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October 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

DATE — EVENT

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 lori.deiter@wildlife.ca.gov.

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 www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.

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 www.wildlife.ca.gov/lands/places-to-visit/elkhorn-slough-er.

7 — 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.

7 — General Deer Season Opens in Zones D19, X1, X2, X3a, X3b, X4, X5a, X5b, X6a, X6b, X7a, X7b. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.

7-8 — Early Quail Season for Junior Hunting License Holders in the Mojave National Preserve. One weekend only. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

7-8 — Fall Fish Festival, Taylor Creek Visitor Center, 35 Visitor Center Road, South Lake Tahoe (96150), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., both days. The festival is a family event encouraging participation by children and their parents in a variety of educational and entertaining activities. For more information, please visit https://tahoesouth.com/events/fall-fish-fest-kokanee-salmon-festival-at-taylor-creek-visitor-center/.

10 — California Fish and Game Commission Tribal Committee Meeting, time to be determined, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 900 El Camino Real, Atascadero (93422). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2017/index.aspx.

11 — California Fish and Game Commission Coastal Fishing Communities Public Meeting, 4 to 6 p.m., following the conclusion of the California Fish and Game Commission meeting, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 900 El Camino Real, Atascadero (93422). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2017/index.aspx.

11-12 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on both days, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 900 El Camino Real, Atascadero (93422). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2017/index.aspx.

14 — General Season Opens for Black Bears in deer hunting zones X1 through X7b on Oct. 14, 2017, and extends through Dec. 31, 2017. The first general season for black bears opened in deer hunting Zone A on Aug.12, 2017. 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 extends 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. CDFW shall close the season earlier 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 a description of the current mammal hunting regulations and American black bear hunt zone boundary descriptions. The bag and possession limit for general season is one adult bear per hunting license year. Cubs and females accompanied by cubs may not be taken.

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

14 — Archery-only Pheasant Season Opens. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

16-18 — Dungeness Crab Task Force Meeting. Ukiah Valley Conference Center, Cabernet II Room, 200 S School Street, Ukiah (95482). The public meeting is designed to discuss the Dungeness crab fishery and an agenda will be released within ten days of the scheduled meeting. For more information, please visit www.opc.ca.gov/2009/04/dungeness-crab-task-force/ or email info@dungenesscrabtaskforce.com.

18  — California Fish and Game Commission Coastal Fishing Communities Public Meeting, 4 to 6 p.m.,, E.P. Foster Library, Elizabeth R. Topping Room, 651 East Main Street, Ventura (93001). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2017/index.aspx.

20 — Youth Essay Contest Opens. CDFW and the California Wildlife Officers Foundation are co-sponsoring the annual “Passing on the Tradition” essay contest for young hunters. The California Wildlife Officers Foundation will recognize one grand-prize winner with a lifetime California hunting license, valued at more than $600. Second and third place winners will also be selected and prize packages will be awarded. The contest is open to all junior hunting license holders, as well as youths under 18 who have earned a hunter education certificate. The topic of the essay is scheduled to be announced soon. Entries should be submitted via email to Lt. John Nores at john.nores@wildlife.ca.gov and must be received on or before Dec. 15, 2017. Applicants must provide their date of birth and a contact telephone number. Essays will be reviewed and scored by CDFW wildlife officers and other CDFW representatives, and the winners will be notified by telephone. For additional information, please contact Lt. Nores at (408) 591-5174.

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

21 — 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.

21 — Quail Season Opens in Zones Q1 and Q3. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

21 — General Chukar Season Opens Statewide. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

21 — General Snipe Season Opens Statewide. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

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

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

31 — Red abalone season closes for 2017.  Due to concerns over declining red abalone populations, the California Fish and Game Commission used emergency action to reduce the number of abalone taken. The reduction was implemented by delaying the start of the season one month, reducing the annual limit, and closing the fishery on Oct. 31, a month earlier than the traditional closure at the end of November.

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

 

CDFW Offering Free Tundra Swan Tours This Fall and Winter

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will offer free swan tours near Marysville on Saturdays beginning in November and extending through mid-January.

Co-hosted by local rice farmers, the naturalist-led tours will focus on tundra swans in one of the premier locations for viewing swans in California. Ducks, geese, shorebirds, herons, egrets and raptors are commonly seen in this area, which contains 23,000 acres of rice fields.

Tours will be held on Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. The driving tours will also involve walking a short distance.

Pre-registration is required at www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/2/swan-tours. Up to 30 people can register for each tour. The tours are part of CDFW’s wildlife viewing services program, which includes similar outdoors opportunities at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, and Isenberg Crane Reserve.

For more information, please call (916) 358-2869 or email interpretiveservices@wildlife.ca.gov.

Media Contacts:
Bruce Forman, CDFW Interpretive Services, (916) 358-2353
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958

Second of Two Free Fishing Days in 2017 to be Held on Sept. 2

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) encourages all Californians to give fishing a try for free on Saturday, Sept. 2.

CDFW annually offers two Free Fishing Days, typically around the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends (the first of the two Free Fishing Days in 2017 was held July 1). On these two days, people can fish without having to buy a sport-fishing license. Free Fishing Days also provide an easy opportunity for licensed anglers to introduce non-angling friends and children to fishing and the outdoors.

