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Artists Sought for California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is conducting an art contest to select the design for the state’s 2017-2018 upland game bird stamp.

The California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest is open to all U.S. residents ages 18 and over. Entries will be accepted from Oct. 30 through Nov.15.

This year’s stamp will feature the Wilson’s snipe (Gallinago delicate), a charismatic, diminutive migratory game bird. The Wilson’s snipe relies on its long, straight beak to forage for invertebrates in muddy wetlands from the coast to the high Sierra Nevada. During courtship displays, the male flies in high circles before diving repeatedly, generating a “winnowing” sound from air rushing over its tail feathers.

Entries must include at least one Wilson’s snipe, preferably in a setting representative of its natural habitat in California. Entries will be judged on originality, artistic composition, anatomical accuracy and suitability for reproduction as a stamp and a print.

The contest will be judged by a panel of experts in the fields of ornithology, conservation, art and printing. The winning artist will be selected during a public judging event, with the date and location to be announced later.

An upland game bird validation is required for hunting migratory and resident upland game birds in California. The money generated from stamp sales must be spent on upland game bird-related conservation projects, education, hunting opportunities and outreach. CDFW sells about 175,000 upland game bird validations annually. Any individual who purchases an upland game bird validation may request their free collectable stamp by visiting For collectors who do not purchase a hunting license or upland game bird validation, or for hunters who wish to purchase additional collectible stamps, an order form is also available on the website.

For contest information and entry forms, please visit

Media Contacts:
Matt Meshriy, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 322-6709
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958


CDFW Law Enforcement Academy Graduates 30 Cadets, Adding 18 New Wildlife Officers to the Ranks

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Law Enforcement Academy Class 60 today added 18 new wildlife officers to the ranks of those who have dedicated their lives to the protection of California’s incredible natural resources.

The graduation ceremony took place Friday, Aug. 11 at the Paradise Performing Arts Center in Paradise. The 18 new wildlife officers will be going directly into CDFW’s Field Training Officer (FTO) program to put their training into practice under the close supervision of experienced FTOs. An additional 12 cadets paid their way through the Academy as “self-sponsors” in the interest of either applying for a law enforcement position with a different law enforcement agency or with CDFW’s Law Enforcement Division.

CDFW is also pleased to announce the recent hiring of four new wildlife officers who left previous full-time peace officer positions to work as wildlife officers. They will receive additional wildlife law enforcement specific training at the Academy prior to beginning their FTO Programs.

“Our cadets and Academy staff have worked tirelessly every day during the duration of the Academy to help develop necessary skills they will need to protect California’s natural resources and the California’s communities for generations to come,” said David Bess, CDFW Chief of Law Enforcement.

CDFW’s Wildlife Officer Academy is certified through the California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and offers training consistent with every law enforcement agency in California. Field training with experienced FTOs is also mandated by POST to be sure new wildlife officers can apply the skills they learned during the academy to real life circumstances. FTO is the final stage of formal training. Upon successful completion, these officers will begin patrolling California to protect the natural resources of this great state.

Annually, wildlife officers make contact with more than 295,000 people and issue more than 15,000 citations. These officers primarily work alone, in remote areas, contacting subjects who almost always have some form of weapon, and they do so knowing that backup could be hours away. Wildlife officers have large patrol districts and great responsibilities, and frequently a sole officer will cover an entire county. The average California wildlife officer’s patrol district exceeds 500 square miles.

In 2008, CDFW teamed with Butte College to provide peace officer academy training for prospective wildlife officers. That partnership provided CDFW a state of the art POST-certified academy facility with 42 years of police training history.

The Law Enforcement Division will be accepting applications through Sept. 30, 2017, for the Academy beginning in January 2019. For more information about becoming a wildlife officer and the application timeline, please visit

Media Contact:
Lt. Chris Stoots, CDFW Law Enforcement, (916) 651-9982

August 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

5 — Archery Only/Falconry Only Tree Squirrel Season Opens. Season extends through Sept. 8, 2017. For more information on small game mammal seasons and limits, please visit

11 — Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Academy Graduation, 10 a.m., Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunneley Road, Paradise (95969). For more information, please visit

12 — First General Season for Black Bears Opens in Deer Hunting Zone A. 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. 31, 2017. 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. General season for black bears opens in deer hunting zones X-1 through X-7b on Oct. 14, 2017, and extends through Dec. 31, 2017. CDFW shall close the season earlier if 1,700 bears have been reported taken. For daily updates on reported bear harvest, please visit or call toll-free (888) 277-6398. Please visit for a description of the current mammal hunting regulations.

