Waterfowl Hunting Regulation Changes Now in Effect at Liberty Island Ecological Reserve

Media Contacts:
Ryan Carrothers or Jeff Stoddard, CDFW Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, (530) 757-2461
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds hunters that new land regulations have gone into effect at Liberty Island Ecological Reserve.

On Aug. 11, 2014, regulations recently adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission went into effect. These regulations included the designation of the CDFW property located on Liberty Island as an ecological reserve. The new regulations require that all personal equipment and belongings, including waterfowl hunting blinds, be removed from Liberty Island Ecological Reserve daily. These regulations can be found in Title 14, California Code of Regulations, sections 551 (v)(1) and 630 (b)(69).

Liberty Island Ecological Reserve, which is north of Rio Vista in Solano County, will remain open to waterfowl hunting seven days per week during the regular waterfowl season. The placement or construction of any permanent or semi-permanent hunting blinds on the reserve is prohibited. Hunters may continue to use temporary floating blinds as long as they are removed from the island daily.

Many permanent blinds can be found at Lower Sherman Island Wildlife Area, which is about 15 miles to the southwest of Liberty Island in Sacramento County. These blinds are owned by CDFW and are maintained by volunteers and members of the Lower Sherman Island Duck Hunters Association. These blinds are available on a first come, first served basis. No new permanent or semi-permanent blinds may be constructed or placed on the Lower Sherman Island Wildlife Area.

More information regarding public use on wildlife areas and ecological reserves can be found at http://tinyurl.com/nrml65z.