DFG to Offer One-day Wild Pig Hunting Clinic in April

pig on rangeContact:
Lt. Dan Lehman, Advanced Hunter Education Program Coordinator, (916) 358-4356
Kyle Orr, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8958


The California Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) Advanced Hunter Education Program will offer a pig hunting clinic in King City on April 9.

The clinic, which is co-sponsored by the Pacific Coast Hunter Education Association, will be held at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The cost is $45 and space is limited. Youths 16 years and younger are free but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The clinic will cover will pig biology, hunting techniques and requirements, methods for locating wild pigs, locations to hunt and actual field dressing and care of game. 

DFG’s Advanced Hunter Education Program will provide all necessary class equipment. Meals are not included but a barbecue lunch can be purchased from the Pacific Coast Hunter Education Association for $10 on the day of the clinic.

Registration forms are available online at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced/index.aspx. After registering, participants will receive an e-mail with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring. 


DFG to Offer Black Powder Hunting Clinic in April

Lt. Dan Lehman, Advanced Hunter Education Program Coordinator, (916) 358-4356
Kyle Orr, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8958

The California Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) Advanced Hunter Education Program will offer a black powder hunting clinic in Merced County on April 30. 

Designed for all skill levels, the clinic will include both lecture and live-fire exercises. The lecture portion will include a short history of black powder shooting, different styles of black powder rifles used today, how to safely load and shoot a black powder rifle, laws and regulations pertaining to black powder hunting and strategies for hunting with black powder firearms.

The live-fire exercise will include target shooting with black powder firearms. All course material and loaner black powder firearms will be provided. Participants should not bring their personal firearms.

The clinic will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the River Oaks Range in Winton, seven miles north of Atwater. Space is limited to 25 people and the cost is $45. Youths 16 years and younger are free but must be accompanied by a registered parent or guardian.

Registration forms are available online at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced/blackpowder.aspx.

After registering, participants will receive an e-mail with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring.

DFG Extends Public Comment Period Regarding Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs

Andrew Hughan, DFG Communications, (916) 344-8944
Mitch Lockhart, DFG Fisheries Branch (530) 906-3934

The public comment period regarding the proposed listing of mountain yellow-legged frogs is extended until April 1, 2011. The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) public comment website malfunctioned and comments could not be submitted electronically. Because of this, the public comment period is extended by two weeks.

All comments or other information must be submitted in writing by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2011.  Comments can be e-mailed to MYLF@dfg.ca.gov or mailed to:

Fisheries Branch – High Mountain Lakes Program
Department of Fish and Game
Attn: Mitch Lockhart
830 S St.
Sacramento, CA 95811

Comments received by the due date will be included in the status evaluation report being prepared for the Commission. The report, which is due to be completed at or before the September 2011 Commission meeting, will address existing threats to mountain yellow-legged frogs and the effectiveness of the current regulations regarding the species. The public will also have a 30-day comment period after issuance of the report.

DFG is now accepting public comment on a proposal to add two species of frogs to California’s endangered species list. The proposal, initiated by the Center for Biological Diversity, addresses the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog (Rana sierrae) and the southern mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa), collectively known as mountain yellow-legged frogs.

The public is invited to submit relevant scientific data or comments about mountain yellow-legged frogs’ taxonomic status, ecology, biology, life history, management recommendations, distribution, abundance, threats and essential habitat, or other factors related to the status of the species.

Spring Turkey Season to Open March 26

Media Contacts:
Scott Gardner, DFG Wildlife Branch, (916) 801-6257
Kirsten Macintyre, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8988
California’s 2011 spring turkey season will open statewide on March 26. The general season will extend through May 1. In addition, archers may hunt turkeys through May 15, and holders of junior hunting licenses are permitted to hunt with shotguns through May 15.In December 2008, the Fish and Game Commission adopted regulations allowing special hunt dates for youth hunters before and after the general season. In addition to the general season, youth hunters who have a valid junior hunting license may hunt this year on March 19-20 and May 2-15. Please note that the season remains closed to all hunters – both youth and adult – between March 21 and the official opening day, March 26. 

Shooting hours for spring turkeys are from one-half hour before sunrise to 4 p.m. Both a hunting license and upland game bird stamp are required to hunt turkeys, although an upland stamp is not required for hunters with junior licenses. The bag limit is one bearded turkey per day and no more than a total of three turkeys during the general, archery and apprentice junior seasons combined.Wild turkeys are a very popular game bird in California. The statewide population is estimated at 240,000 birds. In 2008 (the most recent year of compiled information), DFG’s game take hunter survey estimated that 24,068 hunters bagged 20,553 turkeys during the spring season. An additional 5,724 were taken during the fall season. In 2008, 10 counties accounted for 55.5 percent of the statewide spring harvest: El Dorado, Mendocino, Placer, Sonoma, Shasta, Yuba, Butte, San Diego, Napa and Lake. 

For places to hunt turkeys, DFG recommends that hunters refer to the “Guide to Hunting Wild Turkeys in California” on DFG’s website at www.dfg.ca.gov/publications/docs/turkeyguide.pdf. DFG also offers several special hunts for turkeys that are open to a limited number of hunters. Information and applications can be found in the California Hunting Digest at www.dfg.ca.gov/publications/digest.

Hunters are encouraged to check DFG’s special hunts website for more information at www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/uplandgame/gamebird/SpecialHunts/SpringTurkey.

DFG Biologists Investigate Sardine Die-Off in Southern California

Media Contact: Andrew Hughan, DFG Communications, (916) 201-2958

State biologists are running tests on a dozen dead fish from the Redondo Beach Harbor to determine the cause of a massive die-off Tuesday.

Approximately one million dead sardines were discovered in the Redondo Beach harbor Tuesday morning, initially raising concerns about possible water contamination. Water samples tested on-site Tuesday were clear of contamination, but California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) wardens collected about a dozen dead fish to send via overnight mail to the DFG laboratory in Rancho Cordova, where biologists will run tests to confirm that the die-off was not due to toxins in the water.

Because all the dead fish were contained in one area of the harbor, officials believe that the most likely culprit was oxygen deprivation. Recent storms could have caused the school of sardines to swim around the breakwater and into the enclosed harbor, where they were trapped and unable to get out before depleting the water of oxygen.

Although this is not a common occurrence, biologists say that it can happen under certain conditions.

The city of Redondo Beach activated its crisis response team Tuesday and by noon, more than 50 volunteers were scooping fish with nets. The dead fish were transported to a collection center, where they will be recycled into fertilizer. The harbor remained open throughout the day and continues to remain open.

Biologists at the northern California laboratory expect to complete their testing by early next week, and DFG wardens will continue to monitor the harbor.

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