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 https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/DFGSpecialHunts/Default.aspx 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 https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/DFGSpecialHunts/Default.aspx.

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 www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations.

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 www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/uplandgame/gamebird.

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.

Application Approaching for San Diego County Dove Hunt

The application deadline for dove hunting in the at Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve is approaching quickly and hunters are encouraged to apply immediately. Only 20 hunters will be allowed to participate.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and Upland Game Bird Stamp Program manage this unique opportunity to hunt for dove in the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve in San Diego County. Applications are due Wed. Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. and are available on the CDFW website at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/hunting/.

The dove hunt is Sat. Sept. 7, from 6 a.m. to sunset at the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve in east San Diego County, between the towns of Jamul and Dulzura. The 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 but dogs much be kept on a leash and in the owners immediate control at all times. 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 dove. CDFW wildlife officers will be on hand to check equipment and ensure compliance with hunting laws and regulations.

For more information contact Nick Bechtel, CDFW Region 5 at (805) 965-3059.

Applications are available http://www.dfg.ca.gov/hunting/, for questions regarding application process please call (916) 445-3565.

Media Contacts:
Nick Bechtel, CDFW Region 5, (805) 965-3059
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

California Desert Bighorn Sheep Tag Sells for $45,000

A California Desert Bighorn Sheep tag sold for $45,000 at the 41st Safari Club International Convention in Reno, Nevada.   The tag was sold through the Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation). Each year the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) authorizes the sale of a limited number of big game permits through various conservation organizations to support wildlife programs in the state. All proceeds from the sale will be used to fund conservation efforts in California.

The tag was sold to Jim Craig of Indiana to hunt Zone 2, the Kelso Peak and Old Dad Mountains in San Bernardino County. The season for this tag will run from Nov. 2, 2013 to Feb. 2, 2014. Craig has purchased a California Desert Bighorn Auction tag for three years running. He is an ardent sheep hunter and donates to bighorn sheep conservation projects along with buying auction tags. He cites California’s wildlife management and personnel as some of the best in the West.

“California Fish and Wildlife biologists have done an excellent job at managing their desert bighorn sheep population,” said Craig. “We all have to chip in and help with conservation efforts.”

Most of the sheep tags issued each year are allotted through a randomized drawing; two are available for auction and one through a fund raising randomized drawing. In 2012, CDFW issued 27 California Desert Bighorn sheep tags for specific units from Imperial County to the White Mountain Units. To date 23 hunters harvested sheep. The number of rams to be harvested each year is based on biological surveys and herd health.

California Desert Bighorn Sheep tags are one of the most coveted and prized tags. Each year more than $200,000 is raised by the three Desert Bighorn Sheep tags at auction and the fundraising randomized drawing. By law, revenue from sales of fundraising tags is deposited into a Big Game Account and used in the CDFW respective species management program. Generally, three bighorn sheep, 10 deer, three elk and two pronghorn antelope tags are available for auction annually.

“Non-profit conservation organizations, like SCI Foundation, that auction conservation tags provided by CDFW play a vital role in helping obtain funding for conservation projects,” said Eric Loft, Wildlife Branch Chief. “In 2012 CDFW received a record $546,010 for research and management from auction and randomized drawing tags.”

This year’s second Desert Bighorn Sheep auction tag, the open zone tag, will be auctioned at the California Wild Sheep Foundation Banquet in Carmichael, Calif. on April 27. For more information on this tag go to: www.cawsf.org.

Media Contacts:
Regina Abella, Desert Bighorn Sheep Coordinator, (916) 445-3728
Harry Morse, CDFW Communications, (916) 323-1478

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

DFG Southern California Special Hunts Applications now Available

Applications for the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) special hunts program are now available on DFG’s web site.

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

The program consists of three types of hunts: family hunts that can accommodate 18 hunters, women’s hunts that can accommodate 10 hunters and youth hunts that can accommodate 12 hunters for each of the sessions.

