Application Deadline Approaching for San Diego County Upland Game Hunt

The application deadline for a dove and quail hunt in the San Felipe Wildlife Area is approaching quickly and hunters are encouraged to apply immediately. Only 20 hunters will be allowed to participate.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and Upland Game Bird Special Hunts Program manage this unique opportunity to hunt for dove and quail in San Diego County. Please visit to view and apply for these special hunts. Applications are due Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m.

The hunt will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, from 6 a.m. to sunset at the Oakgrove unit of the San Felipe Wildlife Area, 25 miles south of the intersection of Interstate 15 and Temecula Parkway (Highway 79), 1.5 miles south of Oakgrove Ranger Station (Highway 79) or 12 miles north of Warner Springs. Selected hunters will have access to the reserve from check-in time to sunset and may hunt in parties up to four people. Use of dogs is optional. CDFW will not be providing dogs for the hunt.

All hunters must have a valid 2013 hunting license and the proper hunter safety equipment in order to participate and will be allowed to take a maximum legal limit of birds. CDFW wildlife officers will be on hand to check equipment and ensure compliance with hunting laws and regulations.

For more information about the hunts, please contact Nick Bechtel at (805) 965-3059. For questions regarding application process please call (916) 445-3565.

Media Contacts:
Nick Bechtel, CDFW South Coast Region, (805) 965-3059
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

CDFW Southern California Special Hunts Applications Now Available

Applications for the 2013 California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) special hunts in Southern California are now available online at

Apprentice pheasant hunts will be offered at Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve in San Diego County and at Peace Valley near Gorman in Los Angeles County.

The program consists of two types of hunts: Family hunts that can accommodate 18 hunters, and youth hunts that can accommodate 12 hunters for each of the sessions.

These special hunts are provided by CDFW’s Upland Game Bird Special Hunt Program, in cooperation with many volunteer organizations. They are meant to provide a high quality and educational experience that supports hunter education. They also provide an additional public hunting opportunity for upland game birds on both public and private lands.

For additional information pertaining to the Special Hunts Program within the South Coast Region, please contact CDFW’s Upland Game Bird Special Hunt Program for the South Coast Region at (805) 965-3059.

Hunt Locations:

Peace Valley, Los Angeles County: Located at Interstate 5 and state Highway 138, eight miles south of Gorman. This hunt is on state property managed by the California Department of Water Resources.

Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve, San Diego County: Located in eastern San Diego County between the towns of Jamul and Delzura, on Highway 94. This hunt is on property managed and owned by CDFW.

For any questions regarding the application process, please call CDFW’s Upland Game Bird Special Hunt Program at (916) 445-3418.

Media Contacts:
Nick Bechtel, CDFW South Coast Region, (805) 965-3059
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

Statewide Dove Hunting Opens Sept. 1

Media Contacts:
Ben Lewis, CDFW Environmental Scientist, (559) 243-4005, ext. 165
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

Special Hunting Opportunities Offered In Central Region

Dove season is approaching and people seeking hunting opportunities may visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Upland Game Bird Program’s web page. It lists numerous statewide hunts, including many opportunities in CDFW’s Central Region.

Dove season is from Sept. 1-15 and Nov. 9 – Dec. 23. Additional information on species and bag limits can be found at

In the Central Region, serving Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne counties, there will be five dove hunt sites hosting nine special hunt sessions.

Applications and information are available online at

Hunters will be selected by a computerized drawing for one hunt only. Applicants must submit an application with their choice of hunts listed in order of preference. Applications may include up to two hunters applying as a party.

Hunters may apply only once for each hunt, either as an applicant or as a guest. Submitting multiple applications will result in disqualification.

CDFW advises applicants that there are changes for this upcoming season. The North Grasslands Wildlife Area China Island and Salt Slough unit quotas have been reduced to reflect a decrease in food plot acreages.

Additionally, no special draw will occur for the Huron hunt site as a special food plot was not planted.
The purchase of an Upland Game Bird Stamp supports these special hunts and other programs that provide additional upland game bird hunting opportunities. The stamp is required for all upland game bird hunters except apprentice hunters.


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