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CDFW to Offer Upland Game Hunting Clinic in Northern California

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education will offer an upland game hunting clinic on Saturday, Aug. 23 at Hasting Island Hunting Preserve, near Rio Vista.

Designed for hunters of all skill levels, the clinic will be led by an experienced certified California Hunter Education instructor. Topics to be covered will include hunting regulations, where to hunt, hunting alone vs. hunting with others, hunting with or without a dog, proper types of firearms and ammunition for upland game hunting, upland game bird habitat, and hunter responsibilities and ethics. The clinic will include dog handling 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/index.aspx. After registering, participants will receive an email with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring.

Hastings Island Hunting Preserve is located approximately 8 miles north of Rio Vista.

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

CDFW Offers Apprentice Upland Game Hunt in Eastern Santa Clara County

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

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering a draw for an apprentice upland game hunt on the San Antonio Valley Ecological Reserve.

Three hunters with valid junior hunting licenses will be chosen through a lottery and allowed to hunt for one-day on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. To qualify for a junior hunting license, the hunter must have been under 16 years of age at the beginning of the license year (July 1).

The draw is being held in cooperation with the California Deer Association (CDA). Applications will be accepted until Oct. 11, and successful applicants will be notified by Oct. 18. To apply go to https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/DFGSpecialHunts/Default.aspx.

Participants must attend a mandatory orientation on the morning of the hunt and be in possession of a junior hunting license. An adult chaperone 18 years or older must accompany each hunter but may not hunt.

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.

2013-2014 Waterfowl Hunting Seasons and Upland Game Regulations Changes Adopted

Media Contacts:
Kirsten Macintyre, Education and Outreach Director, (916) 322-8988
Melanie Weaver, Waterfowl Program, (916) 445-3717
Scott Gardner, Upland Game Program, (916) 445-5545

The California Fish and Game Commission adopted the 2013-2014 waterfowl and upland game bird hunting regulations on Aug. 7. Possession limits were increased from double to triple the daily bag limit for waterfowl, band-tailed pigeon, doves, snipe, pheasant, quail, sooty/ruffed grouse and chukar. A new late season hunt for white-fronted geese and white geese was established in the Northeastern Zone, as well as a new early archery season for pheasants statewide.

Additionally, in response to the increasing invasion of Eurasian collared-doves, the Commission authorized year-round hunting in Imperial County (where the species is most abundant), beginning Sept. 1.

Specific changes are as follows:

Ducks Seasons
• The Balance of State and Southern California zones will be open from Oct. 19, 2013 through Jan. 26, 2014. Scaup season will be open from Nov. 2, 2013 through Jan. 26, 2014.

• The Northeastern Zone will be open from Oct. 5, 2013 through Jan. 17, 2014. Scaup season will be open from Oct. 5, 2013 through Dec. 29, 2013.

• The Southern San Joaquin Valley Zone will be open from Oct. 5, 2013 through Oct. 20, 2013 and from Nov. 2, 2013 through Jan. 26, 2014. Scaup season will be open from Nov. 2, 2013 through Jan. 26, 2014.

• The Colorado River Zone will be open from Oct. 18, 2013 through Jan. 26, 2014. Scaup season will be open from Nov. 2, 2013 through Jan. 26, 2014.

Bag Limits
• 7 ducks per day, which includes no more than 2 hen mallards (or Mexican-like ducks in the Colorado River Zone), 2 pintail, 2 canvasback, 2 redheads and 3 scaup (during the 86-day season).

Geese Seasons
• The Balance of State, Southern California and Southern San Joaquin Valley zones will be open from Oct. 19, 2013 through Jan. 26, 2014.
-Early Canada geese season (Balance of State Zone) will be open from Sept. 28, 2013 through Oct. 2, 2013.
-Late white-fronted and white geese season (Balance of State Zone) will be open from Feb. 15, 2014 through Feb. 19, 2014.

• Northeastern Zone dark geese season will be open from Oct. 5, 2013 through Jan. 12, 2014 and white geese season will be open from Nov. 1, 2013 through Jan. 12, 2014.
-Late white geese season will be open from Feb. 7, 2014 through Mar. 10, 2014.
-Late white-fronted geese season will be open from Mar. 6, 2014 through Mar. 10, 2014.

• The Colorado River Zone will be open from Oct. 18, 2013 through Jan. 26, 2014.

Bag Limits
• 10 total geese per day, which may include 10 white geese.
• 6 dark geese, with no more than 2 large Canada geese in the Northeastern Zone; 3 dark geese in the Southern California and Colorado River zones.

