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  Hunting Digest
               2008 Spring Upland Game




       Complete List of all
 “Huntable” & “Fishable” Wildlife
  Areas and Ecological Reserves
                DFG Contact Information
                        License Sales
Hunting licenses are sold at the following DFG offices and at
                                                                                 Hunter Education
 authorized license agents statewide. To find a license agent
            near you, visit the DFG Web site at:
                                                                                Information/Classes
              www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/index.html                    To find a hunter education class in your area, call one of the
                                                                     numbers listed below:
            License and Revenue Branch                                            Northern District - (530) 225-2003
   1740 N. Market Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95834 (916) 928-5805                     North Central District - (916) 351-0833
                                                                            Central Coast District Office - (707) 944-5548
                      Northern Region
       601 Locust Street, Redding, CA 96001 (530) 225-2300                      South Central District - (559) 243-4005
Serving counties: Del Norte, Humboldt, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc,                  Southern District - (760) 947-8859
               Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity                            Southern District Office - (562) 799-8381
                     Eureka Field Office                             You can also take a hunter education course online! For more
       619 Second Street, Eureka, CA 95501 (707) 445-6493
                                                                     information, visit: www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/.
                   North Central Region
         1701 Nimbus Road, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
                          (916) 358-2900                                    Hunting Guide Services
    Serving counties: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa,      For a list of licensed California hunting guides, visit:
    El Dorado, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San        www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/hunting/hunting.html. Click on
          Joaquin, Sierra, Lake, Sutter, N. Yolo and Yuba
                                                                     the “Publications and Lists” tab.
                      Bay Delta Region
      7329 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558 (707) 944-5500
        Serving counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin,                        California Hunting
     Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco,
                  Sonoma, Solano and S. Yolo                                  Laws and Regulations
                                                                     The full text of California’s hunting regulations can be found
                       Central Region                                in Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations, and in the
    1234 East Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA 93710 (559) 243-4005
    Serving counties: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa,         California Fish and Game Code. Both can be found on the
 Merced, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Stanislaus, Tulare   Fish & Game Commission Web site at www.fgc.ca.gov/html/
                         and Tuolumne                                regs.html. Printed copies of the regulations are also available
                                                                     at DFG offices and license agents.
                    South Coast Region
   4949 Viewridge Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123 (858) 467-4201
        Serving counties: Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego,
                   Santa Barbara and Ventura

                 Los Alamitos Field Office
       4665 Lampson Ave. Suite C, Los Alamitos, CA 90720
                       (562) 342-7100

                       Marine Region
     20 Lower Ragsdale Drive Suite 100, Monterey, CA 93940
                        (831) 649-2870




    DFG’s Sacramento License
     Sales Office Has Moved
 DFG’s License and Revenue Branch is now located at
 1740 N. Market Blvd., in the North Natomas area of
 Sacramento. The new phone number is (916) 928-5805.

 Directions from I-5: Exit at Arena Blvd; travel east,
 toward Arco Arena, approximately 1.5 miles. Arena
 Blvd. becomes N. Market Blvd. Turn right into the
 parking lot.

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                                         Table of Contents
DFG Contact Information ..................................................................................................................................2
Hunting License Information............................................................................................................................4
Hunter Education Program ...............................................................................................................................5
Spring 2008 Turkey Hunting .............................................................................................................................6
    The “ABCs” of Wildlife Areas and Federal Refuges ...................................................................................7
    Places to Hunt Turkeys With a Reservation ...............................................................................................8
    Places to Hunt Turkeys Without a Reservation .......................................................................................10
Get the Lead Out of Condor Range ................................................................................................................12
Hunting & Fishing California’s Wildlife Areas and Ecological Reserves ......................................................13
Outdoor Opportunities
    Northern Region .......................................................................................................................................26
    North Central Region ................................................................................................................................27
    Bay Delta Region .......................................................................................................................................34
    Central Region ...........................................................................................................................................36
    South Coast Region...................................................................................................................................38
    Inland Deserts Region ..............................................................................................................................38
State Wildlife Areas Offer Many Hunting Opportunities During Rabbit Season ........................................39
                      STATE OF CALIFORNIA
                   Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor
                                                                                                   Introducing the
                   THE RESOURCES AGENCY
                Mike Chrisman, Secretary for Resources                                        California Hunting Digest
               DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME                                                      The DFG’s two popular publications, Tracks and Wing
                 John McCamman, Acting Director                                           Beat News, have been merged and expanded to provide
                                                                                          you with even more information about where to hunt in
The California Hunting Digest is published quarterly by the                               California.
California Department of Fish and Game                                                          The California Hunting Digest, as it is now called,
1416 Ninth Street, 12th Floor                                                             is still published quarterly, and it is still free to hunters
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 322-8911
                                                                                          (and mailed to subscribers). But it is now an even more
Fax: (916) 322-8989                                                                       comprehensive resource for upland game, big game, and
World Wide Web site: http://www.dfg.ca.gov                                                waterfowl hunters, providing species forecasts, informa-
Lorna Bernard, Editor lbernard@dfg.ca.gov                                                 tion about special hunts, applications, DFG contact infor-
Meredith Fleener, Layout and Design                                                       mation, public lands, and other news and information you
                                                                                          need to plan your hunts.
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directory under U.S. Government.”

Alternate communication format is available upon request. If reasonable ac-
                                                                                          This publication does not replace the 2007/2008 California
commodation is needed contact the California Department of Fish and game
at (916) 322-8911 or the California Relay (Telephone) Service for the deaf or             Hunting Regulations. For more detailed information con-
hearing-impaired from TDD phones at (800) 735-2929.                                       cerning regulations, consult the California 2007 Resident and
                                                                                          Migratory Upland Game Hunting Regulations, available at any
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                                                                                          DFG office; online at www.fgc.ca.gov/html/regs.html; and
by the California Department of Fish and Game or the California Hunting
Digest.                                                                                   wherever hunting licenses are sold.

Spring 2008                                                                                                                     California Hunting Digest 3
          Hunting License Information
       Hunting License Requirements                                Application For Duplicate at a license agent or DFG office to
Anyone applying for a hunting license must provide evidence        obtain a duplicate.
that they meet hunter education requirements. Applicants           Keep your Application For Duplicate in a safe place! If you
must present one of the following as evidence of hunter edu-       lose your license and your Application For Duplicate, you
cation when applying for a California hunting license:             must pay the full fee to replace your license.
   • An annual California hunting license issued in any prior
    year;                                                             Disabled Veteran Hunting Licenses
   • A two-day nonresident California hunting license issued       If you are a disabled veteran, you may be eligible for a re-
    after the 1999/2000 license year;                              duced-fee hunting license, available only at DFG offices. To
   • A written declaration which states that the applicant had     qualify for this license, you must submit both of the follow-
    a California hunting license in any prior year, but that       ing:
    license is now lost or destroyed;                                  • a letter from the Veterans Administration verifying that
   • A California certificate of hunter education completion or         you have a 50 percent or greater service connected dis-
    equivalency with a California hunter education validation           ability and were honorably discharged from the United
    stamp (see Hunter Education Program, page 5);                       States armed forces; and
   • A certificate of successful completion of a California-           • evidence of meeting California hunter education require-
    approved hunter education course from any state or                  ments.
    province; or                                                   To renew this license, you may submit a previously issued dis-
   • A current hunting license or a hunting license issued in      abled veteran hunting license as proof of eligibility. Hunting
    either of the two previous years from any state or prov-       tags and species stamps must be purchased at full fee.
    ince.

              Validation of Licenses
To be valid, every California hunting license shall be signed
by the licensee, and the license shall show the date of issue.
In addition, the license shall contain the following informa-             Hunting Licenses and Tag Fees
tion about the applicant: true name, residence address, date of
birth, height, weight, color of eyes, color of hair, and sex.       Includes 5% license agent handling fee. License Year runs
                                                                    July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008.
                 License Provisions
A California hunting license is required for taking any bird          Hunting Licenses
or mammal. Hunters must carry licenses and be prepared to              Resident, age 16 and over ............................. $ 37.30
show them on request to any peace officer. Guns and other              Nonresident ...................................................... 129.40
equipment used in hunting must be shown on request. A                  Junior (resident/nonresident),
trapping license is required to sell furs of furbearing mammals           under age 16 .....................................................9.70
and nongame mammals, regardless of the method of take.                 Disabled Veteran* .................................................5.75

                     Refund Policy                                    Hunting Tags and Stamps
Hunting license fees are nonrefundable. Tag/application fees          Upland Game Bird Stamp .......................................7.60
                                                                      California Duck Stamp ..........................................16.00
are nonrefundable unless stated otherwise. Refunds will not
                                                                      Federal Duck Stamp...............................................15.00
be issued for emergency area closures due to fire, weather or
any other conditions.
                                                                      Wild Pig Hunting Tag
The purchase of hunting licenses and tags is an investment
                                                                       Resident ...............................................................17.85
in the continued existence of California’s hunting heritage.
                                                                       Nonresident .........................................................59.60
Funds raised from the sale of these items are used to conduct
surveys and research, perform habitat maintenance and im-
provement projects, and meet the adminstrative requirements           *Available from DFG offices only.
necessary to conduct all hunting seasons. Any reduction in
this funding impacts the DFG’s ability to perform these duties.     Looking for a license agent in your area? Visit our Web
                                                                    site at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/index.html.
          Duplicate Hunting Licenses
California hunting licenses come with an Application For Du-
plicate. If you lose your hunting license, you must turn in your



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           Hunting License Information
     Permit for Disabled                     tary and providing the driver license
          Archers                            or identification number is optional;
The Disabled Archer Permit is valid          however, it will help expedite the data

                                                                                            License PriviLeges
for one year, from July 1 through June       entry process.
30, and requires certification from a li-    If you would like more information
censed physician that the hunter cannot
hold a bow in the firing position. If the
                                             regarding the hunter surveys, please
                                             contact Tom Blankinship of the DFG’s            can Be revoked
language from the physician indicates        Wildlife Branch at (916) 445-3615 or
that the hunter’s disability is permanent    via email at tblankin@dfg.ca.gov.                The Fish and Game Code
the hunter will be able to provide a
copy of their previously issued Disabled                                                      provides that the Fish and
Archer Permit to obtain a new permit
                                                Harvest Information                            Game Commission shall
rather than obtaining certification from        Program (HIP) Stamp                            revoke the hunting privi-
a licensed physician again. Contact                Requirement                                leges of any person who is
your nearest DFG office for an applica-      If you plan to hunt migratory game
tion.                                                                                       convicted of three violations
                                             birds in 2007/2008 (ducks, geese,
                                             coots, dove, band-tailed pigeon,                  of the state’s hunting laws
         Hunter Survey                       snipe, gallinules or black brant) you             or regulations within any
License sales agents are being asked         must complete a Harvest Information            five-year period. FGC 12155,
to capture the name, driver license or       Program (HIP) survey and affix a free
                                                                                                       T-14 745.5.
identification number, date of birth,        HIP Stamp to your California Hunting
and address, of one hunter per hunt-         License. HIP surveys and stamps are
ing license book. Licensee information       available at license agents. Hunters may
will be provided to DFG biologists to        be cited for hunting migratory game
conduct surveys. This information is         birds without a HIP stamp affixed to
critical to allow the DFG to more accu-      their license.
rately estimate hunter effort and harvest
rates. Hunter participation is volun-




              Hunter Education Program
Hunter Education Classes                           Hunter Education                       club, or organization where the course
                                                                                          was taught to obtain a duplicate. If the
There are no age restrictions for hunter          Equivalency Exams                       hunter is unable to obtain a duplicate
education classes but most instructors       Hunter education equivalency exams
set a minimum age requirement of 10                                                       through these means, they will have to
                                             are given by appointment at DFG              repeat the course. The fee for a dupli-
years of age. Classes include at least 10    regional offices for a fee of $42.50.
hours of instruction in a wide range of                                                   cate certificate is $4.75, plus $3.70 for
                                             (California equivalency certificates may     a hunter education validation stamp.
topics, such as hunting ethics, wildlife     not be accepted as evidence of hunter
conservation and management, safe                                                         Contact your nearest DFG office for
                                             education in some states.)                   additional information.
firearms handling, first aid, survival,
wildlife identification, and care of
game. There is a minimal fee to cover             Duplicate Hunter                               Archery Training
the instructor’s out-of-pocket expenses.        Education Certificates                    The DFG recommends participation
For information on upcoming classes,         Duplicate hunter education certificates      in the National Bowhunter Education
see page 6 or visit the DFG’s web site at:   can be issued to any person who com-         Foundation’s archery training course
www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/. You can            pleted and passed a hunter education         for all persons using archery equip-
also take a hunter education course          class after 1989. The DFG does not have      ment. Please contact your nearest DFG
online! For more information, visit the      records before this date. If the class was   regional office or www.nbef.org for
DFG Web site at:                             completed prior to 1989, the hunter          information on class availability.
www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/.                    should contact the original instructor,

Spring 2008                                                                                           California Hunting Digest 5
                                                                       Spring 2008
                                                      Turkey Hunting
                                                               Spring turkey season is from Mar. 29 – May 4,
                                                               2008, and an additional season from May 5 – May
                                                               18 is open for archers and junior hunters. The
                                                               spring season bag and possession limit is one
                                                               bearded turkey per day and three per season.
                                                               A bearded turkey is one having a beard visible
                                                               through the breast feathers. In addition to a
                                                               hunting license, an Upland Game Bird Stamp is
                                                               required by adult license holders to hunt turkeys.
                                                               Spring shooting hours are from one-half hour
                                                               before sunrise to 4:00 p.m.




