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Upland Gamebird Hunts up for grabs

10/05/13 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is holding a lottery for eight pen-raised pheasant hunts for apprentice hunters in the Bay Delta Region. The hunts will be offered at four locations: Grizzly Island Wildlife Area, Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area, White Slough Wildlife Area and Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area.

Apprentice applicants must have successfully completed a hunter education course and possess a valid 2013 California junior hunting license. A non-hunting adult 18 years of age or older is required to accompany and supervise up to two apprentice hunters. Two hunters and a chaperone may submit a single application as one party. All participants, including chaperones, must wear shooting safety glasses and blaze orange clothing. Each apprentice hunter will be limited to two rooster pheasants.

The application can be found at and the deadline to apply is October 30 at 4 p.m.

To apply, follow this pathway online: CDFW special hunts online registration, login or create a new account if new to the site. From there, select apprentice hunts, pheasant, Jr. only pen-raised and follow the computer prompts. Successful applicants will be notified by mail or they can log on to view the status of the drawing. Any vacancies after the drawing will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Grizzly Island Wildlife Area: (80 permits will be issued – 40 per hunt)
Hunt #1 Nov. 16: 8 a.m. to noon
Hunt #2 Nov. 16: 1 to 4:55 p.m.

Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area -- Ringstrom Bay Unit and Valley of the Moon Trap Club: (20 permits will be issued -- 10 per hunt) -- (Practice shooting at the range prior to each hunt and lunch will be provided at noon for both groups -- donated by volunteers of Valley of the Moon Trap Club)
Hunt #1 Nov. 16: 8 a.m. to noon
Hunt #2 Nov. 16: 1 to 4:55 p.m.

White Slough Wildlife Area: (20 permits will be issued – 10 per hunt)
Hunt #1 Nov. 16: 8 a.m. to noon
Hunt #2 Nov. 16: 1 to 4:55 p.m.

Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area (20 permits will be issued – 10 per hunt)
Hunt #1 Nov. 16: 8 a.m. to noon
Hunt #2 Nov. 16: 1 to 4:55 p.m.

Contacts/Hunt Leaders:
Patrick Graham, CDFW Grizzly Island Wildlife Area, 707-425-3828
Karen Taylor, CDFW Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area, 707-944-5567
Jeff Stoddard, CDFW Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, 530-757-2431
Ryan Carrothers, CDFW White Slough Wildlife Area, 530-757-1813

Current regulations are available at Questions concerning the apprentice hunts should be directed to the appropriate hunt leader or CDFW’s Bay Delta Regional Office at 707-944-5500.

These special hunts are funded by CDFW’s Upland Gamebird Special Hunt Program, in cooperation with several volunteer organizations. They are meant to provide an engaging experience that supports hunter education.

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