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SHARE Program Offers Big Game, Upland Hunts in Santa Barbara County

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program will provide public access for big game and upland game hunts this fall at several locations in Santa Barbara County.

For the fourth year, fall hunts for deer, bear, turkey, quail and dove at Jones Ranch and Sleepy Creek Ranch will be offered to the hunting public. These remote ranches in West Cuyama Valley encompass 1,000 acres between them and will offer separate hunting opportunities. The terrain offers miles of trails through oak savannah, riparian, juniper-sage woodland and chaparral habitats. The ranches are adjacent to public lands, providing additional hunting opportunities not easily accessible to other hunters.

For the first time, Baeke Ranch will offer deer, quail and wild pig hunts. Overlooking the Santa Ynez Valley just northwest of Solvang, Baeke Ranch is located in Ballard Canyon Ranches, known locally as “Hog Valley.” The property is approximately 20 acres surrounded by open space and encompasses maze of game trails winding through chaparral scrub and coyote brush with large oak and pine cover.

Hunters with a valid California hunting license may apply online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/online-sales. An $11.37 non-refundable application fee will be charged for each hunt choice. Successful applicants for each property will be allowed to bring a hunting partner or a non-hunting partner depending on the hunt.

These opportunities were made possible by the SHARE program, which offers incentives to private landowners who allow wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities on their property. Participating landowners receive monetary compensation and liability protection for providing limited public access to or through their land. The goal of the SHARE program is to provide additional hunting, fishing and other recreational access on private lands in California. For more information about SHARE opportunities please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.

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Media Contacts:
Victoria Barr, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-4035

Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

SHARE Program Offers Elk Hunts in Northern California, Including New Properties

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program is now taking applications for 37 elk hunting opportunities. The hunts will take place Aug. 15 through Dec. 13, 2016 on 21 properties in Colusa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino and Siskiyou counties. Applications will be on sale from Friday, June 17 through Monday, July 25.

Fifteen of the 21 properties are new additions to the SHARE program, which partners with private landowners to provide additional hunting, fishing and recreational opportunities for the public. Participating landowners receive liability protection and compensation for providing public access to or through their land for wildlife-dependent recreational activities. More information about the SHARE program, including specifics for the upcoming  elk hunts, can be found at www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.

All elk tags will be distributed through a random draw process. These hunts are in addition to those issued through the big game drawing and no preference points will be considered or used. Applications can be purchased by anyone with a valid California hunting license from any CDFW license office or online at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales.

An $11.37 non-refundable application fee will be charged for each hunt application. Successful applicants will be notified on July 29.

Elk hunters are reminded it is legal to take only one elk in California per year.

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Media Contacts:
Victoria Barr, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-4034

Clark Blanchard, CDFW Education and Outreach, (916) 651-7824

SHARE Wild Pig Hunts Offered in Southern California

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting applications for upcoming wild pig hunts. The hunts will be held on Tejon Ranch and Baeke Ranch in Southern California. The hunts are offered through CDFW’s Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program.

Tejon Ranch, in Kern County is offering semi-guided wild pig hunts on June 27-29 and October 24-26. Located 60 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Bakersfield, hunters will have access to approximately 100,000 acres of the ranch for these hunts. Five SHARE Access Permits (good for two hunters each) will be randomly drawn for each hunt period. Tejon Ranch’s semi-guided pig hunt is a two-and-a-half day group hunt that includes two nights lodging, meals and a guide who will direct hunters and provide tips on how to have a successful hunt. Hunters are limited to one pig tag each during this hunt.

For the first time, Baeke Ranch in Santa Barbara County will offer two wild pig hunts on June 24-26 and July 15-17. Overlooking the Santa Ynez Valley just northwest of Solvang, Baeke Ranch is located in Ballard Canyon Ranches, locally known as “Hog Valley.” The property is approximately 20 acres surrounded by open space and is a maze of game trails consisting of chaparral scrub and coyote brush with oak and pine cover. One SHARE Access Permit (good for two hunters) will be randomly drawn for each period.

