September 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar


Various Days — Bat Talk and Walk at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, various times, 45211 County Road 32B (Chiles Road), Davis (95618). Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is home to approximately 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats. From mid-June to mid-September, the Yolo Basin Foundation provides a program for people to learn about bats and watch the colony fly. Reservations are required. To register, please visit For more information, please email

Various Days — Guided Wetland Tours at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). A wildlife naturalist will lead a group, school or organization on a half-mile route through diverse wetlands. General information includes wildlife identification, behavior patterns and conservation efforts. Tours can be customized to include requested information. The minimum group size is 18 people and reservations are required. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email

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) is charged for each hunt choice. For more information, please visit

Weekends — Ecological Reserve Tours at Elkhorn Slough. 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 permit fee is $4.12 per person, ages 16 and older (permits may be purchased on-site). Groups of five should please notify staff that they are coming and groups of 10 or more can request a separate tour. For more information, please visit

1 — Applications Available for Waterfowl Hunting Reservations. Beginning Sept. 1, waterfowl hunters can submit applications for reservations to hunt on state-operated wildlife areas for the 2017/18 hunting season. Applications may be submitted at CDFW license sales offices, license agents or online at For more information, please visit

1 —Recreational Pacific Halibut Season Open for All Boat-based Anglers in California. For more information, please call the National Marine Fisheries Service hotline at (800) 662-9825 or visit the Pacific Halibut webpage at

1 — Mourning Dove and White-winged Dove Season Opens Statewide. First half of split season opens, extending through Sept. 15. For more information, please visit

6 — CDFW Instream Flow Assessment Activities Stakeholder Meeting for Butte Creek in Butte County, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Arc Pavilion, 2040 Park Ave., Chico (95928). CDFW staff will present study results and draft stream flow requirements. For more information, please email or, or call (916) 445-8560 or (916) 445-1277.

6-8 — CDFW Fisheries Restoration Grant Program Peer Review Committee Meeting, Ramada Plaza, 685 Manzanita Court, Chico (95926). The extended meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Sept. 6, and at 8 a.m. on both Sept. 7 and Sept. 8. The meeting is designed to review proposals submitted through the Fisheries Habitat Restoration 2017 solicitation. For more information, please contact Matt Wells at (916) 445-1285 or at

8-9 — Friant Interactive Nature Site Volunteer Days, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friant Interactive Nature Site, 17443 N Friant Road, Friant (93626). Volunteers will perform general trail maintenance, including raking, pruning, planting and weeding, along the Small Fry Children’s and San Joaquin River Parkway trails. Parking will be available in a lot located on the corner of Friant Road and Flemming Road. Participants should meet CDFW staff at the picnic area located along the Parkway Trail to sign in. Volunteers under 18 must bring a signed parent permission slip. For more information, please email or call (559) 243-4014, extension 245.

9 — Sooty (Blue) and Ruffed Grouse General Season Opens. Season extends through Oct. 9. For more information, please visit

9 — Grasslands Wildlife Areas Public Outreach Meeting, 9 a.m., Grassland Environmental Education Center, 18110 W. Henry Miller Road, Los Banos (93635). CDFW will host a public meeting regarding Central Region Type A and B wildlife areas. CDFW will take comments and recommendations and provide updates on habitat conditions, availability of water for wetlands and possible impacts to hunter access on these public lands. For more information, please visit

9— White-tailed Ptarmigan General and Archery Season Opens Statewide. White-tailed ptarmigan general and archery season opens statewide Sept. 9 and extends through Sept. 17.  For more information, please visit

9 —Tree Squirrel General Season Opens. Season extends through Jan. 31. For more information, please visit

9 — Mountain Quail Season Opens in Zone Q1. Season extends through Oct. 20.  For more information, please visit

13 — California Fish and Game Commission Wildlife Resources Committee Meeting, 10 a.m., California Tower, 3737 Main Street, Highgrove Room 200, Riverside (92501). For more information, please visit

16 — Band-tailed Pigeon Season in the North Zone Opens. Season extends through Sept. 24. For more information, please visit

16 — General Deer Season Opens in Majority of General Zones.  General deer season opens in zones B1-B3, B5, B6, C1-C4, D6, and D7 (deer hunting is already underway in the A and B4 zones). Hunters should check for area closures/restrictions before heading out to their hunting destination. Information on closures is available at Tag reporting is required as the reports are vital to estimating populations and tag quotas. Please visit for information on reporting. Tag holders may also submit reports by mail at CDFW Wildlife Branch, P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94299-0002. For general information on deer zones, please visit–hunts.

18 — Feather River Fish Hatchery Ladder Opening, 5 Table Mountain Boulevard, Oroville (95965). The ladder will open and salmon spawning is expected to begin later that week and continue through approximately mid-November. Steelhead spawning takes place in late December through approximately February. The hatchery is open from sunrise to sunset. For more information, please call (530) 538-2222 or visit

23 — Elkhorn Slough Reserve Open House, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). This event is free to the public. For more information, please contact Virginia Guhin at (831)728-2822 or visit

23 — 23nd Annual Oroville Salmon Festival, 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 4 p.m. The event will feature tours to view salmon spawning, informational booths, educational displays and vendor booths. For more information, please visit

23-24 —Youth Waterfowl Hunt Days for the Northeastern Waterfowl Zone. To participate in these youth waterfowl hunts federal regulations require that hunters must be 17 years of age or younger at the time of the hunts and must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult 18 years of age or older. Hunters who possess a California junior hunting license are not required to purchase a California Duck Validation; however a federal duck stamp is still required for any waterfowl hunter who is 16 years of age or older. The Youth Waterfowl Hunt Days are applicable to all lands, including private lands, state wildlife areas and federal national wildlife refuges. For more information, please contact the area you wish to hunt or Melanie Weaver at

30 — Quail Season Opens in Zone Q2 (all quail).  Season extends through Jan. 28. For more information, please visit

30 — Large Canada Geese Season Balance of State Waterfowl Zone Opens. Season extends through Oct. 4. For more information, please visit

30 — California Spiny Lobster Recreational Fishing Season Opens Statewide. The season opens at 6 a.m., a new starting time, which was recently adopted to improve safety. For more information on other new regulations associated with the new California Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan, please visit For general information regarding lobster and lobster management, please visit

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