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Applications Now Available for Fall Apprentice Deer Hunt in San Luis Obispo County for Junior License Holders
  • August 1, 2023
buck standing on a grassy slope

CDFW is offering a drawing for an apprentice deer hunt for junior license holders on the Chimineas Unit of the Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve.

The two-day buck hunt will be held Sept. 16 and 17 on the 30,000-acre reserve in San Luis Obispo County. The hunt is co-organized by the Avenales Sportmen’s Club (ASC) and Chimineas Ranch Foundation (CRF).

Mandatory hunter orientation will take place in the evening on Friday, Sept. 15. Overnight lodging will be available at the ranch house on the ecological reserve on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Three junior license holders will be chosen by lottery. Selected youth must possess an A zone deer tag and must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will receive classroom, range and field training in gun handling techniques and safety, deer hunting and game care. Hunts will be led by ASC volunteers. ASC and CRF will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, as well as breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

Junior license holders may apply online using their GO ID number through the Automated License Data System (ALDS). The hunt application is titled “Carrizo Plain ER - Chimineas Unit Apprentice Deer Hunt.”

The application deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 22. Successful applicants will be notified by phone and will receive additional information, including maps and special regulations, prior to the hunt.


Media Contacts:
Ken Paglia,
CDFW Communications, (916) 825-7120
Brandon Swanson, CDFW Environmental Scientist, (805) 305-8291

Categories: Deer, Hunting

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