October 2016 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

DATE — EVENT

Weekends — Sandhill Crane Wetland Tours. Docent-led public tours are offered at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve the first three Saturdays and Sundays of each month from October through February. Tours begin two hours before sundown. The tours correspond to the migratory birds’ fall/winter home in the Central Valley. This reserve is just west of Lodi and offers managed wetland habitat that draws the cranes each year. Visitors can register for tours up to eight weeks in advance online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/3/crane-tour. Self-guided tours, highlighted by a set of interpretive panels, also are available at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve South Unit, 11154 W Woodbridge Road, Lodi (95242).

Weekends — Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Tours. 12:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 22 through Feb. 5. This 90-minute walking tour covers slightly more than a half mile through this premier birding spot that highlights migratory waterfowl and other wetland wildlife. No reservations are necessary for groups of less than 20 people. A $4.32 Daily Use Fee is required for visitors without a valid annual CDFW pass, or California sport fishing, hunting or trapping license. There is no additional cost for the tour. Tours are canceled in heavy rain. Gray Lodge is located at 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

Weekends — Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve Tours. Volunteers lead walks 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. The day use fee is $4.12 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of five or more need to notify staff that they are coming and groups of 10 or more can request a separate tour. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/lands/places-to-visit/elkhorn-slough-er.

Various Days — Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permit Application Deadline for Multiple Hunting Opportunities. Wild pig, deer, bear, turkey, dove and quail hunts are available through the SHARE program. 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 — Early Season for Large Canada Geese Opens in the Balance of State Waterfowl Zone. For complete regulations, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl or contact Melanie Weaver at melanie.weaver@wildlife.ca.gov.

1-2 — Early Quail Season for Junior Hunting License Holders in the Mojave National Preserve. One weekend only. The daily bag limit is 10 and the possession limit is triple the daily bag limit. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

 1 — California Spiny Lobster Recreational Fishing Season Opens Statewide.For current regulations, please visit https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/ocean/regulations/sport-fishing.  For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/invertebrates/lobster.

1 — General Deer Season Opens in Zones X1, X2, X3a, X3b, X4, X5a, X5B, X6a, X6b, X7a, X7b and D19. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.

6 — San Diego Area Contingency Plan (ACP) Meeting. 10 a.m., CDFW’s San Diego office, 3883 Ruffin Road, San Diego (92123). Topics will include the recent Sensitive Site Strategy Evaluation Program (SSSEP), recent pollution response cases and planning for 2017 SSSEP events. The public is invited and encouraged to submit their ideas for improving the Area Plan. For more information, please contact Kris Wiese at (760) 681-6473 or at kris.wiese@wildlife.ca.gov.

8 — General Duck and Goose Season Opens in the Northeastern Waterfowl Zone. For complete regulations, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl or contact Melanie Weaver at melanie.weaver@wildlife.ca.gov.

8 — General Deer Season Opens in Zones D11, D13, D14, D15 and D17. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.

8 — General Black Bear Season Opens. General season for black bears opens in deer hunting zones X-1 through X-7b on Oct. 8, 2016, and extends through Dec. 25, 2016. The first general season for black bears opened in deer hunting Zone A on Aug. 13, 2016. General black bear season will open with the general deer hunting season in deer zones A, B, C, D, X8, X9A, X9B, X10 and X12 and extend through Dec. 25, 2016. Please note that deer zones A, B, C, D, X8, X9A, X9B, X10 and X12 have different deer season opening dates depending upon the deer zone. The bear season will be closed earlier than Dec. 25, 2016 if 1,700 bears have been reported taken. For daily updates on reported bear harvest, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/bear or call toll-free (888) 277-6398. Please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/mammalregs.aspx for the current mammal hunting regulations and black bear hunt zone boundaries. The bag and possession limit for the general season is one adult bear per hunting license year. Cubs and females accompanied by cubs may not be taken.

8 — Archery-only Pheasant Season Opens. The daily bag limit is two pheasants per day for first two days of the season, and three pheasants per day after the first two days of the season. The daily archery bag may contain not more than one female pheasant. The possession limit is triple the daily bag limit. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

 8 — Wetland Wildlife Identification. Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Educational Series, 9 a.m. to noon, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). Birds will be the primary focus of this free workshop. A walking tour of approximately one half mile is included. Information will include identification, behavior and habitat requirements. Reservations are required. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

11 — Tour Leader Workshop. Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Educational Series, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley, (95948). The free workshop will focus on developing leaders in nature study for the “Exploring the Wetlands” youth education program. Reservations are required. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

15 — General Chukar Season Opens Statewide. The daily bag limit is six and the possession limit is triple the daily bag limit. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

15 — General Snipe Season Opens Statewide. The daily bag limit is eight and the possession limit is triple the daily bag limit. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

 15 — Quail Season Opens in Zones Q1 and Q3. The daily bag limit is 10 and the possession limit is triple the daily bag limit. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

 15 — General Deer Season Opens in Zone X9c. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.

15 — Bobcat Season Opens Statewide. A hunting license and bobcat hunting tags are required. The season limit is five bobcats. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/nongame-furbearers.

18 — California Fish and Game Commission Tribal Committee Meeting. Time to be determined, Red Lion Hotel, 1929 4th St., Eureka (95501). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx.

 19-20 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting. 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, time to be determined on Thursday, Oct. 20, Red Lion Hotel, 1929 4th St., Eureka (95501). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx.

20 — Delta Conservation Framework Outreach Workshop. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Jean Harvie Senior and Community Center, 14273 River Road, Walnut Grove (95690). CDFW is inviting agencies and stakeholders to the third workshop in a series of four to help develop a 25-year Delta Conservation Framework for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Yolo Bypass and Suisun Marsh by 2017. The workshops are hosted by the Delta Restoration Network and one more workshop is planned in November to provide participants an opportunity to inform concepts and work products as they are developed for inclusion in the Delta Conservation Framework document. For more information, please visit http://deltaconservancy.ca.gov/ or contact Chad Dibble at chad.dibble@wildlife.ca.gov.

22 — General Duck and Goose Season Opens in the Balance of State, Southern San Joaquin Valley and Southern California Waterfowl Zones. For complete regulations, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl or contact Melanie Weaver at melanie.weaver@wildlife.ca.gov.

22 — General Deer Season Opens in Zone D16. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.

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

 31 — Last day of Recreational Groundfish Season for all Boat-based Anglers in the Northern and Mendocino Groundfish Management Areas (from the Oregon/California border to Point Arena, Mendocino County). For more information please visit the Groundfish Central webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/groundfish#28720322-overview.

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