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CDFW and the California Waterfowl Association Offer One-day Outdoor Expo

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Hunter Education Program and the California Waterfowl Association are sponsoring an outdoor exposition on Aug. 3 at Waterloo Gun and Bocci Club in Stockton. The free expo includes trap shooting, archery and pellet gun shooting for all ages and ability levels.

Scheduled events will include the Grasslands Regional Duck Calling Contest, goose calling, two-man live duck calling and youth calling contests. There will also be a youth trap shooting competition with prizes. Food and vendor booths and a swap meet also will be included in the event.

The expo will run from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The first 100 participants to preregister online will get a free round of trap shooting (targets and ammo included). See www.calwaterfowl.org for more information.

The Waterloo Gun and Bocci Club is located at 4343 Ashley Lane in Stockton, off Waterloo Road.

Contacts:
Lt. Shawn Olague, CDFW Central District Hunter Education Coordinator, (209) 564-2070
George Oberstadt, CWA Heritage Programs, (916) 275-0961

Looking for Family Activities This Summer?

Get Outdoors and Do Something Wild!

Media Contact:
Lesa Johnston, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8933

11-year-old girl on riverbank holding the striped bass she caught
Kate Macintyre caught a striped bass on the Sacramento River. Kirsten Macintyre photo

School is out and parents everywhere are thinking about how to keep their kids from becoming couch potatoes this summer.  Families will also be seeking recreational activities and trying to plan a quality outing on a budget.  Those willing to venture outdoors in the Golden State will find lots of things to do – kid-friendly and pocketbook-friendly, too.  If you are looking for creative summer boredom-busters, look no further than the Youth and Families in the Outdoors Program (YO!) hosted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).

“It’s amazing how many outdoor opportunities are available in every corner of the state,” said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. “From fishing lessons to guided nature tours, each of these events serves to encourage a deeper understanding of our wildlife and natural resources and cultivates a desire to learn about them.”

YO! maintains a calendar of kid- and family-friendly summer events around the state, including those sponsored by organizations and nonprofits unaffiliated with CDFW. To find the perfect summer opportunity, please check out the calendar at www.dfg.ca.gov/yo.

Just a few of the opportunities currently listed include:

  • Humboldt County: Discovery Museum (Eureka), PAL Camp “Water Week.” Summer camp for ages 5 to 12, July 9-13. Explore all of special water features in the Humboldt area – oceans, rivers, creeks, rain and more – and learn how water is essential to life. Lots of fun by way of water games and activities. For more information, please visit www.discovery-museum.org.
  • Tehama County:  Beginning Hunting Camps are for girls and boys ages 10 to 14 who wish to obtain their hunter education certificates. Various dates in June and July. Youth will also spend time outdoors learning to become ethical, safe and skilled anglers, shooters, archers and wildlife conservationists.  For more information, please visit www.mykosc.org.
  • Butte County:  Family Preschool Workshops for parents and children ages 3 to 5. Various dates in June and July. Offered by the Chico Creek Nature Center to give young children their first introduction to nature through games, crafts, group discussion and up-close observation. Both children and adults will enjoy learning about nature.  For more information, please visit www.bidwellpark.org.
  • Alameda County:  Camp of the Wild for girls and boys ages 9 to 12, July 8-12. Kids will spend time outdoors learning survival skills, such as how to build an outdoor shelter. One of many events offered by East Bay Regional Parks. For more information, please visit www.ebparks.org.
  • Fresno County:  Fresno Chaffee Zoo, “Young Naturalist: Sierra Field Biology” field trip for kids ages 11 to 17. July 30-August 3 (Friday Field Trip.) Discover the wonder of how animals, plants and humans are intertwined in the conservation of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains.  For more information, please visit www.fresnochaffeezoo.org.
  • Orange County:  Free Kid’s Fishing Clinic. Every Sunday from noon to 12:30 p.m. Come to the dockside at Dana Wharf and ask the experts all about fishing the deep blue sea. No reservations needed and fishing gear is provided. Follow up the clinic with a fishing trip from 12:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. One free child admission with a paid adult. For more information, please visit  www.danawharf.com.

The calendar will be updated regularly so please check back throughout the summer months.

YO! is a collaborative effort between CDFW and a number of outdoors-oriented foundations and organizations around the state. Its purpose is to facilitate the conservation, enhancement and restoration of our fish and wildlife and habitats through the education and participation of our youth in California’s outdoor heritage.