T
        here are an estimated 240,000       Turkeys also “yelp.” Both gobblers            phragm mouth calls are the most versa-
        wild turkeys in California.         and hens, as well as young turkeys            tile calls but require much practice.
        According to the DFG Annual         (jakes and jennies) will use one form
Hunter Survey, about 19,000 turkeys         or another of the yelp, often as a basic      Beginners should remember that it
are harvested each spring and another       communication call.                           is better to call too softly than too
6,000 are harvested in the fall. The                                                      loudly, and to call too rarely than too
numbers of wild turkeys appears to be       There are many different types of yelps,      frequently. Timing, or rhythm, can be
stable in California and a similar num-     ranging from quiet tree yelps made by         more important than the actual quality
ber of turkeys is expected to be taken      hens while still on the roost, to louder,     of sound.
this year.                                  coarse gobbler yelps made by both
                                            adult and juvenile males. The transla-        The best camouflage clothing is both
In California, the Rio Grande turkeys       tion of any yelp depends largely on           protective and comfortable. Hands,
are found in the blue oak covered           the call’s volume, intensity, cadence or      face, and gun should be camouflaged.
foothills and sometimes in the Central      rhythm, and frequency, or how often           The illusion of depth is the key to
Valley river bottom habitat. When           it’s repeated or the length of the call’s     great camouflage clothing. Earth tone
scouting an area for turkey sign look       duration. A tree yelp, for instance, may      colorations and careful arrangement
for tracks, feathers, scratching, dusting   contain only three or four low-volume         of simulated limbs, leaves, sticks, and
areas and droppings. Look for dusting       calls, while a turkey that’s become           twigs in clothing can make one disap-
areas with tracks in them or roost trees    separated from the flock may yelp 18 or       pear into the surrounding terrain.
with droppings and feathers under           20 times in a row, and with much more
them. In dry areas, search around           enthusiasm and volume.                        Shot size used to hunt wild turkeys is
water sources for turkey tracks. The                                                      typically #4, #5, or #6. A turkey hunter
best times to look or listen for turkeys    If you do not hear gobblers calling, try      shoots for a specific spot on the bird,
include the early morning hours from        a crow call, owl call or predator call in     namely the head and neck. Multiple
one-half hour before sunrise until mid-     early morning or just before dark. Gob-       pellet hits in this area is the best way to
morning, and late in the evening as the     blers will often respond, giving away         bag a wild turkey.
turkeys go to roost.                        their location.
                                                                                          Jakes are one-year old or younger toms
The male turkey gobbles primarily for       The most effective way to call a spring       which have spent the fall establishing
two reasons: to attract hens for breed-     gobbler is by reproducing the sounds a        dominance among themselves. They
ing purposes, and asserting dominance.      hen makes. The easiest calls to master        usually avoid the older toms and come
Although more common in the spring,         are the friction calls (box, peg and slate,   silently to a hen call. Most of us would
gobbles can be heard throughout the         peg and glass, or push button). Dia-          like to shoot the biggest, oldest gobbler.
year.
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He is likely to be the dominant one
within a flock. When watching a small
group of gobblers in the spring as they                  Proper Use of Turkey Decoys
approach a hen or come to your call-
ing, look for the long beard that does                              By the National Wild Turkey Federation
most or all of the strutting. The other
gobblers around the dominant bird will             • A decoy should never be visible while being transported; cover it.
often strut, too, but usually they will            • Whenever possible, set-up by a “stand” tree that is wider than your shoul-
not strut as long or as fully fanned.               ders and taller than your head.
                                                   • From your seated position, identify the clearest line of vision to your
          Safety Concerns                           front. Establish a “sight line” that allows you 100 yards visibility. Then set
There are some important points to                  your decoy(s) approximately 20 yards from your position on the line.
keep in mind regarding safety when                 • Should you see another hunter (especially if he/she is close to your
turkey hunting. Because of the nature               “line of sight”) call out to them in a loud, clear voice. Their presence has
of turkey hunting (camouflaged cloth-               already compromised your location and a “soft” call may only confuse
ing and turkey calls), it would be pos-             them, rather than alerting them to your presence.
sible to initially mistake another hunter          • If you are calling over decoys and then elect to move to a new location,
for a turkey. Some of the safety precau-            check carefully to ensure that no one is stalking your decoys. Check
tions to remember are as follows:                   before leaving your “stand” tree. Should you see someone in the area, call
• Because other turkey hunters may be               out to them in a loud, clear voice.
in your vicinity, don’t assume that the
turkey calls you hear have not been
made by another hunter, no matter how
                                              researcher, has been investigating the         New Additional Spring Season
                                              natural history of this disease for many            for Junior Hunters
authentic the calls sound.
                                              years. He recommends that turkey              The Fish and Game Commission has
• Don’t wear clothing that contains red,
                                              hunters can take several measures             approved an additional spring turkey
white, or blue. These are colors on a
                                              to protect themselves. Commercial             season for junior hunters. This season
gobblers head.
                                              sprays that contain the active ingredi-       will begin on the day following the
• Be cautious when using a gobbler call.
                                              ent permethrin can be applied directly        end of the general spring season and
• When selecting a site to call from, try
                                              to clothing, and are highly effective         extend for an additional 14 days (May
to pick a location where you can see at
                                              in disabling or killing ticks soon after      5 through May 18, 2008). As during the
least 40 yards in all directions.
                                              contact. Also, hunters are encouraged         general season, only bearded turkeys
• If feasible, sit with your back against a
                                              to inspect their clothing and skin fre-       may be taken, and no more than a total
tree at least as wide as your shoulders.
                                              quently while outdoors and afterward          of three turkeys may be taken during
• As additional safety issue involves
                                              for presence of ticks. If an attached tick    all of the spring seasons combined
Lyme Disease. The tick that carries
                                              is found, it should be removed prompt-        (general, archery, and junior).
Lyme Disease occurs in portions
                                              ly either with tweezers or fingers pro-
of California that contain turkeys.
                                              tected with tissue paper. Attached ticks
Dr. Robert Lane, Professor of Medi-
                                              should be slowly and steadily pulled
cal Entomology at the University of
                                              straight backwards until they release
California, Berkeley, and a well-known
                                              their grip.

                 The “ABCs” of Wildlife Areas and Federal Refuges
            The DFG manages over 100 lands statewide for public hunting. To maintain high-quality hunting opportunities
                 on the most popular areas, the DFG controls access by issuing entry passes through lottery drawings.
Type A and B Wildlife Areas are the           The Type A areas include: Colusa NWR,         Type C Wildlife Areas are the majority
high quality waterfowl/pheasant areas         Delevan NWR, Sacramento NWR, Sutter           of the wildlife areas and there is no fee
                                              NWR, Gray Lodge WA, Yolo Bypass WA,           charged for hunting these areas. Permits
with check stations that are located          Upper Butte Basin WA (Howard Slough,          are not needed except for the busy days,
throughout the state. As a rule, hunting      Little Dry Creek and Llano Seco Units),       e.g., first nine days of the spring turkey
is on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednes-         Grizzly Island WA, (also see Type B list),    hunting season. There are dozens of these
days during waterfowl season. The Type        Los Banos WA, Mendota WA, Volta WA,           wildlife areas located throughout the state
                                              San Luis NWR, Merced NWR, North               where hunters can hunt rabbits, dove,
A areas require a daily pass ($15.75),        Grasslands WA (China Island, Gadwall          tree squirrels, deer, quail, wild turkey, and
a 2-day pass ($27.05), or a Type A            and Salt Slough Units), Imperial WA           waterfowl and more any day of the week
season pass ($125.50). The Type B areas       (Wister Unit), Kern NWR, Salton Sea           during legal seasons with some excep-
                                              NWR, and San Jacinto WA.                      tions.
require the Type A or B season pass
($41.75). Other types of hunting such as      The Type B areas include: Grizzly Island      Complete regulations for these wildlife areas
dove, deer, and rabbits are also available    WA (Gold Hills, Goodyear Slough, and          and federal refuges are available online at
                                                                                            www.dfg.ca.gov and at DFG offices statewide.
on many of these areas.                       Island Slough Units), Ash Creek WA,           Look for the publication entitled California
                                              Butte Valley WA, Honey Lake WA, Shasta        Regulations: Waterfowl Hunting, Upland
                                              Valley WA, and Willow Creek WA.               Game Hunting, Hunting and other Public
                                                                                            Uses on State and Federal Areas.
Spring 2008                                                                                              California Hunting Digest 7
     Places
                                                                                        possess a junior hunting license and
                                                                                        must be accompanied by an adult of at
                                                                                        least 18 years old. Two junior hunters
                                                                                        may apply together on one application.
                                                                                        Only the junior hunters may hunt.

     to Hunt Wild                                                                       General Hunts: Hunts dates are as fol-
                                                                                        lows: April 1, 3, 5, 8 and 10. The general
     Turkeys With a                                                                     hunts are open to anyone with a Cali-
                                                                                        fornia hunting license, have submitted
     Reservation                                                                        an application, and have been drawn.
                                                                                        No more that two hunters may apply on
                                                                                        one application.

(Reservations may only be required for                                                  Applications: Applicants may apply for
                                          Each successful applicant will receive a      one hunt date only. Submit a standard
the first weekend or first few days of
                                          permit, map and instructions by Mar.          Postal Service size post card (one or
turkey season.)
                                          19, 2008 via mail. Successful appli-          two hunters per card) with name, mail-
                                          cants will also be posted at the address      ing address, telephone number, hunting
Spenceville Wildlife Area (11,213
                                          listed above. Forty spaces per day are        license number, boat registration num-
acres) and Daugherty Hill WA (4,200
                                          available at Spenceville WA, 21 per day       ber (CF) or vessel description if exempt
acres) - Both Type C wildlife areas are
                                          at Daugherty Hill WA and 15 per hunt          from registration, and the hunting
20 miles east of Marysville Permits
                                          period at Oroville WA.                        date of choice. Incomplete applications
issued by drawing for Saturday, Sunday
and Wednesday for the first nine days                                                   or applications not following these
                                          Cosumnes River Preserve – Between             guidelines will be disqualified from the
of spring turkey season.* Non-reserva-
                                          Elk Grove and Galt The California De-         drawing. Contact: (707) 456-0329 for
tion public hunting begins Monday,
                                          partment of Fish and Game in partner-         information regarding the hunt or ap-
April 7, 2008. For maps call the DFG’s
                                          ship with the Cosumnes River Preserve         plication process.
North Central Region office at (916)
                                          will be offering five special turkey hunts
358-2882. Hunt Dates: March 29 & 30;
                                          during the first nine days of the spring      Mail to:
April 2, 5 & 6, 2008.
                                          turkey season. This hunt is a pilot proj-     DFG
                                          ect that will be evaluated after this first   Lake Mendocino Spring Turkey Hunt
Oroville Wildlife Area (11,871 acres
                                          year and continued if it is successful        P.O. Box 602
-Type C Area) West of Oroville CA
                                          and meets the goals of the partnership.       Willits, CA 95490
All spring turkey hunting by reserva-
                                          The hunt is being offered to women,
tion only.* For maps call DFG’s North
                                          juniors and mobility impaired hunters         Successful applicants will be notified by
Central Region office at (916) 358-
                                          who may bring a general hunter along          mail.
2882. Hunt Periods: March 29-30, April
                                          with them on the hunt. The hunts will
12-13, and April 26-27, 2008.
                                          take place on the same properties as the      Drawing: All applications must be
                                          dove hunts on Arno and Dillard Road           received in the Department Mendocino
*How to Apply for Spenceville, Daugh-
                                          in Sacramento County. Each party of           County Unit office by Thurs., Feb. 28,
erty Hill and Oroville WAs: Use the
                                          two (three if mobility impaired) will be      2008 for a drawing to be held on Fri.,
application in this issue or fill out a
                                          assigned a field to hunt from on the day      Feb. 29.
standard, 4x6 US postal card with
                                          of their hunt and must hunt together.
the hunter’s name, address, phone
                                          Applications are now being accepted           Access: Boat in access is available from
and hunting license number. Include
                                          and successful applicants will be noti-       the south boat ramp (7 a.m. sunset).
which area you are applying for and
                                          fied by mail. Please use the application      Hunters may also launch at the north
your choice of hunt dates in order of
                                          in this issue or send a postcard with         launch ramp at any time of day if they
preference. Up to four hunters may
                                          the names and hunting licenses of the         have already checked in at the USACE
apply per postcard and all must include
                                          eligible hunters along with one contact       Park Office. There is walk in access.
their hunting license numbers. For the
                                          address and phone number.                     No vehicle or horse in hunting will be
Daugherty Hill WA, please note a pref-
erence for the Daugherty Hill, Donovan                                                  allowed.
                                          Lake Mendocino A series of three
Hill, or Darby Road Units. You may
                                          junior and five general wild turkey           Check In: All successful applicants must
submit only one application for each of
                                          hunts, by permit only, are scheduled to       check in at the USACE, 1160 Lake
the three wildlife area drawings. Send
                                          begin Mar. 29, 2008 at Lake Mendocino         Mendocino Drive, Ukiah, CA 95482
completed postcards to:
                                          east of Ukiah. The US Army Corps of           9404, prior to their hunt. Selected
DFG
                                          Engineers (USACE) is providing this           participants for the two Saturday junior
GBH Special Hunt
                                          hunting opportunity in cooperation            hunts and the one Saturday general
1701 Nimbus Road, Suite A
                                          with the DFG. Five hunters will be            hunt on Apr. 5 must check in the Friday
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
                                          drawn for each hunt. Boat-in or walk in       preceding their hunt by 4:30 p.m., or
All applications must be received by
                                          access only.                                  from 7:30 a.m. 10 a.m. on the morning
5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12,
2008 and the computer drawing will                                                      of their Saturday hunt. All other general
                                          Junior Hunts: Sat., March 29, Sat., April     hunters can check in the night before or
be held on Thurs., March 13, 2008.
                                          12, and April 15. Junior hunters must

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the day of their hunt between 7:30 a.m.     DFG                                         All hunters selected for this hunt will be
and 4:30 p.m. For any questions regard-     Lake Sonoma “Junior” Spring Turkey          required to attend a mandatory safety
ing the check in process, camping, or       Hunt                                        and orientation meeting on Saturday,
hunt area access, please call the USACE     PO Box 47, Yountville, CA 94599             March 22, 2008, at 9:00 a.m., at the
Park Office at (707) 462 7581.                                                          Millerton Lake District Office. A limit
                                            All applications must be received by 5      of one bearded turkey per hunter will
Take Method: Shotgun or air rifles firing   p.m. on Thursday, March 6, 2008. The        be in effect during this special hunt.
pellets and powered by compressed air       drawing will be held on Friday, March       The hunting area has both walk-in and
or gas (0.20 caliber minimum) only.         7, 2008. Successful applicants will be      boat-in access. Hunters will be required
                                            issued a permit by mail. Additional         to pay a $7 State Parks and Recreation
Lake Sonoma - 14 miles west of              information and a map of the hunt area      Area entrance fee per day (waived in
Healdsburg Spring turkey hunting by         will be included.                           lieu of a $125 annual State Parks pass).
reservation only. See application infor-
mation below or contact the DFG’s Bay       University of California at Browns          How to Apply for Tejon Ranch and
Delta Region at (707) 944-5500.             Valley “Junior” Spring Turkey Hunt          Millerton Lake Hunts: To be eligible
                                            The University of California Field          for the drawing, hunters must submit
Lake Sonoma Spring Turkey Hunt-             Station is located 20 miles east of         in writing their choice of hunts listed
Liberty Glen Drawing Open to All.           Marysville This is the only hunting of-     in order of preference. Hunters will be
This is a two-day turkey hunt. Hunt         fered during the spring season. Fifteen     selected by a random computerized
Dates: Saturday and Sunday April 5          openings for junior hunters are avail-      drawing for one hunt only. Applications
and 6, 2008. Contact: (707) 944-5537        able for each of the 4 hunt days of April   may include up to two hunters applying
or (209) 948-7430. How to Apply: Ten        12, 13, 26, and 27, 2008. Volunteer         as a party. When applying for the hunts,
hunters will be drawn for this two-day      guides may be available. See application    provide the following information for
hunt and each hunter may take one (1)       and instructions on page 35.                yourself and your guest: Name, address,
hunting guest. Applicants may only                                                      daytime and evening time phone num-
apply once. Fill out a postcard with the    Tejon Ranch Junior Hunt – Tejon             bers, 2007/2008 hunting license num-
hunter’s name, address, phone num-          Ranch is located south of Bakersfield       ber, and hunt location (e.g., “Tejon”),
ber, hunting license number and hunt        in the Tehachapi Mountains Ten free         and date in order of preference.
period for which you are applying.          guided hunts are scheduled for juniors
Send completed postcards (one name          only, three hunters on March 18, three      Hunters may only apply once, either
per card) to:                               hunters on March 20, two hunters on         as an applicant or guest for each hunt.
DFG                                         March 25 and two hunters on April 27,       Submitting multiple applications will
Lake Sonoma Spring Turkey Hunt              2008. The DFG, in cooperation with          disqualify you from the drawing.
PO Box 47                                   Tejon Ranch, released the Merriam’s         Please make your selection(s) carefully.
Yountville, CA 94599                        subspecies of wild turkey on the Tejon      Changes can not be made after the
                                            Ranch in 1989. They have adapted well       drawing. Applications must be returned
All applications must be received by 5      to the habitat, and large flocks now        to:
p.m. on Thursday, March 6, 2008. The        populate the ranch. For application         Game Bird Heritage Program Turkey
drawing will be held on Friday, March       instructions see below.                     Hunts
7, 2008. Successful applicants will be                                                  DFG, 1234 East Shaw Ave.
issued a permit by mail. Additional         Millerton Lake State Recreation Area        Fresno, California 93710
information and a map of the hunt area      Archery Only Hunt – This hunt area
will be included.                           is located on the Fresno County side        Applications must be received by
                                            of Millerton Lake This hunt is not          Friday, February 29, 2008, at 5:00 p.m.
Lake Sonoma “Junior” Spring Turkey          recommended for the novice or inex-         to be eligible for the drawing. Only
Hunt – Yorty Creek This is a two-day        perienced hunter. Hunting wild turkeys      successful applicants will be notified
turkey hunt. Hunt Dates: Saturday and       with archery equipment is considered        with additional information about their
Sunday, March 29 and 30, 2008 Con-          extremely difficult, even by experienced    hunt. For additional information about
tact: (707) 944-5537 or (209) 948-7430.     archery turkey hunters. There are seven     the hunts, contact the DFG, Game Bird
How to Apply: Ten hunters will be           archery only hunts. Each hunt is one        Heritage Program at (559) 243-4005,
drawn for this two-day hunt and each        week long (seven days), except the last     extension 133. Application forms are
junior hunter can take one (1) hunt-        hunt (May 10-18, 2008) which is nine        available on the DFG website www.dfg.
ing guest. Applicants may only apply        days long, and are scheduled for            ca.gov, in the Central Region Fresno
once. A junior hunter may take either       March 29 - April 4, 2008, April 5-11,       office, and by mail and fax when calling
another licensed junior hunter or an        2008, April 12-18, 2008, April 19-25,       (559) 243-4005 ext. 133. The Game
adult hunter. Two junior hunters must       2008, April 26-May 2, 2008, May 3-9,        Bird Heritage Program, Tejon Ranch
be accompanied by an adult. Fill out a      2008, and May 10-18, 2008. Hunters          and Millerton Lake State Parks and
postcard with the junior hunter’s name,     under 18 years of age must be accom-        Recreation Area are pleased to offer
address, phone number, hunting license      panied by an adult (18 years of age or      these special hunts to the public.
number and hunt period requested.           older).
Send completed postcards (one name
per card) to:



Spring 2008                                                                                         California Hunting Digest 9
   Places
                                                                                         Area - Units are located 23-28 miles
                                                                                         north of Sacramento on both sides of
                                                                                         the Feather River This WA is occa-
                                                                                         sionally flooded during spring turkey
                                                                                         season. The Lake of the Woods Unit
   to Hunt Wild                                                                          (700 acres) is located 25 miles north
                                                                                         of Sacramento and 10 miles south of
   Turkeys Without                                                                       Marysville on Feather River Boule-
                                                                                         vard. Walk-in access is south from the
   a Reservation                                                                         Star Bend Fishing Access. The Nelson
                                                                                         Slough Unit (800 acres) is located 23
                                                                                         miles north of Sacramento, 17 miles
                                                                                         south of Yuba City and under the High-
                                                                                         way 99 Feather River Bridge. Access
Cache Creek Wildlife Area (3,860           winding switchbacks for 4.5 miles to          is east or west on Sacramento Avenue.
acre of DFG land) and Cache Creek          Langs Peak Road. Langs Peak road is a         The O’Connor Lake’s Unit (471 acres)
Management Area (85,000 acres of           4-wheel-drive road. 3) Davis Street Ac-       and the Abbott Lake Unit (439 acres)
BLM land) in Lake, Yolo and Colusa         cess; take Hwy 53 south off Hwy 20 to         are 30 miles north of Sacramento and
Counties Habitat: Oak grassland and        40th Ave. and turn left at the stop light.    10 miles south of Yuba City at the east
dense chaparral. There are three access    Make immediate left and follow to Da-         end of Star Bend Road. Park on top of
points: 1) North Fork Cache Creek          vis St. Access is to the left of the Clear-   the levee at the end of Star Bend Road.
Trailhead; from I- 5 at Williams, go       lake landfill entrance. The Payne Ranch       For maps call DFG’s North Central
west on Hwy 20 approximately 33 miles      (13,000 acres) was recently purchased         Region (916) 358-2882.
to the parking lot on the south side of    to improve habitat for wildlife and
the road. The entrance is immediately      the tule elk herd. Call the BLM Ukiah         Jackson Demonstration State Forest
past where Hwy 20 crosses over North       office at (707) 468-4000 for a detailed       (JDSF) is the largest of CAL FIRE’s
Fork Cache Creek. From Hwy 101 at          map or the DFG at (916) 358-2882. In          eight demonstration state forests with
Calpella, go east on Hwy 20 about 48       2007, the first two days of spring turkey     48,652 acres. It is located in the middle
miles to the parking lot. 2) Langs Peak    season were by reservation only.              of California’s coastal redwood region,
Road Access; take Hwy 16 south of                                                        on the western edge of Mendocino
Hwy 20 to County Road 40. Follow the       Feather River Wildlife Area - Type C          County between Fort Bragg and Willits
                                                                                         along Hwy 20.

                                                                                         Hunting is allowed in season on JDSF;
                                                                                         however few take advantage of this
                                                                                         public land. The turkeys found along
                                                                                         the Mendocino Coastal forested areas
                                                                                         such as JDSF are an Eastern hybrid.
                                                                                         Hunting for turkeys in the redwood
                                                                                         forests of Mendocino is challenging and
                                                                                         requires advanced scouting of the area.

                                                                                         For More Information: Visit www.fire.
                                                                                         ca.gov/rsrc-mgt_jackson.php on-
                                                                                         line; call (707) 964-5674; or write to
                                                                                         California Department of Forestry and
                                                                                         Fire Protection, Jackson Demonstra-
                                                                                         tion State Forest, 802 North Main, Fort
                                                                                         Bragg, CA 95437.

                                                                                         Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
                                                                                         The majority of the Recreation Area
                                                                                         lands consists of a narrow strip sur-
                                                                                         rounding Oroville Lake extending a
                                                                                         minimum of 300 feet from the high
                                                                                         water line to one-half mile or more in
                                                                                         some areas. Some U.S. Forest Service
                                                                                         and BLM lands adjoin the Recreation
Photo courtesy of the National Wild Turkey Federation.                                   Area. Hunting on or from the water

10 California Hunting Digest                                                                                          Spring 2008
surface of Lake Oroville is prohibited.     - Type C Area) Open for hunting all         ends of the lake. For more information
For a map contact the Lake Oroville         year except that no person shall enter      contact the BLM Ukiah office at (707)
State Recreation Area, 400 Glen Drive,      that portion of the Tehama Wildlife         468-4000.
Oroville, CA 95966 or call (916) 538-       Area lying south of Antelope Creek
2200 or 538-2219.                           during the period beginning on the first    Cow Mountain Recreation Area
                                            Monday in December through the last         (50,000 acres of BLM land) in Lake
Sacramento River National Wildlife          Friday in March. Habitat is rolling hills   and Mendocino Counties Habitat:
Refuge This federally owned refuge          covered with oak trees and brush. All       Rugged chaparral with some oak wood-
is composed of 27 properties along          of the area is open for turkey hunting.     land. Access from Ukiah, 5 miles via
a 77-mile stretch of the Sacramento         Located 23 miles east of Red Bluff via      Talmage and Mill Creek roads. Access
River between Red Bluff and Princeton.      Hwy 36. Call (530) 597-2201 for a map       from Lakeport, 5 miles via Scott Creek
Fourteen of those properties are open       or info.                                    Road which is a rugged unimproved
for hunting and maps are available on                                                   dirt road, and is closed during the win-
the internet at www.fws.gov/sacramen-       Black Butte Lake (3000 acres) - 25          ter due to impassable high water. Be-
tovalleyrefuges/sacriver.htm. All of        miles west of Chico via Highway 32          cause these roads are narrow and wind-
the hunting units are available by boat     and Newville Road For a map contact         ing with steep slopes, large recreational
access only except for the Sul Norte        the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,           vehicles and travel trailers are not
Unit. The hunting units begin near Red      19225 Newville Road, Orland, CA             recommended. The rifle range, located
Bluff and go south to the Sul Norte Unit    95963 or call (530) 865-4781.               just north of the Willow Creek Day Use
located on the north side of Highway                                                    Site, has been developed specifically
162. Check the website for maps about       Auburn State Recreation Area (30,000        for target shooting. There are 5 camp-
the following hunting units: LaBarran-      acres) - South of I-80 near Auburn          ing areas. The 27,000 acre North Cow
ca & Blackberry, Mooney, Flynn, Heron       Hunting is allowed during spring            Mountain RA is closed to Off-Highway
Island, Rio Vista, Pine Creek, Capay        turkey season. Only shotguns, rifles or     Vehicles. The 23,000 acre South Cow
& Phelan Island, Jacinto, South Ord,        bows and arrows may be used. Write          Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle RA has
Llano Seco Island 1 & 2, and Sul Norte      the Auburn State RA, CA Dept. of            developed roads for OHV recreation.
Units. Maps are also available by calling   Parks and Recreation, 501 El Dorado         Open to hunting all year during legal
the Sacramento NWR Complex, 752             St., Auburn, CA 95604 or call (530)         seasons. For more information contact
County Road 99W, Willows, CA 95988          885-4527/988-0205 for maps and infor-       the Bureau of Land Management in
at (530) 934-2801.                          mation. Hunting is allowed in specific      Ukiah at (707) 468-4000.
                                            areas.
Sacramento River State Wildlife                                                         Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area
Area This state owned wildlife area         New Hogan Lake (400 acres) - 30             Hunting daily during hunting seasons
consists of 20 disjunct units along a 70    miles east of Stockton For a map con-       – Type C wildlife area – 8600 acres of
mile section of the Sacramento River        tact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,      oak woodland. Location about 14 miles
between Colusa and Red Bluff that are       2713 Hogan Dam Blvd., Valley Springs,       north of Yreka near the Oregon border.
separated by private land. Large yellow     CA 95252 or call (209) 772-1343.            For a map call (530) 459-3926.
unit signs have been posted by the DFG
and are visible to users from the river     Mendocino National Forest east of           National Forests in the Sierra Nevada
to help identify these units. Most units    Covelo (Mendocino County) and in            Mountains The lower elevation areas
are dense riparian jungle and difficult     the Lake Pillsbury area (Lake County)       sometimes have turkeys. Purchase a
to penetrate. For locating these areas      For a map contact the Mendocino NF,         National Forest map and hike the low-
please refer to www.sacramentoriver.        825 North Humboldt Ave., Willows,           est elevation areas looking for turkey
org. Directions to each of these remote     CA 95988 or call (530) 934-3316.            sign in the oak groves.
properties can be viewed at this website
or by calling (916) 358-2882 for a map.     Indian Valley Wildlife Area (1,600
Most units are accessible only by boat.     acres of DFG land) and Indian Valley
                                            Management Area (50,000 acres of
State Game Refuge 1G in Tehama              BLM land) in Lake and Colusa Coun-
County is open for spring turkey hunt-      ties Habitat: Dense chaparral with
ing - 45 miles east of Red Bluff via Hwy    small scattered pockets of oak grass-
36. State Game Refuges are normally         land. Access: About 27 miles west of
closed to all hunting. For a map call       Williams or 14 miles east of Clearlake
DFG’s Northern Region at (530) 225-         Oaks on Hwy 20 to Walker Ridge Road.
2300.                                       Travel north on Walker Ridge Road
                                            to Indian Valley Reservoir. The BLM
Tehama Wildlife Area (44,601 acres          has developed two campgrounds with
                                            water and restroom facilities. A boat
                                            ramp is available at the north and south

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         Get the Lead Out of
         Condor Range




T
           he Fish and Game                nongame within the condor area.          lead projectiles, but not ground
           Commission adopted              This includes centerfire as well as      squirrels in the same area. Part of
           regulations prohibiting the     black-powder/muzzle-loader, and          the reasoning for this is that unlike
           use of bullets containing       rimfire projectiles. The Commission      nongame animals that are hunted
lead for hunting deer, bear, wild pig,     and Department will be working           and usually left in the field, game
elk, and pronghorn antelope in areas       on a certification process, to be        species must be retrieved and not
designated as California condor            completed before summer 2008, to         wasted.
range beginning July 1, 2008. Lead         help hunters identify projectiles that
bullets are also banned in the same        will be legal.                           More information is available at
areas when hunting coyote, ground                                                   http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/
squirrels, and other nongame               The Commission prohibited the            hunting/condor/
wildlife. The ban will encompass           possession of lead projectiles
the historic range of the condor           and a firearm capable of firing          The geographic area where lead is
covering approximately 20 percent          such projectiles, while big game         prohibited is exactly the same area
of the state.                              or nongame hunting within the            described in the recently enacted
                                           specified range. Otherwise, lead         AB 821- Ridley-Tree Condor
Lead poisoning is identified as a          projectiles may be possessed             Preservation Act (Nava) and entered
significant problem for endangered                                                  into the Fish and Game Code as
California condors. The ingestion          Lead bullets for .22 rimfire or          section 3004.5. To assist hunters
of lead bullet fragments by condors        smaller firearms are legal when sport    in understanding and visualizing
feeding on shot animals is a verified      hunting for small game mammals           affected areas, the lead prohibition
cause lead poisoning and death in          but prohibited for nongame animals       area is also known as deer hunt
condors.                                   in condor range under the current        zones D7, D8, D9, D10, D11,
                                           adopted regulations.                     D13, and most (but not all) of
It will be illegal to use any projectile                                            the South A zone. (The DFG will
that contains more than 1 percent          Hunters can legally hunt jackrabbit,     identify specific hunts affected in a
lead for hunting big game or               cottontail, and tree squirrel using      future update.).
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                Hunting
                Fishing         &
      California’s Wildlife Areas
        & Ecological Reserves


        T
                 he DFG manages over 200 state wildlife areas and eco-
                 logical reserves totaling more than 850,000 acres. The
                 state acquired these areas to protect and enhance habi-
        tat for wildlife species, and to provide the public with wild-
        life-related recreational uses. Most of the wildlife areas, and
        more than half of the ecological reserves, are open to hunting
        and/or fishing.

        On the next 12 pages are descriptions of, and directions to,
        state wildlife areas and ecological reserves that allow either
        hunting or fishing. The descriptions indicate whether the area
        has restroom facilities, boat access and/or an information
        kiosk. Areas that provide disabled access are indicated with a
        “D.” Areas where boat access is limited to hand-carried boats
        are indicated with an “H.” The DFG recommends contacting
        local offices at the telephone numbers provided to check for
        area closures and special hunting or fishing opportunities.




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Ash Creek WA                 1    (530) 294-5824   •   •       •           •          Modoc/Lassen Co. Hwy 299, 4 mi NE of Bieber. Area is adjacent
                                                                                      to Ash Creek, upstream from Bieber-Lookout Rd.
Bass Hill WA                 2    (530) 254-6644   •                                  Lassen Co. 6 mi southeast of Susanville, adjacent to Hwy 395.
Big Lagoon WA                3    (707) 445-6493   •   •   •   •          •           Humboldt Co. Hwy 101, 3 mi north of Patricks Point, 34 mi N
                                                                                      of Eureka.
Biscar WA                    4    (530) 254-6644   •   •   •                          Lassen Co. Karlo Rd. W of Hwy 395 in Secret Valley.
Butte Valley WA              5    (530) 398-4627   •       •   •          •           Siskiyou Co. 5 mi W of Macdoel & Hwy 97.
Cantara/Ney Springs WA       6    (530) 225-2370       •                              Siskiyou Co. 3 mi south of Mt Shasta City on the Sacramento
                                                                                      River.
Cinder Flats WA              7    (530) 225-3581   •                                  Shasta Co. From Redding, 58 mi east on Hwy 299, 4 mi south on
                                                                                      Cassel Rd. to Cassel, east 2 mi on Cassel Fall River Rd, then 2 mi
                                                                                      north.
Cresent City Marsh WA        8    (707) 464-2523       •                              Del Norte Co. Hwy 101 to Sand Mine Rd to Humboldt Rd and
                                                                                      Bluff Rd.
Doyle WA                     9    (530) 254-6644   •                                  Lassen Co. 2 mi N of Doyle at Laver Crossing, County Road 346,
                                                                                      east of Hwy 395 to Hackstaff Rd.
Eel River WA                10    (707) 445-6493   •   •                              Humboldt Co. 6 mi SW of Eureka, off Hwy 101.
Elk River WA                11    (707) 445-6493   •   •                              Humboldt Co. 2 mi S of Eureka, E of Hwy 101.
Fay Slough WA               12    (707) 445-6493   •                                  Humboldt Co. 1.5 mi N of Eureka, off Hwy 101.
Fitzhugh Creek WA           13    (530) 254-6363   •   •                              Approximately 12 mi. SE of Alturas. Access limited.
Honey Lake WA               14    (530) 254-6644   •   •       •          •           Lassen Co. From Susanville, proceed N on Hwy 395 approxi-
                                                                                      mately 25 mi, turn south on Mapes Rd., proceed 3 mi to DFG
                                                                                      Rd., turn east; DFG office is 1.5 mi.
Horseshoe Ranch WA          15    (530) 459-3926   •                                  Siskiyou Co. 14 mi N of Yreka. Take the Hornbrook exit off I-5
                                                                                      and proceed east (right) on Copco Rd. for 10 mi to the confluence
                                                                                      of Scotch and Camp creeks; turn left into the entrance of the
                                                                                      wildlife area
Lake Earl WA                 16   (707)464-2523    •   •   •              •           Del Norte Co. 5 mi N of Cresent City
Mad River Slough WA          17   (707) 445-6493   •                                  Humboldt Co. 1/2 mile west of Arcata, off Samoa Blvd.
Mouth of Cottonwood Creek WA 18   (530) 527-8917   •   •                              Shasta Co. 10 mi E of Cottonwood, where Cottonwood Creek
                                                                                      enters the Sacramento River. Walk-in access is adjacent to Adobe
                                                                                      Rd., Hacienda Rd. intersection
Pine Creek WA               19    (530) 254-6363   •   •                              Modoc Co. Hwy 395 S of Alturas to Parker Creek Rd to Road
                                                                                      115 to Pine Creek Rd.
Shasta Valley WA            20    (530) 459-3926   •   •   •   •          •           Siskiyou Co. 8 mi east of Yreka. From Montague proceed 1-1/2
                                                                                      mi E on Ball Mountain/Little Shasta Rd to the area headquarters
                                                                                      entrance
Silver Creek WA             21    (530) 254-6363   •   •                              Lassen Co. 10 mi south of Eagleville on SE side of Warner Mts.
Surprise Valley WA          22    (530) 233-3581   •                                  Modoc Co. 9 mi south of Cedarville, on County Road 1
Tehama WA                   23    (530) 597-2201   •   •                              Tehama Co. 3 mi S of the town of Paynes Creek, on Plum Creek
                                                                                      Rd.
Waukell Creek WA            24    (707) 464-2523   •                                  Del Norte Co. 1 mi S of Klammath on East side of Hwy 101
Willow Creek WA             25    (530) 254-6644   •                                  Lassen Co. From the town of Susanville proceed 16 mi N on
                                                                                      State Route 139


