The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering a special junior apprentice duck hunt at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area (GIWA) on Saturday, Dec. 27. Spaced blinds on Pond 11 and the Crescent Unit of GIWA will be closed to the general public and available only for junior apprentice hunt participants. The hunts are only available to junior license holders.
An adult chaperone (18 years of age or older) is required to accompany and supervise each junior apprentice hunter. The adult may hunt with the junior apprentice hunter and must possess the required 2014-2015 California hunting license, the California Duck Validation, federal waterfowl stamp and the free Harvest Information Program (HIP) validation. Sixteen-year-old junior license holders must have a federal waterfowl stamp and the free HIP validation to hunt waterfowl.
All available blinds can accommodate two persons; the junior apprentice hunter and his or her adult chaperone. Non-toxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is required for waterfowl hunting. A minimum of 12 duck decoys are required at all blind sites and chest waders are recommended.
To make a reservation, please contact GIWA Headquarters office at (707) 425-3828 or send an email to Orlando Rocha at Orlando.Rocha@wildlife.ca.gov. There will be 23 reservations issued for this date. GIWA will also accept junior apprentice hunters on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the hunt to use the free roam areas and to fill any no-shows from the reservations.
As a reminder, all chaperones who wish to hunt must have a Type A One-Day, Two-Day or Season Pass, and these must be purchased prior to arriving at the check station through either a License Agent or online at www.wildlife.ca.gov
Orlando Rocha, CDFW Bay Delta Region, (707) 425-3828
Patrick Graham, CDFW Bay Delta Region, (707) 425-3828
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944