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Spring Turkey Season Opener Approaches

California’s 2015 general spring wild turkey hunting season opens statewide on March 28 and extends through May 3, with the archery season extending through May 17.Spring turkey and hunter

Hunters who have a current junior hunting license may also hunt the weekend before the opener, (March 21 and 22), and the two weeks after the general season (through May 17), using shotguns or any other legal method of take.

Please note that the season is closed to all hunters from March 23 to March 27.

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 all seasons (general, archery and junior) combined.

The statewide population of wild turkeys is estimated at 240,000 birds. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) estimates about 36,000 hunters bag about 28,000 turkeys in the spring season each year statewide. Wild turkeys are found in most counties in California, with the top 10 for spring harvest being Shasta, Butte, Placer, El Dorado, Tehama, Sonoma, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada and Lake counties.

For places to hunt turkeys and additional tips and information, hunters should refer to the “Guide to Hunting Wild Turkeys in California” on CDFW’s upland game hunting webpage at www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/uplandgame/.

Hunters are also encouraged to check CDFW’s special hunts website for more information at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/DFGSpecialHunts/Default.aspx.

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Media Contacts:
Scott Gardner, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 801-6257
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

CDFW to Offer Wild Pig Hunting Clinic in Central California

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program and the Pacific Coast Hunter Education Association will offer a wild pig hunting clinic Saturday, May 16 at the Cañada de los Osos Ecological Reserve near Gilroy.

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

The clinic is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $45 and space is limited. Youths 17 years and younger are free but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Registration forms are available at online. After registering, participants will receive an email with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring. CDFW’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 on the day of the clinic. The lunch is $15 and includes country ribs, salad, beans and a drink.

Media Contacts:
Lt. Alan Gregory, CDFW Advanced Hunter Education Program, (916) 761-3861
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

CDFW Offers Basic Hunter Education Class in Bishop

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) law enforcement officers from Inyo and Mono counties will be teaching a basic hunter Today's Hunter booklet and regulations bookletseducation class for people who would like to complete the requirements to purchase a first-time hunting license. The class will be held on Tuesday, March 13, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Bishop Fire Training Center, 960 Poleta Road in Bishop.

Successful completion of an online study course, available at www.huntercourse.com/usa/california/, is a prerequisite for the four-hour class. The online course can be completed at any time before March 13. Upon completion, the online program will generate a printable voucher that must be presented at the March 13 course. The online course may take up to six hours to complete, but does not need to be finished in one sitting. A fee of $24.95 will be charged only when a student successfully answers a series of multiple-choice questions and prints the voucher.

The four-hour follow-up class on March 13 will consist of two hours of review, one hour of gun-handling practice and one hour to take the final hunter education test. Those interested in taking the class in Bishop should reserve a seat by calling CDFW Warden Shane Dishion at (760) 920-7593.

A list of follow-up classes in other counties can be found on the CDFW website at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/classes-home-study.aspx.

In a continued effort to reduce firearm accidents, the State of California requires all first-time resident hunters, regardless of age, to complete hunter education training or pass a comprehensive equivalency test before purchasing a hunting license. CDFW conducts training throughout the state. Each year approximately 30,000 students complete the required training to earn their Hunter Education Certificate.

Media Contacts:
Warden Shane Dishion, CDFW Law Enforcement, (760) 920-7593

Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958

CDFW Offers a One-day Wild Pig Hunting Clinic in April

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program and the Pacific Coast Hunter Education Association are offering a wild pig hunting clinic Saturday, April 18 in Lockwood in Monterey County.

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

The clinic is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $45 and space is limited. Youths 17 years and younger are free but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Registration forms are available online. After registering, participants will receive an e-mail with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring. CDFW’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 on the day of the clinic. The cost of the lunch is $10 and includes barbecued country ribs, salad, beans and a drink.

Lockwood is located approximately 30 miles south of King City.

Media Contact:            
Lt. Alan Gregory, CDFW Advanced Hunter Education Program, (916) 761-3861
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

CDFW to Offer Deer Hunting Clinic in San Bernardino County

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program, the Hunter Education Instructor Association of Southern California and the California Deer Association will jointly sponsor a deer hunting clinic on Saturday, April 11. The clinic will be held at the Apple Valley Gun Club in Victorville in San Bernardino County.

The clinic is designed for Southern California deer hunters of all skill levels. The clinic will cover deer biology, hunting techniques and regulations, methods for locating deer, locations to hunt, field dressing and care of game.

The clinic is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $45. Youths 17 years and younger are free, but must be accompanied by adult.

Space is limited and participants must register in advance here. After registering, participants will receive an email with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring. CDFW’s Advanced Hunter Education Program will provide all necessary class equipment.

Victorville is located approximately 60 miles north of Los Angeles.

Media Contacts:
Lt. Alan Gregory, CDFW Advanced Hunter Education Program, (209) 329-7426

Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

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CDFW Offers One-day Northern California Turkey Hunting Clinic

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program is offering a Turkey hunting clinic on Saturday, March 14 at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area near Gridley.

