CDFW Holds Lottery for Upland Game Hunts in San Luis Obispo County

Media Contacts:
Robert Stafford, CDFW Central Region, (805) 528-8670
Rocky Thompson, CDFW Central Region, (805) 594-6175
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering draws for controlled upland game hunts on the South Chimineas Unit of the Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve in San Luis Obispo County.

Twenty-five permits are allotted for the primary drive-on quail, dove, pig and rabbit hunt, which will be held Dec. 14, 2013 on the South Chimineas Unit. Five additional permits for the Dec. 14 hunt will be allotted to mobility-impaired hunters.

The application process is the same for both hunts except mobility impaired applicants should add the words “special draw” on the attention line. Successful applicants must have a Mobility Impaired Disabled Persons Motor Vehicle Hunting License or a standard handicap vehicle placard or license plate on the day of the hunt. If more than five applications are received, there will be a drawing among the mobility-impaired applicants.

All permits (regular and mobility-impaired) are good for two hunters.

Applications must be received by Nov. 15 and interested applicants should apply at http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/GameBirdHeritageHunts/Default.aspx.

As in previous years, walk-on hunting for dove, rabbit, quail and wild pig will be permitted on the South Chimineas Unit on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Sept. 1-15 and on Wednesdays and Saturdays during the months of December and January. All general hunting regulations will remain in effect, including species season dates. Walk-on hunting and access to the grounds is prohibited in October and November during elk season.

Hunters must access the South Chimineas Unit on foot from Highway 166 and must have free access permits in possession while accessing the ecological reserve. Access permits can be found at the CDFW parking lot entrance, the Caliente Peak trailhead or online at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/carrizo.html.