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Applications Now Available for Special CDFW Dove Hunting Opportunities

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering a drawing for more than a dozen special dove hunts in five counties for the 2018 dove season, the first half of which runs from Sept. 1-15.

The special dove hunting opportunities will take place at the Cosumnes River Preserve in Sacramento County, the China Island and Salt Slough units of the North Grasslands Wildlife Area in Merced County, the Los Banos Wildlife Area in Merced County, the Pilibos Wildlife Area in Fresno County, the Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve in San Luis Obispo County and the Oak Grove Unit of the San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area in San Diego County.

Other dove hunting opportunities are also available on CDFW wildlife areas without reservations.

The special dove hunt descriptions and application instructions are available at CDFW’s Upland Game Wild Bird Hunts webpage. Hunters need to apply through the Automated License Data System (ALDS) for these opportunities as well as other special wild upland bird hunts for quail, chukar, pheasant and turkey as they become available later in the fall.

A non-refundable $2.42 fee will be charged for each application. Hunters may select their top three hunt choices per application and may apply in parties. Hunters may only apply once for each available hunt date. Duplicate entries will be disqualified.

Applications may be purchased online, at CDFW license sales offices, at retail license agents or by phone at (800) 565-1458.

All hunters must abide by California’s nonlead ammunition regulations. Currently, nonlead ammunition is required when hunting doves on any CDFW wildlife area or ecological reserve, but is not required when hunting doves on private property or other public lands. Starting on July 1, 2019, nonlead ammunition will be required when taking any wildlife with a firearm anywhere in California.

The purchase of an Upland Game Bird Stamp/Validation supports these special dove hunting opportunities. The stamp/validation is required for all upland game bird hunters except those with Junior Hunting Licenses.

Media Contacts:
Ben Lewis, CDFW Central Region, (559) 243-4005
Peter Tira, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

 

CDFW photo of father and son dove hunters Dylan and Matthew Miller by Peter Tira.

Western Portion of Knoxville Wildlife Area Reopens to Public Access

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has announced that the western portion of the Knoxville Wildlife Area in northeastern Napa County has reopened to public access.

The portion of the Knoxville Wildlife Area west of the Berryessa-Knoxville Road has reopened to all authorized public use. The portion of the Knoxville Wildlife Area east of the Berryessa-Knoxville Road will remain closed to public use due to the County Fire, which has burned more than 6,000 acres of the wildlife area. It is unknown when the eastern portion of the wildlife area will reopen to the public. The entire wildlife area is being evaluated to determine when and if additional closures or reopenings will occur.

Media Contact:
Peter Tira, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

Applications Now Available for Fall Apprentice Deer Hunt in San Luis Obispo County for Junior License Holders

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering a drawing for an apprentice deer hunt for junior license holders on the Chimineas Unit of the Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve.

The two-day buck hunt, which is being offered in cooperation with the Avenales Sportsmen’s Club (ASC) and the Chimineas Ranch Foundation (CRF), will be held on Sept. 15 and 16 on the 30,000-acre reserve in San Luis Obispo County. Mandatory hunter orientation will take place in the evening on Friday, Sept. 14. Overnight lodging will be available at the main ranch house on the ecological reserve on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Three apprentice junior hunters will be chosen by lottery. Selected junior license holders must possess an A zone deer tag and must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will receive classroom, range and field training in gun handling techniques and safety, deer hunting and game care. Hunts will be led by ASC volunteers. ASC and CRF will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, as well as breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

Junior hunter applicants may apply online using their GO ID number through the Automated License Data System (ALDS) at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales. The hunt will be entitled Carrizo Plain ER – Chimineas Unit Apprentice Deer Hunt.  Please note that this hunt option can only be viewed using a junior hunter’s GO ID.

The application deadline is Monday, Aug. 20. Successful applicants will be notified by phone and will receive additional information, including maps and special regulations, prior to the hunt.

Media Contacts:
Robert Stafford, CDFW Central Region, (805) 528-8670
Peter Tira, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

 

CDFW photo by Stuart Itoga.

‘Klamathon Fire’ Forces Closure of Three CDFW Northern Region Properties

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has announced the temporary closure of three public facilities and properties in Siskiyou County as a result of the Klamathon Fire.

CDFW’s Iron Gate Hatchery along the Klamath River, the Klamathon Road fishing access below Iron Gate Hatchery, and the Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area north of Yreka between Interstate 5 and Iron Gate Reservoir have been closed to protect public safety. Although closed to the public, CDFW’s Iron Gate Hatchery remains staffed and operational for the time being. Due to the uncertain nature of the fire it is unknown when these areas and facilities will reopen to the public.

To monitor the status of the Klamathon Fire, please visit http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/.

Media Contacts:
Jeff Stoddard, CDFW Northern Region, (530) 225-2312
Peter Tira, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

‘County Fire’ Forces Closure of Knoxville Wildlife Area

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has announced that the Knoxville Wildlife Area located in northeastern Napa County is now closed until further notice because of the County Fire.

The Knoxville-Berryessa Road, which runs through the wildlife area, is currently closed. Due to the uncertain nature of the fire it is unknown when the wildlife area will reopen. A follow-up press release will be issued regarding the reopening of the wildlife area when ground conditions warrant.

To monitor the status of the County Fire, please visit www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents.

Media Contact:
Peter Tira, CDFW Communications, (916) 215-3858