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Sonoma County Couple Named Hunter Education Instructors of the Year September 22, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) named Sonoma County husband and wife Tom and Sharon Henderson as 2017 Hunter Education Instructors of the Year. This is the first time the honor has been awarded to two instructors. “The Hendersons are an amazing team who have dedicated so much to the Hunter Education Program. … Continue reading Sonoma County Couple Named Hunter Education Instructors of the Year
Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day by Getting Outdoors September 21, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are joining to celebrate California’s long-standing outdoor heritage and the contributions made to wildlife conservation by hunters and anglers on National Hunting and Fishing Day. Saturday, Sept. 23 is National Hunting and Fishing Day and California hunting and fishing seasons … Continue reading Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day by Getting Outdoors
CDFW Arrests Four Suspects for Commercial Sale of Sport Harvest Abalone September 21, 2017 -   Wildlife officers have arrested four suspects on charges of harvesting abalone with a recreational fishing license then selling it on the black market for profit, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced. The arrests were preceded by a five-month investigation of the suspects, some of whom have been previously convicted of similar … Continue reading CDFW Arrests Four Suspects for Commercial Sale of Sport Harvest Abalone
Registration Is Open for Sandhill Crane Tours: New Requirement in Late Fall September 19, 2017 - The online registration period is now open for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) popular Sandhill Crane Wetland Tours at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve near Lodi in San Joaquin County. Online registration is required to participate in these late-afternoon guided tours, which start in October and run through February. The tours take place … Continue reading Registration Is Open for Sandhill Crane Tours: New Requirement in Late Fall
CDFW Offering Free Tundra Swan Tours This Fall and Winter September 18, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will offer free swan tours near Marysville on Saturdays beginning in November and extending through mid-January. Co-hosted by local rice farmers, the naturalist-led tours will focus on tundra swans in one of the premier locations for viewing swans in California. Ducks, geese, shorebirds, herons, egrets and raptors … Continue reading CDFW Offering Free Tundra Swan Tours This Fall and Winter
Feather River Hatchery Salmon Ladder Now Open September 18, 2017 - The fish ladder at Feather River Hatchery in Oroville opened Monday, Sept. 18, signaling the start of the spawning season on the Feather River. California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) hatchery workers opened the gates in the ladder about 8 a.m. Normally more than 3 million spring-run eggs and 12 million fall-run eggs are taken … Continue reading Feather River Hatchery Salmon Ladder Now Open
Watch Out for Wildlife Week Reminds Motorists to Slow Down & Be Alert September 14, 2017 - Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) remind motorists to remain alert for wildlife on roadways during Watch Out for Wildlife Week, which runs September 18-24.
California’s General Deer Season Opens Sept. 16 Across Much of the State; Hunters Advised to Check Area Closures Before Heading Out September 11, 2017 - Deer season is already underway in California’s A and B4 deer hunting zones along the coast, but the majority of general zones – B1-B3, B5, B6, C1-C4, D6 and D7 – open Saturday, Sept. 16. Several other deer hunting zones – D3-D5 and D8-D10 – open the following week, on Saturday, Sept. 23. Severe winter … Continue reading California’s General Deer Season Opens Sept. 16 Across Much of the State; Hunters Advised to Check Area Closures Before Heading Out
Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery to End Sunday, Sept. 10 September 8, 2017 - The recreational Pacific halibut fishery will end Sunday, Sept. 10 at 11:59 p.m. for the remainder of 2017. Based on the latest catch projections, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) expects to have met the 2017 California recreational quota of 34,580 pounds. California’s 2017 quota was approximately 5,000 pounds greater than the 2016 … Continue reading Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery to End Sunday, Sept. 10
SHARE Program to Offer Wild Pig, Waterfowl, Pheasant and Dove Hunts this Fall September 8, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program will provide public access for hunting on properties in Colusa, Solano and Merced counties this fall. SHARE is offering nine new archery-only wild pig hunts at East Park Reservoir located in Colusa County, approximately 45 minutes west of Maxwell. … Continue reading SHARE Program to Offer Wild Pig, Waterfowl, Pheasant and Dove Hunts this Fall
