will be 12 or 13 of these special fundraising tags reserved for 501(c)(3) nonprofit groups to sell, which will allow the highest bidder to hunt bighorn sheep, deer, elk and pronghorn antelope in California. Nonprofit organizations compete for a chance to auction these special fundraising tags, which hunters can only buy through such auctions.

Organizations that have previously applied or expressed interest in future opportunities to sell these tags have been notified by email. The possibility of winning such a rare prize attracts bidders to the groups’ fundraising events, which helps them raise more money for their organizations.

California Fish and Game Code, section 4334 requires the proceeds from the sale of these few tags to be returned to CDFW to fund programs that benefit bighorn sheep, deer, elk and pronghorn antelope. In last year’s auctions, tags for hunting one bighorn sheep, one pronghorn antelope, two elk and eight deer raised more than $338,000 for the research and management of these wildlife species.

A call for applications and the required application form are available on the CDFW website at www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/fundraising/. Applications must be received by 3 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2014. Representatives of nonprofit groups may also request a printed application package by calling the CDFW Wildlife Branch at (916) 445-4034, sending a fax to (916) 445-4048, or by writing to:

Regina Abella
CDFW Wildlife Branch
1812 Ninth St.
Sacramento, CA 95811

CDFW to Offer Upland Game Clinic in Southern California

Media Contacts:
Lt. Dan Lehman, CDFW Advanced Hunter Education Program, (916) 358-4356

Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program and the Hunter Education Instructor Association of Southern California are jointly sponsoring an upland game hunting clinic on Saturday, Sept. 20. The clinic will be held at Peace Valley near Lebec, one hour’s drive north of Los Angeles.

Designed for hunters of all skill levels, the clinic will be led by experienced certified California Hunter Education instructors and will include information about hunting dove, quail, chukar and pheasant. Topics to be covered include upland game bird habitat, where to hunt, hunting regulations, proper types of firearms and ammunition used for upland game hunting, hunting alone vs. hunting with others, hunting with and without a dog and hunter responsibilities and ethics. The clinic will include dog and game care demonstrations.

The clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The cost is $45 for adults. Youths 16 years and younger are free, but must be accompanied by an adult.

CDFW’s Advanced Hunter Education Program will provide all necessary class equipment. Space is limited, so participants are asked to preregister online at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced/uplandgame_lebec.aspx. After registering, participants will receive an email with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring.

Peace Valley is located along Interstate 5, approximately 30 miles south of Bakersfield and 60 miles north of Los Angeles.

CDFW to Offer Waterfowl Hunting Clinic in Southern California

Media Contacts:
Lt. Dan Lehman, CDFW Advanced Hunter Education Program, (916) 358-4356

Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program and the Hunter Education Instructor Association of Southern California are jointly sponsoring a waterfowl hunting clinic on Saturday, Sept. 27. The clinic will be held at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area in Riverside County.

Designed for hunters of all skill levels, the clinic will be led by experienced certified California Hunter Education instructors. Topics to be covered will include concepts of decoy placement, blind design, ballistics, calling, duck identification, dog considerations, gear, game care, cooking tips and safety.

The clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $45 for adults. Youths 16 years and younger are free, but must be accompanied by an adult.

CDFW’s Advanced Hunter Education Program will provide all necessary class equipment. Space is limited, so participants are asked to preregister online at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced/waterfowl_sanjacinto.aspx. After registering, participants will receive an email with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring.

San Jacinto Wildlife Area is located approximately 8 miles east of Riverside.

CDFW Announces Upland Game Bird Hunting Opportunities in Southern California

Media Contact:
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is announcing three special dove hunts in San Diego County.

The first opportunity is slated for Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 from 5:30 a.m. to noon at Oak Grove, a sub unit of San Felipe Wildlife Area, in San Diego County. This hunt will take place on CDFW property located off highway 79, 1.5 miles south of the Cleveland National Forest Oak Grove Campground. This hunt will accommodate up to 20 hunters.

The second and third opportunities are at Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve and slated for Sept. 7 and Nov. 9, 2014 from sunrise to sunset. These hunts will take place on CDFW property located off highway 94 (Campo Road), between the towns of Jamul and Dulzura. These hunts will accommodate up to 20 hunters each.

The deadline to apply is Aug. 13, 2014 by 4 p.m. Applicants may include up to four hunters on each application. Dogs are allowed on these hunts but they must remain in the immediate control of the hunters at all times. No dogs will be provided for this event.