These special hunts are provided by DFG’s Upland Game Bird Special Hunt Program, in cooperation with many volunteer organizations. These hunts 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 Hunt Program within the South Coast Region, contact the DFG, Upland Game Bird Special Hunt Program/South Coast Region, at (805) 965-3059.

Hunt Locations:
Peace Valley, Los Angeles County, is located at Interstate 5 and state Highway 138, 8 miles south of Gorman. This hunt is on property owned by the California Department of Water Resources.

Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve, San Diego County, is located in eastern San Diego County between the towns of Jamul and Delzur. This hunt is on property owned by DFG.

Applications are available at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/hunting/ 

Any questions regarding application process please call the DFG License and Revenue Branch at (916) 445-3418.

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/

DFG Offers Apprentice Deer Hunt in Eastern Santa Clara County

Contact: Terris Kasteen, Environmental Scientist, (408) 365-1066
Media Contact: Janice Mackey, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8911 

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is offering a draw for an apprentice deer hunt on the San Antonio Valley Ecological Reserve.            

San Antonio Valley

San Antonio Valley

Two hunters holding valid Junior Hunting Licenses will be chosen through a lottery and allowed to hunt for two days on the weekend of September 22 and 23.

To qualify for a Junior Hunting License for the 2012/2013 season, applicants must have purchased this year’s license prior to turning 16.

The draw is being held in cooperation with the California Deer Association (CDA).

Applications will be accepted until Aug. 31, and successful applicants will be notified by September 10. For information on how to apply and more details about the hunt, visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/delta/hunts/SanAntonio/.

The hunts are open to current valid Junior Hunting License holders only. Participants must attend a mandatory orientation scheduled on the first day of the hunt and be in possession of a Junior Hunting License and zone A tag deer hunting tag. An adult chaperone 18 years or older must accompany each hunter but may not hunt.

Applicants are advised that this hunt is within the designated Condor Range and therefore ammunition must be certified “lead free.”

About San Antonio Valley
Located in eastern Santa Clara County, the pristine 3,000-acre San Antonio Valley Ecological Reserve is home to deer, tule elk, wild pigs and a host of other wildlife species. The area is only open for scheduled events such as this one, and all hunting will be on foot from designated access points.

Special Turkey Hunting Opportunities Offered in North Central Region

Media Contacts:
Sara Holm, DFG Wildlife Program, (530) 346-6305

Kirsten Macintyre, DFG Communications, (916) 323-8988
 
Public Contact:
North Central Region Hunter Information Line, (916) 358-2839
 
Turkey hunters awaiting the spring turkey season can visit the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) website to apply online for special hunts.

Photo courtesy of the National Wild Turkey Federation

The website lists numerous hunts statewide, including opportunities in the DFG North Central Region, which includes Plumas, Sierra, Butte, Glenn, Lake, Colusa, Yolo, Sutter, Yuba, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento, Amador, Alpine, Calaveras and San Joaquin counties.

The DFG North Central Region will offer wild turkey hunts at the following locations: Daugherty Hill Wildlife Area, Spenceville Wildlife Area, Oroville Wildlife Area, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area and the Cosumnes River Preserve. Applications and information are available online at www.dfg.ca.gov/hunting.
 
Hunters must create an account using a valid e-mail address and submit an application for their choice of hunts. Hunters may apply only once for each hunt, either as an applicant or as a guest. Submitting multiple applications will result in disqualification. Hunt application deadlines vary depending on the starting day of the hunt.
 
To apply online you will need the hunter’s name, e-mail address, mailing address, phone number, 2012 hunting license GO ID and, if applicable, information about mobility impairment and special accommodations needed.
 
Hunters will be selected by a computerized drawing for only one hunt, and only successful applicants will be notified.
 
Special hunts are provided in cooperation with many volunteer organizations. The purchase of an Upland Game Bird Stamp supports these special hunts and other programs that provide additional Upland Game Bird hunting opportunities. All upland game bird hunters, except those with Junior hunting licenses, must purchase an Upland Game Bird Stamp.
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