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CDFW Offers Special Opportunities and Reduced-Fee Licenses for Disabled Veterans

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) offer reduced-fee hunting and fishing licenses to both resident and nonresident disabled veterans. CDFW also offers several special hunting opportunities for eligible veterans.

Any honorably discharged, disabled veteran with a 50 percent or greater service-connected disability who wants to fish or hunt in California is eligible.  Disabled veterans can now prequalify to purchase reduced-fee disabled veteran licenses via e-mail.  Once a disabled veteran has pre-qualified, they can purchase low-cost disabled veteran sport fishing and/or hunting licenses, each year, anywhere licenses are sold.  Information on how to prequalify for a disabled veteran license is available on the sport fishing licenses web page, under the “Free and Reduced Fee” tab.

The 2015 Disabled Veteran Sport Fishing License and Disabled Veteran Hunting License cost only $6.95 each when purchased at CDFW license counters.

Special hunting blinds have been constructed to be accessible to people with mobility impairments at some state wildlife areas and ecological reserves, and at some National Wildlife Refuges.

CDFW will try to accommodate any qualified hunter with a disability, but they must have drawn a tag for that hunt. If you have any questions or requests regarding accessibility, please contact CDFW’s Accessibility Coordinator Melissa Carlin at (916) 651-1214.

“If a person with a disability draws a tag, they should contact the hunt coordinator directly so we can accommodate them for that hunt, or find them another opportunity,” said Karen Fothergill, an environmental scientist with CDFW’s Wildlife Branch. “This process allows for more flexibility for offering opportunity that best works for an individual.”

CDFW also works with military installations on wildlife management and provides tags for those installations to issue to military personnel for deer and Tule elk hunting opportunities.

Certification from the United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs and proof of completion of a hunter education course is required at the time of application. The first license must be purchased from a CDFW License Sales Office. Subsequent licenses may be purchased from any license agent or online, and at that time, a copy of a previous year’s California Disabled Veteran’s Hunting License will serve as identification.

Fish and Game Code, section 7150, authorizes CDFW to issue Reduced-Fee Sport Fishing Licenses to anglers who meet specific criteria. Additional validations or cards are required for certain species and areas and must be purchased at the regular fee.

The 2016 reduced-fee fishing license applications and reduced-fee hunting license applications are now available online. All California sport fishing licenses are valid Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 each year, and make excellent holiday gifts for veterans. Hunting licenses are valid July 1 through June 30.

Fishing and hunting regulations, as well as more information about licenses, are available on the CDFW website.

Media Contact:
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

Applications for Apprentice Hunts Due in early November

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering a number of special hunt opportunities for young hunters, women, families and mobility-impaired hunters this fall and winter. All hunt opportunities are now listed on CDFW’s website. Below are the hunts with application due dates in early and mid-November:

Tuesday, Nov. 3:

Siskiyou County: Two junior pen-raised pheasant hunts will be held Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area. Each hunt (morning and afternoon) will accommodate 25 hunters.

Tehama County: Two junior pen-raised pheasant hunts will be held Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Sacramento River Bend. Each hunt (morning and afternoon) can accommodate 30 hunters.

Sonoma County: Two junior pen-raised pheasant hunts will be held Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area, Ringstrom Bay Unit and Valley of the Moon Trap Club. Each hunt (morning and afternoon) can accommodate 10 hunters. A practice shooting session will be held at the range prior to each hunt and lunch will be provided at noon for both groups (donated by volunteer members of the Valley of the Moon Trap Club).

Yolo County: Two junior pen-raised pheasant hunts will be held Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Each hunt (morning and afternoon) can accommodate 10 hunters.

Solano County: Two junior pen-raised pheasant hunts will be held Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area. Each hunt (morning and afternoon) can accommodate 40 hunters.

San Joaquin County: Two junior pen-raised pheasant hunts will be held Saturday, Nov. 21 at the White Slough Wildlife Area. Each hunt (morning and afternoon) can accommodate 10 hunters.

Merced County: Four junior pen-raised pheasant hunts will be held Saturday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 22 at the O’Neill Forebay Wildlife Area. Each hunt (two each day) will accommodate 25 hunters.

Los Angeles County: One junior pen-raised pheasant hunt will be held Sunday, Nov. 22 at Peace Valley. This hunt can accommodate 12 hunters. Hunters may bring their own dogs (please indicate your intention to do so on the application).

Wednesday, Nov. 4:

Madera County: An all-day mobility impaired pheasant hunt will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21, on private property near the town of Chowchilla. This hunt can accommodate 25 hunters with impairments that restrict their mobility to the use of a wheelchair. Successful adult applicants typically pay an $18 fee for hunts on private lands; however, the landowner will waive all fees for this hunt.

Wednesday, Nov. 11

Madera County: Two family pheasant hunts will be held Sunday, Nov. 29 near the city of Raymond on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property adjacent to Hensley Lake. Each hunt (morning and afternoon) can accommodate 25 hunters.

Tulare County: Two family pheasant hunts are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 28. These hunts are sponsored by the White Ranch Land Company in Alpaugh. Each hunt (morning and afternoon) can accommodate 50 hunters.

Please note that many of these opportunities will be held on state wildlife areas or ecological reserves. As of July 1, 2015, nonlead ammunition is required when hunting upland game birds on these properties. For more information please see CDFW’s nonlead ammunition page.

CDFW’s Upland Game Bird Special Hunts are intended for beginning hunters or those with limited experience. Apprentice applicants must have successfully completed a hunter education course and possess a valid 2015-2016 California junior hunting license. Adult hunters (18 or older) must also have an upland game bird validation. A non-hunting adult 18 years of age or older is required to accompany all junior hunt participants. A non-hunting chaperone who is 18 years or older may supervise up to two apprentice hunters. Two hunters and a chaperone may submit a single application as one party.

Proper clothing and safety gear, including blaze orange, is required for department-sponsored hunts. All hunts include gun safety review, easy-to-hunt topography, a high ratio of volunteers to hunters, experienced dog handlers and clay shooting for practice.

Hunters can find more information and apply for any of these hunts online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting. There is no charge to apply. Please note that additional hunts in December and January are listed on the website and are also open for registration. Only the hunts with applications due in the first half of November are listed above.

New hunters can use their Hunter Education Certificate number for priority registration for apprentice hunts. Applicants with priority will be automatically placed in a hunt before the random drawing takes place.

The full upland game bird hunting regulations and a summary for 2015-2016 can be found on CDFW’s website.

Media Contact:
Linda Sandoval, CDFW Upland Game Program, (916) 445-3452
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

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