Experienced instructors will instruct this exciting clinic. Topics covered will be concepts of decoy placement, blind design, ballistics, calling, equipment, game care and cleaning, cooking tips and safety.

The clinic is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $45. Youths 16 years and younger are free, but must be accompanied by adult.

Space is limited and participants must register in advance here. After registering, participants will receive an email with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring. CDFW’s Advanced Hunter Education Program will provide all necessary class equipment.

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area is located, approximately 60 miles north of Sacramento

Media Contacts:
Lt. Alan Gregory, CDFW Advanced Hunter Education Program, (209) 329-7426
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

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Persons with disabilities needing reasonable accommodation to participate in public meetings or other CDFW activities are invited to contact the Department’s Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator Melissa Carlin at (916) 651-1214 or Melissa.Carlin@wildlife.ca.gov. Reasonable Accommodation requests for facility and/or meeting accessibility should be received at least 21 days prior to the event. Requests for American Sign Language Interpreters should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event, and requests for Real-Time Captioning at least four weeks prior to the event. These timeframes are to help ensure that the requested accommodation is met. If a request for an accommodation has been submitted but due to circumstances is no longer needed, please contact the Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator immediately.

CDFW Offers One-day Wild Turkey Hunting Clinic in March

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program, along with the Hunter Education Instructor Association of Southern California is sponsoring a turkey hunting clinic Saturday, March 7 at Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) in Los Angeles County.

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

The clinic is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $45. Youths 17 years and younger are free, but must be accompanied by adult.

Space is limited and participants must register in advance here. After registering, participants will receive an e-mail with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring. CDFW’s Advanced Hunter Education Program will provide all necessary class equipment.

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

Media Contacts:
Warden Alan Gregory, CDFW Advanced Hunter Education Program, (209) 329-7426
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

CDFW to Showcase Programs, Sell Licenses and Offer Education for Kids at Upcoming ISE Show in Sacramento

If you’re heading to the International Sportsmen’s Expo at the Cal Expo State Fairgrounds this coming weekend (Jan. 8-11), be sure to stop by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) booth, space 3700 in the Pavilion Building. Wardens, biologists, license agents and many other CDFW staff will be on hand throughout the event to address questions and provide information. Many items will also be available for purchase, including fishing and hunting licenses, warden stamps, permits and tags.

License sales at Sacramento ISE

For the second year, CDFW’s top leadership will participate in a panel discussion about topics of interest to California hunters and anglers. The discussion will be held Saturday, Jan. 10 from 1-2 p.m. in the California Sportsmen’s Theater in the Pavilion Building. This will be an open forum where members of the audience may ask questions of the panel.

“As public servants, it is part of our job to remain open and available for input on issues, including contentious ones,” said Charlton H. Bonham, CDFW’s Director. “It is particularly important that we listen to input from our traditional hunting and fishing constituents. This show gives us an opportunity to do just that.”

CDFW will also have other displays throughout the fairgrounds, including the Heritage Wild Trout booth, space 2218 in the Fly Fishing Building, and an invasive species booth, space 3244 in the Pavilion Building. Game warden recruitment is always a large component of CDFW’s participation in the show. Again this year, a game warden trailer with a free laser shot game will be on display outside of the Pavilion Building, and wildlife officers will be available to answer questions about employment with CDFW.

Other CDFW-sponsored highlights at the ISE include:

  • Youth fishing – Bring your child to the Youth Fair Expo Center to fish for beautiful rainbow trout. Each person who does so will go home with an official California Fishing Passport book, an official stamp and a fish identification book containing pictures and information about 150 different species of California fish!
  • Learn How to be “Bear Aware” – CDFW staff will demonstrate how to keep a campsite safe from unwanted ursine visitors.
  • 2015 Warden Stamps – At the main booth, CDFW will be offering and promoting this year’s stamp, which features a black bear. Stamps sell for $5. Proceeds support game wardens and K-9 units and help fund the purchase of necessary law enforcement equipment.
  • Outdoor California – Free copies of CDFW’s award-winning magazine will be available (as supplies last) at the main booth. Yearly subscriptions may be purchased for $15.
  • New This Year … CDFW’s First Trout Planting Truck – This beautiful 1925 Dodge truck was the first used for planting trout. The fish were transported in big milk cans. It has been completely refurbished and will be on display for the first time at this Sacramento show, near the Youth Fair Expo Center. It still runs and it looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor.

The Cal Expo State Fairgrounds are located at 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento. ISE show hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults (door sales are cash only, although tickets may be purchased in advance online). Youth under age 16 are free. There is a $10 charge to park on the grounds.

For additional information, schedules and to purchase tickets, please visit the ISE webpage at www.sportsexpos.com/attend/2015/sacramento.

Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities Available at Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has announced that additional waterfowl hunting opportunities will soon be available at Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area. The Llano Seco Unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area will open for waterfowl hunting on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Additionally, special hunting blinds for hunters who possess a junior hunting license will open at Howard Slough Unit of Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.

Entry to the wildlife area is granted first to hunters with reservations, then through a lottery held at the wildlife area, and finally by first-come, first-served list. Applications for reservation drawings are currently available for many hunts on both of these units. For information on how to apply for reservations, visit the CDFW’s website at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Hunting/Waterfowl.

The Llano Seco Unit has been closed to waterfowl hunting due to lack of water, but has recently received enough water to provide habitat for waterfowl and hunting opportunities for hunters. The area will have nine assigned fields (or ponds), five general blinds and one mobility impaired hunting blind. The free-roam section of the Llano Seco Unit remains closed to all entry due to a wildfire that destroyed the cover. Approximately 10 reservations will be drawn for each hunt day at the Llano Seco Unit. Hunters without a reservation can enter the lottery draw on the morning of the hunt. The Llano Seco Unit check station opens at 4 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays. The lottery draw takes place at 4:30 a.m.

In addition, special hunting opportunities will be available for junior hunters at the Howard Slough Unit beginning on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 when the Zone 7 Blinds are scheduled to open to hunters who possess a junior hunting license. Six blinds are available to provide access for junior hunters in flooded rice habitat. These blinds are available only on Wednesday and Saturday hunt days from legal shoot time until noon. Permits must be returned to the check station by 1 pm. Junior hunters must be accompanied by an adult hunter; only one adult may hunt from the blind. An adult hunter may bring up to two junior hunters. The limit is three persons per blind. The Zone 7 hunting blinds are filled first by reservations, then by lottery, and then by first-come, first served list. Hunters without reservations can enter the lottery at the check station on the night before the hunt, from 6 to 8 p.m.

A valid California hunting license, California duck validation, Harvest Information Program validation and a signed federal duck stamp must be obtained before entering the field. Adult hunters must also buy a Type A wildlife area pass. Junior license holders do not need a Type A wildlife area pass or California duck stamp; however, junior license holders who have turned 16 must have a federal duck stamp. Licenses, validations and passes are not sold at wildlife areas. Hunters must purchase these items in advance from a CDFW license agent, a CDFW license sales office or online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Online-Sales.

For more information on these hunting opportunities, please visit CDFW’s website at www.wildlife.ca.gov, or call the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area at (530) 982-2169.

Media Contacts:
Glenn Underwood, CDFW License and Revenue Branch, (916) 928-5841
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

2014/2015 Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities Available in Alameda County

Media Contacts:
John Krause, CDFW Bay Delta Region, (415) 454-8050

Conrad Jones, CDFW Bay Delta Region, (707) 944-5544
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering fall waterfowl hunting opportunities at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve (ELER) in Hayward. The reserve includes former salt ponds now managed by CDFW as low-salinity waterfowl habitat as well as areas that have been restored to full tidal action. Access to ELER for waterfowl hunting will be open for 100 hunters on a first-come, first-served basis for each hunt only on the dates listed below. There is no fee for these hunts.

Waterfowl hunting at sunrise.
Waterfowl hunting at sunrise.

2014 hunts:

  • Saturday, Nov. 22: Check-in at 5 a.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 6: Check-in at 5 a.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 11: Check-in at 5 a.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 20: Check-in at 5 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 30: Check-in at 5 a.m.

2015 hunts:

  • Saturday, Jan. 3: Check-in at 5:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 8: Check-in at 5:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 15: Check-in at 5:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 24: Check-in at 5:30 a.m.

All hunters must possess a valid California hunting license, federal and state duck stamps and complete the Harvest Information Program validation. Junior license holders must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older (hunter or non-hunter).

Vehicles may be driven on levees in designated areas to launch boats for waterfowl hunting, or to access approved parking areas. Vehicles are only allowed on the hunt dates specified above. Hunters must check in with CDFW staff and provide their license, stamps and validation as listed above. Hunters will also be required to check out upon leaving and allow inspection of any harvested game to evaluate hunter success and collect harvest data.

Improvements have been made to ELER which will affect hunters in the 2014-15 seasons. These include construction of a boat launch, newly graveled roads, improved pond access and blind refurbishment.

Hunters are responsible for avoiding closed areas. There is a 25-shell limit in the field. A small boat, canoe or other floatation device is highly recommended to access ponds, blinds and navigable sloughs, and for game retrieval. A hunting dog is also recommended for retrieval of birds. Hunters will receive additional information, including area rules and regulations and maps, at the time of check-in.

To access ELER from I-880, exit at Alvarado Blvd., continue west on Alvarado Blvd., turn right onto Union City Blvd., left onto Bettencourt Rd. (sign for Union Sanitary District), left on Whipple Rd., right on Horner St., then right on Veasy St. Enter at the yellow gate to check in.

Formal plans for public access opportunities at ELER in addition to hunting are being developed as part of the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project. Please visit www.southbayrestoration.org for more information.