For more information, please call the CDFW South Coast Region’s Upland Game Bird Special Hunt Program at (805) 965-3059.

Applications are available online at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/uplandgame/.
*Click: Game Bird Special Hunts Program

Any questions regarding application process, please call (916) 445-3565.

CDFW Offers One-day Waterfowl Hunting Clinic in Redding

Contacts:
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944
Lt. Dan Lehman, Advanced Hunter Education Program, (916) 358-4356

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program and California Waterfowl Association are sponsoring a waterfowl hunting clinic in Redding on Saturday, Sept. 20. The clinic is designed to teach waterfowl hunting techniques and will accommodate all skill levels.

The clinic will be taught by CDFW’s Chief of Enforcement Mike Carion and Warden Aaron Freitas both experienced hunters. Topics to be covered are decoy placement, blind design, waterfowl calling, duck identification, hunting gear, game care, cooking tips and safety. Information will also be provided on hunting state wildlife areas and federal wildlife refuges. If you want to learn how to hunt waterfowl successfully in northern California, this is the clinic for you.

The clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.

The cost is $45 and space is limited. Youth 16 years and younger are free but must be accompanied by adult.

Participants must register in advance at: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced/waterfowl_redding.aspx

After registering, participants will receive an email with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring.

CDFW Opens Chimineas Unit of Carrizo Plain Ecological Reserve for Apprentice Deer Hunters

Media Contacts:
Robert Stafford, CDFW Environmental Scientist, (805) 528-8670

Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering a draw for an apprentice deer hunt on the Chimineas Unit of the Carrizo Plain Ecological Reserve.

The two-day hunt, which is being offered in cooperation with the California Deer Association (CDA), will be held Sept. 13-14 on the 30,000-acre reserve in San Luis Obispo County. A mandatory hunter orientation will be held in the evening on Sept. 12. Overnight lodging will be available at the main ranch house on the ecological reserve on Sept. 12 and 13.

Three apprentice hunters will be chosen by lottery. Selected apprentice hunters must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will receive classroom, range and field training in gun handling techniques and safety, deer hunting and game care. Hunts will be led by CDA volunteers. CDA will also provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Sept. 13, and breakfast and lunch on Sept. 14.

Applicants must submit a postcard with the hunter’s name, address, telephone number and 2014-2015 junior hunting license number (GO ID number) to:  Chimineas Apprentice Deer Hunt, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, 3196 South Higuera Street, Suite A, San Luis Obispo 93401. Only one postcard may be submitted per applicant.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Aug. 8. Late or incomplete applications will not be entered in the draw. Successful applicants will be notified by phone and will receive additional information, including maps and special regulations, prior to the hunt.

CDFW To Hold Public Workshop on Lead Bullet Ban Implementation

Media Contact:
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958

Public Contact:
Greg Gerstenberg, CDFW Central Region,  (209) 769-1196

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold a public workshop Tuesday, August 12 to discuss the implementation of the lead bullet ban. The workshop will be held at the Department of General Services Building at 2550 Mariposa Mall in Fresno from 7-8:30p.m.

A CDFW representative will detail a proposed implementation plan, the PowerPoint is available on the CDFW website. Following the short presentation, interested parties can make comments and provide input that will help shape CDFW’s final recommendation to the Fish and Game Commission, which CDFW anticipates presenting at the Commission’s meeting in Sacramento in September.

Last year, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 711 requiring that the Commission adopt a regulation to ban lead ammunition in the state no later than July 1, 2015, with full implementation of the ban to occur no later than July 1, 2019. Governor Brown has directed CDFW and the Commission to work with all interested parties in order to produce a regulation that is least disruptive to the hunting community.

In order to determine what is least disruptive to hunters, CDFW has been reaching out to interested parties this year in a number of ways, including question and answer sessions at sportsmen’s shows, meetings with hunting organizations and now a series of public workshops throughout the state. A public workshop was held in Ventura in April, Eureka in June and Redding in July. Others are planned in Sacramento on July 29 and San Diego on August 5. After Fresno, planning is underway for a workshop in Rancho Cucamonga. In addition, individuals and organizations may email comments to wildlifemgmt@wildlife.ca.gov (please use “Nonlead implementation” in the subject line) or mail hard copy correspondence to:

CDFW, Wildlife Branch
Attn: Nonlead implementation
1812 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811