CDFW to Offer Hunter Marksmanship Clinic in Modesto

Media contacts:
Lt. Dan Lehman, CDFW Law Enforcement, (916) 358-4356
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Education and Outreach, (916) 322-8988

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will offer a hunter marksmanship clinic on April 20 in Modesto.

The clinic will help big game hunters refine their basic marksmanship skills and improve accuracy. Lecture topics will include proper zeroing, maximum point blank range, marksmanship techniques, range estimation, shot placement, ammunition and equipment selection. The clinic will also include a shooting session.

The clinic instructors have a combined total of 60 years of firearm training experience. The primary instructor, Paul Turpin, has more than 30 years of rifle shooting experience, including two tours with the United States Army Marksmanship Unit. A lifelong hunter, Turpin teaches firearms professionally for a private company as well as working as a law enforcement firearms trainer for the State of California. The secondary instructors are Russ Marta and CDFW Lt. Dan Lehman. Marta is an experienced law enforcement firearms instructor for the State of California. Lt. Lehman is a lifelong hunter and is an experienced CDFW firearms instructor.

Participants must bring their own center fire rifle and a minimum of 40 rounds of factory ammunition. No reloads will be allowed. Participants must sight-in their rifles prior to attending the clinic.

The clinic runs 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 a parent or guardian.

Clinic participants must pre-register. The registration form is available online at  www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced/marksmanship.aspx.

CDFW’s Advanced Hunter Education Program will provide all necessary class equipment. Registered participants will receive an e-mail with an agenda, a map to the facility and a list of items to bring.

CDFW to Offer Wild Pig Hunting Clinic in Monterey County

Media contacts:
Lt. Dan Lehman, CDFW Law Enforcement, (916) 358-4356
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Education and Outreach, (916) 322-8988

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program and the Pacific Coast Hunter Education Association will offer a wild pig hunting clinic on April 6. The clinic will be held in Lockwood (Monterey County).wild pig

Designed for all skill levels, the clinic will cover will pig biology, hunting techniques, legal requirements, methods for locating wild pigs, locations to hunt, hands-on field dressing and care of wild game.

The clinic runs 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 a parent or guardian.

Space is limited, so advance online registration is required. The registration form is available online at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced/wildpig_salinas.aspx.

CDFW’s Advanced Hunter Education Program will provide all necessary class equipment. Meals are not included but lunch can be purchased from the Pacific Coast Hunter Education Association for $10 on the day of the clinic. Lunch includes country ribs, salad, beans and a drink.

Registered participants will receive an e-mail with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring.

CDFW to Offer Black Powder Hunting Clinic in Merced County

Media contacts:
Lt. Dan Lehman, CDFW Law Enforcement, (916) 358-4356
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Education and Outreach, (916) 322-8988

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program will offer a black powder hunting clinic on April 27. The clinic will be held at the River Oaks Range in Winton (Merced County).

Designed for all skill levels, the clinic will include both lecture and live-fire exercises. The lecture portion will include a short history of black powder shooting, different styles of black powder rifles used today, how to safely load and shoot a black powder rifle, laws and regulations pertaining to black powder hunting and strategies for hunting with black powder firearms. The live-fire exercise will include target shooting with black powder firearms.

The clinic runs 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 a parent or guardian.

Space is limited to 25 people, so advance online registration is required. The registration form is available online at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced/marksmanship.aspx.

CDFW’s Advanced Hunter Education Program will provide all necessary class equipment. Registered participants will receive an email with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring. All course material and black powder firearms will be provided. Please note that personal firearms should not be brought to this clinic.

The River Oaks Range is seven miles north of Atwater.

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.

DFG to Hold One-Day Archery Clinic for Teens and Youth

Media Contact:
Lesa Johnston, DFG Education and Outreach, (916) 322-8933


The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) will host a fall archery clinic for young people who want to learn an outdoor skill and enjoy spending time outdoors.

pumpkin“Shooting Pumpkins: Youth Archery Clinic” is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Bowmen Archery Club. The class will include instruction in basic archery form, safety and equipment choices, as well as hands-on shooting practice on a professional archery range. There will be plenty of bulls-eye targets to shoot at and in keeping with the harvest spirit, pumpkin targets will also be used.