15 — Spiny Lobster Report Cards Available for Purchase. Lobster divers and hoop netters can purchase 2017-2018 Spiny Lobster Report Cards at CDFW license sales offices, license agents, online at or by phone at (800) 565-1458. For more information, please visit

15  Recreational Ocean Salmon Season Reopens from Horse Mountain to Point Arena. The season will reopen Aug. 15 and close for the remainder of the year on Nov. 12. For more information, please visit the Ocean Salmon webpage at or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429.

16 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, time to be determined, California Natural Resources Building, First Floor Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit

19 — Falconry Season for Pheasants, Quail, Chukar, Sooty/Blue Grouse and White-tailed Ptarmigan Opens (extending through Feb. 28, 2018), and Archery Only Season for Quail, Chukar and Sooty/Blue Grouse Opens (extending through Sept. 8, 2017). For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit

19 — Archery Season for Black Bears Opens In Each of the Five American Black Bear Hunt Zones: Northern California, Central California, Southeastern Sierra, Southern Sierra and Southern California. Season will extend through Sept. 10, 2017. CDFW shall close the season earlier if 1,700 bears have been reported taken. For daily updates on reported bear harvest, please visit or call toll-free (888) 277-6398. Please visit for a description of the current mammal hunting regulations and American black bear hunt zone boundary descriptions. The bag and possession limit for either archery or general season is one adult bear per hunting license year. Cubs and females accompanied by cubs may not be taken.

24 — Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting, 10 a.m., Room 112, State Capitol, Sacramento (95814). The public is invited to attend. For more information, please visit

26-27 and 31 Elkhorn Slough Reserve Education School and Youth Programs Volunteer Training, Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). A special training for people interested in working with school and youth groups. The training will prepare volunteers for leading K-12 students in reserve education activities — from using the microscopes in the learning lab to leading activities in the visitor center. It is scheduled Aug. 26 and 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Aug. 31 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. To register, please visit

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


Learn to Make Wild Game Sausage at New CDFW Hunter Education Clinic

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program is sponsoring an Introduction to Wild Game Sausage Making Clinic on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 in San Diego County. This is the first time CDFW is offering a clinic on this topic.

The clinic will be taught by Steve Shaw, a veteran Hunter Education Instructor whose family tradition of making sausage goes back four generations. This clinic will cover proper preparation, cooking and storage techniques, as well as family recipes. All supplies and equipment will be provided on-site.

The clinic is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon at Trident Gunsmithing Shop in Mira Mesa. The cost is $25 per student, payable by cash or check the day of class. Youths 17 years and younger are free, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Online preregistration is required, at Space is very limited, so participants are encouraged to register early.

Trident Gunsmithing is located off Interstate 15, near Miramar Airfield.

Media Contacts:
Lt. Alan Gregory, CDFW Law Enforcement Division, (209)-274-9923
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area Plans Volunteer Cleanup and Hunting Blind Maintenance Day

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area (UBBWA) has scheduled a cleanup and hunting blind maintenance day on Aug. 5 from 7 a.m. to noon. The wildlife area consists of Little Dry Creek and Llano Seco in Butte County and Howard Slough in Glenn County.

At last year’s event, UBBWA staff and approximately 30 volunteers cleaned hunting blinds and posted field markers in preparation for the upcoming waterfowl season. Activities this year will include cleaning hunting blinds, installing and painting area signage, and improving mobility-impaired hunting blinds. Volunteers should bring gloves, work boots and sunscreen. Water and insect repellent will be provided, as will a barbecue lunch hosted by the California Waterfowl Association.

Volunteers will meet at 7 a.m. at the UBBWA headquarters located at Howard Slough Wildlife Area, 9256 Highway 162, Butte City (95920). For more information, please call (530) 982-2169.

Media Contacts:
Laura Cockrell, CDFW Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area, (530) 982-2169
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958