July 2015 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

Media Contact: Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958            

DATE — EVENT

Weekends — Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve. Volunteer-led walks are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books are available for the public to borrow at no cost. The visitor center and main overlook are fully accessible. Day use fee is $4.12 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of five or more need to let staff know they are coming and groups of 10 or more can request a separate tour. For more information, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html.

Various Days, June to September 2015 — Bat Talk and Walk at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, 45211 County Road 32B, Davis (95618). Following a 45-minute indoor presentation on bat natural history and viewing live bats, participants will carpool to the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area to watch one of the largest colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats in California as it emerges to hunt insects at sunset. The event lasts about three hours. There is a small amount of walking and those in wheelchairs or unable to walk may view the bats from a vehicle. Reservations are required and private tours are also available. The fee for adults is $12, and youths 16 and under are free. For more information, please visit www.yolobasin.org, email cquirk@yolobasin.org or call (530) 902-1918.

1 — Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permit Applications Go On Sale July 1. For the first time, the SHARE program will provide additional elk hunting opportunities on six properties. Three bull elk, eight antlerless and two junior-only antlerless elk tags will be available. The hunts are in addition to those issued through CDFW’s big game drawing and no preference points will be considered or used. A $10.50 non-refundable application fee (plus handling fees) will be charged for each hunt choice. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.

1 — Northern California Red Abalone Sport Fishery Closes for the Month of July and Reopens Aug. 1. Abalone anglers are required to return their cards to CDFW whether or not they tried to take abalone. Those who have finished angling for the year can return their cards to 32330 N. Harbor Drive, Fort Bragg (95437-5554). Online reporting can be done in place of returning cards and is available for two months after the season closes on Nov. 30. For more information, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/invertebrate/abalone.asp. 

1 — Phase 1 of Nonlead Ammunition Requirement Begins July 1. Effective July 1, 2015, nonlead ammunition will be required when hunting all wildlife on CDFW lands and Nelson bighorn sheep anywhere in the state. For more information on the new nonlead ammunition regulations, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/nonlead-ammunition.

1 — Recreational Pacific Halibut Season Opens for All Boat-based Anglers in California on July 1, 2015. For more information, please call the National Marine Fisheries Service hotline at (800) 662-9825 or visit the Pacific Halibut webpage at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/pacifichalibut.asp.

11-12 — 45th Annual Classic Wildlife Art Festival, DoubleTree Hotel, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento (95815). CDFW will display the winning art from its 2015 California Duck Stamp Art contest at the event. For more information, please visit www.pacificflyway.org/. 

11 and 25 — Archery Deer Hunting Season Begins. Archery season for hunters holding A zone opens on July 11 and closes on Aug. 2. Archery season in the B4 zone opens on July 25 and closes on Aug. 16. Hunters may use their general season A or B zone tags or an archery-only tag to hunt during archery season as long as they use authorized archery equipment. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.

15 — Last Day of Commercial Dungeness Crab Season is July 15 in Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties. All other counties closed on June 30. For more information, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/invertebrate/crabs.asp. 

16 — Recreational Pacific Halibut Season Is Closed For All Boat-based Anglers in California Beginning on July 16, 2015. The fishery is expected to reopen on Aug. 1, 2015. For the latest information on season status, please call the National Marine Fisheries Service hotline at (800) 662-9825 or visit the Pacific Halibut webpage at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/pacifichalibut.asp.

30 — Last Day of Sport Dungeness Season is July 30 in Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties. All other counties closed on June 30. For more information, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/invertebrate/crabs.asp.