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A bighorn sheep ram on a hill overlooking desert Two CDFW Cold Case Poaching Investigations Gain New Interest with the Offer of Substantial Rewards August 24, 2016 - California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) officers are looking for any information the public may have regarding two unsolved crimes: the unlawful killing of a male bighorn sheep in Siskiyou County, and the unlawful maiming of an adult male deer in Humboldt County.   The bighorn carcass was discovered near the Jenny Creek camping … Continue reading Two CDFW Cold Case Poaching Investigations Gain New Interest with the Offer of Substantial Rewards
Klamth Guy Smith 8-17-16 051 Second Klamath Salmon Fishing Quota Met; Catch Now Subject to Size Restriction August 23, 2016 - Salmon anglers have met their quota for salmon in another popular Del Norte County spot for the season, triggering new restrictions on the Klamath River fishery. Monitoring efforts show that anglers below the Highway 96 Bridge in Weitchecpec caught their quota of 555 adult fall-run Chinook, 22 inches or longer, by sundown Tuesday, Aug. 23. After … Continue reading Second Klamath Salmon Fishing Quota Met; Catch Now Subject to Size Restriction
CDFW Law Enforcement Academy Graduates 23 Cadets, Adding 14 New Wildlife Officers to the Ranks August 23, 2016 - Twenty-three new law enforcement cadets graduated from the California Wildlife Officer Academy during ceremonies at the Performing Arts Center in Paradise on Aug. 12, 2016. The badge pinning and swearing-in ceremony included 12 sponsored warden cadets and two current peace officers who transferred as laterals from other agencies. These new wildlife officers have a few … Continue reading CDFW Law Enforcement Academy Graduates 23 Cadets, Adding 14 New Wildlife Officers to the Ranks
Klamth Guy Smith 8-17-16 051 Salmon Fishing on the Klamath River Spit to Close for the Season August 22, 2016 - Anglers only have a limited time to fish for salmon in a popular Del Norte County spot before it closes for the season. Klamath River anglers in the Spit Area (within 100 yards of the channel through the sand spit formed at the Klamath River mouth) will have caught their sub-quota of 167 adult fall-run … Continue reading Salmon Fishing on the Klamath River Spit to Close for the Season
Bighorn ewes Sportsmen’s Dollars Support Research on Desert Bighorn Sheep August 18, 2016 - Thanks to California’s big game hunters, wildlife biologists studying Desert Bighorn Sheep will have new technology and tools to help them study deadly diseases that affect these icons of the desert. In 2013, Desert Bighorn sheep populations in the Mojave Desert near Old Dad Peak suffered a die-off. In an effort to learn more about … Continue reading Sportsmen’s Dollars Support Research on Desert Bighorn Sheep
dove2 First Dove Season Opener Approaches August 17, 2016 - The first of two opening days of California’s dove hunting season is fast approaching. This year’s season for mourning dove, white-winged dove, spotted dove and ringed turtle dove will run from Thursday, Sept. 1 through Thursday, Sept. 15 statewide, followed by a second hunt period, Saturday, Nov. 12 through Saturday, Dec. 26. Mourning dove and … Continue reading First Dove Season Opener Approaches
CDFW to Hold Public Outreach Meeting for Northern California Wildlife Areas August 15, 2016 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold a public outreach meeting regarding Yolo, Grizzly Island and Napa-Sonoma wildlife areas. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area’s conference room located at 45211 County Road 32B, Davis, California. CDFW will take … Continue reading CDFW to Hold Public Outreach Meeting for Northern California Wildlife Areas
CDFW to Release 10,000 Pounds of Trout in Merced County Waters August 4, 2016 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will stock approximately 10,000 pounds of fish in two Merced County waters this week. The catchable sized rainbow trout are coming from the Mojave Fish Hatchery in Victorville. “This is an unexpected windfall for Merced area anglers,” said Greg Kollenborn, CDFW Senior Hatchery Supervisor. “The additional fish … Continue reading CDFW to Release 10,000 Pounds of Trout in Merced County Waters
Los Padres National Forest Trails and Roads in Burn Area Closed Due to Soberanes Fire July 28, 2016 - A forest closure order has been implemented to close the trails and roads within the Los Padres National Forest, Monterey Ranger District due to the Soberanes fire burning in Monterey County. The order prohibits going into or being upon National Forest Service lands within the Soberanes Fire area. “Safety is our first priority and we … Continue reading Los Padres National Forest Trails and Roads in Burn Area Closed Due to Soberanes Fire
September calendar August 2016 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar July 28, 2016 - DATE — EVENT Various Days — Guided Wetland Tours, By Reservation, at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). A wildlife naturalist will lead any group, school or organization on a half-mile route through the diverse wetlands of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. General information includes wildlife identification, behavior patterns and conservation efforts. … Continue reading August 2016 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar
CDFW to Hold Public Outreach Meeting on Northern San Joaquin Valley Type A and B Wildlife Areas July 21, 2016 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold an outreach meeting Saturday, Aug. 20 in Los Banos regarding the Northern San Joaquin Valley Type A and B Wildlife Areas. CDFW will take comments and recommendations and provide updates on habitat conditions, availability of water for wetlands and possible impacts to hunter access on … Continue reading CDFW to Hold Public Outreach Meeting on Northern San Joaquin Valley Type A and B Wildlife Areas
CDFW Opens Chimineas Unit of Carrizo Plain Ecological Reserve for Apprentice Deer Hunters July 20, 2016 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will be holding a draw for an apprentice deer hunt on the Chimineas Unit of the Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve. The two-day hunt, which is being offered in cooperation with the California Deer Association (CDA), will be held on Sept. 17-18 on the 30,000-acre reserve in San … Continue reading CDFW Opens Chimineas Unit of Carrizo Plain Ecological Reserve for Apprentice Deer Hunters
Upper Butte Basin Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area Seeks Volunteers for Cleanup and Maintenance Day July 19, 2016 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area (UBBWA) is seeking volunteers to assist with a cleanup and hunting blind maintenance day on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 7 a.m. to noon. UBBWA consists of Little Dry Creek and Llano Seco in Butte County and Howard Slough in Glenn County. UBBWA … Continue reading Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area Seeks Volunteers for Cleanup and Maintenance Day
Scientists Test Oil Spill Containment Equipment in Mission Bay July 12, 2016 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) facilitated an exercise today to test response strategies aimed at protecting environmentally sensitive sites in the event of an oil spill near Mission Bay.  As part of the exercise, OSPR personnel and local oil spill responders stretched 800 feet of … Continue reading Scientists Test Oil Spill Containment Equipment in Mission Bay
DCIM100GOPRO Kokanee Fingerlings Released into California Lakes and Reservoirs July 11, 2016 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has recently completed the release of the 2016 allotment of kokanee salmon fingerlings. This year’s allotment included 634,430 kokanee released into 13 lakes and reservoirs throughout the state. Kokanee were introduced into California waters to provide diverse recreational angling opportunities for anglers and have become an extremely … Continue reading Kokanee Fingerlings Released into California Lakes and Reservoirs
SHARE Program Offers Big Game, Upland Hunts in Santa Barbara County July 8, 2016 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program will provide public access for big game and upland game hunts this fall at several locations in Santa Barbara County. For the fourth year, fall hunts for deer, bear, turkey, quail and dove at Jones Ranch and Sleepy Creek … Continue reading SHARE Program Offers Big Game, Upland Hunts in Santa Barbara County
PutahCreekWA_0 Putah Creek Wildlife Area Reopens for Public Use July 8, 2016 - The Putah Creek Wildlife Area in Solano County has reopened for public use as of Saturday, July 9, 2016. The wildlife area was closed in August 2015 to allow recovery from the Wragg Fire. Though the area continues to recover from the fire and winter rains, the slopes are now sufficiently stable to allow safe public … Continue reading Putah Creek Wildlife Area Reopens for Public Use
Big Game Grants Program Awards $1.1 Million for Wildlife July 8, 2016 - Hunters’ Dollars to Fund Big Game Conservation and Management Projects The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has awarded $1.1 million in grants for big game conservation projects in Fiscal Year 2016-2017. The Big Game Grant Program (BGGP), which allocates funds generated by big-game hunters through the purchase of tags for sheep, bear, deer, pronghorn … Continue reading Big Game Grants Program Awards $1.1 Million for Wildlife
1072965_630x354 Commercial and Recreational Rock Crab Fisheries Now Open at Pigeon Point, San Mateo County July 6, 2016 - Following the lifting of a health advisory in the same area, the commercial and recreational rock crab fisheries are now open from Pigeon Point in San Mateo County south to the U.S. – Mexico border. The commercial and recreational seasons for rock crab are open all year. The open area along the mainland coast for … Continue reading Commercial and Recreational Rock Crab Fisheries Now Open at Pigeon Point, San Mateo County
130901-SAC-AJH-0057 Two Fall Dove Hunting Opportunities in San Diego County July 5, 2016 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting applications for two wild dove hunts in San Diego County this fall. The first opportunity is  Saturday, Sept. 3, from 6 a.m. to noon at Oak Grove, a sub-unit of San Felipe Wildlife Area in San Diego County. This hunt will take place on … Continue reading Two Fall Dove Hunting Opportunities in San Diego County
