September 2015 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

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

DATE — EVENT

Various Days, June through 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.

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.

1 — Early Dove Season Opens (extending through Sept. 15). Please note that as of July 1, 2015, nonlead ammunition is required when hunting on all California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) lands. Please plan accordingly. For maps of Imperial County dove hunting fields, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

1 — Applications for Reservations to Hunt Waterfowl on State-Operated Wildlife Areas Available at All CDFW License Agents and Online at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

3 — Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting, 10 am to noon, California Resources Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit www.wcb.ca.gov or contact Laura Featherstone at (916) 445-8448.

5 — Archery Deer Season Opens in Zones D11 and D13-D19. For more information on deer hunting in California, please see www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.

6 — The Archery Season for Black Bears Closes in Each of the Five American Black Bear Hunt Zones: Northern California, Central California, Southeastern Sierra, Southern Sierra and Southern California. CDFW shall close the season earlier if 1,700 bears have been reported taken. For daily updates on reported bear harvest, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/bear/harvest.html or call toll-free (888) 277-6398. Please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/mammalregs.aspx for a description of the current mammal hunting regulations and American black bear hunt zone boundary descriptions. The bag and possession limit for either the archery or general season is one adult bear per hunting license year. Cubs and females accompanied by cubs may not be taken.

6 — Last Day of Archery Deer Season in Zones B1-B3, B5, B6, C2, C3, D3-D10, X1-X9c and X12. For more information on deer hunting in California, please see www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer. 

7  Last Day of Recreational Ocean Salmon Season from the Oregon/California State Line to Horse Mountain. Recreational ocean salmon fishing remains open from Horse Mountain to Pigeon Point. For more information, please visit the Ocean Salmon webpage at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/oceansalmon.asp or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429. 

7  Last Day of Recreational Ocean Salmon Season from Pigeon Point to Point Sur. Recreational ocean salmon fishing remains open from Horse Mountain to Pigeon Point. For more information, please visit the Ocean Salmon webpage at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/oceansalmon.asp or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429.

9 — California Fish and Game Commission Wildlife Resources Committee Meeting, Department of Industrial Relations, 2550 Mariposa Mall, Room 1036, Fresno (93721). The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2015/index.aspx.

12 — Zone Q1 Mountain Quail Season Opens (extending through Oct. 16). General Sooty (Blue) Grouse and Ruffed Grouse Season Opens (extending through Oct. 12). General White-tailed Ptarmigan Season Opens (extending through Sept. 20). For mountain quail, sooty (blue) grouse, ruffed grouse and ptarmigan zone maps and other upland game season information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

12 —  First Day of Tree Squirrel General Season (extending through Jan. 31, 2016). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/small-game.

15 — Last Day of Early Dove Season. The dove season will reopen on Nov. 14.

19 — General Deer Season Opens in Zones B1-B3, B5, B6, C1-C4, D6, D7, X9a, X9b and X12. For more information on deer hunting in California, visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer. 

19 — North Zone Band-tailed Pigeon Season Opens (extending through Sept. 27). For band-tailed pigeon zone maps and other upland game season information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

19 — Public Outreach Meeting Regarding Northern San Joaquin Valley Type A and B Wildlife Areas, 9 a.m. to noon, Grassland Water District Office, 200 W. Willmott Ave., Los Banos (93635). Participants will take comments and recommendations from the public and provide updates on habitat conditions, availability of water for wetlands and possible impacts to hunter access on public lands. For more information, please visit www.gwdwater.org.

20 — Last Day of General Deer Season in Zone A (South Unit 110 and North Unit 160). For more information on deer hunting in California, please see www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.

20 — Last Day of General White-tailed Ptarmigan Season. For mountain quail, sooty (blue) grouse, ruffed grouse and ptarmigan zone maps and other upland game season information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

26 — General Deer Season Opens in Zones D3-D5, D8-D10, X8 and X10. For more information on deer hunting in California, please see www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer. 

26 — Zone Q2 Quail Season Opens (extending through Jan. 31, 2016). For quail zone maps as well as other upland game season information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

26 — 21st Annual Oroville Salmon Festival, at Feather River Fish Hatchery, 5 Table Mountain Blvd., Oroville (95965), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and in downtown Oroville from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature tours to view salmon spawning, informational booths, educational displays and vendor booths. For more information, please visit www.salmonfestoroville.org. 

26 — Elkhorn Slough Reserve Open House and Native Plant Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (Royal Oaks), (95076). The free event is open to the public and will celebrate National Estuaries Day. Activities will include greenhouse tours with land stewards and researchers. For more information, please visit www.elkhornslough.org or call the Elkhorn Slough Reserve at (831) 728-2822.

27 — Last Day of Archery Deer Season in Zones D11 and D13-D19. For more information on deer hunting in California, please see www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.

27 — Last Day of General Deer Season in Zone B4. For more information on deer hunting in California, please see www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.

30 and Oct. 1-2 — Fisheries Restoration Grant Program Peer Review Committee Meeting, Oxford Suites, 2035 Business Lane, Chico (95928). The meeting starts at 10:15 a.m. on Sept. 30 and at 8 a.m. on both Oct. 1 and 2. The meeting ends at 5 p.m. each day. For more information, please email Patty Forbes at patty.forbes@wildlife.ca.gov or call (916) 327-8842.