Southern California Turkey Hunting Clinic Coming Soon

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program and the Hunter Education Instructor Association of Southern California are jointly sponsoring a turkey-hunting clinic on March 15 at Hungry Valley Recreation Area in Los Angeles County.

Space is limited so hunters are encouraged to apply early. The deadline for registration is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28.

An experienced instructor, Alex Van will instruct this exciting clinic and cover topics of decoy placement, blind design, ballistics, calling, equipment, game care and cleaning, cooking tips and safety.

The clinic is Saturday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $45. Youths 16 years and younger are free but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

CDFW’s Advanced Hunter Education Program will provide all necessary class equipment.

Registration forms are available online at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced/index.aspx. After registering, participants will receive an e-mail with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring.

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

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

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Deadline Quickly Approaching for March Turkey Hunting Clinic

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program is offering a turkey hunting clinic on March 1 at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area near Gridley.

Prospective hunters must register by 5 p.m. Friday, February 14.

Experienced instructors will instruct this exciting clinic on how to successfully hunt wild turkey. Topics to be covered are concepts of decoy placement, blind design, ballistics, calling, equipment, game care and cleaning, cooking tips and safety.

The clinic is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1 and costs $45. Space is limited and registration is required so hunters are encouraged to apply early. Youths 16 years and younger are free but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

CDFW’s Advanced Hunter Education Program will provide all necessary class equipment.

Registration forms are available online at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced/index.aspx. After registering, participants will receive an e-mail with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring.

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area is located, approximately 60 miles north of Sacramento.

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

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CDFW Offers One-day Turkey Hunting Clinic in March

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

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program will offer its popular Turkey Hunting Clinic on March 2 at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area near Gridley.

Gray Lodge Turkey Clinic

Gray Lodge Turkey Clinic

The clinic is geared to hunters of all levels who want to learn to hunt wild turkey successfully. Experienced instructor and CDFW biologist Joe Johnson will lead this exciting clinic. Decoy placement, blind design, ballistics, calling, equipment, game care and cleaning, cooking tips and safety will be covered.

The clinic runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $45 for adults. Hunters 16 years and younger are free but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All necessary class equipment and materials will be provided.

Space is limited so early registration is encouraged. Registration forms are available online at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced/index.aspx. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation e-mail with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring.

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area is located approximately 60 miles north of Sacramento.

CDFW Offers One-day Turkey Hunting Clinic in February

Media Contacts:
Lt. Dan Lehman, CDFW Hunter Education Program, (916) 358-4356
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program is now registering participants for a turkey hunting clinic to be held Feb. 23 in Kern County.

turkey in field

Photo courtesy of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

The clinic is co-sponsored by the Hunter Education Instructor Association of Southern California and Tejon Ranch, and is geared to hunters of all skill levels who want to learn to hunt wild turkey successfully.

Experienced instructor Alex Van will lead the clinic, which will cover such topics as decoy placement, blind design, ballistics, calling, equipment, game care and cleaning, cooking tips and safety.

The clinic runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the cost is $45 for adults. Hunters 16 years and younger are free but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. CDFW’s Advanced Hunter Education Program will provide all necessary class equipment. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. Participants can register online at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced/index.aspx. Registered participants will receive an e-mail with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring.

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

Tehama County CDFW Officer Selected as NWFT Wildlife Officer-of-the-Year

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has selected Wildlife Officer Mitch Carlson as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Wildlife Officer-of-the-Year for 2012.

Every year, NWTF honors a California wildlife officer who serves as an outstanding example of its mission on behalf of wild turkeys, turkey hunting and wildlife conservation. Carlson will now be in the competition for the federation’s national officer of the year award.

Wildlife Officer Carlson patrols northern Tehama County, which is known for healthy turkey populations. During the spring and fall turkey hunting seasons, he devotes much of his patrol time to protecting the resources and has developed an excellent reputation for differentiating between turkey hunters and poachers.

On his own initiative, Carlson in 2012 coordinated and implemented a wildlife habitat restoration project on the Merrill’s Landing Wildlife Area. The 300-acre wildlife area had experienced a massive noxious weed infestation resulting in dramatically reduced habitat quality.

“Waist-high yellow starthistle, a noxious weed, choked off native vegetation and rendered the area almost useless to wildlife,” said Carlson. “Habitat quality, more than anything else, affects wildlife populations.”

In order to complete his vision for a restored wildlife area, Carlson brought together several state and federal agencies, including CDFW, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, CAL FIRE, the Tehama County Fish & Game Commission and others to provide labor and funding for the restoration. The ongoing project should be complete by the spring of 2014.

