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CDFW to Sell Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Answer Questions and More at Sportsmen’s Show

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is returning to the International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) at Cal Expo in Sacramento from Jan. 18-21. This is the largest hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation show of its kind in northern California.

Wildlife officers, fisheries and wildlife scientists, hunter education instructors, license agents and many other CDFW staff will be available during the show to answer questions and provide information regarding fishing and hunting opportunities throughout the state. CDFW’s license sales booth will be located in the Pavilion Building (space 3700) and licenses, tags, report cards and warden stamps will be available for purchase. Customers may pay by credit card or check, but not cash.

For the fifth year, CDFW’s top leadership – including Fisheries and Wildlife Division Deputy Director Stafford Lehr, Fisheries Branch Chief Kevin Shaffer, Wildlife Branch Chief Kari Lewis and Chief of Law Enforcement David Bess – will hold a panel discussion about topics of interest to California’s hunters and anglers. The open-forum panel will be held in the California Sportsmen’s Theater in the Pavilion Building at noon on Saturday, Jan 20. Members of the audience are encouraged to ask questions of the panel.

Right afterward, the panel participants will head over to the west side of Building A’s Adventure Theater on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. to hold another question and answer session with hunting attendees. This will take place on stage directly after the youth essay contest winner is awarded (see below for more information).

“Every year, I look forward to this opportunity to interact with hunters and anglers face to face and talk to them about the topics of particular interest and concern to them,” Lehr said. “We always welcome questions from those who share our passion for wildlife conservation.”

Additional CDFW booths and highlights include:

  • Online Harvest Reporting — Tag holders can log onto their online profile to view and complete all tags that require reporting. The tag holder will receive a report confirmation number that should be written in the space provided on the report card. The harvest report card will not have to be mailed in physically. CDFW encourages all tag holders to use this online service to meet their harvest reporting requirements.
  • Wildlife Officer Recruitment — CDFW’s Law Enforcement trailer will be on display outside of the Pavilion Building, featuring an impressive display of taxidermy and a free enclosed laser-shot hunting simulator game. Wildlife officers, including statewide recruiting Lieutenant Specialist Chris Stoots, will be on hand to answer questions about employment opportunities.
  • Meet Your K-9 Team — CDFW K9 wardens and their handlers will be available for a meet-and-greet in the Sporting Dog Pavilion on Saturday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  •  Youth Fishing — Bring your child to the Youth Fair Expo Center to fish for beautiful rainbow trout supplied by CDFW. Each child who participates will go home with a California Fishing Passport book, an official stamp and a fish identification book containing pictures and information about 150 different species of California fish!
  • Learn How to be “Bear Aware” — CDFW staff will demonstrate how to keep a campsite safe from unwanted ursine visitors.
  • 2018 Warden Stamps — At the main booth, CDFW will be offering and promoting this year’s stamp, which features the silhouette of a K-9 warden. Proceeds from the $5 stamp support wildlife officers and K-9 teams and help fund the purchase of necessary law enforcement equipment.
  • Outdoor California — Free copies of CDFW’s award-winning magazine will be available (as supplies last) at the main booth. Yearly subscriptions may also be purchased for $15.
  • Youth Essay Contest — CDFW and the Wildlife Officer Foundation will be awarding this year’s contest winner, 11-year-old Landon Sabol of Morgan Hill, a lifetime hunting license for his outstanding essay emphasizing the theme of “Passing on the Tradition.” Sabol and the second- and third-place contest winners will be honored on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the west side of Building A’s Adventure Theater. Stop by to congratulate them and get information on how to become the next youth contest winner.

The Cal Expo State Fairgrounds are located at 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento. ISE show hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $16 for adults (door sales are cash only, although tickets may be purchased in advance online). Youths age 15 and under are free. There is a $10 charge to park on the grounds.

For additional information, schedules and to purchase tickets, please visit the ISE webpage at www.sportsexpos.com/attend/sacramento/.

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Media Contacts:
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 201-2958
Capt. Patrick Foy, CDFW Law Enforcement Division, (916) 651-6692

Indiana Wildlife Artist Wins California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest

A painting of a Wilson’s snipe has been chosen by a panel of judges as the winning entry in the 2017-2018 California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest. The painting was created by Jeffrey Klinefelter of Etna Green, Ind.

Sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the annual contest is held to determine the official design for the upcoming year’s California Upland Game Bird Stamp.

