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2015 Big Game Digest Now Available Online

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has posted the 2015 Big Game Digest to its website. The 64-page document can be downloaded online for free at www.dfg.ca.gov/publications/digest/.

2015 California Big Game Hunting DigestThe popular guide includes season, quota and harvest information for deer, elk, pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep, as well as tag drawing information, bear and wild pig hunting information and big game hunting regulations for the 2015-16 seasons.

Printed copies of the Big Game Digest will automatically be mailed in late April to hunters who purchased a big game tag or applied for the Big Game Drawing in California in 2014.

“As printing costs continue to rise, more funding for big game conservation will be available if the department reduces printing and mailing costs,” said Dan Yparraguirre, CDFW’s Deputy Director of Wildlife and Fisheries. “Making the Big Game Digest available online also means that hunters can access this information sooner.”

Hunting licenses, tags and drawing applications will be available on April 15. Purchases may be made through the Online License Service, at any CDFW License Sales Office or License Agent, or by telephone at (800) 565-1458. The deadline to apply for the Big Game Drawing is midnight on June 2.

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Media Contact:
Stuart Itoga, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-3642
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 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 Clarifies Use of “Unplugged” Shotguns

Media Contacts:
Capt. Patrick Foy, CDFW Law Enforcement, (916) 651-6692

Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988
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CDFW Clarifies Use of “Unplugged” Shotguns

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) seeks to clear up an inadvertently included sentence in the 2014-2015 California Waterfowl Hunting Regulations that led to confusion about the use of an “unplugged” shotgun for late-season waterfowl hunts.

The language in question is included in the synopsis of current federal regulations, located at the back of this year’s California Waterfowl Hunting Regulations booklet. On Page 84, the booklet states that no person shall take migratory game birds:

“… with a shotgun of any description capable of holding more than three shells, unless it is plugged with a one-piece filler, incapable of removal without disassembling the gun, so its total capacity does not exceed three shells. This restriction does not apply during dates States have selected under the Conservation Order for light geese (i.e. greater and lesser snow and Ross’s geese) or those selected for the control of resident Canada geese. (States insert appropriate dates for light goose only and Canada goose only seasons.)

Please note that the section of the regulations underlined above is incorrect and does not apply anywhere in California. The plugged shotgun requirement remains in effect for all goose hunting seasons in California.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which has primary jurisdiction over management of the nation’s waterfowl, does authorize the use of unplugged shotguns and other techniques in certain parts of the country, in specific circumstances when population reductions are desired. However, federal regulations do not provide for these exceptions in California.

Almost all of California’s wintering goose populations are at the highest levels in decades, resulting in liberal harvest limits and several special late season goose-only hunts around the state. While in the field, hunters can access the regulations via smartphone at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Hunting/Waterfowl . The incorrect language relative to the unplugged shotguns has been removed in the online version.

CDFW apologizes for the confusion and will remove the inapplicable reference in next year’s regulations booklet.

Application Deadline Approaching for San Diego County Upland Game Hunt

The application deadline for a dove and quail hunt in the San Felipe Wildlife Area is approaching quickly and hunters are encouraged to apply immediately. Only 20 hunters will be allowed to participate.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and Upland Game Bird Special Hunts Program manage this unique opportunity to hunt for dove and quail in San Diego County. Please visit https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/DFGSpecialHunts/Default.aspx to view and apply for these special hunts. Applications are due Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m.

The hunt will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, from 6 a.m. to sunset at the Oakgrove unit of the San Felipe Wildlife Area, 25 miles south of the intersection of Interstate 15 and Temecula Parkway (Highway 79), 1.5 miles south of Oakgrove Ranger Station (Highway 79) or 12 miles north of Warner Springs. Selected hunters will have access to the reserve from check-in time to sunset and may hunt in parties up to four people. Use of dogs is optional. CDFW will not be providing dogs for the hunt.

All hunters must have a valid 2013 hunting license and the proper hunter safety equipment in order to participate and will be allowed to take a maximum legal limit of birds. CDFW wildlife officers will be on hand to check equipment and ensure compliance with hunting laws and regulations.

For more information about the hunts, please contact Nick Bechtel at (805) 965-3059. For questions regarding application process please call (916) 445-3565.

Media Contacts:
Nick Bechtel, CDFW South Coast Region, (805) 965-3059
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

CDFW Southern California Special Hunts Applications Now Available

Applications for the 2013 California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) special hunts in Southern California are now available online at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/DFGSpecialHunts/Default.aspx.

Apprentice pheasant hunts will be offered at Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve in San Diego County and at Peace Valley near Gorman in Los Angeles County.

The program consists of two types of hunts: Family hunts that can accommodate 18 hunters, and youth hunts that can accommodate 12 hunters for each of the sessions.

These special hunts are provided by CDFW’s Upland Game Bird Special Hunt Program, in cooperation with many volunteer organizations. They are meant to provide a high quality and educational experience that supports hunter education. They also provide an additional public hunting opportunity for upland game birds on both public and private lands.

For additional information pertaining to the Special Hunts Program within the South Coast Region, please contact CDFW’s Upland Game Bird Special Hunt Program for the South Coast Region at (805) 965-3059.

Hunt Locations:

Peace Valley, Los Angeles County: Located at Interstate 5 and state Highway 138, eight miles south of Gorman. This hunt is on state property managed by the California Department of Water Resources.

Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve, San Diego County: Located in eastern San Diego County between the towns of Jamul and Delzura, on Highway 94. This hunt is on property managed and owned by CDFW.

For any questions regarding the application process, please call CDFW’s Upland Game Bird Special Hunt Program at (916) 445-3418.

Media Contacts:
Nick Bechtel, CDFW South Coast Region, (805) 965-3059
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

Statewide Dove Hunting Opens Sept. 1

Media Contacts:
Ben Lewis, CDFW Environmental Scientist, (559) 243-4005, ext. 165
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

Special Hunting Opportunities Offered In Central Region

Dove season is approaching and people seeking hunting opportunities may visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Upland Game Bird Program’s web page. It lists numerous statewide hunts, including many opportunities in CDFW’s Central Region.

Dove season is from Sept. 1-15 and Nov. 9 – Dec. 23. Additional information on species and bag limits can be found at www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations.

In the Central Region, serving Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne counties, there will be five dove hunt sites hosting nine special hunt sessions.

Applications and information are available online at www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/uplandgame/gamebird.

Hunters will be selected by a computerized drawing for one hunt only. Applicants must submit an application with their choice of hunts listed in order of preference. Applications may include up to two hunters applying as a party.

Hunters may apply only once for each hunt, either as an applicant or as a guest. Submitting multiple applications will result in disqualification.

CDFW advises applicants that there are changes for this upcoming season. The North Grasslands Wildlife Area China Island and Salt Slough unit quotas have been reduced to reflect a decrease in food plot acreages.

Additionally, no special draw will occur for the Huron hunt site as a special food plot was not planted.
The purchase of an Upland Game Bird Stamp supports these special hunts and other programs that provide additional upland game bird hunting opportunities. The stamp is required for all upland game bird hunters except apprentice hunters.

Application Approaching for San Diego County Dove Hunt

The application deadline for dove hunting in the at Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve is approaching quickly and hunters are encouraged to apply immediately. Only 20 hunters will be allowed to participate.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and Upland Game Bird Stamp Program manage this unique opportunity to hunt for dove in the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve in San Diego County. Applications are due Wed. Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. and are available on the CDFW website at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/hunting/.

The dove hunt is Sat. Sept. 7, from 6 a.m. to sunset at the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve in east San Diego County, between the towns of Jamul and Dulzura. The selected hunters will have access to the reserve from check-in time to sunset and may hunt in parties up to four people. Use of dogs is optional but dogs much be kept on a leash and in the owners immediate control at all times. CDFW will not be providing dogs for the hunt.

All hunters must have a valid 2013 hunting license and the proper hunter safety equipment in order to participate and will be allowed to take a maximum legal limit of dove. CDFW wildlife officers will be on hand to check equipment and ensure compliance with hunting laws and regulations.