Upland Game
• Early archery pheasant season will be open from Oct. 12, 2013 through Nov. 3, 2013. Archery hunting for pheasants is not allowed on Type A and B Wildlife Areas.

• Eurasian collared-dove will be open year-round in Imperial County after Sept. 1. Existing seasons remain in effect for the rest of the state.

• Sage-grouse hunting permits were authorized in North Mono (30) and South Mono (25) zones. No permits were authorized for either Lassen Zone following large-scale habitat loss resulting from the 2012 Rush Fire.

A summary of the regulations can be found online at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations. Please note that these regulations have not yet been approved by the Office of Administrative Law, and may be subject to change.

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.

CDFW Completes 2013 Waterfowl Breeding Population Survey

Media Contacts:
Melanie Weaver, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-3717
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has completed its 2013 waterfowl breeding population survey. The resulting data indicate the overall number of breeding ducks has decreased by 15 percent.

“Habitat conditions are poor in both northeastern California and the Central Valley, so below-average production for all waterfowl species is not a surprise,” said CDFW waterfowl program biologist Melanie Weaver.

Mallards, the most abundant duck in the survey, decreased 23 percent, from 387,100 in 2012 to 298,600 this year.

The total number of ducks of all species decreased from 529,700 last year to 451,300 this year. This estimate is 23 percent below the long-term average.

The decline was attributed to low precipitation, especially in the spring, with some areas only receiving 34 percent of average rainfall since Jan. 1.

CDFW biologists and warden-pilots have conducted this survey using fixed-wing aircraft since 1955. The California Waterfowl Association, under contract with CDFW, assists CDFW by surveying some transects by helicopter.

The population estimates are for surveyed areas only, although those areas include the majority of California’s suitable duck nesting habitat. They include wetland and agricultural areas in northeastern California, the Central Valley from Red Bluff to Bakersfield, and the Suisun Marsh.

The majority of California’s wintering duck population originates from breeding areas in Alaska and Canada that are surveyed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).The results from these surveys should be available in July. CDFW survey information, along with similar data from other Pacific Flyway states, is used by the USFWS and the Flyway Council when setting hunting regulations for the Pacific Flyway states, including California.

The federal regulation frameworks specify the outside dates, maximum season lengths and maximum bag limits. Once CDFW receives the USFWS estimates and the frameworks for waterfowl hunting regulations from the USFWS, CDFW will make a recommendation to the Fish and Game Commission regarding this year’s waterfowl hunting regulations.

DFG to Offer Upland Game Hunting Clinic in Southern California

Media Contacts:
Lt. Dan Lehman, Advanced Hunter Education Program Coordinator, (916) 358-4356
Kirsten Macintyre, DFG Education and Outreach, (916) 322-8988

The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is offering Southern California upland game hunters an opportunity to sharpen their skills prior to the start of the fall season. A one-day upland game hunting clinic sponsored by DFG’s Advanced Hunter Education Program will be held on September 22 at Peace Valley near Lebec.

Upland game hunters of all skill levels will benefit from this informative class. Species to be discussed include dove, quail, chukar and pheasant. Specific topics include hunting regulations, where to hunt, proper types of firearms and ammunition used for upland game hunting and upland game bird habitat. Instructors will also address hunting alone vs. hunting with others, hunting with or without a dog and hunter responsibilities and ethics. The clinic also features a dog and game care demonstration.

The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $45. Students 16 years and younger are free, but must be accompanied by adult. Space is limited and participants must register online in advance at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced. After registering, participants will receive an e-mail with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring. DFG’s Advanced Hunter Education Program will provide all necessary class equipment.

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

DFG to hold Judging Event for 2012 California Upland Game Bird Stamp Contest

Media Contacts:
Karen Fothergill, DFG Wildlife Branch, (916) 716-1461
Kyle Orr, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8958

The winning entry in California’s 2012 Upland Game Bird Stamp art competition will be selected at a judging event on April 16 in Davis. The public is invited to attend the judging, which will take place in the conference room of the Yolo Wildlife Area Headquarters beginning at 10 a.m.

Eight artists from around the country have entered the competition, which is sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG). Each artist submitted their own original depiction of a Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata). The setting and details were determined by the individual artists, but entries had to include at least one adult Band-tailed Pigeon and if background detail was included in the design it needed to be accurate and representative of the species’ natural habitat in California.

The entries will be judged by a panel of citizens selected for their expertise in the fields of ornithology, conservation, art and printing. Designs will be judged on originality, artistic composition, anatomical accuracy, and suitability for reproduction as a stamp and a print.