Artists submitted their own original depiction of a Wilson’s snipe (Gallinago delicate), a charismatic, diminutive migratory game bird. The individual artists determined the setting and details, but entries had to include at least one Wilson’s snipe and be representative of the species’ natural habitat in California if a background was included.

Crawford 2017-2018 upland game second place

The entries were judged Wednesday by a panel of experts selected for their knowledge in the fields of ornithology, conservation, art and printing. Designs were judged on originality, artistic composition, anatomical accuracy and suitability for reproduction as a stamp and print.

The judges cited the anatomical accuracy of the representation of the Wilson’s snipe, and one judge praised the impressive “juxtaposition of the fine detail in the foreground with the almost dreamy background.”

Klinefelter created the painting based on his photograph of a Wilson’s snipe – after simplifying the original habitat with the intent of highlighting the bird.

Simons 2017-18 upland game third place

“That is where artistic license comes in,” said Klinefelter, a wildlife artist who also won the 2009-10 California Duck Stamp Contest. “The important thing when you are painting for a stamp is to avoid having your painting cluttered as that can take away from the visual impact of the species.”

Broderick Crawford of Clayton, Ga., placed second, Lawrence Simons of Lebanon, Ore., placed third and Erik Fleet of Julian (San Diego County) received honorable mention.

An upland game bird validation is required for hunting migratory and resident upland game birds in California. The validation replaces the stamp through CDFW’s Automated License Data System, but the stamp is still produced and available to hunters upon request. Money generated from upland game bird validation sales are dedicated solely to upland game bird-related conservation projects, hunting opportunities and outreach and education. CDFW annually sells about 175,000 upland game bird validations and distributes approximately 17,000 stamps.

Fleet 2017-18 upland game contest honorable with ribbon

Examples of recent CDFW projects funded by upland game bird validation sales include:

Estimating Factors That Influence Population Vital Rates and Space Use Patterns of Pheasant in the Central Valley of California. The ring-necked pheasant was introduced and established in North America during the 1800s and has long been a popular game bird for hunters. Although pheasants flourished in California during the 1900s, changes in agricultural and land-use practices in the latter half of the 20th Century reduced the amount and quality of habitat available to wild birds in the state and hunter harvest declined. This project uses telemetry to monitor pheasants and estimate population rates in different regions of the state. This information helps the support and maintenance of wild pheasant populations. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/birds/pheasant.

Habitat Development and Enhancement Projects at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. The project will improve approximately 149 acres of upland nesting and foraging habitat for pheasants, turkeys, doves, quail and other upland wildlife species at CDFW’s Gray Lodge Wildlife Area in Butte County. These improvements will enhance the department’s ability to manage water and increase the recruitment and survival of wildlife. The project will improve items such as nesting and foraging cover, and should result in higher pheasant, turkey, dove and quail populations. As all of the fields are located in the hunt area, the project will provide additional hunter opportunities. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/grants/upland-game-bird/projects.

Any individual who purchases an upland game bird validation may request their free collectable stamp by visiting www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/collector-stamps. An order form is also available on the website for collectors who do not purchase a hunting license or upland game bird validation or for hunters who wish to purchase additional collectible stamps.

Media Contacts:
Matt Meshriy, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 322-6719
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958

Northern California Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Opener Delayed Again Due to Quality Testing

 

The Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has announced a final 15-day delay for the northern California commercial Dungeness crab season. Crab condition improved from the last round of pre-season quality testing conducted on Dec. 19. However, crab had not reached the minimum meat recovery criteria as established by the Tri-State Dungeness Crab Committee testing protocol.

The delay affects Fish and Game Districts 6, 7, 8 and 9 (Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties). The season in these districts is now scheduled to open on 12:01 a.m. Jan. 15, 2018, to be preceded by a 64-hour gear setting period that would begin no earlier than 8:01 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2018. This is the last delay the Director can issue due to Dungeness crab quality testing.

No vessel may take or land crab within Districts 6, 7, 8 and 9 during the closure period.  In addition, any vessel that lands crab from ocean waters outside of Districts 6, 7, 8 and 9 is prohibited from participating in the crab fishery in Districts 6, 7, 8 and 9, or any other delayed opening areas in Oregon or Washington, for 30 days following the opening of those areas as outline in California’s Fair Start Provision (Fish and Game Code, section 8279.1).

The director’s memo can be found here.