CFGC Commissioner Peter Silva, Colusa Co. Chief Deputy DA Matt Beauchamp (2015 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year), & CDFW AC Mike Stefanak. Colusa County Chief Deputy District Attorney Named 2015 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year July 1, 2016 - The California Fish and Game Commission yesterday recognized Colusa County Chief Deputy District Attorney Matt Beauchamp as the 2015 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year. Beauchamp was selected from the ranks of California’s 58 counties to receive this notable distinction because of his unwavering commitment to protecting California’s natural resources. The award was presented last night … Continue reading Colusa County Chief Deputy District Attorney Named 2015 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year
California Ivory Ban Now in Effect July 1, 2016 - Signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. last October, a new law banning the sale of nearly all ivory in the state of California is effective as of July 1, 2016. The ban, which can be found in California Fish and Game Code, section 2022, encompasses teeth and tusks of elephant, hippopotamus, mammoth, mastodon, walrus, … Continue reading California Ivory Ban Now in Effect
Think Ahead: Find a Reputable, Licensed Guide to Help Ensure a Safe, Fun and Successful Hunting Season June 30, 2016 - Now is a great time for hunters to start pre-planning for the 2016-2017 season. If this is the year that you’d like to hunt an unfamiliar area or learn more about an outdoor pursuit you’ve never tried, you may want to consider hiring a professional guide. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is … Continue reading Think Ahead: Find a Reputable, Licensed Guide to Help Ensure a Safe, Fun and Successful Hunting Season
22237552793_27e88423fa_o Waterfowl Breeding Population Survey Shows Improving Numbers in 2016 June 30, 2016 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has completed its annual survey of waterfowl breeding pairs. Biologists found that after a three-year decline in mallards and total duck species (meaning all species combined), both categories have increased this year. The breeding population of mallards increased from 173,865 to 263,774 (an increase of 52 percent) … Continue reading Waterfowl Breeding Population Survey Shows Improving Numbers in 2016
July calendar July 2016 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar June 30, 2016 -   DATE — EVENT Various Days — Guided Wetland Tours, By Reservation, at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). A wildlife naturalist will lead your group, school or organization on a half-mile route through the diverse wetlands of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. General information includes wildlife identification, behavior patterns and conservation … Continue reading July 2016 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar
Duck Stamp 2016 First Place Guy Crittenden Virginia Artist Wins 2016 California Duck Stamp Art Contest June 30, 2016 - A painting by Guy Crittenden of Richmond, Va., has been chosen as the winner of the 2016 California Duck Stamp Art Contest. The painting, which depicts a pair of lesser snow geese, will be the official design for the 2016-2017 stamp. It was the first time that Crittenden has won the California Duck Stamp Art … Continue reading Virginia Artist Wins 2016 California Duck Stamp Art Contest
July 2 is Free Fishing Day in California June 29, 2016 - Have you ever felt the excitement of catching a fish? This summer, angling novices can experience the thrill for free. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites all Californians to fish on July 2 and Sept. 3 – no fishing license required. If you would like to fish the rest of the year, … Continue reading July 2 is Free Fishing Day in California
Nonlead Ammunition Implementation Phase 2 Starts July 1 June 28, 2016 - Starting July 1, 2016, nonlead shot will be required when taking upland game birds with a shotgun in California, except for dove, quail, snipe, and any game birds taken at licensed game bird clubs. In addition, nonlead shot will be required when using a shotgun to take resident small game mammals, furbearing mammals, nongame mammals, … Continue reading Nonlead Ammunition Implementation Phase 2 Starts July 1
UPDATE: Cleanup operations ongoing after pipeline spill in Ventura June 27, 2016 - For Immediate Release Unified Command Ventura, Calif. – A multi-agency response continues to manage cleanup operations in the area impacted by a June 23 pipeline spill in Hall Canyon, Ventura. On-scene crews include 98 responders, who have recovered a significant amount of pooled oil utilizing vacuum trucks. Cleanup operations are complex due to steep terrain. … Continue reading UPDATE: Cleanup operations ongoing after pipeline spill in Ventura
Cleanup, air monitoring ongoing after pipeline spill in Ventura June 24, 2016 - For Immediate Release Unified Command Ventura, Calif. – A multi-agency response has been established to manage cleanup operations in the area impacted by a June 23 pipeline spill in Hall Canyon, Ventura. There have been no oiled wildlife observed or reported, and no oil has reached the ocean or other water. Cleanup crews remain on-scene … Continue reading Cleanup, air monitoring ongoing after pipeline spill in Ventura

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