If you know of a family or youth-friendly outdoor event that is not listed on the calendar, please contact YO! at (916) 322-8933.

Department of Fish and Wildlife Partnering with the International Sportsmen’s Exposition

Media Contacts:
Mark Michilizzi, Law Enforcement Division, (916) 651-2084
Carrie Wilson, Office of Communications, (831) 649-7191

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will participate in the annual International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) at Cal Expo in Sacramento from Jan. 10-13. The event is the largest outdoor sportsmen’s show of its kind in northern California.

Fisheries and wildlife scientists and game wardens will be available throughout the show to answer questions from the public and provide information regarding fishing and hunting opportunities throughout the state. A full service license booth will sell licenses, tags and report cards.

CDFW’s wildlife officer recruitment trailer will have information for anyone interested in pursing a career in fish and wildlife enforcement.

In addition, there will a free laser shot game in the trailer.

Wildlife officer K-9 detection teams will also be at the show conducting demonstrations in the Sporting Dog Arena. The demonstrations are scheduled on Jan. 10 from 12:30–1:30 p.m., Jan. 11 from 2:30–3:30 p.m. and Jan. 13 from 10:30–11:30 a.m.

California wildlife officers featured in the popular television series “Wild Justice” on the National Geographic Channel will be on hand for a presentation in the Adventure Theater Jan. 12 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Marina Delucci of Rocklin is the winner of the first CDFW and ISE youth hunter essay contest where contestants submitted an essay, 500 words or less, on what “Passing on the Tradition” means to them. Marina, an 11-year-old fourth generation waterfowl hunter, will be awarded a lifetime hunting license, a signed box set of DVDs of the second and third seasons of “Wild Justice,” and hunting gear and clothing provided courtesy of the CDFW Hunter Education program. Marina will receive her award on Saturday during the “Wild Justice” presentation.

 

Junior Duck Hunts at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area

Media Contacts:
Patrick Graham, DFG Region 3, (707) 425-3828
Janice Mackey, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8908

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is now accepting applications for two special junior duck hunts at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area. On Saturday, Dec. 8 and Wednesday, Dec. 26, spaced blinds on Pond 11 and the Crescent Unit of the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area will be available only to junior hunt participants and will be closed to the general public.

Hunters will be selected by draw and must be in possession of a current junior hunting license. An adult chaperone (18 years of age or older) is required to accompany and supervise each junior hunter. The adult may hunt with the junior hunter if he or she is in possession of the required 2012-2013 California hunting license, as well as State and Federal waterfowl stamps and the free HIP validation. Junior license holders who are age 16 or older must have a Federal waterfowl stamp.

All available blinds can accommodate two persons (the junior hunter and his or her adult chaperone). Hunters may only use non-toxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  A minimum of one dozen duck decoys are required at all blind sites and chest waders are recommended.

To apply for a reservation, send a standard postcard (available from your local post office) to:

Grizzly Island Junior Duck Hunt
2548 Grizzly Island Rd.
Suisun City, CA  94585

Please include the name of the junior hunter, his or her mailing address (including zip code), a phone number, the 2012-13 hunting license number, and the name of the adult chaperone. Also please include the desired hunt date. Each hunter may apply only once and for only one date.

Application cards must be received by close of business on Friday, Nov. 30. Junior hunt reservations will be filled by a random drawing conducted on Monday, Dec. 3. There will be 24 reservations issued for each date. All successful applicants will be notified by mail.

Please note that all chaperones who wish to hunt must have either a Type A One Day, Two Day, or Season Pass, and these must be purchased prior to arriving at the check station through either a license Agent or online at www.dfg.ca.gov (allow two weeks’ mailing time if ordering online).

The Grizzly Island Wildlife Area will also accept junior hunters on the day of the hunt on a first-come, first-served basis to use the free roam areas and to fill any no-shows from the reservations. DFG would also like to encourage use of the West Family Unit, which is available only to junior hunters. Hunt days are Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays on a first come, first served basis throughout the open season. The gate will be opened approximately two hours before shoot time. An adult chaperone is required and five double blinds, including one mobility-impaired blind and one three-person blind, are available.

The unit is north of Benicia on Goodyear Road. From Highway 680, take the Marshview Road exit and turn right onto Goodyear Road from the off-ramp. The hunt area will be on the left.