Ecological Reserves
China Point ER              26    (530) 459-3926   •   •                              Siskiyou County. Hwy 96 to Happy Camp, exit Washington
                                                                                      Street. East on China Grade Road to reserve. Closed Feb 15
                                                                                      - July 31. Fishing permitted by boats launched and operated in
                                                                                      Klamath River.
Dales Lake ER               27    (530) 528-9405   •                                  Tehama County. Waterfowl hunting only. Hwy 36 east from Red
                                                                                      Bluff. Left on Manton Road. Reserve is 1/2 mile past Dales Sta-
                                                                                      tion on west side of road.
Headwaters Forest ER        28    (707) 825-2300       •       •          •           Humboldt Co. 6 mi. SE of Eureka off Elk River Road.




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Antelope Valley WA        28   (916) 358-2900   •                                  Sierra Co. 4 mi SW of Loyalton
Cache Creek WA            30   (707) 944-5500   •                      •           Lake Co. 29 mi W of Williams, S of Hwy 20
Clear Lake WA             31   (916) 358-2900   •   •                              W side of Rodman Slough. 1/2 mi N of Nice-Lucerne cutoff road
                                                                                   bridge.
Colusa Bypass WA          30   (916) 358-2900   •                                  Colusa Co. About 1.5 mi N of Colusa between Sacramento River
                                                                                   and Butte Creek. From Colusa, go N on River Road for 1.5 mi,
                                                                                   then E on Laux Rd. for 1.5 mi to parking area
Coon Hollow WA            33   (916) 358-2900   •   •                              Butte Co. 23 mi NE of Paradise, Humbug Summit Rd.
Crocker Meadows WA        34   (916) 358-2900   •                                  Plumas Co. 2 mi N of Beckworth and Hwy 70
Daugherty Hill WA         35   (916) 358-2900   •                                  Yuba Co. 17 mi E of Marysville. From Marysville, take Hwy 20
                                                                                   to Marysville Rd; proceed N (left) on Marysville Rd. to Dolan
                                                                                   Harding Rd., and then E (right)
Feather River WA          36   (916) 358-2900   •   •   •                          Yuba Co. 10 mi S of Marysville and Yuba City on Feather River.
                                                                                   Access from Star Bend fishing access on Feather River Blvd
Fremont Weir WA           37   (916) 358-2900   •   •                              Yolo Co. 3 mi SE of Knights Landing off CR 116 on the Sacra-
                                                                                   mento River
Gray Lodge WA             38   (530) 846-7500   D   •       •          •           Sutter/ Butte Co. From Gridley (Hwy 99) proceed 5 mi W on the
                                                                                   Gridley-Colusa Rd, turn S (left) on Pennington Rd. and travel 3
                                                                                   mi to check station
Hallelujah Junction WA    39   (916) 358-2900   •                                  Sierra Co. Approx. 11 mi E of Loyalton, 1 mile W of the Califor-
                                                                                   nia-Nevada border and roughly bisected by Hwy 395
Heenan Lake WA            40   (916) 358-2900   •   •                  •           Alpine Co. Approx. 8 mi SE of Markleeville off Hwy 89 (Rest-
                                                                                   rooms only during fishing season)
Hope Valley WA            41   (916) 358-2900   •   D                              Alpine Co. Junction of Hwy 88 and 89 on the Caspian River
Indian Valley WA          42   (707) 944-5500   •   •   •                          Lake Co. 25 mi W of Williams or 14 mi E of Clearlake Oaks off
                                                                                   Hwy 20. Go N on Walker Ridge Rd. to Bartlett Springs Rd., turn
                                                                                   left to Indian Valley Reservoir
Oroville WA               43   (530) 538-2236   •   •   •              •           Butte Co. W of Oroville and S of Hwy 162, adjacent to Feather
                                                                                   River. Thermalito Unit is 5 mi W of Oroville, E of Hwy 99
Red Lake WA               44   (916) 358-2900   •   •                              Alpine Co. 1 mi E of Carson Pass and Hwy 88
Sacramento River WA       45   (916) 358-2900   •   •   •                          Yolo, Colusa, Glenn, Butte Co. Consists of a number of disjunct
                                                                                   units along the Sacramento River separated by private land
Smithneck Creek WA        46   (916) 358-2900       •                              Sierra Co. 2 mi SE of Loyalton; Smithneck Rd via Sierra Brooks
Spenceville WA            47   (530) 538-2236   •   •                              Yuba Co. 15 mi E of Marysville; 18 mi E on Hwy 20 to Smarts-
                                                                                   ville Rd. Proceed S (right) on Smartsville Road about 1 mi to area
Sutter Bypass WA          48   (916) 358-2900   •   •                              Sutter Co. About. 10 mi S of Sutter, where Reclamation Rd.
                                                                                   crosses Tisdale Weir
Truckee River WA          49   (916) 358-2900   D   •                              Nevada Co. WA consists of 4 units in and downstream of Truckee
Upper Butte Basin WA      50   (530) 982-2169   •   •                              Butte, Glenn Co. 11 mi W of Gridley along Butte Creek; 7 Mile
                                                                                   Rd and Nelson Rd.; Butte Creek and Hwy 162
Warner Valley WA          51   (916) 358-2900   •   •                              Butte, Glenn Co. 10 mi NW of Lake Almanor and Chester; Red
                                                                                   Bluff Rd to Warner Valley Rd.
Ecological Reserves
Butte Creek Canyon ER     52   (916) 358-2900       •   H                          Butte Co. Hwy 99 south of Chico. Skyway Road east. Honey Run
                                                                                   Road east about 1 mile. Reserve is on the right side of road. Fish-
                                                                                   ing by hand-carried boat permitted Feb 1 - April 30.
Butte Creek House ER      53   (916) 358-2900       •                              Butte Co. Hw 99 S of Chico. Skyway Rd E and N about 35 mi.
                                                                                   NE on Humbug Rd about 8 miles. Reserve is on the right.
Cosumnes River ER         54   (916) 358-2900   •   •   H   •          •           From I-5 E on Twin Cities Rd 1 mi to Franklin Blvd. 1.7 mi S on
                                                                                   Franklin Blvd to Visitors Center. Fishing by boat only in main
                                                                                   channel of Cosumnes River and sloughs accessible from Moke-
                                                                                   lumne River. Boats launched only from designated sites. Hunting
                                                                                   only at designated times, locations; call for details.
North Table Mountain ER   55   (916) 358-2900   •                                  From State Route 70 exit Nelson Ave/Grand Ave ; E on Grand Ave,
                                                                                   N on Table Mtn Blvd to Cherokee Rd; 6 mi on Cherokee Rd to
                                                                                   public parking area. Deer and upland game hunting thru Nov 15
                                                                                   and thru spring turkey season.

D – denotes Disabled Access
H – denotes Hand Carry


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Cedar Roughs WA            56   (707) 944-5500   •                                  Napa Co. Located off Pope Canyon Rd., 2.2 mi W of Pope Creek
                                                                                    bridge, Lake Berryessa
Decker Island WA           57   (916) 358-2900   •       •                          Solano Co. 3 mi S of Rio Vista at the N end of Decker Island on
                                                                                    the Sacramento River. Access by boat only
Grizzly Island WA          58   (707) 425-3828   D   D       •          •           Solano Co.Within the Susiun Marsh approximately 10 mi SE of
                                                                                    Fairfield.From the cities of Fairfield or Rio Vista on Hwy 12, turn
                                                                                    S on Grizzly Island Rd 1mi E of Fairfield and proceed S 10 mi to
                                                                                    the area headquarters.Fishing from shore permitted.
Hill Slough WA             59   (707) 425-3828       •                  •           Solano Co. Hwy 12 to Grizzly Island Rd
Knoxville WA               60   (707) 944-5500   •                                  Napa Co. 5 mi NW of Lake Berryessa
Laguna WA                  61   (707) 944-5500   •   •                              Sonoma Co. E of Sebastopol and W of Santa Rosa between
                                                                                    Rohnert Park and the Russian River
Lake Berryessa WA          62   (707) 944-5500       •   •                          Napa Co. On the east side of Lake Berryessa, from Monticello
                                                                                    Dam on the south to Eticurea Creek on the north
Lake Sonoma WA             63   (707) 944-5500   •   •   •              •           Sonoma Co. 11 mi NW of Healdsburg off Dry Creek Rd., and
                                                                                    about 4-1/2 mi SW of Cloverdale, off Hot Springs Rd.
Lower Sherman Island WA    64   (707) 944-5500   •   •   •                          Hwy 160 to Sherman Island Rd. to Mayberry Solano Co. Slough
                                                                                    near confluence of Sacramento River
Miner Slough WA            65   (707) 944-5500   •   •                              Solano Co. about 10 mi N of Rio Vista at the junction of Miner
                                                                                    Slough and Cache Slough
Napa-Sonoma Marshes WA     66   (707) 944-5500   •   •   •                          Napa Co. Located W and N of Hwy 37 near the city of Vallejo, E
                                                                                    and S of Hwy 121 near the cities of Sonoma and Napa
Petaluma Marsh WA          67   (707) 944-5500   •   •   •                          Sonoma Co. 6 mi SE of Petaluma adjacent to the Petaluma River.
                                                                                    Accessible only by boat via the Petaluma River or San Antonio
                                                                                    Creek. Public boat ramps are located at the Petaluma Marina and
                                                                                    on the west side of the Hwy 37 bridge
Point Edith WA             68   (707) 944-5500   •   •   •                          Contra Costa Co. Located 2-1/2 mi E of Martinez, north of
                                                                                    Waterfront Rd. Access by boat only from Suisun Bay
Putah Creek WA             69   (707) 944-5500   •   •   •                          Yolo Co. 10 mi W of Winters of Hwy 128
Rector Reservoir WA        70   (707) 944-5500   •   •                              Solano Co. Along the Silverado Trail, S of Rector Reservoir
Rhode Island WA            71   (916) 358-2900   •   •                              Contra Costa Co. Accessible only by boat. Waterfowl coot, moor-
                                                                                    hen only.
San Pablo Bay WA           72   (707) 944-5500   •   •   •                          Marin Co. Located in the mudflats and surrounding San Pablo
                                                                                    Bay waters in Marin County, between the mouths of the Petaluma
                                                                                    River and Gallinas Creek
White Slough WA            73   (707) 944-5500   •   •                              San Joaquin Co. 8 mi W of Lodi. W of I-5 on Walnut Grove,
                                                                                    Woodbridge, Cotta and I-5 Frontage Rds
Yolo Bypass WA             74   Yolo Bypass WA   D   •       •          •           Yolo Co approximately 3 mi E of Davis (4 mi W of West Sacra-
                                                                                    mento) off I-80 and Frontage Rd
Ecological Reserves
Albany Mudflats ER         75   (707) 944-5500       •                              Alameda Co. I-80, exit Central Ave W in City of Albany to Re-
                                                                                    serve.
Atascadero Crk. Marsh ER   76   (707) 944-5500       •                              Sonoma Co. Highway 116 to Green Valley Road W. Reserve is on
                                                                                    the right.
Bair Island ER             77   (707) 944-5500   •   •                              San Mateo Co. SF Bay. Access by boat from Redwood City. Hwy
                                                                                    101, exit Seaport Blvd to launch area. Closed Feb 15-May 20.
                                                                                    Waterfowl hunting permitted.
Calhoun Cut ER             78   (707) 944-5500   •   •   •                          Solano Co. Access by boat only via Lindsey Slough for fishing,
                                                                                    waterfowl hunting.
Del Mar Landing ER         79   (707) 944-5500       •   •                          Sonoma Co. Hwy 1 S of Gualala. Access reserve via Bluff Top
                                                                                    Trail off Leeward Rd, S of Gualala Point Co Park. Reserve is
                                                                                    offshore.
Napa River ER              80   (707) 944-5500       •       •          •           Napa Co, N of Yountville. Hwy 29 exit Oakville Cross Rd E to
                                                                                    Silverado Trail. South on Silverado Trail to Yountville Cross Rd.
                                                                                    W on Yountville Cross Rd to reserve.
Peytonia Slough ER         81   (707) 944-5500       •                  •            Solano Co. Access via boat Suisun Slough. Hwy 12 in Suisun City.
                                                                                    S on Main St. Left on Kellogg St. to Suisun City Boat Ramp.
Redwood Shores ER          82   (707) 944-5500       •   H                          San Mateo Co. Hwy 92 in Foster City. Exit 3rd Ave/Foster City
                                                                                    Blvd S to reserve at intersect of Foster City & Beach Park.
Tomales Bay ER             83   (707) 944-5500   •   •   H                          Marin Co. Hwy 1 N of Pt. Reyes Station near town of Bivalve.
                                                                                    Waterfowl hunting permitted. Land closed Mar 1 - Jun 30.


D – denotes Disabled Access
H – denotes Hand Carry
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Big Sandy WA               84    (831) 649-2870   •                                   Monterey and San Luis Obispo Co. 9 mi N of Paso Robles. En-
                                                                                      trance to parking lot is reached from Indian Valley Rd. on the east
                                                                                      side of the Salinas River
Cottonwood Creek WA        85    (209) 826-0463   •                                   Merced Co. 36 mi E of Gilroy and NW of Hwy 152
Kinsman Flat WA            86    (559) 243-4005   •                                   Fresno Co. 15 mi E of the town of North Fork, on Mammoth
                                                                                      Pool Rd.
Little Panoche Reservoir WA 87   (209) 826-0463   •   •                               Fresno Co. 5 mi W of Hwy 5 and 30 mi W of Firebaugh, on the
                                                                                      southern side of Little Panoche Rd.
Los Banos WA               88    (209) 826-0463   D   •   •   •           •           Merced Co. 4 mi NE of Los Banos. From Hwy 152 near the east
                                                                                      edge of Los Banos, turn N on Hwy 165; travel N 3 mi and then E
                                                                                      (right) on Henry Miller Ave. for 3/4 mile
Mendota WA                 89    (559) 655-4645   D   •       •           •           Fresno Co. 3 mi S of Mendota near Whites Bridge. Proceed S and
                                                                                      E from Mendota on Hwy 180 3 mi to Whites Bridge.
Monache Meadows WA         90    (559) 243-4005   •   •                               Tulare Co. 10 mi SW of Olancha (Jct Hwy 395 and 190) on S.
                                                                                      Fork of Kern River
Morro Bay WA               91    (831) 649-2870   •   •   •                           San Luis Obispo Co. Western portion of Morro Bay between
                                                                                      Fairbank Point and Cuesta-By-The-Sea
Moss Landing WA            92    (831) 649-2870   •   •   •   •                       Monterey Co. On N bank of Elkhorn Slough, 1-1/4 mi N of the
                                                                                      town of Moss Landing on Hwy1. Hunting access by boat only.
North Grasslands WA        93    (209) 826-0463   D   •   •               •           Merced Co. 6 mi N of Los Banos. The China Island Unit is located
                                                                                      between Newman and Gustine. From Gustine and the intersection
                                                                                      of Hwy 33 and 140, travel 1.7 mi N on Hwy 33, turn right onto
                                                                                      Canal School Rd., travel 1.4 mi and turn right onto Brazo Rd,
                                                                                      travel 0.7 mi and turn left, proceed 1.2 mi. The Galdwall Unit is
                                                                                      approximately two mi east of Los Banos at Santa Fe Grade. The
                                                                                      Salt Slough Unit is approximately 7 mi N of Los Banos
O’Neill Forebay WA         94    (209) 826-0463   •   •                   •           Merced Co. 10 mi W of Los Banos and 2 mi S of Santa Nella, W
                                                                                      of Hwy 33
San Luis Obispo WA         95    (805) 541-5755                          D            San Luis Obispo Co. Hwy 1, approx 12 mi W of Hwy 101 and 4
                                                                                      mi E of Morro Bay. Public shooting range only.
San Luis Reservoir WA      96    (209) 826-0463   •       •               •           Merced and Santa Clara Co. 30 mi east of Gilroy. Located on the
                                                                                      south side of Pacheco Pass, along Hwy 152
Volta WA                   97    (209) 826-0463   •   •                               Merced Co. 3/4 mi N of Volta on Ingomar Grade. From Hwy 152
                                                                                      take Hwy 33 N to Santa Nella, or from I-5 take the Santa Nella
                                                                                      exit and proceed S on Hwy 33; turn E on Henry Miller Ave. and
                                                                                      travel E 4-1/2 mi; turn left over the railroad tracks and turn left
                                                                                      again and proceed N about 3/4 mi on Ingomar Grade Rd.
West Hilmar WA             98    (209) 826-0463   •                                   Merced and Stanislaus Co. On the east side of the San Joaquin
                                                                                      River, approximately 4mi downstream from Hills Ferry. Access is
Ecological Reserves                                                                   only by boat.
Carrizo Plains ER          78    (831) 649-2870   •           •                       San Luis Obispo Co. Hwy 101 north of SLO, exit Hwy 58 east.
                                                                                      Exit Soda Lake S to Painted Rock Ranch Road. Goodwin Educa-
                                                                                      tion Center (805) 475-2131. Second access at mile marker 45 off
                                                                                      Hwy 166. No facilities there.
Kerman ER                  100   (559) 243 4014   •                                   Fresno Co. Hwy 180, 10 mi E of Mendota. Hwy 180 passes thru
                                                                                      reserve. Hunt w/shotgun July 1 - Jan. 31.
Morro Rock ER              101   (831) 649-2870   •                                   San Luis Obispo Co. Hwy 1, exit Morro Bay Blvd. Right on Har-
                                                                                      bor Str. Right on Embarcadero. Bear left to Coleman Dr. & Morro
                                                                                      Rock. Only area between low tide mark & 10 feet elevation is open
                                                                                      to public.
Panoche Hills ER           102   (559) 243-4014   •                                   Fresno Co. I-5 exit Little Panoche Rd 18 mi W of Mendota. Go W
                                                                                      about 12 mi. Take dirt road S of Mercey Hot Springs E to reserve.
                                                                                      Contact Region re: seasonal closures.
Pleasant Valley ER         103   (559) 243-4014   •                                   Fresno Co. Exit I-5 onto Janye Ave. Head W to El Dorado Rd.
                                                                                      Turn right, heading N. At intersect of Phelps Ave., turn left and
                                                                                      go W approx. 2 to 3 miles until reach an “S”shaped bend in road.
                                                                                      Park at gate on S side of road. Access on foot thru gate.
San Joaquin River ER       104   (559) 243-4014       •                               Fresno Co. Access, including from river shore, is by permit only.
                                                                                      Contact Region at number shown.
Stone Corral ER            105   (559) 243-4014   •                                   Tulare Co. Yettem Unit-Hwy 63 to 201. E on 201 about 3 mi until
                                                                                      power lines cross road, E of Yettem. Reserve on each side. Sequoia
                                                                                      Field Unit-Hwy. 63 between Ave 352 and 368. Reserve is W side of
                                                                                      Hwy. Access by foot thru gate.
D – denotes Disabled Access
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Hollenbeck Canyon WA     106   (858) 467-4201   •             •                      San Diego Co. Approx. 15 miles south of El Cajon, off Highway
                                                                                     94. Turn E on Honey Springs Road. Small DFG parking area pro-
                                                                                     vides for day use. Hunting is allowed for: upland game, resident
                                                                                     small game, coyote and crow, using shotgun, archery and falconry
                                                                                     only.
San Felipe Valley WA     107   (858) 467-4201   •             •                      San Diego Co. 10 mi NE of Julian between State Highways 78
                                                                                     and 79. County Hwy S-2 bisects the length of the wildlife area
Ecological Reserves                                                                  and provides public access
Batiquitos Lagoon ER     108   (858) 467-4201       •         •                      San Diego Co. Hwy 5 in Carlsbad to Poinsettia Ln east; S on
                                                                                     Batiquitos Dr. Right on Gabbiano Dr. to reserve.
Boden Canyon ER          109   (858) 467-4201   •             •                      San Diego Co. Hwy 78. Reserve is on north side of Hwy 78, about
                                                                                     3 mi north of Ramona. Upland game hunting may be permitted.
                                                                                     Contact Regional Office for additional information.
Buena Vista Lagoon ER    110   (858) 467-4201       •         •          D           San Diego Co. Hwy 5. Exit Vista Way west. Left on Pacific Coast
                                                                                     Highway to visitors center just south of Eaton Street.
Coal Canyon ER           111   (858) 467-4201   •                                    Orange Co. Contact Regional Office for additional information.
Rancho Jamul ER          112   (858) 467-4201   •                                    San Diego Co. Hwy 94. Reserve is west of 94 and north of Otay
                                                                                     Lakes Road. Hunting Access is for DFG-operated hunts only.
San Dieguito Lagoon ER   113   (858) 467-4201       •                                San Diego Co. Hwy 5 exit Via de Valle west. South on Grand
                                                                                     Avenue/ Jimmy Durante Blvd. East on San Dieguito Drive. Open
                                                                                     8a.m.to 5p.m. Portions of the reserve are closed to public access.
San Elijo Lagoon ER      114   (858) 467-4201       •                                San Diego Co. Hwy 5 north of Solana Beach. Exit Manchester
                                                                                     Avenue to reserve.
Upper Newport Bay ER     115   (949) 640-9956       •     •   •          D           Orange Co. Newport Beach. Hwy 405 to Jamboree Exit. West on
                                                                                     Jamboree to Back Bay Drive. Proceed W to reserve. Newport Bay
                                                                                     Naturalists and Friends (949) 640-6746. Non-motorized boats
                                                                                     permitted in designated areas only.
D – denotes Disabled Access



       For detailed information about hunting in
       California, the DFG has a number of free
      publications, available at DFG offices state-
       wide. They can also be downloaded from
      the DFG Web site at: www.dfg.ca.gov. Click
               on the “Publications” link.
      All DFG publications can be mailed to your
       home upon request. Contact your nearest
        DFG office (see list on page 2) or email
       your request to publications@dfg.ca.gov.
                      Select from:
      Guide to Hunting Deer in California (87 pgs)
      Guide to Hunting Wild Pigs in California (41 pgs)
      Guide to Hunting Quail in California (99 pgs)
      Guide to Hunting Turkeys in California (40 pgs)




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Buttermilk Country WA        116    (760) 872-1171   •                                   Inyo Co. 12 mi W of Bishop on East Slope of Sierra Nevada
Camp Cady WA                 117    (760) 872-1171   •                                   San Bernardino Co. 20 mi E of Barstow along Mojave River
East Walker River WA         118    (760) 872-1171   •   •   •                           Mono Co. 6 mi N of Bridgeport along Hwy 182
Green Creek WA               119    (760) 872-1171   •   •                               Mono Co. 8 mi S of Bridgeport on Hwy 395 to Green Creek Rd.
Imperial WA                  120    (760) 359-0577   •   •   •   •           •           Imperial Co. East side of the Salton Sea on Hwy 111, 5 mi NW
                                                                                         from Niland
Kelso Peak & Old Dad Mtns. WA 121   (909) 597-9823   •                                   San Bernardino Co. 12 mi SE of Baker, along Kelbaker
                                                                                         Rd.,within Old Dad Mts. WA E Mojave National Scenic Area
Marble Mountains WA          122    (909) 597-9823   •       •               •           San Bernardino Co. 2 mi NE of Amboy along Kelbaker Rd.
Pickel Meadow WA             123    (760) 872-1171   •   •                               Mono Co. Sonora Pass; Sonora Jct., Hwys 108 and 395; across
                                                                                         from US Marine training base
San Jacinto WA               124    (951) 928-0580   •           •           •           Riverside Co.,1/2 mi N of Lakeview on Davis Rd., E side of Per-
                                                                                         ris Lake
Santa Rosa WA                125    (909) 597-9823   •                                   Riverside Co. 15 mi SW of Indio. Approximately 10 mi S of Indio
                                                                                         on Hwy 86, take trail west to Martinez Canyon
Slinkard/Little Antelope WA 126     (760) 872-1171   •   •                               Mono Co. S of Topaz Lake, W of Hwy 395 on Hwy 89
West Walker River WA        127     (760) 872-1171   •   •                               Mono Co. Hwy 395 between Sonora Jct. (Hwy 108/395) and
                                                                                         Walker

Ecological Reserves
Baldwin Lake ER              128    (909) 597-9823   •       •   •                       San Bernardino County. Hwy 18 east of Big Bear City. Reserve is
                                                                                         at the intersection of Hwy 18 and Holcomb Valley Road on the
                                                                                         north side of Baldwin Lake. Waterfowl hunting from boats only.
                                                                                         Boats may only be used for waterfowl hunting.
By Day Creek ER              129    (909) 597-9823   •                                   Mono County. Hwy 395 about 4.5 mi west of Bridgeport, follow
                                                                                         dirt road west of Bridgeport Ranger Station to the reserve.
Estelle Mountain ER          130    (909) 597-9823   •                                   Riverside County. Hwy 15 in El Cerrito. Exit Cajalco Road east.
                                                                                         South on Lake Mathews Drive. South on Estelle Moutain Road to
                                                                                         reserve, about 4 miles. Upland game hunting permitted.
Fish Slough ER               131    (909) 597-9823   •           •                       Inyo and Mono Counties. Hwy 6 north of Bishop. Exit Jean Blanc
                                                                                         Road west. North on Fish Slough Road for 2.5 mi. Reserve is on
                                                                                         the east side of Fish Slough Road.
Indian Joe Spring ER         132    (909) 597-9823   •   •                               Inyo County. Hwy 178. Reserve is 4 miles north of Trona, west of
                                                                                         178. Upland game hunting permitted.
Oasis Spring ER              133    (909) 597-9823   •                                   Riverside County. Hwy 111 on east side of the Salton Sea to
                                                                                         Range Road. North on Range Road to reserve.
Piute Creek ER               134    (909) 597-9823   •                                   San Bernardino County. Hwy 95 10 mi south of junction with
                                                                                         Hwy 163. West on graded utility road to reserve.
River Springs Lakes ER       135    (909) 597-9823   •   •                               Mono County. Hwy 120 about 23 mi east of Mono Lake to River
                                                                                         Springs Road. Northeast on River Springs Road for about 4 mi to
                                                                                         reserve.
Saline Valley ER             136    (909) 597-9823   •   •                               Inyo County. Hwy 190 about 25 mi east of Olancha. North on
                                                                                         Saline Valley Road about 50 miles to Salt Lake and reserve.
San Felipe Creek ER          137    (909) 597-9823   •   •                               Imperial County. Hwy 86 just south of junction with 78. Exit Old
                                                                                         Kane Spring Rd west to reserve.
Santa Rosa Plateau ER        138    (909) 677-6951       •       •           D           Riverside County. Hwy 15 north of Temecula. Exit Clinton-Keith
                                                                                         Rd. Proceed southwest 4 mi to Reserve. With the exception of
                                                                                         guide animals, no pets are permitted.
West Mojave Desert ER        139    (909) 597-9823   •                                   San Bernardino County. Hwy 395 north of Kramer Junction
                                                                                         (Hwys 58 and 395) about 7 miles. East on dirt road to reserve.
                                                                                         Hunting permitted July 1 - Jan 31
D – denotes Disabled Access




     Spring 2008                                                                                                     California Hunting Digest 25
Outdoor Opportunities–Northern Region
                                                     Northern Region
                                              Bear Hunting Clinic                  Land Navigation
                                              March 1, 2008 Redding             and Wilderness Survival
                                                         Area                            June 21-21, 2008
                                            In partnership with the              Shasta-Trinity National Forest
                                            Pacific Coast Hunter Educa-              Bushytail Campgrounds
                                            tion Instructor Association,       Jeff Banke, author of Land Naviga-
                                            we’re offering a bear hunt-        tion for the California Hunter, will
                                            ing clinic. Topics will in-        cover the fundamentals of naviga-
                                            clude: bear biology, hunting       tion, compasses, map types, GPS
                                           considerations and require-         units and wilderness survival skills
                                     ments, methods of take, locating          with real life situations. This course
                                     bears, hunting techniques, using          is a “must” for successful and safe
                                     dogs and care of game. There will         hunting and provides an entire
                                     be dog demonstrations and we will         weekend of hands-on experiences.
                                     be auctioning off two black and tan       Space is limited. Accommodations
                                     hound pups.                               are camping. Cost: $60. For more
                                     Space is limited. Cost: $40. For          information contact Susan Herrge-
                                     more information contact Susan            sell at (530) 347-3980 or sherrges@
                                     Herrgesell at (530) 347-3980 or           dfg.ca.gov.
                                     sherrges@dfg.ca.gov.



  Big Game Drawing Deadline:                                  What is a
         June 2, 2008
                                                           Junior Hunter?
      Do you plan to apply for antelope,         A     junior hunter is a person who has successfully completed
                                                       their hunter education training course and has purchased
                                                 their junior hunting license before their 16th birthday. The junior
  elk, bighorn sheep or deer tags this
                                                 license is valid for the current hunting year even though they will
  year? The drawing deadline date for ap-
                                                 pass their 16th birthday during that hunting season. Buy your
  plying is only months away but now is          junior license before you become 16.
  the time to mark your calendar; appli-              Junior hunters are issued free entry permits on Type A and B
  cations must be received at the License        Wildlife Areas and National Wildlife Refuges. The junior hunter
  and Revenue Branch (LRB) in Sacra-             must be accompanied by a person at least 18 years old. A person
                                                 who is at least 18 years may bring up to two junior hunters to hunt
  mento by 5:00 p.m. June 2, 2008.
                                                 with him or her.
      Hunting licenses and deer tag appli-            Junior hunters are not required to purchase California Upland
  cations will be available at DFG offices       Game Bird Stamps or California Duck Stamps. A Federal Duck
  and license agents by mid-April. You           Stamp is required for hunting waterfowl on and after their 16th
  can also pick up a copy of the California      birthday. The annual Youth Waterfowl Day is open only to those
                                                 hunters who have not had their 16th birthday on the event day.
  Hunting Digest, Big Game Hunting for
  complete instructions on how to apply.
      For more information call the LRB
  at (916) 928-5805, or visit www.dfg.
  ca.gov.