CDFW Offers Grasslands Waterfowl Hunting Clinic in Merced County September 7, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program is offering a waterfowl hunting clinic on Saturday, Sept. 9 at the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge in Los Banos. The clinic will be taught by CDFW Warden Chris Giertych. Giertych is a lifelong waterfowl hunter with years of experience hunting in the … Continue reading CDFW Offers Grasslands Waterfowl Hunting Clinic in Merced County
Second of Two Free Fishing Days in 2017 to be Held on Sept. 2 August 30, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) encourages all Californians to give fishing a try for free on Saturday, Sept. 2. CDFW annually offers two Free Fishing Days, typically around the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends (the first of the two Free Fishing Days in 2017 was held July 1). On these … Continue reading Second of Two Free Fishing Days in 2017 to be Held on Sept. 2
CDFW Accepting Applications for Wildlife Officer Cadet through Sept. 30 August 30, 2017 - Do you have what it takes to be a California wildlife officer? The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Law Enforcement Division (LED) is currently accepting applications for Wildlife Officer Cadet. CDFW is particularly interested in recruiting applicants with a love of the outdoors and a passion for fish and wildlife conservation. All prospective … Continue reading CDFW Accepting Applications for Wildlife Officer Cadet through Sept. 30
September 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar August 29, 2017 - DATE — EVENT Various Days — Bat Talk and Walk at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, various times, 45211 County Road 32B (Chiles Road), Davis (95618). Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is home to approximately 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats. From mid-June to mid-September, the Yolo Basin Foundation provides a program for people to learn about bats and … Continue reading September 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar
Boaters Can Help Fight Spread of Invasive Mussels Over Labor Day Weekend August 28, 2017 - California agencies combatting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels remind boaters to remain cautious over Labor Day weekend. Quagga and zebra mussels are invasive freshwater mussels native to Eurasia. They multiply quickly, encrust watercraft and infrastructure, alter water quality and the aquatic food web and ultimately impact native and sport fish communities. These … Continue reading Boaters Can Help Fight Spread of Invasive Mussels Over Labor Day Weekend
Anglers Reminded to Avoid Yelloweye Rockfish August 25, 2017 - In anticipation of the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds all anglers to avoid yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus) when engaging in recreational ocean fishing. CDFW urges anglers to avoid fishing in areas where yelloweye rockfish are known to occur (e.g., rocky outcrops and pinnacles). If taken, yelloweye … Continue reading Anglers Reminded to Avoid Yelloweye Rockfish
Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects August 24, 2017 - At its Aug. 24 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $24.5 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 15 approved  projects will benefit fish and wildlife – including some endangered species – while others will provide public access to important natural resources. … Continue reading Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects
CDFW to Host Public Outreach Meeting on Grasslands Wildlife Areas August 21, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will host an outreach meeting on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Los Banos regarding Central Region 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 these … Continue reading CDFW to Host Public Outreach Meeting on Grasslands Wildlife Areas
Fall Chinook Season Closed on Klamath and Trinity Rivers August 16, 2017 - CDFW reminds anglers that fall Chinook salmon fishing on the Klamath and Trinity rivers is prohibited beginning Aug. 15, 2017 on the Klamath River and Sept. 1, 2017 on the Trinity River. Angling for steelhead remains open on both rivers for the entire year. Due to historically low stock projections of fall Chinook in the … Continue reading Fall Chinook Season Closed on Klamath and Trinity Rivers
Artists Sought for California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest August 16, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is conducting an art contest to select the design for the state’s 2017-2018 upland game bird stamp. The California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest is open to all U.S. residents ages 18 and over. Entries will be accepted from Oct. 30 through Nov.15. This year’s stamp … Continue reading Artists Sought for California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest
CDFW Law Enforcement Academy Graduates 30 Cadets, Adding 18 New Wildlife Officers to the Ranks August 11, 2017 - California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Law Enforcement Academy Class 60 today added 18 new wildlife officers to the ranks of those who have dedicated their lives to the protection of California’s incredible natural resources. The graduation ceremony took place Friday, Aug. 11 at the Paradise Performing Arts Center in Paradise. The 18 new wildlife … Continue reading CDFW Law Enforcement Academy Graduates 30 Cadets, Adding 18 New Wildlife Officers to the Ranks
Suspect Wanted for Attempted Murder of a Wildlife Officer Turns Himself In August 10, 2017 - Shawn Eugene Hof, Jr., suspected of attempting to shoot a California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) officer in August 2016, has turned himself in. Law enforcement officers from CDFW, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office continued their focused effort to find Hof by visiting areas he was known to … Continue reading Suspect Wanted for Attempted Murder of a Wildlife Officer Turns Himself In
CDFW Seeks Information Related to Coast Yellow Leptosiphon August 9, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking information relevant to a proposal to list coast yellow leptosiphon (Leptosiphon croceus)—an annual wildflower—as an endangered species. There is only one known population of coast yellow leptosiphon, located north of Half Moon Bay in Moss Beach, San Mateo County. In May 2016, a petition to … Continue reading CDFW Seeks Information Related to Coast Yellow Leptosiphon
Shawn Eugene Hof, Jr. Shawn Eugene Hof, Jr. Wanted for Attempting to Shoot a CDFW Wildlife Officer August 9, 2017 - A reward of up to $20,000 remains available for information leading to the arrest of Shawn Eugene Hof, Jr., suspected of attempting to shoot a California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) officer in August 2016. Anyone with information in this case (#201604226), particularly the whereabouts of Hof, is encouraged to call the Humboldt County … Continue reading Shawn Eugene Hof, Jr. Wanted for Attempting to Shoot a CDFW Wildlife Officer
Applications Now Available for Fall Apprentice Deer Hunt in San Luis Obispo County for Junior License Holders August 4, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering a drawing for an apprentice deer hunt for junior license holders on the Chimineas Unit of the Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve. The two-day buck hunt, which is being offered in cooperation with the California Deer Association (CDA), will be held Sept. 16 and17 on the … Continue reading Applications Now Available for Fall Apprentice Deer Hunt in San Luis Obispo County for Junior License Holders
CDFW Seeks Information Related to Lassics Lupine August 3, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking information relevant to a proposal to list the Lassics lupine (Lupinus constancei) as an endangered species. There are two known populations of the Lassics lupine, both within Six Rivers National Forest. The largest population occurs on Mt. Lassic, within Mt. Lassic Wilderness in Humboldt County. … Continue reading CDFW Seeks Information Related to Lassics Lupine
CDFW to Hold Public Outreach Meeting on Grizzly Island, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Areas August 2, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold an outreach meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 23 in Davis regarding Bay Delta Region Type A 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 these public lands. The … Continue reading CDFW to Hold Public Outreach Meeting on Grizzly Island, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Areas
August 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar July 31, 2017 - Various Days — Bat Talk and Walk at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, various times, 45211 County Road 32B (Chiles Road), Davis (95618). Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is home to approximately 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats. From mid-June to mid-September the Yolo Basin Foundation provides a program for people to learn about bats and watch the colony … Continue reading August 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar
Learn to Make Wild Game Sausage at New CDFW Hunter Education Clinic July 28, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program is sponsoring an Introduction to Wild Game Sausage Making Clinic on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 in San Diego County. This is the first time CDFW is offering a clinic on this topic. The clinic will be taught by Steve Shaw, a veteran Hunter … Continue reading Learn to Make Wild Game Sausage at New CDFW Hunter Education Clinic
Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area Plans Volunteer Cleanup and Hunting Blind Maintenance Day July 25, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area (UBBWA) has scheduled a cleanup and hunting blind maintenance day on Aug. 5 from 7 a.m. to noon. The wildlife area consists of Little Dry Creek and Llano Seco in Butte County and Howard Slough in Glenn County. At last year’s event, … Continue reading Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area Plans Volunteer Cleanup and Hunting Blind Maintenance Day

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