Hunters with a valid California hunting license may apply online through CDFW’s website. A $10.25 non-refundable application fee (plus any applicable license agent handling fees) will be charged for each hunt choice. Applicants may apply for multiple hunt periods but only once per period. To apply for these hunts, please see www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/online-sales.

SHARE offers incentives to private landowners who allow wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities on their property. 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 SHARE is to provide additional hunting, fishing and other recreational access on private lands in California. For more information about these hunts or SHARE, please see www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.

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Media Contacts:
Victoria Barr, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-4034
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 564-4170

Bird Watching Opportunities Offered in Merced, Santa Barbara and Yolo Counties

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering special bird watching opportunities through its Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Program. A total of 22 SHARE access permits will be awarded through a random drawing for 19 bird watching periods on properties in Merced, Santa Barbara and Yolo counties.

Successful applicants will receive a SHARE access permit valid for two to five people, depending on the property:

  • In northern California, interested birders will have an opportunity to access 4,000 acres of rolling blue oak woodlands on the Bobcat Ranch located in Yolo County’s Vaca Mountain foothills.
  • In the Central California, the City of Merced’s Wetlands offers 300 acres of seasonal habitat for migrating waterfowl, song birds and raptors. A eucalyptus grove on the property also supports great blue heron and great white egret rookeries.
  • In Southern California, Sleepy Creek Ranch is located in the West Cuyama Valley in Santa Barbara County. This property offers 700 acres of oak savannah, juniper sage woodland, chaparral and riparian habitats. Approximately 250 acres of Bureau of Land Management property and the Los Padres National Forest border the ranch, providing additional sighting opportunities.

For more information on these opportunities, bird lists and available dates, please visit the SHARE webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.

A $10.50 non-refundable application fee will be charged for each period choice. To apply, please go to www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/online-sales.

These opportunities are made possible by the SHARE Program, which offers incentives to private landowners who allow wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities on their property. Participating landowners receive liability protection and compensation for providing public access to or through their land for wildlife-dependent recreational activities. The goal of the SHARE Program is to provide additional hunting, fishing and other recreational access on private lands in California.

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Media Contacts:
Victoria Barr, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-4034
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

Spring Turkey Hunts Offered in Central Coast, Northern California Counties

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting applications for several turkey hunt opportunities in Santa Barbara and Yolo counties this spring. The two-day hunts will be offered through the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Program, which offers incentives to private landowners who allow wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities on their property.

The hunts will be held in March and April. They include the following:

Yolo County – Four hunts at the Bobcat Ranch, located in the Vaca Mountain foothills west of Winters. Hunters will have access to approximately 4,000 acres of the ranch’s rolling blue oak woodland. Two permits will be issued for each of the four hunts and each permit is good for up to two people.

Santa Barbara County – One hunt at Sleepy Creek Ranch and two hunts at Jones Ranch. These remote ranches in West Cuyama Valley (northern Santa Barbara County) encompass 1,000 acres between them. The terrain offers miles of trails through oak savannahs, riparian habitat, juniper-sage woodlands and chaparral. Approximately 250 acres managed by the Bureau of Land Management adjoin these ranches, and the Los Padres National Forest backs up to both properties, providing extra hunting access if needed. One permit, which is good for up to two people, will be issued for each hunt.

Hunters with a valid California hunting license may apply at www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/online-sales. A $10.50 non-refundable application fee will be charged for each hunt choice. Successful applicants for each property will be allowed to bring a hunting partner or a non-hunting partner.

As participants in the SHARE Program, landowners receive liability protection as well as compensation for providing public access to or through their land for wildlife-dependent recreational activities. The goal of the SHARE Program is to provide additional hunting, fishing and other recreational access on private lands in California.

For more information about SHARE opportunities please see www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.

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Media Contacts:
Victoria Barr, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-4034
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988