26 California Hunting Digest                                                                               Spring 2008
Outdoor Opportunities–North Central Region
                                                     North Central Region
                                                                                         grassland, oak woodland, brush and
                                                                                         some wetland areas. Individual hunt-
                                                                                         ers may be accompanied by not more
                                                                                         than one non-hunter. No more than
                                                                                         three hunters will be allowed to hunt
                                                                                         at any given time. Only muzzleload-
                                                                                         ing rifles as described in Section 353,
                                                                                         Title 14 (CCR) may be used. No dogs
                                             for spring 2008 and beyond, including       may be used. A pre-hunt orientation is
                                             a major restocking of several hundred       required, and all hunters are required
                                             thousand catchable and trophy (three        to check in and check out of the hunt
                                             pounds and larger) trout right before       area. DFG personnel will be onsite
                                             the Memorial Day Weekend.                   during the hunts. Two-day pig hunt
                                                                                         permits will be issued to hunters by
     Big Game Hunting Clinic                 The restocking follows the treatment to     drawing only for all pig hunt periods.
             May 17-18, 2008                 remove northern pike, a predatory and       Each hunter may apply only one time
     Wilderness Unlimited Property,          invasive fish species. For further infor-   and for only one hunt period. No party
              Williams, CA.                  mation call the Lake Davis Information      applications will be accepted. Incom-
Are you new to big game hunting? Or,         Line (530) 832-4754.                        plete applications (cards) and multiple
are you not as successful as you’d like                                                  entries will not be accepted. There is no
to be? Here’s the class for you…learn           Portola Rotary Club’s Lake               fee to apply.
from the experts. In partnership with              Davis Fishing Derby                   How to Apply For a Permit:
Wilderness Unlimited and the Califor-                                                    Send a standard U.S. Postal Service
                                                       June 7, 2008
nia Hunter Education Instructors As-                                                     postcard (available at local post offices),
                                             Saturday, June 7, 2008 is the date for
sociation we are offering this two-day                                                   with the following information:
                                             this popular annual event that offers
clinic which will give you the hands-on                                                  Hunter Name (Junior hunters must also
                                             guaranteed monetary prizes for 1st,
information you need to be successful.                                                   provide name of adult chaperone)
                                             2nd, and 3rd places. Also includes
The format will include four sessions,                                                   Valid Hunting License Number
                                             prizes from local merchants and oth-
two on Saturday and two on Sunday                                                        Address
                                             ers! Entry fee is $25.00 per person or
covering (1) deer of California, areas to                                                City, State, Zip
                                             $15 for young people 15 and under.
hunt, zones, etc., (2) hunting strategies,                                               Telephone Number
                                             All proceeds will be used to provide
scouting, tracking, and recognizing                                                      Hunt Period and Date desired.
                                             scholarships and fund local commu-
signs, (3) equipment, shot placement,                                                    Mail Application Card to:
                                             nity needs. This terrific community
shoot-don’t shoot scenarios, and (4)                                                     East Park Reservoir Pig Hunt
                                             event gives all of us a great excuse to
field dressing, butchering, and trans-                                                   Department of Fish and Game
                                             spend the day outdoors! Pre-register
porting. You will have the opportunity                                                   1812 9th Street
                                             the month before the event at Dollard’s
to attend all sessions. We will be camp-                                                 Sacramento, CA 95814
                                             or Gold Rush Sporting Goods, or by
ing on the property. Bring your own
                                             calling (530) 832-1852, or you can sign
food and tent or RV. Space is limited.                                                   Spring Hunts:
                                             up at Lake Davis on the day of the
Cost: $60. For more information con-                                                     Period 1 – April 16 & 17, 2008
                                             event.
tact Susan Herrgesell at (530) 347-3980                                                  Period 2 – April 21 & 22, 2008
or sherrges@dfg.ca.gov.                              East Park Reservoir                 Period 3 – April 23 & 24, 2008
                                                     Wild Pig Hunt, 2008                 Period 4 – April 28 & 29, 2008
 Trout Restocking Continues at               The California Department of Fish           Application Deadline: Application
                                             and Game (DFG) is permitted by the          cards must be received by close of
          Lake Davis
                                             United States Bureau of Reclamation         business, Wednesday, March 12, 2008.
  Spring Celebration Planned                 (USBR) to conduct a limited public
This fall, the DFG planted 24,000                                                        Permits with maps and additional
                                             entry, permit-only pig hunt to control a    information will be mailed to success-
pounds of Eagle Lake trout at Lake Da-       small population of wild pigs on a por-
vis – amounting to about 31,200 fish.                                                    ful applicants on Thursday, March 13,
                                             tion of East Park Reservoir in western      2008.
Generous restocking is also planned          Colusa County. The area consists of
Spring 2008                                                                                         California Hunting Digest 27
Outdoor Opportunities–North Central Region
                                             sphere. The bunkhouse has dormitory-            Become a Volunteer…
Fall Hunts:                                  style sleeping accommodations with             Gray Lodge Wildlife Area
Period 5 – Oct. 1 & 2, 2008                  shower and toilet facilities. We will use    Wood Duck Nest Box Program
Period 6 – Oct. 6 & 7, 2008                  the spacious kitchen to prepare our         Here’s your chance to contribute back
Period 7 – Oct. 8 & 9, 2008                  food.                                       to wildlife. Working closely with a
Period 8 – Oct. 13 & 14, 2008                                                            section leader, you will experience
Period 9 – Oct. 15 & 16, 2008                Birding binoculars, field guides and        wildlife up close. Don’t miss this unique
Period 10 – Oct. 20 & 21, 2008               spotting scopes will be provided. Those     opportunity. Crews of two to three
Period 11 – Oct. 22 & 23, 2008               who wish to stay Friday evening at the      collect detailed data taken to under-
Period 12 – Oct. 27 & 28, 2008               lodge are welcome. We will provide          stand and enhance the local wood duck
Period 13 – Oct. 29 & 30, 2008               dinner on Saturday night and water          population and other wildlife, includ-
Application Deadline: Application            to keep you hydrated. You are respon-       ing wrens, kestrels and owls. Although
cards must be received by close of           sible for your food other than Saturday     the work can be challenging at times,
business, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008.          night.                                      it is also a great deal of fun. Don’t let
Permits with maps and additional                                                         these photographic moments pass you
information will be mailed to successful     After your registration is received you     by. Maintenance checks are conducted
applicants on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008.       will receive a confirming e-mail. Ap-       every other week from March to July.
                                             proximately two to three weeks prior        Most section checks take 3-4 hours
DFG or USBR reserve the right to             to the workshop you will receive, by e-     There is an orientation meeting, Satur-
cancel this hunt and close the area to all   mail, information about what to bring       day, March 22, 2008, 9:00am – 1:00pm.
public users without prior notification      and directions to the facility.             Wear comfortable clothes. We will
due to unforeseen circumstances or                                                       check a few boxes at the end of the ori-
emergency situations.                        Our instructor, Brian Williams, is a        entation. Space is limited, so make your
                                             consulting biologist, part-time teacher,    reservation today! (530) 846-7505
 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman                  and skilled birder. He has led bird-
           Events                            ing trips and classes for many years          Volunteers Needed – Turkey
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman,                  throughout his native California.
                                                                                           Callers And Jr Pheasant Hunt
California, is a non-profit organization                                                            Volunteers
dedicated to offering opportunities to       Map, Compass and GPS: Red Fir
                                                                                         University of California Junior Turkey
learn outdoor skills in a safe, encourag-    Group Camp, El Dorado National For-
                                                                                         Hunt on April 12, 13, 26, and 27, 2008.
ing and supportive environment. To           est July 12-13, 2008
                                                                                         Each year the DFG and the University
register, or for more information, visit     Cost: $125
                                                                                         sponsor a turkey hunt for junior hunt-
www.bowca.org; call (530) 347-0227; or        Have you ever thought that a compass
                                                                                         ers on University property 20 miles east
email info@bowca.org.                        was something too complicated for you
                                                                                         of Marysville. The DFG is looking for
                                             to understand or just always wanted
                                                                                         experienced turkey callers who would
Birding: Rancho Esquon, Durham, CA,          to know how to use one but never had
                                                                                         like to spend a day calling turkeys for
Butte County                                 the time? Well, for all of you who are
                                                                                         a young hunter and their parent. You
March 8-9, 2008                              directionally challenged or not, Monte
                                                                                         must be a patient person who is more
Cost: $225                                   and Julie Hendricks are offering you
                                                                                         interested in teaching the art of turkey
What could be better than birding in         this opportunity to put your fears to
                                                                                         hunting than necessarily bagging a
the central valley in the spring? The        rest. There is nothing “magical” or
                                                                                         turkey. There are lots of turkeys on the
central valley enjoys an abundance of        complicated about it. You will learn that
                                                                                         5700 acres of University property.
bird life especially at this time of year.   the compass is your friend…maps are
This workshop is for the novice or           easy when you have all of the informa-
                                                                                         Junior Pheasant Hunts in Sutter County
experienced birder. You will learn to        tion…and you CAN do this. You will
                                                                                         - Each year there is a junior pheasant
identify birds by their song or sound,       be camping in beautiful Red Fir Group
                                                                                         hunt for about 500 youth on the last
habits, habitat, and appearance. We          Camp. All equipment will be provided.
                                                                                         weekend of October (Oct. 25-26, 2008)
promise spectacular scenery with views       You will need to bring your camping
                                                                                         and the first weekend in November
of swans, geese, ducks, eagles, other        gear and your food. We will provide
                                                                                         (Nov. 1-2, 2008) about 20 miles north
raptors and more.                            beverages. Toilet facilities and hot
                                                                                         of Sacramento. Adult volunteers with or
                                             showers are available.
                                                                                         without trained bird dogs are urgently
We will be staying in a premier hunt                                                     needed to plant the pheasants and act
club in Durham. The accommodations                                                       as monitors with small groups of junior
are comfortable in a relaxing atmo-                                                      hunters and their adults. If you have a
                                                                                         trained bird dog, you can help a junior

28 California Hunting Digest                                                                                          Spring 2008
Outdoor Opportunities–North Central Region
hunter without a dog get their first bird.     Dave Berti Memorial Turkey                 wildlife area and the rest stops at which
Come help for a half day or the whole          Hunt at Englebright Lake for               Lions Club members provide nature
weekend.                                       “Mobility Impaired Hunters”                interpretation.
                                             The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
If you can help out in any of these areas    at Englebright Lake (20 miles east of        Riders can choose from a short tour
please contact DFG Wildlife Biologist        Marysville) is offering wild turkey          and a long tour. Both tours are mostly
Dale Whitmore at (530) 743-5068 or           hunting opportunities for “mobility im-      on paved or compacted dirt roads,
email at dwhitmore@dfg.ca.gov. Here          paired hunters”. A “mobility impaired        which are not accessible to motor
are ways that many of us can help            hunter” is defined as any person who         vehicles. The tours can be started at
pass on the outdoor traditions that we       has been issued a Department of Motor        any time between 8:30 and 10:00 AM
love so much. Please give Dale a call        Vehicles, “disabled license plate, or per-   and can be completed at your own
and leave your name, address, phone          manent parking placard identification        pace. Water and emergency services are
number and hunt in which you can ten-        card”, or a “Disabled Veteran” license       provided.
tatively help.                               plate, or a valid “Mobility Impaired
                                             Disabled Persons Motor Vehicle Hunt-         The tour starts at the Gray Lodge
Women and Juniors (and Dads,                 ing License” (FG form 1460).                 Wildlife Area entrance on Pennington
too)- Start Your Hunt Plans Now                                                           Road. Go west on Sycamore Street from
There will be many special junior/           The blue plastic “Disabled Parking           Highway 99 in Gridley about 6 miles,
women’s pheasant hunting opportuni-          Placard” may not be substituted for the      and turn south (left) on Pennington
ties for you this fall. Now is the time to   required “Identification Card” which         Road for about 3 miles. Watch for the
get started with preparation. Here are a     bears the name of the mobility im-           signs. Proceeds of the tour go to local
few tips.                                    paired person. Disabled hunters must         and regional Gridley Lions Club proj-
1. If you haven’t completed your             provide the registration certificate for     ects such as youth vision improvement,
hunter education course, call your local     DMV issued disabled license plates.          other youth programs, and disaster
sporting goods store, shooting range,                                                     relief. For more information call (888)
or city recreation department as they        How to Apply: Send a note with the           857-2141 or visit: www.gridleylions.org.
often give classes. After completing the     hunter’s name, address, phone/hunting
course, you will receive a priority stamp    license numbers and a copy of proof of             Suisun Marsh Field Day
that will allow you to participate in a      “mobility impairment”. Send the letter             Saturday, June 7, 2008
planted pheasant hunt without going          to DFG, Englebright Lake MI Hunt,            The California Waterfowl Association
through the random drawing process.          1701 Nimbus Road, Suite A, Rancho            has organized an entertainment and in-
2. If you have completed the hunter          Cordova, CA 95670 by March 12, 2008.         formation field day at the Grizzly Island
education course, remember that cot-         If you are late to apply, call 530 743-      Wildlife Area located 15 miles south of
tontail rabbit season begins on July 1.      5068 about openings.                         Fairfield. Take Highway 12 to Grizzly
3. Many of the state wildlife areas are      List the following weekends in order         Road and turn south to the wildlife area
open for rabbit hunting. You should          of preference and availability: March        headquarters. Admission to the event
take a trip to a wildlife area to find out   29-30; April 5-6; 12-13; 19-20; 26-27;       is free, with a BBQ lunch and refresh-
where it is located and what it looks        May 3-4, 10-11 (archery only), and 17-       ments available at an additional charge.
like. Check this issue for wildlife areas    18 (archery only) 2008. Only 8 hunters       Event runs from 9am-5pm. There will
near you. Call the phone number listed       will be drawn.                               be a youth waterfowl calling contest
for a map and info.                                                                       as well as many other activities for the
4. If you don’t have a location to prac-        Bikes ‘n Birds – Gray Lodge               children. Wildlife artists, decoy carvers,
tice shooting, check the yellow pages                   Wildlife Area                     dog trainers, duck callers, and manu-
under “GUNS” for the location of             The Gridley Lions Club announces             facturer representatives will be some of
shooting ranges in your area.                the seventh annual “Bikes ‘n Birds”          the people on hand. For more info call
5. If you did not receive this copy of       Bicycle tour at the Gray Lodge Wild-         CWA @ (916)648-1406.
the California Hunting Digest in the         life Area (west of Gridley, NE of Yuba
mail, send your name and mailing ad-         City). When: Saturday April 5th, start           Free Wild Turkey Hunting
dress to Dept. of Fish and Game, 1807        any time between 8:30 and 10:00 AM.                      Seminars
13th Street, Suite 104, Sacramento, CA       Cost:$15.00 per person, $30.00 per           Chico - Chico Sportsmen’s Den, 465
95811 to be placed on the mailing list.      family (t-shirts extra).                     East 20th Street. Seminar in late Febru-
You will be notified in the fall issue of                                                 ary or early March. More Info: Con-
the many junior pheasant hunts which         Previous participants were very enthu-       tact Dave or Pat at 530 891-5238.
will be available.                           siastic about the unique combination of
                                             riding a bicycle through the gorgeous        Walnut Creek - Woolley’s Sporting
Spring 2008                                                                                          California Hunting Digest 29
Outdoor Opportunities–North Central Region
Life, 1684 Locust St., Seminar in       panied by an adult. This is one of       Big Chico Creek Ecological
early March. Please call to register.   our most popular events. Enjoy          Reserve Near Chico – Spring
More Info: 925 939-5455.                the opportunity to check out a          Turkey, Deer (G1 and C4 tag
                                        field archery course in the cool         holders), Quail, and Trout
Rio Linda – Elk Horn Bait and           pines. Instruction includes safety
Tackle, 6745 20th St., (corner of       issues, equipment choices, outdoor                Fishing
Elkhorn and 20th). Seminar in early     ethics, and the archer’s role in        The Big Chico Creek Ecological
March. Call (916) 991-5298 for info.    conservation. Lunch and equip-          Reserve, located 9 miles east of
Sacramento– No seminar offered          ment provided (parents included in      Chico, is private property owned
by the Dept. of Fish and Game this      the lunch at no additional charge).     by the CSU, Chico, Research
year.                                   Pre-registration is required at:        Foundation with about 3000 acres
                                        www.dfg.ca.gov/yo or call               available for hunting. Hunting and
If you are aware of other businesses    (916) 322-8933                          fishing is allowed on the reserve by
offering hunting or fishing semi-                                               permit only. This program provides
nars, please call Dale Whitmore at       Annual Kids Fishing Day at             a unique opportunity to gain access
                                                                                to property that would otherwise
(530) 743-5068 with the name of           Gray Lodge Wildlife Area
the business or person offering the                                             be closed to the general public
                                               May 10, 2008                     for deer, quail, trout fishing, and
seminar.                                The Gridley Recreation/Commu-
                                                                                spring turkey hunting.
                                        nity Services and many other area
 Youth Archery Spring Fling:            businesses and organizations are
                                                                                As of press time, hunt dates have
   Maya Archery Range in                sponsoring a terrific FREE fish-
                                                                                not been set. The California Deer
       Roseville, CA.                   ing event open to youth 15 years
                                                                                Association website will have infor-
April 26, 2008, 9:30 a.m. until         old and under at the Gray Lodge
                                                                                mation and applications at www.
1p.m., $15 per youth (parents and       Wildlife Area on Saturday, May
                                                                                caldeer.org. The hunter informa-
guardians are free).                    10. A pond will be stocked with
                                                                                tion phone number is 530-898-
Beginning archery instruction for       600 pounds of catfish and bait and
                                                                                6977. The Research Foundation
youth and teens. Children must          tackle will be available for those
                                                                                also has info at www.csuchico.
be over the age of 10 and ac-           who need it. Each participant will
                                                                                edu/bccer/Public/Hunt/Hunt_Info.
companied by an adult. This class       receive a “Goody Bag” and raffle
                                                                                htm.
will offer plenty of shooting time      ticket to win great prizes donated
at a variety of stationary targets.     by the Oroville WalMart Fishing
Instruction includes safety is-         Program and local businesses.
sues, equipment choices, outdoor        Registration begins at 7:00 a.m.
                                                                                          dove
                                                                                         Banding
ethics, and the archer’s role in        and derby hours are from 7:00 a.m.
conservation. Lunch and equip-          – 12:00 p.m. Last years derby was
ment provided (parents included in      a big success with lots of fish going
the lunch at no additional charge).     home. Anyone, including those                  The Department
Pre-registration is required at:        over 16 with a valid fishing license,         of Fish and Game’s
www.dfg.ca.gov/yo or call (916)         may fish after 12:00 p.m. If you              Upland Game Bird
322-8933.                               would like more information about              Unit is recruiting
                                        this popular community event,                qualified volunteers
 Archery in the Hills: Nevada           please call the Gridley Recreation            to band mourning
 County Sportsman Range in              Department at (530) 846-3264.                 doves. To see if you
      Nevada City, CA                                                                   qualify, contact
June 14, 2008, 9:30 a.m. until                                                         Karen Fothergill,
1p.m., $15 per youth (parents and                                                       Environmental
guardians are free).                                                                      Scientist at
Beginning archery instruction for                                                      916-445-3703 or
youth and teens. Children must                                                       kfotherg@dfg.ca.gov
be over the age of 10 and accom-