The winning entry will be reproduced on the 2012 California Upland Game Bird Stamp. An upland game bird stamp is required for hunting migratory and resident upland game birds in California. Money generated from stamp sales can only be spent on upland game bird-related conservation projects, the creation of hunting opportunities, and outreach and education.

DFG sells about 200,000 upland game bird stamps annually, including sales to stamp art collectors.

For more information about the California Upland Game Bird Stamp program, please visit the DFG website at www.dfg.ca.gov/upstamp.

DFG to Accept Upland Game Bird Stamp Artwork Contest Entries Until Feb. 29

Media Contacts:
Kirsten Macintyre, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8988
Karen Fothergill, DFG Wildlife Branch, (916) 716-1461
  
The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has extended the deadline to submit entries for the state’s 2012 upland game bird stamp contest. Artists can submit their contest entries up until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29.
 
The contest is open to all U.S. residents who are age 18 or older. The species selected to appear on the 2012 upland game bird stamp is the Band-tailed Pigeon (Columba fasciata). The design must include at least one adult Band-tailed Pigeon. Designs will be judged on originality, artistic composition, anatomical accuracy and suitability for reproduction as a stamp and print.
 
This is the fourth design that will be featured in the “Encore Edition” since returning to the use of original artwork for the stamp’s image in 2009.
 
An upland game bird stamp validation is required for hunting migratory and resident upland game birds in California. The money generated from stamp sales is used to fund upland game bird related conservation projects, education, public hunting opportunities and outreach. Hunters are no longer required to physically attach the stamp to their license, but the stamps are still produced and mailed to purchasers upon request.
 
DFG sells almost 200,000 upland game bird stamps annually, which includes sales to collectors who value them for their artist depiction of upland game birds.
 
The upland game bird stamp contest will be judged by a panel of experts in the fields of ornithology, conservation, art and printing. The winning artist will be selected during a public judging event to be held in the spring of 2012. A date has not yet been set for the judging.
 
For contest information and entry forms, please visit the DFG website at www.dfg.ca.gov/upstamp.

DFG 2011-2012 Hunting Digest Available Only Online

Media Contact:
Bernadette Fees, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8925
 
The 2011-2012 California Hunting Digest, Upland Game and Waterfowl issue will be available online only this year, the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) announced today. It will not be available in print.
 
“The Digest is a valued magazine,” said Bernadette Fees, DFG’s assistant deputy director for education and outreach. “We are proud of its popularity with California’s sportsmen and women.”
 
By publishing the digest online, DFG saves taxpayers thousands of dollars in printing and distribution costs. Publishing online is also beneficial to the environment and is in step with DFG’s initiative on Going Green (reducing DFG’s carbon footprint). It also allows California’s hunters to access the information on their home computers and on smart phones and tablets while away from home or work.
 
“This year’s online magazine will be formatted for easier viewing, and efforts will continue to produce future issues using the best publishing technology and most economical methods available,” Fees added. The magazine can be found at www.dfg.ca.gov/publications/digest/.
 
The award-winning magazine is published biannually, and provides information on hunting opportunities, regulations and licensing, as well as on wildlife conservation. The Digest’s big game issue is produced every spring and the waterfowl and upland game issue is produced each fall.
 
For more information on DFG’s Going Green, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/Climate_and_Energy/Going_Green/.

Special Pheasant Hunting Opportunities Offered In North Central Region

Media Contacts:
North Central Region Hunter Info Line, (916) 358-2839
Sara Holm, DFG Wildlife Branch, (530) 346-6305
Dana Michaels, DFG Communications, (916) 322-2420 

Hunters seeking opportunities during the upcoming pheasant season can visit the Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) Upland Game Bird Stamp Program’s webpage to apply online. It lists numerous hunts statewide, including opportunities in DFG’s 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.

DFG’s North Central Region will offer two pheasant apprentice youth hunts at Highland Springs and Headwater’s Honker Preserve, one wild bird apprentice youth and one wild bird family pheasant hunt at Little Dry Creek (Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area), and eight apprentice women, youth or mobility impaired pheasant hunts at Nelson Slough in the Feather River Wildlife Area. Applications and information are available online at www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/uplandgame/gamebird.

Hunters must create an account using a valid e-mail address and submit an application with their choice of hunts listed in order of preference. Hunters may apply only once for each hunt, either as an applicant or as a guest. Submitting multiple applications will result in disqualification.

To apply online you will need a valid e-mail address, hunter’s name, address and phone number, 2011-2012 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.