The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting applications for several turkey hunt opportunities in Santa Barbara and Yolo counties this spring. The two-day hunts will be offered through the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Program, which offers incentives to private landowners who allow wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities on their property.
The hunts will be held in March and April. They include the following:
Yolo County – Four hunts at the Bobcat Ranch, located in the Vaca Mountain foothills west of Winters. Hunters will have access to approximately 4,000 acres of the ranch’s rolling blue oak woodland. Two permits will be issued for each of the four hunts and each permit is good for up to two people.
Santa Barbara County – One hunt at Sleepy Creek Ranch and two hunts at Jones Ranch. These remote ranches in West Cuyama Valley (northern Santa Barbara County) encompass 1,000 acres between them. The terrain offers miles of trails through oak savannahs, riparian habitat, juniper-sage woodlands and chaparral. Approximately 250 acres managed by the Bureau of Land Management adjoin these ranches, and the Los Padres National Forest backs up to both properties, providing extra hunting access if needed. One permit, which is good for up to two people, will be issued for each hunt.
Hunters with a valid California hunting license may apply at www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/online-sales. A $10.50 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.
As participants in the SHARE Program, landowners receive liability protection as well as compensation for providing public access to or through their land for wildlife-dependent recreational activities. 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 SHARE opportunities please see www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.
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Victoria Barr, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-4034
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988