DFG Offers First SHARE Program Deer Hunt in Merced County

Cristen Langner, Merced Unit Biologist, 209-723-3170
Victoria Barr, SHARE Program Coordinator, 916-445-4034

Media Contact:
Janice Mackey, DFG Communication, 916-322-8908

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is announcing a deer hunt with the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program in Merced County.

Located along the Merced River near Snelling, the Little Hills Ranch will be available for D-6 deer hunts on the following dates:

  • August 24-26 and September 7-9 – Archery only
  • September 14-16 and October 19-21 – General methods of take

During these hunt periods, hunters will be able to fill a wild pig tag in addition to their deer tag.

To apply for these hunts please go to: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ols/

Hunters with valid D6 tags may apply through the Automated License Data System (ALDS) starting July 26. A $10.00 non-refundable application fee will be charged for each hunt choice. Applicants may apply for multiple hunt periods but will only be drawn for one period per property.

Each access pass is good for one party of two people and can be either two hunters or one hunter and a non-hunting companion.  Pig hunting is allowed during each period but hunters taking pigs during the “archery only” periods are restricted to using archery equipment.

The SHARE program is designed to provide the public with access to private or landlocked public lands. Participating landowners are compensated for providing access to or through their land for hunting, fishing, or other recreational uses of wildlife. Application fees will be used to help expand the SHARE program.

For more information about the Little Hills Ranch hunts or the SHARE program please go to: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/share/