Victoria Barr, DFG Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-4034
Dana Michaels, DFG Communications, (916) 322-2420
The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is offering north coast Aleutian goose hunts in Humboldt and Del Norte counties in February and March. These hunts are organized by the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Program, in partnership with the California Waterfowl Association (CWA).
“This time of year tens of thousands of Aleutian geese start staging on the north coast for their migration back to their breeding grounds,” explained Victoria Barr, SHARE Program Coordinator. “During staging, geese primarily use agriculture pastures to gain energy for their long migration. These hunts will discourage the use of private land by geese, and will benefit farmers as well as create hunter opportunities.”
A total of 1,720 acres on five properties will be available to hunters on designated days in late February and early March. Applications must be received by Feb. 10, 2011. More information and applications are available on CWA’s website at www.signup4.net/public/ap.aspx?EID=20102171E&OID=147, or by calling Barr at (916) 445-4034.
The SHARE Program is a voluntary landowner incentive program. Participating landowners receive liability protection and may receive compensation for providing public access to or through their land for wildlife-dependent recreational activities. The goal of the SHARE Program is to provide hunting, fishing and other recreational access on private lands in California.