30 California Hunting Digest                                                                             Spring 2008
Outdoor Opportunities–North Central Region
                    Special “Junior” Turkey Hunt - April 12th, 13th, 26th, & 27th, 2008
                         University of California, Sierra Foothill Research & Extension Center
                               8279 Scott Forbes Road, Browns Valley, CA 95918-9636

1. This junior turkey hunt is sponsored by the U.C. Sierra Foothill Research & Extension Center and the Department
of Fish and Game Gamebird Heritage Program. Hunters will be selected by lottery. The cost is $20.00 per hunter (no
cost until selected). A current junior hunting license will be required. Each junior hunter, or junior hunting party,
must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult.
2. A drawing will be held on March 7th, 2008. If your name is drawn, you will receive notification by March 15th.
Only one application per junior hunter. Up to two junior hunters may be selected together as partners and they
should submit their applications together (indicate partner’s name on your application). It is important to read the
application carefully, follow all the instructions, and print neatly.
3. Policy Statement - If you participated, or secured a spot, in last year’s program (April 2007), you will not be eligible
to participate in this year’s program. This will give more junior hunters an opportunity to participate in this program.
If you still possess a Jr. License next spring, you will be eligible once again.
4. An orientation tour of the area is available (recommended) the evening before each hunt, but is not mandatory.
You will be able to scout your assigned area that evening, following orientation, until dark.
5. If you have any questions, call Dale Whitmore, Department of Fish and Game at (530) 743-5068. The application
below may be copied for others interested in the lottery.

   Complete this section and return --
          Please print neatly
Name:
Partner’s Name (if any)
Partner must submit separate application)
Address:______________________________ __

City         State                Zip
Home Phone w/ Area code

If available, would you like an experienced
turkey hunter to accompany you and your adult
companion? YES NO Circle One

Date Choice: April 12_____ April 13_____
April 26_____ April 27________
(Mark 1, 2, 3, & 4 for date preferences, 1 for first
choice, 4 for last, and N/A for dates not available)

Mail to:
U.C. Junior Turkey Hunt, 8279 Scott Forbes
Road, Browns Valley, CA 95918-9636 (or)
Fax to: (530) 639-2419 (if faxing application, do
not use pencil)
Illegible or incomplete applications will be dis-
qualified.

Spring 2008                                                                                    California Hunting Digest 31
Outdoor Opportunities–North Central Region
               New Turkey Hunt Opportunity at the Cosumnes River Preserve
The California Department of Fish and Game in partnership with the Cosumnes River Preserve will be offering
five special turkey hunts during the first nine days of the spring turkey season. This hunt is a pilot project that will
be evaluated after this first year and continued if it is successful and meets the goals of the partnership. The hunt is
being offered to women, juniors and mobility impaired hunters who may bring a general hunter along with them on
the hunt. The hunts will take place on the same properties as the dove hunts on Arno and Dillard Road in Sacramen-
to County. Each party of two (three if mobility impaired) will be assigned a field to hunt from on the day of their
hunt and must hunt together. Applications are now being accepted and successful applicants will be notified by mail.
Please use the application below or send a postcard with the names and hunting licenses of the eligible hunters along
with one contact address and phone number. Enjoy this new opportunity.

                                        2008 GAME BIRD HERITAGE
                                         Cosumnes River Preserve
                                 SPECIAL TURKEY HUNT APPLICATION
                                       California Department of Fish & Game
                                                North Central Region

Please check the boxes below for the hunts you would like to attend. You may apply for multiple dates and
locations but you will only be drawn for one turkey hunt per season. Do Not apply more than once for any one
hunt or you will be disqualified.

This section must be complete and legible to qualify for the drawing. You may apply as a party of two with one
junior or one woman hunter or as a party of three if mobility impaired, as long as all hunter’s names and current
valid hunting licenses appear.

Name:                                     License #:                            Contact Address & Phone #:

Name:                                     License #:

Name:                                     License #:                                                   Zip:


                                                                                     Check
                      Quota
                      Team




                                     Dates                  Deadline                  to
                                                                                     Apply
                         8          March 29                March 12
                         8          March 30                March 12
                         8           April 2                March 12
                         8           April 6                March 12
                         8           April 9                March 12

                                 Mail to:
                                         Department of Fish and Game
                                         GBH Special Hunts
                                         1701 Nimbus Road, Suite A
                                         Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

                                          Info Line: 916-358-2839


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Outdoor Opportunities–North Central Region
                                           2008 GAME BIRD HERITAGE
                                      SPECIAL TURKEY HUNT APPLICATION
                                       California Department of Fish and Game
                                                 North Central Region

Please check the boxes below for the hunts you would like to attend. You may apply for multiple dates and locations but you will
only be drawn for one turkey hunt per season. Do not apply more than once for any one hunt or you will be disqualified.

This section must be complete and legible to qualify for the drawing. You may apply as a party of four, as long as all hunter’s
names and current valid licenses appear.

Name:                                         License #:                                Contact Address & Phone #:

Name:                                         License #:

Name:                                         License #:                                                          Zip:

Name:                                         License #:

SPENCEVILLE WILDLIFE AREA
  Quota          Dates            Deadline        Check                                    Information on the hunts:
                                                   to
                                                  Apply                                  -No refills or exchanges on hunt
   40         March 29          March12                                                  dates
   40         March 30          March12                                                  -You will receive a map and more
   40         April 2           March12                                                  info once drawn
   40         April 5           March12                                                  -Spenceville WA will be closed to
   40         April 6           March12                                                  all other uses duringthe 9 day
                                                                                          reservation-only hunt period
DAUGHERTY HILL WILDLIFE AREA
                                                                                         -Spenceville and Daugherty Hill
*You can apply for any or all of the units
                                                                                         WA’s will open everyday to the
  Quota          Dates            Deadline        Check
                                                   to                                    public for spring turkey hunting
                                                  Apply                                  after the 9 day reservation-only
   40         March 29          March12                                                  hunt period
   40         March 30          March12                                                  -Wild turkey hunting on the
   40         April 2           March12                                                  Oroville WA is only in the spring
   40         April 5           March12                                                  by reservation
                                                                                         -Multiple applications for the same
   40         April 6           March12
                                                                                         hunts will be disqualified
*For the UC Field Station Junior Hunt at Browns
Valley please call 530-743-5068 for an application or                                    -Non-shooters are allowed and do
look for one in the Spring 2008 Hunter Digest. Dates                                     not need to be listed
are: April 12, 13, 26 and 27th, 2008.
OROVILLE WILDLIFE AREA
              Quota           Dates           Deadline      Check
                                                                                   Mail to :
  Three                                                      to
                                                                                           Department of Fish and Game
                                                            Apply
                                                                                           GBH Special Hunts
  2-day                                                                                    1701 Nimbus Road, Suite A
  hunt         15         March 29-30         March 12                                     Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
 periods       15         April 12-13         March 12
               15         April 26-27         March 12                                       Info Line: 916-358-2839

Spring 2008                                                                                           California Hunting Digest 33
Outdoor Opportunities–Bay Delta Region
                                                       Bay Delta Region
                                                                                        Wild Pig Hunting at
                                                 Three hunters will be                      Lake Sonoma
                                                  drawn for each of the          Hunting dates are as follows:
                                                  eight weekends, for a total    Archery and Crossbow November
                                                  of 24 hunters. The draw-       21, 2007- April 12, 2008 with the
                                         ing for the 24 two-day permits will     exception of March 29-30, April
                                        be held on Feb. 14, 2008. Permits        5-6, and all Mondays and Tuesdays.
                                       with maps and additional informa-         Shotguns with slug loads may be
                                         tion will be mailed to successful       used on the Dry Creek arm of the
                                           applicants. A permit holder may       lake during February ONLY. Cross-
                                           bring one non-hunting partner.        bows and bows may also be used in
                                           Hunters may use dogs for this         February on both arms of the lake
                                        hunt. Note: Only shotguns using          (no hunting Mondays or Tuesdays).
                                       slugs will be allowed for this hunt.      Absolutely no pig hunting on Mon-
   DFG Drawing For 2008 Joice                                                    days or Tuesdays.
          Island Pig Hunt              How to Apply For a Permit:
The DFG will be holding a lim-         Send a standard postcard with the         There are major changes to the
ited-entry, permit-only pig hunt       following information:                    hunting policy at Lake Sonoma.
to control a small population of       Hunter Name (Junior hunters               Most importantly: the shoreline
wild pigs on the Joice Island Unit     must also provide name of adult           will be off limits from November 21
of Grizzly Island Wildlife Area in     chaperone) Valid Hunting License          to April 12 to any vessel that is not
Solano County. Joice Island is a       number; Address, City, State, Zip;        registered at a campsite, registered
2,150-acre wetland area consisting     Telephone Number; and Hunt Date           to hunt that day or any vessel whose
of thick cattails, tules, some brush   (Choose only one hunt date)               occupant/operator is not within
and standing water. The first week-    Mail application card to:                 shouting distance of the vessel. Any
end of this hunting opportunity has    Joice Island Pig Hunt                     vessel not meeting one of these
been reserved for junior hunters.      2548 Grizzly Island Road                  three exceptions will be considered
An adult chaperone (18 years of age    Suisun, CA 94585                          “abandoned equipment” and it’s
or older) is required to accompany                                               owner subject to citation ($150.00)
and supervise each junior hunter.      Application cards must be received        and possible impound fees.
Two-day pig hunt permits will be       by close of business, Wednesday,
issued by drawing only for the fol-    Feb. 13, 2008. Each hunter may ap-        Hunters will initially be required
lowing weekends:                       ply only one time and for only one        to check in with the visitor center
                                       date. Applications will be accepted       staff. Hunters will also be required
Junior Hunters (12 & over w/ Ju-       for parties of up to two hunters, but     to show: a driver’s license, valid
nior License)                          the card must contain all informa-        hunting license, and pig tags. They
March 8 - 9, 2008                      tion for both hunters. Incomplete         will then be issued with a hunting
                                       cards and multiple entries will not       pass for their vehicle and vessel and
General Hunters (Adults or Juniors     be accepted. There is no fee to apply.    given a brief orientation on hunting
may apply)                             The DFG reserves the right to can-        at the park.
March 15 - 16, 2008                    cel this hunt and close the area to all
March 22 - 23, 2008                    public users without prior notifica-      Hunters may self-register only after
March 29 - 30, 2008                    tion due to unforeseen circumstanc-       they are issued a parking/boating
April 5 - 6, 2008                      es or emergency situations. Contact       hunting pass. Self registration will
April 12 - 13, 2008                    for questions: Helayna Pera, Wild-        consist of filling out their name and
April 19 - 20, 2008                    life Biologist, (707) 425-3828.           vehicle/ vessel hunting pass number
April 26 - 27, 2008
34 California Hunting Digest                                                                               Spring 2008
          Outdoor Opportunities–Bay Delta Region
as well as date in and date out of       347-3980 or sherrges@dfg.ca.gov.
the park. This check in process can
be done before or after hours at the      Becoming an Outdoors-Woman
visitor center.                                          Events
                                         Becoming an Outdoors-Woman,
Hunting stands and game cameras          California, is a non-profit organi-
are permitted provided that they do      zation dedicated to offering op-
not permanently scar the trees.          portunities to learn outdoor skills
                                         in a safe, encouraging and sup-
Pigs must be gutted at least 100         portive environment. To register, or
yards away from any man made             for more information, visit www.
structure, trail or campground. Do       bowca.org; call (530) 347-0227; or
not dispose of entrails in garbage       email info@bowca.org.
cans; leave them in the field to at-
tract other boar.                        Hiking Pole Field Seminar: Mount
                                         Tamalpais State Park; Saturday,
Stay within park boundaries even if      May 31 - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Cost:
an injured animal crosses onto pri-      $45. The seminar lead by Jayah
vate land. Park personnel may not        Faye Paley (creator of the Award-      Photo courtesy of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
see you but our neighbors do and         winning DD – Hiking Poles – Tech-
they are very vocal in their disap-      niques and Tips for ALL ages and         bow/shoulder strain, convert energy
proval of trespass.                      abilities, www.adventurebuddies.net      into an upper body/core workout,
Hunters are subject to all park rules    will be held at Mount Tamalpais in       recruit more muscles while walk-
and regulations as well as all county,   Marin County – a premier destina-        ing while facilitating fat burning
state, and local laws.                   tion for hiking in Northern Cali-        and weight loss, improve posture,
                                         fornia featuring some of the most        prevent injury, efficiently adjust
Visit http://www.spn.usace.army.         incredible hiking on the planet.         pole length, pole care, equipment
mil/lakesonoma/hunting_informa-                                                   discussion and more.
tion.html or call the Lake Sonoma        Hiking poles (also known as trek-
Visitor Center at (707) 433-9483         king poles or walking sticks) are        Multi-level training and drills ap-
Ext 27.                                  becoming increasingly popular as         propriate for ALL levels – hikers,
                                         hikers and walkers are discovering       trekkers, walkers and people with
      Wild Pig Hunting Clinic            their many positive benefits. Used       balance issues. Easy pace, plenty
            June 7, 2008                 correctly, you’ll achieve optimal        of opportunities to practice using
   Valley of the Moon Gun Club,          use. In this seminar, you will learn     poles on a wide variety of terrain.
               Sonoma                    to reduce knee stress on downhill,       You’ll learn many tips that will
In partnership with Pacific Coast        achieve more power on uphill,            enable you to expand your hik-
Hunter Education Association, we         improve performance and stability        ing horizons and more safely and
bring you this exciting clinic which     on all terrain, avoid hand/wrist/el-     completely enjoy your outdoor
will cover pig biology, hunting                                                   experience.
considerations and requirements,
methods of take, methods for locat-
ing wild pigs, hunting techniques,
                                          Trout Release                       Are you planning a vacation and
                                                                              want to go fishing where you will have
                                          a good likelihood of catching some trout? Find out when and where the
locations to hunt, care of game and,      DFG has, or will be releasing trout by calling the numbers listed below.
the final reward...wild pig recipes.      Trout planting info covering the area of the western side of the Sierra
We will be field dressing and skin-       Mountains from Calaveras County north is at (916) 351-0832; Northern
ning a pig and raffling it off at the     California: (530) 225-2146; the Coastal Counties from Mendocino to San
end of the clinic. Space is limited.      Luis Obispo: (707) 944-5581, San Joaquin Valley and Southern Sierra:
Cost: $40. For more information           (559) 222-3761, and Southern California is (562) 594-7268.
contact Susan Herrgesell at (530)
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Outdoor Opportunities–Central Region
                                                                  Central Region


                                                                                         two-day workshop will be hosted by the
                                                                                         Fresno County Sportsmen’s Club. The
                                                                                         accommodations are camping – with
                                                                                         a tent, a camper, or RV. We will have
                                                                                         use of the kitchen to prepare our meals
                                                                                         or you can bring a camp stove. We will
                                                                                         provide your water for the weekend to
                                                                                         keep you hydrated.