All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements and fishing hours and stream closures, remain in effect. Every angler must have an appropriate report card if they are fishing for steelhead, sturgeon, spiny lobster or abalone anywhere in the state, or for salmon on the Smith River.

CDFW reminds anglers that recreational salmon fishing in the Klamath-Trinity river system remains closed this season due to very low predicted adult returns.

Anglers residing in urban areas also have opportunities to fish close to home. Trout from CDFW hatcheries are stocked in urban waters when the water is cold and adequate to sustain trout. Some CDFW regions also offer Fishing in the City, a program that allows children to learn to fish for catfish and trout in major metropolitan areas. For more information on the Fishing in the City program, please visit http://www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing-in-the-city.

For more information on Free Fishing Days, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/free-fishing-days, and a video on Free Fishing Days can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=BovDSeSLfgY&feature=youtu.be.  All anglers should also check the rules and regulations at www.wildlife.ca.gov/regulations for the waters they plan to fish because wildlife officers will be on duty to enforce them. In addition, information on CDFW trout and inland salmon stocking is available at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/fishplants and a fishing guide can be viewed at www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/guide.

Media Contacts:
Jay Rowan, CDFW North Central Region, (916) 358-2883
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958

CDFW Accepting Applications for Wildlife Officer Cadet through Sept. 30

Do you have what it takes to be a California wildlife officer? The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Law Enforcement Division (LED) is currently accepting applications for Wildlife Officer Cadet. CDFW is particularly interested in recruiting applicants with a love of the outdoors and a passion for fish and wildlife conservation.

All prospective candidates are encouraged to extensively review materials on the LED website (www.wildlife.ca.gov/enforcement/career) before contacting CDFW with questions.

If you are interested in becoming a Wildlife Officer Cadet, please apply online at https://jobs.ca.gov/JOBSGEN/7FG13.PDF by Sept. 30, 2017.

CDFW wildlife officers are fully sworn California peace officers with a fundamental duty to serve and protect the public. They have the authority to enforce all California laws, including the Vehicle Code, Penal Code, Health and Safety drug laws and more. The primary mission of a wildlife officer is to enforce wildlife resource laws; to protect California waterways and habitat from destruction, pollution and litter; provide the public with hunting and fishing information; and to promote and coordinate hunter education and safe weapons handling.

Wildlife officers patrol the mountains, valleys, deserts, creeks, streams, rivers and ocean. They frequently work alone and cover both rural and urban areas. California’s diverse ecosystem spans 159,000 square miles divided into 58 counties, with a human population in excess of 39 million. The state has 1,100 miles of coastline, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, 4,800 lakes and reservoirs and 80 major rivers. Wildlife officers patrol utilizing trucks, ATVs, personal watercraft, boats, snowmobiles and airplanes, making contact with Californians in the great outdoors. Wildlife officers work undercover, conduct surveillances and complete in-depth investigations, including writing and serving search warrants. CDFW LED has numerous specialized teams and assignments including K-9, wildlife trafficking, marijuana eradication, marine patrol and oil spill prevention and response.

Annually, wildlife officers make contact with more than 295,000 people and issue more than 15,000 citations for violations of the law.

Successful applicants for Warden Cadet will attend a Peace Officer Standards of Training (POST) certified law enforcement training academy, conducted by CDFW at Butte College, near Chico in northern California. Following the academy, probationary wildlife officers will work with a seasoned field training officer for several weeks, where they learn to apply their training in practical circumstances.

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

September 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

DATE — EVENT

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 www.yolobasin.org. For more information, please email cquirk@yolobasin.org.

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 lori.deiter@wildlife.ca.gov.

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 www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.

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 www.wildlife.ca.gov/lands/places-to-visit/elkhorn-slough-er.

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 www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

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 http://wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/pacific-halibut#31670771-pacific-halibut-regulatons.

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 www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

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 william.cowan@wildlife.ca.gov or amber.villalobos@wildlife.ca.gov, 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 matt.wells@wildlife.ca.gov.

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 R4salmonidsclassroom@wildlife.ca.gov 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 www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds#225035-regulations.

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 cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2017/08/21/cdfw-to-host-public-outreach-meeting-on-grasslands-wildlife-areas/.

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 www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds#225035-regulations.

9 —Tree Squirrel General Season Opens. Season extends through Jan. 31. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/small-game.

9 — Mountain Quail Season Opens in Zone Q1. Season extends through Oct. 20.  For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds#225035-regulations.

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 www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2017/index.aspx.

16 — Band-tailed Pigeon Season in the North Zone Opens. Season extends through Sept. 24. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds#225035-regulations.

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 www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/area-alerts. Tag reporting is required as the reports are vital to estimating populations and tag quotas. Please visit www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales/customersearch/begin 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  www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer#54774-zones–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 www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/hatcheries/feather-river.

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 www.elkhornslough.org.

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 www.salmonfestoroville.org.

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 melanie.weaver@wildlife.ca.gov.

30 — Quail Season Opens in Zone Q2 (all quail).  Season extends through Jan. 28. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds#225035-regulations.

30 — Large Canada Geese Season Balance of State Waterfowl Zone Opens. Season extends through Oct. 4. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

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 www.wildlife.ca.gov/new-lobster-fishing-regs. For general information regarding lobster and lobster management, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/invertebrates/lobster.

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