DFG to Offer One-day Upland Game Clinic in August

Media Contacts:
Lt. Dan Lehman, DFG Advanced Hunter Education, (916) 358-4356
Kirsten Macintyre, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8988

An upland game hunting clinic will be held on Aug. 27 at Hastings Island Hunting Preserve. Sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) Advanced Hunter Education program, the clinic will cover information on hunting dove, quail, chukar and pheasant.

Specific topics to be covered include hunting regulations, where to hunt, proper types of firearms and ammunition used for upland game, hunting alone vs. hunting with others, hunting with and without dogs and hunter responsibilities and ethics. The clinic also features dog handling and game care demonstrations. All skill levels are welcome to attend.

The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hastings Island Hunting Preserve, 7758 Hastings Island Road in Rio Vista. The cost is $45 for adults. Students 16 years and younger are free, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Space is limited and participants must register in advance at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced. After registering, participants will receive an e-mail with directions to the Wildlife Area and a list of items to bring to the clinic.

DFG to Offer One-day Upland Game Clinic in September

Media Contacts:
Lt. Dan Lehman, DFG Advanced Hunter Education, (916) 358-4356
Kirsten Macintyre, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8988

An upland game hunting clinic will be held on Sept. 24 at Peace Valley near Lebec. Sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) Advanced Hunter Education program, the clinic will cover information on hunting dove, quail, chukar and pheasant.

Specific topics to be covered include hunting regulations, where to hunt, proper types of firearms and ammunition used for upland game, hunting alone vs. hunting with others, hunting with and without dogs and hunter responsibilities and ethics. The clinic also features dog handling and game care demonstrations. All skill levels are welcome to attend.

The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $45 for adults. Students 16 years and younger are free, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Space is limited and participants must register in advance at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced. After registering, participants will receive an e-mail with directions to the Wildlife Area and a list of items to bring to the clinic.

Peace Valley is located along Interstate 5, approximately 30 miles south of Bakersfield and 60 miles north of Los Angeles.

Duplicate Deer Tag Report Cards Inadvertently Mailed to Hunters

Media Contact:
Jordan Traverso, DFG Communications, (916) 654-9937

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is recalling approximately 1,000 duplicate deer tags inadvertently sent out to hunters who participated in this year’s Big Game Draw. Of the nearly 53,000 tags printed and issued by Active Networks on behalf of DFG, approximately two percent were inadvertently printed more than once and sent out in separate mailings causing hunters to receive one or more duplicate tags. These duplicate tags must be returned to DFG and cannot be used for the take of additional deer.

DFG has a list of duplicate tags by hunter and zone and is contacting those hunters who received them to retrieve the extra tags. DFG warns that use and possession of a duplicate tag is illegal. DFG will fully enforce all statutes and regulations related to use and possession of duplicate tags.

This is the first glitch since the implementation of DFG’s Automated License Data System (ALDS) in September 2010. In fact, a recent survey indicated that hunters were very happy with the ease of the new system. However, the duplicate tag mailing is a significant error caused by Active Network, the vendor contracted to print and mail the licenses. DFG and Active Network are working closely to address this problem and eliminate any risk of this happening in the future.

“We sincerely regret the inconvenience to the California Department of Fish and Game and its valued customers due to errors in a recent mail fulfillment of awarded Big Game tags,” said Denny Bennett, General Manager of the Outdoors Unit, State Government Licensing and Services at Active Network. “We inadvertently mailed duplicate tags to some customers, while others entitled to receive tags may not have received them. We are working with DFG staff to minimize the effects of any possible errors.”

DFG requests that hunters return the duplicate tags and will be contacting hunters who received them by mail. DFG will provide an addressed, postage paid envelope enclosed with the letter. Hunters need only put the additional tags in the envelope and mail it. All returned items will be logged by DFG and reported to the Law Enforcement Division.

To identify duplicates, please check the Document ID located at the top of the tag. Multiple tags with the same Document ID are duplicates.

Active Networks and DFG apologize for any inconvenience caused to our hunters. Conversely, DFG will aggressively pursue hunters who may choose to act illegally as a result of receiving additional Deer Tag Report Cards.

Draft Ecosystem Restoration Program Conservation Strategy Now Available for Public Comment

Media Contacts:
Chad Dibble, Senior Environmental Scientist, (916) 445-1202
Jordan Traverso, DFG Communications, (916) 654-9937

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has released a draft conservation strategy related to the Sacramento Valley, San Joaquin Valley and Delta. The draft report, entitled “Conservation Strategy for Restoration of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Ecological Management Zone and the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley Regions,” will be available for public review and comment from July 22 until August 22, 2011.

The document identifies biologically promising ecosystem restoration opportunities in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Ecological Management Zone and the Sacramento Valley and San Joaquin Valley regions, and it provides the rationale for restoration actions specific to each of these regions. It provides the conceptual framework and process that will guide the refinement, evaluation, prioritization, implementation, monitoring and review of Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP) actions. ERP performance measures can be found in Appendix D.

The draft report is available on the DFG website at www.dfg.ca.gov/erp/reports_docs.asp.

All comments must be received by DFG no later than noon on August 22, 2011. Comments can be emailed to cdibble@dfg.ca.gov. Comments may also be mailed or hand-delivered to:

Chad Dibble
Department of Fish and Game
830 S St.
Sacramento, CA 95811

All comments submitted by the due date will be considered as the report is finalized.

Questions about the report should be directed to Chad Dibble, Senior Environmental Scientist, at (916) 445-1202 or cdibble@dfg.ca.gov.

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

 

Media Contacts:
Robert Stafford, DFG Associate Wildlife Biologist, (805) 528-8670
Rocky Thompson, DFG Senior Wildlife Biologist, (805) 594-6175
Kyle Orr, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8958

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

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. Overnight lodging is available at the main ranch house on the ecological reserve. CDA will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, as well as breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

Applicants must submit a postcard with the hunter’s name, address, telephone number and 2011-2012 junior hunting license number to: Chimineas Apprentice Deer Hunt, Department of Fish and Game, 20 Lower Ragsdale Road, Monterey, CA 93940.

Applications must be received in the office by 5 p.m. on July 29. Late or incomplete applications will not be entered in the draw. Successful applicants will be notified by phone and will receive additional information, including maps and special regulations, prior to the hunt.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife News