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.

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