CDFW Opens Chimineas Unit of Carrizo Plain Ecological Reserve for Apprentice Deer Hunters

Media Contacts:
Robert Stafford, CDFW Central Region, (805) 528-8670
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering a draw for an apprentice deer hunt on the Chimineas Unit of the Carrizo Plain Ecological Reserve. The two-day hunt, which is being offered in cooperation with the California Deer Association (CDA), will be held Sept. 12-13 on the 30,000-acre reserve in San Luis Obispo County.

Mandatory hunter orientation will be held in the evening on Sept. 11. Overnight lodging will be available at the main ranch house on the ecological reserve on both Sept. 11 and 12.

Three apprentice hunters will be chosen by lottery. Selected apprentice hunters must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will receive classroom, range and field training in gun handling techniques and safety, deer hunting and game care. Hunts will be led by CDA volunteers. CDA will also provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Sept. 12, as well as breakfast and lunch on Sept. 13.

Applicants must submit a postcard with the hunter’s name, address, telephone number and 2015-2016 junior hunting license number to: Chimineas Apprentice Deer Hunt, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, 3196 South Higuera Street, Suite A, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. Only one postcard may be submitted for each applicant.

Applications must be received in the office by 5 p.m. on Aug. 7. Late or incomplete applications will not be entered in the drawing. Successful applicants will be notified by phone and will receive additional information, including maps and special regulations, prior to the hunt.