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Registration Now Open for Waterfowl Hunting Clinic in Merced County

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program is offering a Waterfowl Hunting Clinic on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 at the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge in Los Banos. The clinic hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and there is no cost to attend.

Hunters of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, will take something away from this clinic. Topics that will be covered include hunter safety, duck calling, decoy placement, blind design, ballistics, game care, regulations, and hunting opportunities available at state and federal waterfowl management areas.

The clinic’s lead instructor will be Lt. Shawn Olague of CDFW’s Hunter Education Program. Olague is a veteran wildlife officer and lifelong waterfowl hunter with years of experience hunting in the grasslands area around Los Banos.

Participants can register for the clinic online or contact Lt. Alan Gregory at alan.gregory@wildlife.ca.gov for more information.

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Media Contacts:
Lt. Alan Gregory
, CDFW Law Enforcement, (209) 274-9923

Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958

Advanced Hunter Ed Clinics for 2017 Now Online

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program has begun to schedule its clinics for 2017. So far, next year’s roster includes Wilderness First Aid, Wild Turkey Hunting, Deer Hunting, Big Game Packing and Land Navigation. Some spaces are also still available for the few remaining 2016 clinics (Wild Game Cooking, Waterfowl Hunting, Wilderness First Aid and Wild Pig Hunting).

More clinics will be scheduled in the coming weeks, including three that will be offered for the first time: Wilderness Survival, Hunting with Air Guns and Game Processing.

Hunting clinics are beneficial both for new hunters and those who just want to try something new. A typical clinic might cover a range of topics including natural history, biology, hunting opportunities, applying for hunts, game care and game processing.

Clinics are open to students of all skill levels and ages, from beginner to advanced. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. All clinics are free, but participants must pre-register. Space is limited in each clinic and signups are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

To find out more about class offerings and to register, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/huntered/advanced/. Classes will be added to the schedule throughout the year, so check back frequently. Clinics will open for registration approximately three months prior to the class.

For more information, please contact Lt. Alan Gregory at (209) 274-9923.

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Media Contacts:
Lt. Alan Gregory, CDFW Law Enforcement, (209) 274-9923
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

CDFW’s Advanced Hunter Education Program Releases 2016 Clinic Schedule

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has released its schedule of Advanced Hunter Education classes for 2016.

Several new offerings have been added, including Hunter Marksmanship, Hunt Planning and Basic Game Processing.

Other popular clinics are still on the roster, including Wilderness First Aid, Wild Pig Hunting, Deer Hunting, Turkey Hunting, Land Navigation, Waterfowl Hunting, Upland Game Hunting and Game Cooking.

“If you are new to hunting or just want to explore a skill you haven’t tried before, these clinics may be for you,” said Lt. Alan Gregory of the CDFW Advanced Hunter Education program. “Even though they’re sponsored by the Advanced Hunter Education program, these clinics offer something for students of all ages and skill levels, from beginner to experienced.”

The clinics are held at various locations throughout the state. Preregistration is necessary and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Students under 18 are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

To register or to learn more, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/huntered/advanced/ or contact Lt. Gregory at (209) 274-9923.

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Media Contacts:
Lt. Alan Gregory, CDFW Advanced Hunter Education Program, (209) 274-9923
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

Southern California Turkey Hunting Clinic Coming Soon

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program and the Hunter Education Instructor Association of Southern California are jointly sponsoring a turkey-hunting clinic on March 15 at Hungry Valley Recreation Area in Los Angeles County.

Space is limited so hunters are encouraged to apply early. The deadline for registration is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28.

An experienced instructor, Alex Van will instruct this exciting clinic and cover topics of decoy placement, blind design, ballistics, calling, equipment, game care and cleaning, cooking tips and safety.

The clinic is Saturday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $45. Youths 16 years and younger are free but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

CDFW’s Advanced Hunter Education Program will provide all necessary class equipment.

Registration forms are available online at http://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.

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

Media Contact:       
Lt. Dan Lehman, Advanced Hunter Education Program Coordinator, (916) 358-4356
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

Wild Turkey

CDFW to Offer a One-day Waterfowl Hunting Clinic in Northern California

Media Contacts:
Lt. Dan Lehman, Advanced Hunter Education Program Coordinator, (916) 358-4356
Kirsten Macintyre, Education and Outreach Director, (916) 322-8988

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program and the California Waterfowl Association will co-sponsor a waterfowl hunting clinic on August 10 at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area.

The clinic will teach techniques for waterfowl hunting in northern California and is designed to accommodate all skill levels.

Two experienced instructors, CDFW Chief of Patrol Mike Carion and Warden Aaron Freitas will lead the clinic. Topics will include decoy placement, blind design, waterfowl calling, duck identification, appropriate hunting gear, game care, cooking tips and safety. Information will also be provided on hunting State Wildlife Areas and the Federal Refuges.

The clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $45 for adults (youth 16 years and younger are free but must be accompanied by adult). Space is limited so preregistration is required at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced/waterfowl_grizzly.aspx.

After registering, participants will receive an email with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring.
Grizzly Island is located approximately 9 miles south of Suisun City.