As a reminder, certain wildlife areas, ecological reserves and other properties may be closed due to wildfires or wildfire damage. Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts are strongly encouraged to check for closures before leaving on any recreational trip.
All calendar items are also subject to change due to the changing conditions and guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to adhere to all safety protocols including physical distancing, wearing masks and frequent hand washing. For information on how to get vaccinated in California, visit myturn.ca.gov.
Various Days — Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) access permit application deadline for hunting opportunities. The SHARE program is offering new wild pig hunts on the east shore of Lake Berryessa. Deer, pig, bear, waterfowl and upland game hunting are also available this fall through SHARE. An $11.50 non-refundable application fee (plus handling fees) is charged for each hunt choice. For more information, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.
Various Days — General bear season opening in select deer zones. General black bear season will open concurrently with the general deer hunting season in deer zones A, B, C, D, X8, X9A, X9B, X10 and X12 and extend through Dec. 26. Please note these deer zones have varying opening season dates. For those portions of deer hunting zones X-1, X2, X3a, X4, X6a, X6b, X7a and X7b open to bear hunting, the general bear season opens on Oct. 9 and extends through Dec. 26. CDFW shall close the season earlier if 1,700 bears have been reported taken. For daily updates on reported bear harvest, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/bear or call toll-free (888) 277-6398. Visit fgc.ca.gov/Regulations/Current/Mammals for a description of the current mammal hunting regulations. All hunters must get their tag validated and present the bear head for tooth extraction by CDFW personnel.
Various Days — Volunteer Docent Training: Discover the Flyway School Program, 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 13, 15 and 17. Become a Discover the Flyway docent with Yolo Basin Foundation and provide virtual and in-person learning opportunities for K-12th grade students. The goal of Discover the Flyway is to offer children a meaningful outdoor experience that will give them an appreciation for the wetlands, agriculture and wildlife of the Central Valley. By becoming a Discover the Flyway docent, you can help teachers and students connect to nature, learn about science, protect wetlands and get involved in conservation. To register for training, fill out a volunteer application at www.yolobasin.org/volunteer and sign up for the training dates. Contact Education Coordinator Heidi Satter at email@example.com with questions.
Now open — Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Spotted Dove and Ringed Turtle Dove early season runs through Sept. 15. For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
Sept. 11 — Sooty (Blue) Grouse general season opens, extending through Oct. 11. For more information, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
White-tailed Ptarmigan general and archery season opens, extending through Sept. 19. For more information, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
Mountain Quail general season opens in Zone Q1, extending through Oct. 15. For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
Tree Squirrel general season opens, extending through Jan. 30, 2022. For more information on small game seasons and limits, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/small-game.
Sept. 13 — Feather River Fish Hatchery ladder opening, 5 Table Mountain Blvd., Oroville. The ladder will open Sept. 13 and salmon spawning will begin the following week, continuing through approximately mid-November. The underwater viewing windows and observation platform at the base of the fish barrier dam are open to the public from sunrise to sunset. The spawning room and fish rearing ponds are temporarily closed to the public to help slow the spread of COVID-19. For more information, call (530) 538-2222 or visit wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/hatcheries/feather-river.
Sept. 16 — California Fish and Game Commission Wildlife Resources committee meeting, time to be determined. The meeting is to be held via webinar/teleconference due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19. For more information, visit fgc.ca.gov.
Sept. 18 — General deer season opens in zones B1-3, B5, B6, C1-4, D6, D7, X9a, X9b and X12. Hunters should check for area closures and restrictions before heading to their destination. For information on land closures, contact the agency in charge of the land you will be hunting. More information about general deer season opener dates, end dates and additional hunts is available at wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer. Remember to report your deer tags. All deer tags you purchase, whether you hunt or not, must be reported. Successful hunters must report their tags within 30 days of their successful hunt or by Jan. 31, 2022, whichever is first. Hunters who are unsuccessful or who do not hunt are also required to report by Jan. 31, 2022. Visit www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales/customersearch/begin for information on reporting. Hunters are reminded that as of July 1, 2019, nonlead ammunition is required when taking any wildlife for any purpose in California.
Band-tailed pigeon season opens in the North Zone, extending through Sept. 26. For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
Great American River Clean Up, 9 a.m. to noon, Nimbus Hatchery, 2001 Nimbus Road, Rancho Cordova. Join in to remove trash along the American River Parkway and riverbanks near Nimbus Hatchery. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. Bring water, sunscreen and snacks. For more information and to register, visit apps.arpf.org/volunteer-opportunities?VO=96.
Sept. 18 and 19 — Youth Waterfowl Hunt Days for Northeastern California Zone. To participate, hunters must be 17 years of age or younger and be accompanied by a non-hunting adult 18 years of age or older. People should contact the wildlife area or national wildlife refuge they wish to hunt for details. For more information, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.
Sept. 20 — Moonrise Tour of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 45211 County Road 32 B, Davis. The pink and orange hues of the sunset reflect in the still water of the wetlands. Diurnal bird species take off to their roosts, showcasing their silhouettes against the fading sunlight. The moon rises slowly over the rice fields and marshes, creating a beautiful glow as moonlight streams over the nocturnal birds flying out to feast. Registration is required to attend and is limited to 30 guests. For more information and to register, visit www.yolobasin.org/wetlands-tours.
Sept. 23 — Exploring Scaled Management for the California Halibut Fishery Webinar Series: Webinar Highlights and Looking Ahead, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. This is the last of three webinars being offered by CDFW to learn about and discuss California halibut, which has been identified by CDFW as a high-priority fishery for scaled management attention. Visit the CDFW California Halibut Scaled Management Process and Marine Management News webpages for additional information about California halibut and the scaled management process, including this webinar series. Agendas and materials will be shared and posted in advance of webinars. RSVP for the final webinar by Thursday, Sept. 16 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 25 — General deer season opens in zones D3-5, D8-10, X8 and X10. Hunters should check for area closures and restrictions before heading to their destination. For information on land closures, contact the agency in charge of the land you will be hunting. More information about general deer season opener dates, end dates and additional hunts is available at wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.
Sept. 25 — Quail general season opens in Zone Q2 (all quail species), extending through Jan. 30, 2022. For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
Sept. 25 — Elkhorn Slough Virtual Open House, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dive deeper into the Elkhorn Slough Reserve at a virtual open house. Follow along with nature craft tutorials, explore behind the scenes at the reserve’s nursery and hear from researchers about the science of the slough. For a full lineup of activities and information about participating, visit the online calendar of events at www.elkhornslough.org/calendar.
Volunteer Docent Training for Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Tours, 9 a.m. to noon, 45211 County Road 32 B, Davis. Become a wetland tour docent to lead and assist with tours of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Being a volunteer tour docent is an excellent way to observe and enjoy the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area regularly, while providing an important service to the public unfamiliar with the area. Practice your public speaking skills, increase your knowledge of wetland flora and fauna, and gain experience facilitating public tours. To register for the training, fill out a volunteer application at www.yolobasin.org/volunteer then register for the Wetland Tour Docent training date. Reach out to Sabreena Britt, Volunteer Coordinator, at email@example.com with any questions.