The updated Frequently Asked Questions for the current 2017-18 season addresses questions regarding the Fair Start provision.

Testing results for domoic acid are posted by the California Department of Public Health.

For more information on health advisories related to fisheries, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Ocean/Health-Advisories.

For more information about Dungeness crab fisheries in California, please visit

www.wildlife.ca.gov/crab.

Media Contacts:
Christy Juhasz, CDFW Marine Region, (707) 576-2887
Jordan Traverso, CDFW Communications, (916) 654-9937

December 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

DATE — EVENT

Weekends — Guided Wildlife Tours at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948), 12:30 p.m. The 90-minute walking tour covers slightly more than a half-mile through this premier birding spot that highlights migratory waterfowl and other wetland wildlife. Tours are cancelled in the event of heavy rain. No reservations are necessary for groups of less than 20 people. This land is part of the CDFW Lands Pass Program and its associated fee-for-use requirement. For more information on the Lands Pass Program, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-pass. For more information on the tours, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

First Through Third Saturdays and Sundays of the Month Sandhill Crane Wetland Tours at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve, 7730 W. Woodbridge Road, Lodi (95242). Online registration is required to participate in these guided tours, which run through February during the sandhill cranes’ fall and winter stay in California’s Central Valley. A CDFW Lands Pass or a current hunting or fishing license in possession is required to participate for those 16 or older. For more information on the Lands Pass Program, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-pass. For more information about the tours, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/3/crane-tour.

Various Days — Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permit Application Deadline for Multiple Hunting Opportunities.
Wild pig, 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.

2 — General Season for Crow Opens. Season extends through April 5, 2018. For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

5 — California Fish and Game Commission Coastal Fishing Communities Public Meeting, 6 to 8 p.m., Handlery Hotel, 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego (92108). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2017/index.aspx.

6-7 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, 8:30 a.m. both days, Handlery Hotel, 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego (92108). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2017/index.aspx.

8 — CDFW Grants to Engage Hispanic Communities in Fishing Activities Application Deadline. CDFW has been accepting grant applications for fishing programs, classes and activities that educate and engage Hispanic communities. Programs should provide multiple opportunities for youth and families to participate as anglers and promote good stewardship toward the state’s aquatic resources. For more information, please visit cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/cdfw-offers-grants-to-engage-hispanic-communities-in-fishing-activities/.

15 — Passing On the Tradition Youth Essay Contest Deadline. CDFW and the California Wildlife Officers Foundation are again 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 that is valued at more than $600. Second and third place winners will also be selected and prize packages will be awarded. This year’s contest invites entrants to share how hunting has influenced or affected their lives. Entries should be submitted via email to Lt. John Nores at john.nores@wildlife.ca.gov and must be received on or before Friday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. On their essay, applicants must also provide their date of birth, place of residence and a contact telephone number and email address.

16 — General Season for Band-tailed Pigeons in the Southern Hunt Zone Opens. Season extends through Dec. 24. For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

22 — CDFW Request For Information Related to Cascades Frog Deadline. CDFW is seeking information relevant to a proposal to list the Cascades frog as an endangered or threatened species. The species inhabits a variety of habitats such as large lakes, ponds, wet meadows and streams at mid- to high-elevations range from the Klamath-Trinity region, along the Cascades Range axis in the vicinity of Mt. Shasta, southward to the headwater tributaries of the Feather River. For more information, please visit cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/cdfw-seeks-information-related-to-cascades-frog/.

25 — Archery Only Pheasant Season Opens. Season extends through Jan. 21, 2018. For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

31 — Bear Season Ends Statewide, or earlier if CDFW determines that 1,700 bears have been reported taken. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/bear or contact Jesse Garcia at (916) 445-3515. In addition, 2016 bear season tooth-age information will be able to be viewed at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/mammals/black-bear once laboratory results are received and posted online.

