|Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift this year? How about giving the gift of the outdoors? A California hunting or fishing license is a great way to show appreciation for dad or grandpa and make wonderful memories for many months to come.
As the third largest state in the nation, California provides many opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the state’s famed wilderness. Half of the land is publicly owned, giving hunters and anglers access to millions of acres of public land. With more than 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, 4,172 lakes and reservoirs, and 1,100 miles of coastline that is home to hundreds of native fish and shellfish species, possibilities abound for outdoor adventure!
“The gift of fishing and hunting licenses provides endless opportunities to enjoy California’s unmatched wild places with family and friends,” said Charlton H. Bonham, director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
Hunting and fishing licenses can be purchased at more than 1,400 license agents throughout the state as well as CDFW license sales offices. Licenses can also be purchased and printed online via CDFW’s website. If purchasing a fishing license as a gift and the purchaser does not have all of the licensee’s information, a gift license voucher will be issued. This voucher can then be redeemed at any license agent location, but it cannot be redeemed online. Hunting license gift vouchers are not available. To purchase a license online or find a local sales agent or CDFW sales office, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing.
A 2018-19 California resident hunting license costs $48.34 and is valid from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. A 2018 California resident sportfishing license is $48.34 and is valid Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2018. Lifetime fishing licenses are also available.
Dad can also enjoy the outdoors without leaving the comfort of home with a subscription to Outdoor California magazine. This bi-monthly magazine offers stunning photography and insightful articles about the state’s native wildlife and habitat, and chronicles the ongoing battle against fish and wildlife crimes. A subscription costs $15 for six issues. Those wishing to subscribe can fill out the form, print and mail with a check to the address listed on the form, or subscribe online via CDFW’s licensing sales website.
An honorary donation to support California’s wildlife officers in their fight to protect California’s natural resources would also make a great Father’s Day gift. Consider purchasing a 2018 California Warden Stamp. The funds raised go toward the purchase of new equipment, specialized training and enforcement programs. The stamps can be purchased online.
The 2017 Warden Stamp is now available for sale online and at California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) license sales offices statewide. The design for this year’s fundraising stamp features a white sturgeon.
The stamps sell for $5 online at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales/. Proceeds from stamp sales fund equipment and training for California’s wildlife officers and provide funding for special law enforcement programs, including CDFW’s K-9 program.
“From catching poachers to stopping polluters, wildlife officers put their lives on the line every day to protect California’s natural resources,” said Chief David Bess of CDFW’s Law Enforcement Division. “Displaying the warden stamp shows your commitment to conservation and ending poaching in California.”
The 2017 stamp is the eighth to be issued since the program was established in 2010. Previous years’ stamps may also be purchased online.
Clark Blanchard, CDFW Education and Outreach, (916) 651-7824
If you are looking for the perfect holiday gift for the outdoor enthusiasts in your life, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has some suggestions.
The 2016 Warden Stamp, depicting the image of two bighorn sheep, is a great way to brighten someone’s holiday while also supporting California’s wildlife officers. For a donation of just $5, the decal can be displayed on vehicles, equipment and other items. The Warden Stamp Program was initiated in 2010 to address the need for better equipment and training for the state’s wildlife officers and to provide funding for special law enforcement programs. There are just over 400 wildlife officers to patrol and protect 159,000 square miles of California’s natural habitat. All funds raised from the sales of the stamp go to purchase essential law enforcement equipment for wildlife officers and to support CDFW’s K-9 program, which trains dogs to work side by side with wardens to solve and prevent wildlife crimes.
For the angler on your list, now is the perfect time to purchase a fishing license gift voucher for just $47.01. Fishing licenses are valid for the calendar year, so buying one early ensures you get to enjoy a full year of fishing. From catching trout in the beautiful Sierra Nevada, to harvesting spiny lobster off the southern coast, California abounds with fishing opportunities. In the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, there are striped bass and giant white sturgeon, and in the coastal and valley streams of northern California, steelhead trout provide an exhilarating challenge for anglers. With more than 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, 4,172 lakes and reservoirs, 80 major rivers and more than 1,100 miles of coastline, there are fishing opportunities for everyone.
A one-year subscription to Outdoor California magazine is a great way to learn about the diverse work that CDFW does to protect and enrich the environment. For just $12 for six issues, a 20-percent discount for the holidays, you can celebrate the state’s natural habitat and wildlife through in-depth features and outstanding photography. In addition to behind-the-scene features on the groundbreaking work of CDFW environmental scientists, subscribers will enjoy the real-life patrols by wardens as they conduct wildlife investigations to fight poachers in the California wilderness. Throughout the year, enjoy stunning wildlife photographs from the best amateur and professional photographers as Outdoor California features its annual Wildlife Photo of the Year Contest.
Warden Stamps will go on sale next week. All items can be purchased online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/online-sales.
To view an image of the 2016 Warden Stamp, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/wardenstamp
Media Contact: Carol Singleton, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8962