“Archery is a sport that inherently motivates young people,” said Lesa Johnston, DFG National Archery in the Schools Program coordinator. “Any child can do this – they only need an opportunity to explore the skill.”

The range is located at 3321 El Dorado Hills Blvd. in El Dorado Hills, just off of Highway 50. The $15 clinic fee includes brunch, snacks, equipment, range use and instruction. Youth must be at least 8 years old and accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents/guardians are included in the brunch at no additional cost Class size is limited to 45 and pre-registration is required. Participants may register online at www.dfg.ca.gov/yo.

The event is co-sponsored by the California Bowmen Hunters/State Archery Association.

For information regarding Youth and Families in the Outdoors events, contact Lesa Johnston at (916) 322-8933 or ljohnsto@dfg.ca.gov.

DFG to Offer Waterfowl 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

If you want to learn to successfully hunt waterfowl in Southern California, then the Department of Fish and Game has the perfect clinic for you.

DFG’s Advanced Hunter Education Program and the Southern California Hunter Education Instructor Association are jointly sponsoring a waterfowl hunting clinic on September 29 in Riverside County. This clinic, which will be held at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area, is designed to teach hunting techniques specific to waterfowl in Southern California and is appropriate for hunters of all skill levels.

The class will be hosted by experienced California Hunter Education Instructor Gregg Bouslog. Topics to be covered include concepts of decoy placement, blind design, ballistics, calling, duck identification, dog considerations, gear, game care, cooking tips and safety. 

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.

San Jacinto Wildlife Area is located approximately 8 miles east of Riverside.

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 Offers Wilderness Land Navigation Clinic for Hunters

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

The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is now accepting registrations for its upcoming land navigation clinic. The two-day course will be held at Camp Whitsett in Kern County on Sept. 15 and 16.

Land Navigation Clinic

This weekend clinic is part of DFG’s Advanced Hunter Education Program. The course is designed to help students learn and practice basic navigation skills using a map, compass and GPS. Participants will learn about magnetic declination, the workings of a baseplate compass, map reading, how to stay oriented naturally, and how to use magnetic bearings, map coordinate systems and GPS. All course materials and equipment will be provided.

The course is limited to 25 participants, so please register early. Registration forms are available online at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced/index.aspx.

The cost is $65 for adults. Students 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, but meals are not included. Participants will camp overnight as part of the course.

Camp Whitsett is located in the Sequoia National Forest, 70 miles east of Bakersfield and 192 miles north of Los Angeles.

DFG to Offer Black Powder Hunting Clinic

Media Contacts:
Lt. Dan Lehman, DFG Law Enforcement Division, (916) 358-4356
Kirsten Macintyre, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8988
 
The Department of Fish and Game’s Advanced Hunter Education Program is offering a black powder hunting clinic April 28 in Yolo County. The clinic is scheduled from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. at the Yolo Sportsmen’s Association Range.
 
Designed for all skill levels, the clinic will include both lecture and live-fire exercises. The lecture portion will include a short history of black powder shooting, different styles of black powder rifles used today, how to safely load and shoot a black powder rifle, laws and regulations pertaining to black powder hunting and strategies for hunting with black powder firearms. The live-fire exercise will include target shooting with black powder firearms.
 
All course material and black powder firearms will be provided. Personal firearms shall not be brought to this clinic. The cost is $45 and space is limited to 25 people. Participants 16 years and younger are free, but must be accompanied by a registered parent or guardian.
 
Participants should register online at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced/blackpowder.aspx. After registering, participants will receive an e-mail with a map to the facility, and a list of items to bring. 
 
The Yolo Sportsmen’s Association Range is located five miles northwest of the city of Davis.
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