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

 

November 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

DATE — EVENT

Various Days — Guided Wetland Tours, By Reservation, at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). A wildlife naturalist will lead any group, school or organization on a half-mile route through the diverse wetlands of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. General information includes wildlife identification, behavior patterns and conservation efforts. The experience can be catered to include requested information. The minimum group size is 18 people. This wildlife area is part of the CDFW Lands Pass Program and its fee-for-use requirement. For more information on the Lands Pass Program, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-pass.  For more information on the tours and the land pass, please call (530) 846-7505 or email Lori.Dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

Various Days — Lands Passes Required on Certain Additional CDFW Properties. Each visitor to a CDFW lands pass property who is 16 years of age or older must carry a lands pass while on the property. Visitors who are carrying a valid California hunting or fishing license in their own name are exempt from this requirement. School and organized youth group field trips are also exempt. The Lands Pass Program has existed on a limited number of CDFW properties since the 1990s. Additional properties are implementing this requirement beginning Nov. 1, another one on Nov. 15 (the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve), and additional properties will require a lands pass beginning in January 2018. A daily lands pass costs $4.32 and an annual lands pass costs $24.33. Revenue from lands passes helps support CDFW wildlife areas and ecological reserves. For more information, including which CDFW properties require a lands pass and purchasing instructions, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-pass. For more information on the program, please contact Julie Horenstein at Julie.Horenstein@wildlife.ca.gov.

First Through Third Saturdays and Sundays of the Month Sandhill Crane Wetland Tours at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve, 7730 W. Woodbridge Road, Lodi (95242). Online registration is required to participate in these guided tours, which run through February during the sandhill cranes’ fall and winter stay in California’s Central Valley. Beginning Nov. 13, a CDFW Lands Pass or a current hunting or fishing license in possession is required to participate for those 16 or older. For more information on he Lands Pass Program, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-pass. For more information about the tours, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/3/crane-tour.

Various Days — Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permit Application Deadline for Multiple Hunting Opportunities. Wild pig, 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 – Recreational Red Abalone Season Closed. CDFW reminds abalone anglers that the law requires them to return their abalone cards to CDFW or report their harvest data online by Jan. 31, 2018 even if they did not try to take abalone. The cards provide critical information needed to help CDFW monitor the abalone fishery. Cards may be mailed to CDFW, 32330 North Harbor Drive, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-5554 or dropped off at the office. Data may also be submitted online from Nov. 1 until Jan. 31, 2018 at www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lishing#758846-harvest-reporting.

4 — First Day of Recreational Dungeness Crab Season. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/marine/calendar.

4 — Imperial County White Geese Season Opens (extends through Jan. 28). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

4 — Southern San Joaquin Valley Scaup Zone, Colorado River Scaup Zone, Southern California Scaup Zone and Balance of the State Scaup Zone Open (extends through Jan. 24). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

7 — North Coast All Canada Geese Zone Opens (extends through Jan 28). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

8 — Northern Brant Special Management Area Black Brant Season Opens (extends through Dec. 14). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

8 — California Fish and Game Commission Coastal Fishing Communities Public Meeting, 6 to 8 p.m., Middlebury Institute of International Studies, McGowan Building, 411 Pacific Street, Monterey (93940). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2017.

8 — Draft Environmental Impact Review (EIR) for the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve Public Meeting, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Burton Chase Park Community Center, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey (90292). As the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, CDFW is coordinating the preparation of an EIR for the proposed Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project. CDFW is soliciting comments on the Draft EIR, and will review all substantive comments received during the review period and provide written responses in a final EIR. The final EIR will be made available to the public and will provide a basis for decision-making by permitting authorities. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/5/ballona-eir.

9 — Balance of State Brant Special Management Area Brant Season Opens (extends through Dec. 15). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

9 — California Fish and Game Commission Marine Resources Committee Meeting, 8:30 a.m., Marina Branch Public Library, 190 Seaside Circle Marina (93933). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2017.

10 — Deadline to Submit Public Review Comments for Delta Conservation Framework Draft. For more information about the public review process, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/watersheds/dcf.

11 — Pheasant, Fall Wild Turkey and Late Season Dove Open. General pheasant season opens statewide and extends through Dec. 24; fall wild turkey season opens statewide and extends through Dec. 10; and late season dove hunting season opens statewide and extends through Dec. 25. For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

11 — Stanislaus River Salmon Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 17968 Covered Bridge Road, Knights Ferry (95361). For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/srsfest or call (209) 403-1046.

12 — Last Day of Recreational Ocean Salmon Season 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.

15 — First Day of Commercial Dungeness Crab Season, South of Mendocino County (scheduled). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/marine/calendar.

15 — 2018 Sport Fishing Licenses Available. The 2018 sport fishing licenses become available where licenses are sold. For more information or to purchase a license online, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/fishing.

30 — Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting, 10 a.m., 1416 Ninth Street, Resources Building, First Floor Auditorium, Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit www.wcb.ca.gov or call (916) 445-0137.