                                                                                          BOW Fundraiser: River Ridge Ranch,
     Wild Pig Hunting Clinics                Becoming an Outdoors-Woman                       Tulare County, April 25-27, 2008
In partnership with Pacific Coast                      Events                             Cost: $100 per person or $175 for two
Hunter Education Association, we are         Becoming an Outdoors-Woman,                             – couples welcome
bringing this exciting clinic to two loca-   California, is a non-profit organization    This is BOW, California’s second annual
tions (see below). Each clinic will cover    dedicated to offering opportunities to      fundraiser. We will be camping at River
pig biology, hunting considerations          learn outdoor skills in a safe, encourag-   Ridge Ranch, a unique combination of
and requirements, methods of take,           ing and supportive environment. To          working cattle ranch, recreation and
methods for locating wild pigs, hunting      register, or for more information, visit    education guest ranch in oak savannah
techniques, locations to hunt, care of       www.bowca.org; call (530) 347-0227; or      foothills of the western Sierra Ne-
game and, the final reward...wild pig        email info@bowca.org.                       vada. The environmentally-conscious
recipes. We will be field dressing and                                                   722-acre ranch borders the Tule River
skinning a pig and raffling it off at the    BOW - Personal Self-Defense &               and the 323,000 acre Giant Sequoia
end of the clinic.                           Wilderness Survival: Fresno County          National Monument. There are miles of
Dates:                                       Sportsmen’s Club, April 11-13, 2008         interpretive nature trails across gentle,
April 26, 2008                               Cost: $200                                  rolling oak woodlands or you may
Fort Hunter Ligget, Monterey County          Your own personal safety is what this       ascend from 1200’ on the Tule River to
                                             workshop is all about. Join Sensei Kath-    3,000’ on Lumreau Mountain - all on
Aug. 2, 2008                                 ryn Doi, Jodie Asher and Penny Carlo        the same property! River Ridge Ranch
Tejon Ranch, southern Kern County            to learn about personal self defense. All   is just three hours north of Los Angeles,
                                             three highly awarded and nationally         two miles off Hwy 190 outside Spring-
Space is limited. The cost for each clinic   recognized black belt instructors will      ville, CA.
is $40.                                      take you through the steps of personal
For more information contact: Susan          protection, from awareness to action.       David Johnson, “Master Camper”,
Herrgesell at (530) 347-3980 or sher-        Beginner level instruction - suitable for   will be demonstrating the techniques
rges@dfg.ca.gov.                             any physical ability.                       and tips for easy, enjoyable camping.
                                                                                         Learn how to pack and prepare for a
Junior Turkey Hunt at Tejon Ranch            And then learn how to survive in the        weekend or weeklong backpacking trip
At publication press time details are        wilderness. We will cover different sur-    starting with the basics of car camping
still being finalized for a junior turkey    vival kits for various terrains, wilder-    and then learn some of the “insider”
hunt on the privately owned Tejon            ness first aid, techniques for collecting   tips to a successful backpacking trip
Ranch in Kern County. Application            water, fire starting, signaling, water      from novice to expert. Learn secrets
information is available by calling (559)    crossing, shelter building and the essen-   of the outdoors like “how to play with
243-4005 #133 or online at www.dfg.          tials for any trip in the wilderness. You   bears and not lose every time”. What
ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/uplandgame/          will receive your very own survival kit.    exactly does LNT really mean (Leave
gamebird/                                                                                No Trace)? What type of equipment
                                             This information and action- packed         is the best for me? Where do I want to

36 California Hunting Digest                                                                                         Spring 2008
              Outdoor Opportunities– Central Region
go my first time out? Participants will      style, and we will enjoy delicious meals     comprehensive workshop covers all of
learn how to make camping a positive         at the Yosemite Bug café. Arrival time       the basics of fly fishing; casting, reading
experience. This will be a hands-on          is 3:00 p.m. Friday and departure is         the water, entomology, conservation, fly
session demonstrating various types          Sunday after lunch. All lodging & meals      tying, knots, float tubing, landing and
of tents, sleeping bags, backpacks and       are included. Check out the accommo-         releasing and plenty of hands-on prac-
other equipment. All of your questions       dations at www.yosemitebug.com               tice. All equipment will be provided.
will be answered!                                                                         This class is for beginners.
                                                BOW - Geocaching and Outdoor
And if that isn’t enough, Augie and              Cooking: Wonder Valley Ranch,                Hunting at Camp Roberts
Joyce Pando will be demonstrating the            Sanger, CA May 31- June 1, 2008          The California National Guard’s Camp
joys of Dutch oven cooking, including                        Cost: $225                   Roberts offers hunting opportunities
a gourmet Dutch oven meal – from             Looking for a fun activity that works        for civilians.
hors d’oeurves to dessert that we will be    both your mind and body? Try geo-
eating under the lighted gazebo on Sat-      caching (“jee-oh-cash-ing”), an
urday evening served with your choice        outdoor activity that has been called        Camp Roberts usually has a weekend
of our fine wines.                           the modern-day treasure hunt. Instead        turkey, pig and rabbit hunt the last
                                             of a map marked with an X, you use           weekend in April, three days of pig
There will be raffle prizes befitting this   a GPS receiver, a set of coordinates         hunting over the Memorial Day week-
spectacular fundraiser…gift certificates,    and clues. Your treasure is a hidden         end in May, and a two-day archery hunt
wines, camping equipment, etc…for all        container filled with just about any-        for bucks, wild pigs and rabbits during
for you to win with your winning raffle      thing (eco-friendly) and is enjoyed          the last weekend of July. Hunt dates
tickets. Tickets will be on sale through     by all ages around the world. You will       for 2008 will be finalized in March, so
the weekend until Saturday evening.          receive your very own BOW geocoin to         check the Camp Roberts Web site for
                                             start your adventure. Indoor class time      updates: http://www.calguard.ca.gov/
The Ranch can accommodate your tent,         will be limited and emphasis will be on      CpRbts/Pages/HuntFish.aspx.
camper or RV. Dinner Saturday night is       hands-on outdoor experience. No prior
on us, (you will be responsible for your     knowledge needed and GPS units will          Follow these steps to hunt or fish at
other meals.)                                be provided.                                 Camp Roberts:
                                                                                          1. Purchase the appropriate CDFG
After your registration is received you      And, as an added bonus, we will be           license, tags, and stamps.
will receive a confirming e-mail. Ap-        demonstrating Dutch oven cooking and         2. Submit an application for a permit
proximately two to three weeks prior         actually preparing the Saturday night        (Permits are ONLY available for sale
to the workshop you will receive, by e-      meal…all in Dutch ovens.                     during hunting and fishing periods at
mail, information about what to bring                                                     the wildlife check station at Gate 3, lo-
and directions to the facility. Check out    All equipment will be provided. Meals        cated near the East Garrison exit from
the ranch at www.river-ridge.net and         will include Saturday lunch and din-         Highway 101). Do not send permit
sign up soon. Space is limited.              ner and Sunday breakfast and lunch.          applications to Camp Roberts Environ-
                                             Rooms sleep four people. Linens              mental office.
       BOW - Drawing on Nature:              provided.                                    3. Review Camp Roberts (see Camp
               May 2-4, 2008                                                              Roberts regulations section), and
                 Cost: $250                      BOW - Fly Fishing: Tejon Ranch,          CDFG (http://www.dfg.ca.gov) regula-
Picture yourself sitting below Half                    southern Kern County;              tions.
Dome or Bridal Veil Falls creating a                     August 15-17, 2008               4. Call the Hunting Taped Information
memory all your ow n. If you ever                            Cost: $250                   Line at (805) 238-8167 as hunting and
wanted to learn to draw or better your       Tejon Ranch has generously offered           fishing may be closed on short notice
skills, don’t miss this comprehensive        its 40 acre lake to host this fantastic      due to military operations. Call ahead
workshop. The famed wildlife artist, Bill    fly fishing workshop. Tejon Ranch is         for possible changes. Unless indicated,
Peters, will be our instructor for this      a privately owned ranch that covers          no reservations are required.
drawing class in Yosemite, May 12-14.        a good portion of southern Kern and          5. Registration (check-in) is mandatory
Using pencil, pen, or chalk, Bill’s talent   northern Los Angeles counties. We will       each time you hunt or fish – check into
and technique will have you drawing          be camping but will provide the hot          the Wildlife Check Station.
a leaf, a feather, and Half Dome before      showers with our pop-up showers. Sally       6. Checkout is mandatory at the end of
the weekend’s end! We will be staying        Stoner and Deb Cox, authors of “Shared       your hunt/fishing trip, prior to leaving
at the beautiful Yosemite Bug, a classic     Treasures, a Journal of Friendship and       Camp Roberts.
rustic resort. Rooms are dormitory           Fly fishing” will be our instructors. This
Spring 2008                                                                                          California Hunting Digest 37
Outdoor Opportunities–South Coast Region
                                South Coast Region
                                                  Fishing in the City Events
                               Event                          Location           Date
                               Lacy Park (San Marino)         San Marino         Feb. 23, 2008
                               Fred Hall Show                 Long Beach         March 05-09, 2008
                               Fred Hall Show                 Del Mar            March 26-30, 2008
                               Mile Square Park Lake          Fountain Valley    April 05, 2008
                               Laguna Lake Park               Fullerton          April 12, 2008
                               Legg Lake Spring Trout Derby   S. El Monte        April 26, 2008
                               Cerristos Regional Park Lake   Cerritos           June 07, 2008




Outdoor Opportunities–Inland Deserts Region
                                Inland Deserts Region
                                              Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Events
                                       Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, California, is a non-profit
                                       organization dedicated to offering opportunities to learn out-
                                       door skills in a safe, encouraging and supportive environment.
                                       To register, or for more information, visit www.bowca.org; call
                                       (530) 347-0227; or email info@bowca.org.

                                       A Day at the Range: Raahauge’s, Corona, CA; June 28 - 9:00
                                       am - 4:00 pm
                                       Cost: $110
                                       Find out why more and more women are taking up the thrill-
                                       ing sport of shot gunning. Range masters will instruct you in
                                       firearm safety, types of ammunition, getting a good fit, and
                                       cleaning and maintaining your shotgun. You will get lots of
                                       practice breaking clays. This class may be for you if you are
                                       considering taking up shooting as a hobby or if you are inter-
                                       ested in hunting. This course will help prepare you for your
                                       Hunter Safety class. All equipment and lunch will be provided.


38 California Hunting Digest                                                              Spring 2008
State Wildlife Areas Offer Many Hunting
Opportunities During
Rabbit Season
     C
              alifornia hunters are looking forward to another rab-
              bit season. The proposed season begins Tuesday, July
              1, 2008 and extends through Sunday, January 27, 2009
     for cottontail, brush, pygmy and snowshoe rabbits. Jackrabbit
     season remains open year round.
          Legal shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. The best time to
     hunt rabbits is early morning and at sunset, when they’re most active. The limit is five per day, and 10
     in possession statewide. There is no limit for black-tailed and white-tailed jackrabbits. Most shotguns,
     archery and rifles (including air rifles firing pellets, excluding BBs, powered by compressed air or gas)
     are legal for rabbit hunting.
          Each year, California hunters report the harvest of about 85,000 cottontails and 75,000 jack rabbits.
          Rabbits are famous for speed, which is why they’re so much fun to hunt. Jackrabbits hide by “freez-
     ing” in cover, but once they’re jumped they head for open country. Cottontails run in a big circle after
     they’re jumped, so many hunters will use a dog to trail the rabbit while the hunter waits for it to return.
     Look for rabbits in brushy, rocky areas where they can hide from predators. Brushy, stream side habitat
     is also a favorite. Wildlife areas along the major rivers provide some of the best rabbit hunting.
          If you are interested in creating brush piles or rock piles for rabbit habitat that will provide game
     for years to come, call Wildlife Biologist Dale Whitmore at (530) 743-5068 and ask for tips on where and
     how to make a wildlife brush pile. A sportsman club or eagle scout project on either public or private
     lands is a project which will produce wildlife for years to come.
          Rabbits vary greatly in size, from less than a pound for a pygmy rabbit, to more than 10 pounds for
     a white-tailed jackrabbit. There are seven species of rabbit in California.

                                              Hunting Recommendations
             Most of the DFG’s wildlife areas are open to rabbit hunting. There may, however, be restrictions
     to the method of take. For complete hunting regulations, consult the 2007/2008 California Hunting Regula-
     tions: Waterfowl, Upland Game, Hunting and other Public Uses on the State and Federal Areas, available at
     DFG offices and online at www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations.


                                   Popular Rabbit and Hare Species in California

 Black-tailed hare or jackrabbit: The most common in           It ranges throughout the southern two-thirds of the state,
 California, this species is found everywhere except high in   excluding high elevations, inhabiting streamside, open for-
 the Sierra Nevada. It averages 22 inches long and weighs 4    est and grassland/shrub habitats. It’s also commonly found
 to 6 pounds. Its fur is grayish-brown and its ears—up to 6    around urban areas.
 inches long—are longer than its hind feet. Black-tails are
 very good eating, especially when they’re young.              Mountain Cottontail: This cottontail is grayishbrown and
                                                               has long hair inside the ears, with a white tail. It is about 14
 Snowshare Hare: Named for its large feet in proportion        inches long, and 1 ½ to 2 ½ pounds. It lives in northeastern
 to its body size, the snowshoe is about 15 inches long and    California and along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada
 weighs 2 ½ to 4 ½ pounds. It is brown in summer and white     mountains down to northern Inyo County.
 in winter. Snowshoes live in mountain riparian habitats
 ranging throughout the Cascade Mountains in the north         Brush Rabbit: Nicknamed “blue belly” for the bluish fur
 and extending through the Sierra Nevada to approximately      on it belly, this small gray rabbit is about 13 inches long
 Mariposa County. Although they are rarely taken by hunt-      and weigh 1 to 2 pounds. It lives in dense, brushy areas
 ers, they’re considered excellent eating.                     throughout western California and along the western slopes
                                                               of the Sierra Nevada. Hunters usually take these rabbits
 Desert Cottontail: One of the most popular game rabbits,      while quail hunting. Some hunters say they are even tastier
 this species averages 15 inches long and 1 ½ to 2 ½ pounds    than cottontails.
 with brown fur, black-tipped ears and a large white tail.

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