Any questions can be directed to the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area at (707) 425-3828.

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 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 Offers Apprentice Deer Hunt on Carrizo Plain Ecological Reserve

Contacts:
Robert Stafford, DFG Associate Wildlife Biologist, (805) 528-8670
Rocky Thompson, DFG Senior Wildlife Biologist, (805) 594-6175

Media Contact:
Janice Mackey, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8908

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is offering a drawing for an apprentice deer hunt on the Chimineas Unit of the Carrizo Plain Ecological Reserve.

Three hunters between ages 12 and 15 will be chosen through a lottery and allowed to hunt on the weekend of September 15 and 16. In addition, the selected participants may also show up on Friday, September 14 for a barbecue and hunter education refresher course that will cover gun safety, deer hunting and game care.

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

To apply, applicants must submit a postcard with the hunter’s name, address, telephone number and 2012-2013 Junior Hunting License number to:

Chimineas Apprentice Deer Hunt
Department of Fish and Game
3196 South Higuera Street, Suite A
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Applications must be received in the office by 5 p.m. on July 27. Late or incomplete applications will not be entered in the lottery. Successful applicants will be notified by phone and will receive additional information, including maps and special regulations prior to the hunt.

Selected hunters must be accompanied by an adult and possess a valid Junior Hunting License and zone A tag. Hunts will be led by CDA volunteers. Overnight lodging is available at the main ranch house on the ecological reserve. CDA will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, as well as breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

About the Carrizo Plain Ecological Reserve

The Chimineas Unit of the Carrizo Plain Ecological Reserve is located in southeastern San Luis Obispo County. It is a 30,000-acre property owned by DFG that provides habitat for deer, tule elk, pronghorn antelope and a host of other species.

Free Fishing Day is Saturday, July 7

Media Contacts:
Andrew Hughan, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8944
Terry Foreman, DFG Fisheries Branch, (916) 445-3777

The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) invites anglers to celebrate summer by fishing for free this coming Saturday in California’s spectacular waters. July 7 is the first of two Free Fishing Days in 2012, when people can try their hand at fishing without having to buy a sport fishing license.

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All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect. Every angler must have an appropriate report card if they are fishing for steelhead or sturgeon anywhere in the state, or salmon in the Smith and Klamath-Trinity River systems.

DFG offers two Free Fishing Days each year – usually around the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend – when it’s legal to fish without a sport fishing license. This year, the Free Fishing Days were set for the Saturdays following Independence Day and Labor Day (July 7 and Sept. 8).

Free Fishing Days provide a low-cost way to give fishing a try. Some DFG Regions offer a Fishing in the City program where anglers can go fishing in major metropolitan areas. Fishing in the City and Free Fishing Day clinics are designed to educate novice anglers about fishing ethics, fish habits, effective methods for catching fish and fishing tackle. Anglers can even learn how to clean and prepare fish for eating.

Anglers should check the rules and regulations at www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations/ for the waters they plan to fish. Wardens will be on duty to enforce them. For more information on Free Fishing Days, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/freefishdays.html.

Looking for Summer Activities for the Kids? Get Them Up and Outdoors!

Media Contacts:
Lesa Johnston, DFG Education and Outreach, (916) 322-8933
Kirsten Macintyre, DFG Education and Outreach, (916) 322-8988

The final school bell has rung … and moms and dads everywhere are scrambling to figure out how to keep the kids active and entertained for the next several months. But parents, take heart – the Youth and Family in the Outdoors (YO!) program, sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), may have just the ticket to get your kids off the computer and out the door this summer.

“It’s amazing how many outdoor opportunities are available to kids in every corner of the state,” said DFG Director Charlton H. Bonham. “From fishing lessons to guided nature tours, each of these events serves to encourage a deeper understanding of our state’s natural resources.”

YO! maintains a calendar of kid-friendly summer events around the state, including those sponsored by organizations and nonprofits unaffiliated with DFG. To find the perfect summer opportunity for your child, please check out the calendar at www.dfg.ca.gov/yo/.

