Category Archives: Youth

CDFW Opens Chimineas Unit of Carrizo Plain Ecological Reserve for Apprentice Deer Hunters

jr deer hunter w guideThe California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will be holding a draw for an apprentice deer hunt on the Chimineas Unit of the Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve. The two-day hunt, which is being offered in cooperation with the California Deer Association (CDA), will be held on Sept. 17-18 on the 30,000-acre reserve in San Luis Obispo County.

Mandatory hunter orientation will be held in the evening on Sept. 16. Overnight lodging will be available at the main ranch house on the ecological reserve on Sept. 16 and 17.

Three apprentice hunters will be chosen by lottery. Selected apprentice hunters 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 CDA volunteers. CDA will also provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Sept. 17, as well as breakfast and lunch on Sept. 18.

Applicants must submit a postcard with the hunter’s name, address, telephone number and 2016-2017 junior hunting license number to: Chimineas Apprentice Deer Hunt, Department of Fish and Wildlife, 3196 South Higuera St., Suite A, San Luis Obispo, 93401.

Only one postcard may be submitted for each applicant. Applications must be received in the office by 5 p.m. on Aug. 12. Late or incomplete applications will not be entered in the drawing. Successful applicants will be notified by phone and will receive additional information, including maps and special regulations, prior to the hunt. Successful applicants will need to possess a valid A zone deer tag at the time of the hunt.

Media Contacts:

Rocky Thompson, CDFW Senior Environmental Scientist, (805) 594-6175

Steve Gonzalez, CDFW Communications, (916) 715-9072

July 2 is Free Fishing Day in California

AVU-2016-0013 (421)Have you ever felt the excitement of catching a fish? This summer, angling novices can experience the thrill for free. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites all Californians to fish on July 2 and Sept. 3 – no fishing license required. If you would like to fish the rest of the year, you can purchase a license online through CDFW’s website.

“Free Fishing Day is always great opportunity to try an all-American pastime that is one of my favorites,” said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. “If you’re already an experienced angler, I encourage you to invite a friend, relative or neighbor who’s never tried it or who wants more experience.”

A basic annual resident sport fishing license in California currently costs $47.01, but CDFW offers two Free Fishing Days each year – usually around the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend – when it’s legal to fish without one. This year, the first of the two Free Fishing Days falls on the Saturday of Independence Day weekend.

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

Anglers can review the sport fishing regulations online (www.wildlife.ca.gov/regulations) or use CDFW’s mobile web site to view limits and regulations specific to a body of water (https://map.dfg.ca.gov/sportfishingregs/).

Media Contacts:

Steve Gonzalez, CDFW Communications, (916) 715-9072

Kyle Murphy, CDFW Fisheries Branch, (916) 323-5556

Fresno, Livermore and Sacramento Valley Students Take Top Honors in 2016 Invasive Species Youth Art Contest

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Invasive Species Program Choice Award: Amelie Ingram, 10, Fred T. Korematsu Elementary School, Davis

The winners of “The Invader Files” Youth Art Contest have been announced by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Invasive Species Program.

As part of the California Invasive Species Action Week, 49 youths from across California submitted their original artwork. Participants were asked to pick an invasive species that causes harm to native species or the environment in California and submit their illustration of that invader and the harm it causes. The top three posters for each grade division were selected by members of the California Invasive Species Advisory Committee and the poster which best exemplified the contest theme was selected as the CDFW Invasive Species Program Choice Award.

Amelie Ingram, 10, a student at Fred T. Korematsu Elementary School in Davis, was named the winner of the Invasive Species Program Choice Award. Ingram created a comic depicting the common coqui (frog) displacing native species.

“What happens in real life is invasive species take resources like water, food and space/home from native animals,” Ingram wrote. “As they overpopulate, less native animals have homes. They are small, but scary.”

The top three winners of the 2016 Invasive Species Action Week Youth Art Contest divisions were:

Grades 2-4

  • First Place: Elsa Thornton, 10, Fort Washington Elementary School, Fresno
  • Second Place: Rylynn Shackelford, 9, Fort Washington Elementary School, Fresno
  • Third Place: Addison Galaviz, 10, Fort Washington Elementary School, Fresno
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    First Place, Grades 2-4: Elsa Thornton, 10, Fort Washington Elementary School, Fresno
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    Second Place, Grades 2-4: Rylynn Shackelford, 9, Fort Washington Elementary School, Fresno

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    Third Place, Grades 2-4: Addison Galaviz, 10, Fort Washington Elementary School, Fresno

Grades 5-8

  • First Place: Luke Jiang, 11, Homeschool, Rancho Cordova,
    Second Place: Andre Russell, 11, Fort Washington Elementary School, Fresno
  • Third Place: Malia Jones, 11, Heron Elementary, Sacramento
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    First Place, Grades 5-8: Luke Jiang, 11, Homeschool, Rancho Cordova,
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    Second Place, Grades 5-8: Andre Russell, 11, Fort Washington Elementary School, Fresno

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    Third Place, Grades 5-8: Malia Jones, 11, Heron Elementary, Sacramento

Grades 9-12

  • First Place: Bey Westcott, 18, Granada High School, Livermore
  • Second Place: Valerie Felismino, 17, Granada High School, Livermore
  • Third Place: Katey Rademann, 16, Granada High School, Livermore
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    First Place, Grades 9-12: Bey Westcott, 18, Granada High School, Livermore
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    Second Place, Grades 9-12: Valerie Felismino, 17, Granada High School, Livermore

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    Third Place, Grades 9-12: Katey Rademann, 16, Granada High School, Livermore

 

CDFW congratulates all the participants for their excellent work and thanks the teachers, nature centers, volunteer organizations and parents who encouraged, educated and assisted the students.