For more information contact Nick Bechtel, CDFW Region 5 at (805) 965-3059.

Applications are available http://www.dfg.ca.gov/hunting/, for questions regarding application process please call (916) 445-3565.

Media Contacts:
Nick Bechtel, CDFW Region 5, (805) 965-3059
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

California Desert Bighorn Sheep Tag Sells for $45,000

A California Desert Bighorn Sheep tag sold for $45,000 at the 41st Safari Club International Convention in Reno, Nevada.   The tag was sold through the Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation). Each year the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) authorizes the sale of a limited number of big game permits through various conservation organizations to support wildlife programs in the state. All proceeds from the sale will be used to fund conservation efforts in California.

The tag was sold to Jim Craig of Indiana to hunt Zone 2, the Kelso Peak and Old Dad Mountains in San Bernardino County. The season for this tag will run from Nov. 2, 2013 to Feb. 2, 2014. Craig has purchased a California Desert Bighorn Auction tag for three years running. He is an ardent sheep hunter and donates to bighorn sheep conservation projects along with buying auction tags. He cites California’s wildlife management and personnel as some of the best in the West.

“California Fish and Wildlife biologists have done an excellent job at managing their desert bighorn sheep population,” said Craig. “We all have to chip in and help with conservation efforts.”

Most of the sheep tags issued each year are allotted through a randomized drawing; two are available for auction and one through a fund raising randomized drawing. In 2012, CDFW issued 27 California Desert Bighorn sheep tags for specific units from Imperial County to the White Mountain Units. To date 23 hunters harvested sheep. The number of rams to be harvested each year is based on biological surveys and herd health.

California Desert Bighorn Sheep tags are one of the most coveted and prized tags. Each year more than $200,000 is raised by the three Desert Bighorn Sheep tags at auction and the fundraising randomized drawing. By law, revenue from sales of fundraising tags is deposited into a Big Game Account and used in the CDFW respective species management program. Generally, three bighorn sheep, 10 deer, three elk and two pronghorn antelope tags are available for auction annually.

“Non-profit conservation organizations, like SCI Foundation, that auction conservation tags provided by CDFW play a vital role in helping obtain funding for conservation projects,” said Eric Loft, Wildlife Branch Chief. “In 2012 CDFW received a record $546,010 for research and management from auction and randomized drawing tags.”

This year’s second Desert Bighorn Sheep auction tag, the open zone tag, will be auctioned at the California Wild Sheep Foundation Banquet in Carmichael, Calif. on April 27. For more information on this tag go to: www.cawsf.org.

Media Contacts:
Regina Abella, Desert Bighorn Sheep Coordinator, (916) 445-3728
Harry Morse, CDFW Communications, (916) 323-1478

DFG Partners with California Waterfowl Association to Offer SHARE Hunts

Through a unique partnership with landowners, The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is opening up additional hunting opportunities on private lands previously closed to the public.

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DFG and the California Waterfowl Association (CWA) are offering hunting opportunities through the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program.

DFG was awarded a grant through the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP) in 2011. The grant is designed to assist states and tribal governments by encouraging owners and operators of privately held farm, ranch, and forest land to make that land available for public access to hunting.

Beginning this month DFG and CWA will institute a three-year effort allowing hunters of all ages the ability to hunt on lands otherwise unavailable for public use. These opportunities are offered through CWA’s Hunt Program and will increase land owner participation in offering public hunter access.

Through the partnership 70 individual landowners who collectively own more than 50,000 acres have allowed access to their respective properties for hunting opportunities. More than 400 hunters will be able to hunt on lands for waterfowl, pheasant, dove, turkey, and wild pigs. In addition to providing hunts to the general hunting public, the program will host specialty hunts that cater to all hunters. Hunt locations range from the Klamath Basin to southern California.

Please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/share or http://www.calwaterfowl.org for more information.

Contacts:
Victoria Barr, DFG Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement Program Coordinator (916) 445-4034
Jeff Smith, California Waterfowl Association Hunt Program Coordinator, (530) 305-9234
Kyle Orr, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8958