Apprentice Deer Hunts to be Held in Santa Clara County

Media Contacts:
Conrad Jones, DFG Bay Delta Region, (650) 328-2380
Andrew Hughan, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8944

The application deadline is approaching for young hunters who wish to enter the drawing for two guided apprentice deer hunts at South Valley Ranch. The California Department of Fish and Game, in cooperation with the California Deer Association, is providing these hunts for two apprentice deer hunters on Sept. 24 and 25. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 30, and successful applicants will be notified by Sept. 10.

For further information about the hunt and instructions on how to apply, please go to

The hunts are open to junior license holders only. An adult chaperone 18 years or older must accompany each junior but may not hunt. Successful applicants must attend a mandatory orientation on the first morning of the hunt and will be guided in the field by a member of the California Deer Association.

The 3,000-acre San Antonio Valley Ecological Reserve, located in eastern Santa Clara County, is approximately 33 miles south of Livermore and 30 miles east of San Jose. It was purchased by the Wildlife Conservation Board in 2007. It is comprised of chaparral, valley and blue oak woodlands, and annual grasslands representative of the Hamilton Range. Access is only by scheduled events like this one.