The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program is now taking applications for 37 elk hunting opportunities. The hunts will take place Aug. 15 through Dec. 13, 2016 on 21 properties in Colusa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino and Siskiyou counties. Applications will be on sale from Friday, June 17 through Monday, July 25.
Fifteen of the 21 properties are new additions to the SHARE program, which partners with private landowners to provide additional hunting, fishing and recreational opportunities for the public. Participating landowners receive liability protection and compensation for providing public access to or through their land for wildlife-dependent recreational activities. More information about the SHARE program, including specifics for the upcoming elk hunts, can be found at www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.
All elk tags will be distributed through a random draw process. These hunts are in addition to those issued through the big game drawing and no preference points will be considered or used. Applications can be purchased by anyone with a valid California hunting license from any CDFW license office or online at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales.
An $11.37 non-refundable application fee will be charged for each hunt application. Successful applicants will be notified on July 29.
Elk hunters are reminded it is legal to take only one elk in California per year.