Just a few of the opportunities currently listed include:

  • Tehama County: Kids Outdoor Sports Camp, various dates in June and July. Kids age 10 and up spend a week gaining a variety of fishing, conservation and hunting skills emphasizing safe firearms handling. For more information, please visit www.mykosc.org.
  • Butte County: Chico Creek Nature Center, “Creepy Crawly Slimy Slithers,” various dates in June and August. This one-week camp for kids ages 5 to 11 includes short nature walks, lab activities and swimming in Big Chico Creek. For more information, please call (530) 891-4671 or visit www.bidwellpark.org.
  • San Joaquin County: Youth Waterfowl Hunter Camp, various dates. Kids ages 10 to 16 will learn conservation principles and hunter education. For more information, please visit www.calwaterfowl.org.
  • San Mateo County: San Carlos Library, Summer Reading Party with Wild Things, Inc. on June 19. Kick off the summer with wildlife education and a chance to meet some real wild animals. For ages 3 and up. For more information, please visit www.smcl.org.
  • Fresno County: Fresno Chaffee Zoo, “Young Naturalist:  Junior Marine Biologist” field trip for kids ages 11 to 17, June 25-29. Explore the ocean with a special focus on seals and sea lions. Learn about needs of these unique animals and their new zoo home at Seal Lion Cove. For more information, please visit www.fresnochaffeezoo.org.
  • Los Angeles County: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, “Marine Science Hi” program for teens in ninth through 12th grades. Participants will study oceanography, marine biology and field research methods with daily trips to the Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park. For more information, please visit www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.
  • Riverside County: Turtle and Tortoise Celebration at Louis Robidoux Nature Center, June 30. Spend an exciting day at the Nature Center meeting and learning about different turtles and tortoises, and take a self-guided nature walk. Pet turtles and tortoises welcome. For more information, please visit www.rivcoparks.org/education/hiddenvalley/calendar.
  • Various locations: American Red Cross’s First Aid and CPR training. Enjoy the outdoors by being properly prepared – a must for outdoor enthusiasts (many other classes are also available). For more information, please visit http://redcrosscrc.org.

The calendar will be updated regularly so please check back throughout the summer months.

YO! is a collaborative effort between DFGand a number of outdoors-oriented foundations and organizations around the state. Its purpose is to facilitate the conservation, enhancement and restoration of our fish and wildlife and habitats through the education and participation of our youth in California’s outdoor heritage. For a complete list of YO! sponsors, please see www.dfg.ca.gov/yo/sponsors.html.

If you know of a youth-friendly outdoor event that is not listed on the calendar, please contact YO! at (916) 322-8933

Nature Bowl Winners to Help Plant Fish in Jenkinson Lake May 30

Media Contacts:
Bruce Forman, DFG Region 2, (916) 358-2353 or (916) 591-1161
Kyle Orr, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8958

Students from six northern California elementary schools will get a hands-on nature experience next week – their reward for a job well done in the 28th annual Nature Bowl competition. The winners of the competition, students from Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento and Yolo counties, will assist the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) with stocking trout at Jenkinson Lake on May 30.

What: DFG Trout Plant

Who:  Elementary school students from the following schools:
Third and Fourth Grade Winning Teams

  • First place: EurekaElementary School,GraniteBay
  • Second place: Lake ForestElementary School, El Dorado Hills
  • Third place: LatrobeElementary School, Shingle Springs

Fifth and Sixth Grade Winning Teams

  • First place: Lake ForestElementary School, El Dorado Hills
  • Second place: LatrobeElementary School, Shingle Springs
  • Third place (three-way tie): MaryDeterding Elementary School, Carmichael Fred T. KorematsuElementary School, Davis Jackson Elementary School, El Dorado Hills

When: Wednesday, May 30
Meet at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery (20001 Nimbus Road, Gold River)
at 8:30 a.m. Arrive at the lake to stock approximately 10:30 a.m.

Where: Jenkinson Lake (a.k.a. Sly Park Lake), Pollock Pines

Click here for a map

The Nature Bowl is a regional, cooperative team competition focusing on activities and questions regarding environmental science and natural resource conservation topics that correlate to the California Education Standards for Science.  This year’s event was held in March and April, with the winning teams earning honors on May 5.

“Nature Bowl participants have spent months building a scientific foundation and learning about valuation of the natural world and how our actions can help reduce threats to the environment,” said Bruce Forman, DFG Nature Bowl Coordinator. “The competition is designed to prepare youth for real-world issues, so letting them help with an actual trout plant is a fitting reward for their hard work.”

More than 500 youths participate in the Nature Bowl each year. Students forming 82 teams from seven counties competed in Calaveras, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter and Yolo counties.