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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

 

CDFW’s SHARE Program Offers Fall Hunting Opportunities

Contact:
Victoria Barr, SHARE Program Coordinator, (916) 445-4034
Media Contact:
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program will be providing public access for big game and upland game hunts this fall.

Hunters with a valid California hunting license may apply for SHARE hunts through the Automated License Data System (ALDS). An $11.06 non-refundable application fee will be charged for each hunt choice. Successful applicants for each property will be allowed to bring a hunting partner or a non-hunting partner. To apply for these hunts, please go to http://www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ols/.

Northern Region
The Willow Foothill property in Siskiyou County will provide opportunities for one A-1 deer and three C-1 deer hunts. The property is located 16 miles north east of Yreka and consists of 640 acres of foothill oak woodlands and vantage points for views of Mt. Shasta and the valley.

South Coast Region
Jones Ranch and Sleepy Creek Ranch in Santa Barbara County will offer hunts for deer, bear, turkey, quail and dove. These remote ranches in West Cuyama Valley encompass 1,000 acres between them and will offer separate hunting opportunities. The terrain features miles of trails through oak savannahs, riparian habitat, juniper-sage woodlands and chaparral. Both ranches back up to 250 acres of Bureau of Land Management land as well as the Los Padres National Forest, providing extra hunting access if needed.

For more information about each SHARE property and the opportunities available please go to http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/share/.

These opportunities were made possible by the SHARE Program, which offers incentives to private landowners who allow wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities on their property. Participating landowners receive liability protection and will receive compensation for providing public access to or through their land for wildlife-dependent recreational activities. The goal of the SHARE Program is to provide additional hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreational access on private lands in California.

Deer Tag Quota for the D6 Zone Has Been Filled

Media Contacts:
Nathan Graveline, CDFW Central Region, (209) 588-1780

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

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is notifying hunters that tags are no longer available in the D6 Zone for the 2014 deer season. The California Fish and Game Commission (FGC) finalized big-game tag quotas at its April 15 meeting in Ventura. Notable changes from the 2013 hunting season included a reduction in the D6 Zone general season tag quota from 10,000 to 6,000.

Other zones are getting close to selling out. CDFW urges hunters to act early for the best possible chance to get a tag in the zone they want. For those hunters who did not apply for or receive a tag through the annual big-game drawing process, CDFW has provided a list (updated daily) of available deer tags at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/biggame/.

In the summer of 2013, the Rim Fire burned approximately 257,000 acres in Tuolumne and Mariposa counties. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service subsequently issued Rim Fire Closure Order 2014-01, which closed the burned area through Nov. 18, 2014. This closure encompasses approximately 175,000 acres of public and private land, including popular deer hunting locations in the D6 Zone such as Cherry Lake, Kibbie Ridge and Crocker Ridge in Tuolumne and Mariposa counties.

CDFW usually issues 10,000 tags per season for the D6 Zone. If the deer tag quota had remained at that level this season, CDFW anticipated a significant increase in hunting pressure on the remaining open areas. Such crowded hunting conditions could have led to an overharvest of the accessible herds, dropping buck-to-doe ratios below management objectives. Due to the reduction in quality hunting opportunities and potential negative biological impacts, CDFW recommended the decrease from 10,000 to 6,000 for the 2014 hunting season, which the FGC approved as part of its changes to this year’s Mammal Hunting Regulations at its April meeting.

Hunters seeking to pursue deer in the Sierra Nevada still have several options in zones D3-5, D7 (which filled last year in early August) and D8. CDFW posts available tags by hunt zone at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/biggame/. Hunters who received a D6, A21, G37 or J15 tag can monitor forest closure information on the Stanislaus National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/stanislaus/.

 

CDFW Encourages Families to Explore Wild Places During Summer Break

Media Contact:
Lesa Johnston, CDFW Education and Outreach, (916) 322-8933

School is out, summer is here and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is encouraging families to spend time enjoying the outdoors. With long, hot days ahead, parents may be looking for family activities to keep school-age kids active and engaged during summer break. California is home to some of the world’s most iconic landscapes where outdoor activities and educational opportunities can be found in nearly every corner of the state.

“State wildlife areas and ecological reserves offer unique opportunities for outdoor education – whether catching a trout in a mountain stream or simply enjoying a spectacular sunset in the midst of some of the state’s most pristine and valued wild places,” said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. “It’s important for children to know these places exist and that they share in the responsibility of the future of these lands through responsible recreation and stewardship.”

CDFW manages over 900,000 acres of land statewide specifically designated as wildlife areas and ecological reserves that host abundant opportunities to get outdoors and explore natural places. Although the primary purpose of these lands is to secure and protect wildlife habitat, the public may visit, learn about and responsibly enjoy recreational activities such as hiking, fishing, bicycling and wildlife viewing on many of these areas during the summer. There are also hunting opportunities available on many of these properties in the fall and winter months.

For those who have not spent much time in the outdoors, visiting a wildlife area and ecological reserve is an easy introduction to outdoor activities. Because of the wide distribution of these areas, they can usually be found close to home and some ecological reserves and wildlife areas have staff or volunteers available to answer questions and provide informative tours.

Visit the CDFW website at www.wildlife.ca.gov and click on the state map to find the region you are interested in visiting, and then click on Wildlife Areas/Ecological Reserves. Close attention should be paid to any special public use restrictions. Seven properties require the purchase of a day or annual pass prior to visiting the site. For more information about day and annual passes, go to www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/landpass.

Here are some suggestions to ensure an enjoyable outdoor experience:

  • Research the area before you go
  • Know the regulations before visiting
  • Let friends or other family members know where you will be and for how long
  • Dress for the weather; layering clothes may be necessary for sun protection or cool mornings
  • Bring plenty of water and carry a daypack for food and snacks
  • If planning to hike with young children – keep it short
  • Avoid strenuous activities during the heat of the day
  • Wildlife areas have bugs, so be aware of mosquitos, ticks and the possible bee sting
  • Carry a small first aid kit and use sunscreen

Some general guidelines should be followed while visiting wildlife areas:

  • Do not feed wildlife
  • Dispose of trash properly – if no trash receptacle is available, carry trash out of the area
  • Leave plants, rocks and historical items as you find them
  • Enjoy these areas responsibly and remember that you are visiting wildlife habitat

For more information about wildlife areas and ecological reserves, please visit the CDFW Lands Program at www.dfg.ca.gov/lands.

CDFW To Hold Public Workshop on Lead Bullet Ban Implementation

Media Contacts:
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908
Gail Turner, CDFW North Central Region, (916) 358-1075

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold a public workshop Tuesday, July 29 to discuss the implementation of the lead bullet ban. The workshop will be held at the Rancho Cordova Library at 9845 Folsom Blvd. in Sacramento from 7-8:30 p.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 and Eureka in June. Another is planned in Redding on July 19. After Sacramento, planning is underway for workshops in August in San Diego, Fresno and Riverside/San Bernardino. 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