Victoria Barr, CDFW SHARE Program, (916) 445-4034
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering spring turkey hunts in Yolo and Santa Barbara counties through the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Program.
A total of 12 SHARE Access Permits will be provided to turkey hunters through a random drawing for eight two-day hunts. Each permit is valid for two hunters.
In northern California, hunters will have an opportunity to access 4,000 acres of rolling blue oak woodlands on Bobcat Ranch located in Yolo County’s Vaca Mountain foothills.
In Southern California, Sleepy Creek and Jones ranches, both located in the West Cuyama Valley in Santa Barbara County, occupy a combined 1,000 acres of oak savannah, juniper sage woodland, chaparral and riparian habitats. Adjoining these ranches are approximately 250 acres of Bureau of Land Management property and the Los Padres National Forest, which provide additional opportunities. Separate applications need to be submitted for each location.
Hunters with a valid California hunting license may apply online at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ols/. A $10.25 non-refundable application fee will be charged for each hunt choice. Successful applicants for each property will be allowed to bring a hunting partner or a non-hunting partner.
These opportunities are made possible by the SHARE Program, which offers incentives to private landowners who allow wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities on their property. Participating landowners receive liability protection and compensation for providing public access to or through their land. The goal of the SHARE Program is to provide additional hunting, fishing and other recreational access on private lands in California. For more information about the SHARE Program, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/share/.