Category Archives: Hunting

Application Deadlines Approach for Junior and Family Game Bird Heritage Hunts

Contacts:
Nick Bechtel, DFG Game Bird Heritage Program, (805) 965-3059
Andrew Hughan, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8944

Deadlines are approaching to apply for Apprentice Family and Junior pheasant hunts at three locations in the Southern California region. All hunts require an application be completed and submitted to the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) as space is limited. Applications can be submitted on DFG’s website (www.dfg.ca.gov).

All three events are Game Bird Heritage Apprentice Family and Junior pheasant hunts and will be held on private lands. Hunt dates and applications deadlines are as follows:

  • New Cuyama, Calif. (Santa Barbara County) will host morning and afternoon hunts on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 on private lands west of New Cuyama. The deadline to apply for these hunts is Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.
  • Peace Valley (Los Angeles County) will host hunts on Saturday, Jan. 15and Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 on private lands near Highway 138 and Interstate 5. There will be morning and afternoon hunts both days. The deadline to apply for these hunts is Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.
  • Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve (San Diego County) will host hunts on Saturday, Feb. 5 and Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011 on state-owned land about 40 miles east of San Diego. There will be morning and afternoon hunts both days. The deadline to apply for these hunts is Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011.

These special hunts are provided by DFG’s Game Bird Heritage Program, in cooperation with many volunteer organizations. Game Bird Heritage Special Hunts are intended to provide beginning-level educational activities that support Hunter Education programs and to encourage the participation of apprentice hunters, as well as to provide additional public hunting opportunities for upland game birds on both public and private lands.

For information on eligibility or other details please contact Nick Bechtel at (805) 965-3059.

Winning Artist Chosen at 2011-12 Upland Game Bird Stamp Judging Event

Media Contacts:
Karen Fothergill, Game Bird Heritage Program, (916) 716-1461
Dana Michaels, DFG Communications, (916) 322-2420

Jeffrey Kleinefelter of Etna Green, Indiana has won California’s 2011-12 California Upland Game Bird Stamp art competition. His rendition of a wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo, Rio Grande sub-species in gouache will be reproduced on the 2011-12 California Upland Game Bird Stamp and will be available as collectible limited edition prints.

Fourteen artists from 10 states entered the competition sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG). The setting and details of the original depictions were up to the individual artists, but entries had to depict a pair (male and female). If background detail was included in the design, it had to be accurate and representative of a natural habitat in California.

Designs were judged on originality, artistic composition, anatomical accuracy and suitability for reproduction as a stamp and print. The judges are citizens selected for their expertise in the fields of ornithology, conservation, art and printing. The winning art may be seen online at www.dfg.ca.gov/upstamp.

Each year, the species depicted on the stamp is chosen by the Fish and Game Commission. The upland game bird stamp is required for hunting migratory and resident upland game birds in California. The money generated from stamp sales can only be spent on upland game bird-related conservation projects, the creation of hunting opportunities, and outreach and education.

DFG sells about 200,000 upland game bird stamps annually, including sales to art collectors. In addition to the stamps, DFG typically issues signed, limited edition prints that are valued by art collectors.

For more information about the California Upland Game Bird Stamp program, please visit the DFG website at www.dfg.ca.gov/upstamp.