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Nonlead Ammunition Required Statewide for 2017 Spring Wild Turkey Season

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is reminding hunters that nonlead ammunition is now required statewide when hunting wild turkeys with a shotgun. The upcoming 2017 spring wild turkey season will be the first hunting season with significant participation for which nonlead shot will be required statewide.

These regulations apply both to public and private lands (except for licensed game bird clubs), including all national forests, Bureau of Land Management properties and CDFW lands. Private landowners or anyone authorized to hunt on private land must also comply with these regulations.

California’s 2017 general spring wild turkey season opens statewide on March 25 and extends through April 30. The archery-only season will follow immediately afterward, running from May 1-14. Hunters who have a current junior hunting license may also hunt the weekend before the opener (March 18 and 19), and the two weeks following the general season (May 1-14), using shotguns or any other legal method of take.

Hunters are encouraged to practice shooting with nonlead shot in order to ensure their shotguns are patterned appropriately before heading into the field.

For more information on nonlead ammunition regulations and the implementation process, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/nonlead-ammunition.

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

 

Spring Turkey Hunting Season and Hunt Application Deadlines Approach

California’s 2017 general spring wild turkey hunting season opens statewide on March 25 and extends through April 30. The archery-only season will follow immediately afterward, running from May 1-14.

Hunters who have a current junior hunting license may also hunt the weekend before the opener, (March 18 and 19), and the two weeks after the general season (May 1-14), using shotguns or any other legal method of take.

Shooting hours for spring turkeys are from one-half hour before sunrise to 5 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 a possession limit of no more than three turkeys during all spring seasons (general, archery and junior) combined.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering spring turkey hunt opportunities throughout the state. Please see the Special Hunts webpage to view and apply for hunts in Butte, Sutter, El Dorado, Fresno, Sacramento, Sonoma, Santa Clara and Yuba counties. The application deadline for these hunts is Friday, Feb. 17. There is no fee to apply.

Additional opportunities 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. Three SHARE Access Permits will be distributed via random drawing for two-day hunts on Sleepy Creek Ranch and Jones Ranch in northern Santa Barbara County. The hunts will be held on various dates in April. Successful applicants for each property will be allowed to bring a hunting partner or a non-hunting partner. A $10.50 non-refundable application fee will be charged for each hunt choice. To apply for these hunts, please go to www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/online-sales. To learn more about the SHARE Program, please see www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.

The statewide population of wild turkeys is estimated at 240,000 birds. 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 the CDFW website.

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Media Contacts:
Karen Fothergill, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 716-1461
Victoria Barr, CDFW SHARE Program, (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

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

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Deadline Quickly Approaching for March Turkey Hunting Clinic

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program is offering a turkey hunting clinic on March 1 at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area near Gridley.

Prospective hunters must register by 5 p.m. Friday, February 14.

Experienced instructors will instruct this exciting clinic on how to successfully hunt wild turkey. Topics to be covered are concepts of decoy placement, blind design, ballistics, calling, equipment, game care and cleaning, cooking tips and safety.

The clinic is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1 and costs $45. Space is limited and registration is required so hunters are encouraged to apply early. 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.

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

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

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