In addition to turkeys, the project will benefit black-tailed deer, waterfowl, song birds, resident upland game birds and various species listed as threatened or endangered such as the elderberry longhorn beetle, western yellow-billed cuckoo, bank swallow and Swainson’s hawk.

Carlson has been a wildlife officer for 11 years and takes pride in the protection of resources and sharing his knowledge, experience, training and education with other wardens by being a firearms and defensive tactics instructor, defensive tactics and firearms committee member, firearms armorer, and TASER instructor.  He is the lead trainer in defensive tactics for CDFW’s Wildlife Officer Academy. He is also an avid turkey hunter in his off-time.

On Jan. 1, 2013 the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) became the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). The new name was mandated by AB 2402, which was signed Sept. 25 by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. and is one of numerous provisions passed into law during 2012 that affect the department. Traditionally known as game wardens, the department’s law enforcement staff will now be called wildlife officers

The NWTF is a national nonprofit conservation and hunting organization that, along with its volunteers, partners and sponsors, has worked for the conservation of the wild turkey and preservation of our hunting heritage. When the NWTF was established in 1973, there were only 1.3 million wild turkeys. Today that number stands at more than seven million birds throughout North America and hunting seasons have been established in 49 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico.

Media Contacts:
Wildlife Officer Mark Michilizzi, CDFW Law Enforcement (916) 651-2084

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 Clarifies Legal Take Methods for Wild Turkeys

Media Contacts:
Brad Burkholder, DFG Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-1829
Janice Mackey, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8908

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is clarifying an inadvertant error that has been found in our 2011-2012 Mammal Hunting Regulation booklet. 

On page 19 of the booklet that was printed, Section 311(f) indicates that “0.20 caliber minimum for taking wild turkey” is required. This is incorrect but has been corrected in the online version of the booklet (see link here http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=36051).

The actual regulation was changed in 2011 after the booklet was printed and the correct regulation for 311(f) is: “Air rifles powered by compressed air or gas and used with any caliber of pellet, except that wild turkey may only be taken with a pellet that is at least 0.177 caliber.”

The 2012-2013 mammal hunting regulation booklet is now in preparation and this change will be reflected.

Spring Wild Turkey Season Quickly Approaches

Media Contacts:
Scott Gardner, DFG Wildlife Branch, (916) 801-6257
Janice Mackey, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8908

California’s 2012 general spring wild turkey hunting season opens statewide on March 31 and extends through May 6, with the archery season extending through May 20. 

Hunters who have a current junior hunting license may also hunt the weekend before the opener, on March 24 and 25, and the two weeks after the general season (through May 20), using shotguns or any other legal method of take.

Please note that the season is closed to all hunters from March 26 to March 30.

Shooting hours for spring turkeys are from one-half hour before sunrise to 4 p.m. Both a hunting license and upland game bird stamp are required to hunt turkeys, although an upland stamp is not required for hunters with junior licenses. The bag limit is one bearded turkey per day and no more than a total of three turkeys during all seasons (general, archery, junior) combined.

The statewide population of wild turkeys is estimated at 240,000 birds.DFG’s most recent hunter surveys indicate that on average about 24,000 hunters bag about 22,000 turkeys in the spring season each year statewide. Wild turkeys are found in most counties in California, with the top 10 for spring harvest being El Dorado, Mendocino, Placer, Sonoma, Shasta, Yuba, Butte, San Diego, Napa and Lake counties.

For places to hunt turkeys, hunters should refer to the “Guide to Hunting Wild Turkeys in California” on DFG’s website at www.dfg.ca.gov/hunting/ (on the right side of the page).

Hunters are encouraged to check DFG’s special hunts website for more information at http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/GameBirdHeritageHunts.

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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.

DFG Offers One-day Turkey Hunting Clinic in March

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

The Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) Advanced Hunter Education Program is offering a northern California turkey hunting clinic on Saturday, March 3. The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area near Gridley.

Gray Lodge Turkey Clinic

Joe Johnson, a DFG biologist and experienced turkey hunter and instructor, will lead this exciting clinic. Topics to be covered include concepts of decoy placement, blind design, ballistics, calling, equipment, game care and safety.
 
The clinic will be open to hunters of all ages and skill levels. The cost is $45 for adults. Youths 16 years and younger are free but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. DFG’s Advanced Hunter Education Program will provide all necessary class equipment.

Advance registration for the clinic is required. Participants can register online at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced/index.aspx. Registered participants will receive an e-mail with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring.

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area is located approximately 60 miles north of Sacramento.

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