All submissions are currently on display in the Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center in Gold River. They can also be viewed online at: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B-vFHRGZmgqjTkt4NUF5b2tOZEU&usp=sharing.

For more information or to obtain artwork images, please contact the Invasive Species Program at invasives@wildlife.ca.gov.

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Media Contacts:
Valerie Cook Fletcher, CDFW Invasive Species Program, (916) 654-4267
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

Student Archers in CDFW State Competition Rack up the Scores

The California National Archery in the Schools Program (CalNASP), hosted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), has concluded its sixth annual Virtual State Archery Tournament and the students wrapped up the season with some impressive scores.

“We would like to congratulate all of the students that participated in this year’s Virtual State Archery Tournament and we would especially like to commend the top boy and girl shooter of the tournament,” said Lesa Johnston, CDFW CalNASP Coordinator. “These young archers took their training very seriously and worked hard throughout the school year to develop the skill it takes to be precise and consistent in a competition.”

Manly Arvizo, a 12th grader at Sultana High School in San Bernardino County came in as the top boy shooter and top overall shooter in the state competition with a score of 290 points out of a possible score of 300. Manly came in second in last year’s tournament. Manly is planning to enter the Marine Corps after graduation, so when he is not practicing archery, he focuses on physical fitness training. Manly is also a member of his school’s Outdoor Club and enjoys a variety of outdoor pursuits.

Melissa Osorio, an 11th grader from Kearny High School in San Diego County, is the top girl shooter for the second year in a row with a score of 284 out of a possible 300. Melissa also came in second place as overall shooter in the tournament. When Melissa is not practicing archery, she enjoys spending time with her friends, playing tennis or watching movies.

Both shooters will each receive a new Genesis Special Edition compound bow donated by the manufacturer to the schools. Their coaches will present the bows to them.

The Virtual State Archery Tournament is designed to give students the opportunity to challenge their mastery of the sport in a supportive environment in which they can compete with other students statewide without traveling. Students compete at their own school either in a gymnasium or an outdoor range and their scores are posted in a national database that not only ranks the state scores, but also provides coaches with national rankings to report to students. The state tournament is a qualifier for the national tournament, which will be held in Kentucky this May.

Honorable mentions were given to: James Bui, ninth grader from Sultana High School, rank two as the overall boy shooter and third overall state shooter; Selena Schmidt, 10th grader from Sultana High School, second place overall girl shooter and fourth overall state shooter; Lilly Bell, 12th grader from Sultana High School, tied for second place overall girl shooter and fourth overall state shooter; Patrick Allain, 12th grader from Calaveras High School in northern California, third overall boy shooter and number five shooter in the overall state ranking.

Archery is a sport that can be enjoyed by students of all abilities and sizes – it can be enjoyed outdoors and encourages students to lead a more active lifestyle. For more information about CalNASP and how it can be implemented into your community schools, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/calnasp.

Media Contact:
Lesa Johnston, CDFW CalNASP Coordinator, (916) 322-8933

CDFW to Sell Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Answer Questions and More at Fred Hall Show

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Four members of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) top leadership will participate in a panel at this weekend’s Fred Hall Show in Long Beach.

Director Charlton H. Bonham, Acting Deputy Director of Wildlife and Fisheries Stafford Lehr, Chief of Law Enforcement David Bess and Marine Region Manager Craig Shuman will answer questions from the public on a variety of fish and wildlife related topics as part of a panel discussion taking place on Saturday, March 5. Pete Gray, host of Let’s Talk Hook Up, Southern California’s premiere fishing radio show, will moderate the panel.

Saturday, March 5, 1:30 p.m.
Long Beach Fred Hall Show, Long Beach Convention Center
Mammoth Lakes Seminar Theater

The panel will not be participating in the Fred Hall Show in Del Mar, which will be held March 17-20. However, CDFW will have several booths at the shows. CDFW staff will answer questions and all licenses, tags and report cards will be available for purchase. The new 2016 CDFW Warden Stamp will also be available ($5) to help fund the purchase of equipment for CDFW enforcement.

Show attendees can learn about becoming a wildlife officer at the law enforcement trailer. The trailer is full of beautiful fish and wildlife mounts and contains a free laser shot game. Attendees can learn about the changes made in fish stocking over the decades as a 1925 Dodge truck used by CDFW for transporting hatchery fish will be on display as well as a brand new fish transporting truck.

And again this year, the shows will feature a fishing pond stocked with rainbow trout from a CDFW hatchery (Fillmore Hatchery in Long Beach and Mojave River Hatchery in Del Mar) with free fishing available for kids. Everyone who fishes at the pond will receive fishing passport books and official fishing passport stamps to recognize their achievements. CDFW “Fishing in the City” staff will also be on hand teaching kids new casting skills.

Look for the big bass tank stocked by CDFW scientists with trophy-size bass collected from a local lake where the bass professionals will be providing tips and demonstrating their successful fishing skills throughout the show.

At the Long Beach show, admission is $16 for adults, $15 for seniors (over 65) and children under 16 and active military personnel are admitted free.

In Del Mar, admission is $14 for adults, $13 for seniors, and children under 16 and active military personnel are admitted free.

Please see www.fredhall.com for more information.

Media Contacts:
Jordan Traverso, CDFW Communications, (916) 654-9937
Carrie Wilson, CDFW Communications, (831) 649-7191