DFG Partners with California Waterfowl Association to Offer SHARE Hunts

Through a unique partnership with landowners, The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is opening up additional hunting opportunities on private lands previously closed to the public.

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DFG and the California Waterfowl Association (CWA) are offering hunting opportunities through the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program.

DFG was awarded a grant through the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP) in 2011. The grant is designed to assist states and tribal governments by encouraging owners and operators of privately held farm, ranch, and forest land to make that land available for public access to hunting.

Beginning this month DFG and CWA will institute a three-year effort allowing hunters of all ages the ability to hunt on lands otherwise unavailable for public use. These opportunities are offered through CWA’s Hunt Program and will increase land owner participation in offering public hunter access.

Through the partnership 70 individual landowners who collectively own more than 50,000 acres have allowed access to their respective properties for hunting opportunities. More than 400 hunters will be able to hunt on lands for waterfowl, pheasant, dove, turkey, and wild pigs. In addition to providing hunts to the general hunting public, the program will host specialty hunts that cater to all hunters. Hunt locations range from the Klamath Basin to southern California.

Please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/share or http://www.calwaterfowl.org for more information.

Contacts:
Victoria Barr, DFG Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement Program Coordinator (916) 445-4034
Jeff Smith, California Waterfowl Association Hunt Program Coordinator, (530) 305-9234
Kyle Orr, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8958

Two Menlo Park Men Arrested for Spotlighting Deer

Media Contact:
Patrick Foy, DFG Law Enforcement Division, (916) 651-2084

California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) wardens have arrested two Menlo Park men on poaching charges for shooting a deer after temporarily blinding it with a light.

In the early morning hours of Sep. 16, Warden-Pilot Gavin Woelfel was flying a DFG aircraft looking for poachers with a night vision device. He noticed two men driving slowly down a remote US Forest Service (USFS) road in the darkness while shining a light out the windows of their truck. They appeared to be spotlighting, which is when poachers shine a light into deers eyes at night. The bright light causes the deer to freeze, making it an easy shot.

From his airplane, Warden Woelfel watched two men exit the vehicle and one fire his rifle at an object off the side of the road. The man then walked off the road and fired his rifle a second time before returning to his vehicle and driving off.

Warden Woelfel monitored the vehicle as it drove back to the Dry Oak Campground in the Mendocino National Forest. Wardens Michael Pascoe, Patrick Freeling and Timothy Little, along with USFS Law Enforcement Officer Christopher Magallon, were called to the scene. When they arrived at 3:25 a.m., they located the suspects pickup and made contact with its occupants, including driver Cecundino Angel, 50, his son, Rogelio Angel Quevedo, 21, and another juvenile son. The cab of the pickup was found to contain two rifles, one pistol and a large flashlight.

Meanwhile, DFG Lt. Loren Freeman responded to the site of the shooting, where he located a freshly killed doe.

Both of the older suspects ultimately admitted to spotlighting deer and Angel admitted to killing the doe. One of the rifles in Angel’s possession was found to be stolen out of Washington.

Angel was arrested and booked into Mendocino County jail on charges of possession of a stolen firearm, spotlighting, shooting big game at night and waste of game. USFS Officer Magallon also issued Angel a citation for littering, an unsafe campfire and other assorted federal violations.

The older son, Quevedo, was cited for spotlighting and shooting big game at night.

DFG Offers First SHARE Program Deer Hunt in Merced County

Contacts:
Cristen Langner, Merced Unit Biologist, 209-723-3170
Victoria Barr, SHARE Program Coordinator, 916-445-4034

Media Contact:
Janice Mackey, DFG Communication, 916-322-8908

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is announcing a deer hunt with the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program in Merced County.

Located along the Merced River near Snelling, the Little Hills Ranch will be available for D-6 deer hunts on the following dates:

  • August 24-26 and September 7-9 – Archery only
  • September 14-16 and October 19-21 – General methods of take

During these hunt periods, hunters will be able to fill a wild pig tag in addition to their deer tag.

To apply for these hunts please go to: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ols/

Hunters with valid D6 tags may apply through the Automated License Data System (ALDS) starting July 26. A $10.00 non-refundable application fee will be charged for each hunt choice. Applicants may apply for multiple hunt periods but will only be drawn for one period per property.

Each access pass is good for one party of two people and can be either two hunters or one hunter and a non-hunting companion.  Pig hunting is allowed during each period but hunters taking pigs during the “archery only” periods are restricted to using archery equipment.

The SHARE program is designed to provide the public with access to private or landlocked public lands. Participating landowners are compensated for providing access to or through their land for hunting, fishing, or other recreational uses of wildlife. Application fees will be used to help expand the SHARE program.

For more information about the Little Hills Ranch hunts or the SHARE program please go to: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/share/

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