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  • November 24, 2021
A sweeping, panoramic view of CDFWs Ocean Ranch Unit, Eel River Wildlife Area, in Humboldt County.

CDFW will reopen the Ocean Ranch Unit within the Eel River Wildlife Area to waterfowl hunting and other public access beginning Wednesday, Dec. 1 as the majority of habitat restoration work taking place there winds down for the year.

Categories: Duck Stamp, Habitat Restoration, Hunting, Lands, Waterfowl, Wildlife
  • November 2, 2021
waterfowl in flight

Hunters can soon participate in no-fee waterfowl hunts amid restored salt ponds at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve (ELER) in Hayward. Access to ELER will be open to 100 hunters on a first-come, first-served basis.

Categories: Hunting, Lands, Waterfowl
  • October 19, 2021
roadway stretching into green, grassy fields and hills

The final phase of the 850-acre Hill Slough Tidal Restoration Project kicked off on October 5 with the first of 11 levee breaches.

Categories: Habitat Restoration, Lands
  • October 8, 2021
panoramic view of bay and surrounding marsh woodlands

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced the temporary closure of the Ocean Ranch Unit within the Eel River Wildlife Area as habitat and restoration work intensifies there with the use of heavy equipment. The unit is being closed to all public access for safety.

Categories: Habitat Restoration, Hunting, Lands, Waterfowl, Wildlife
  • September 20, 2021
water hyacinth in California

CDFW has temporarily restricted boat use at the Mendota Wildlife Area in Fresno County.

Categories: Invasive Species, Lands, Species
  • September 16, 2021
Heenan Lake Wildlife Area wooden sign that greets visitors to the area in Alpine County.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has reopened 34 of its properties to public use as of Thursday, Sept. 16, following the announcement by the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region lifting the closure of most California forests.

Categories: Fire, Fishing, Hunting, Lands
  • September 10, 2021
A single Canada goose stretches and flaps its wings while sitting on water.

CDFW has announced that the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area in Siskiyou County will be closed to waterfowl hunting for the entirety of the 2021-22 season as a result of lost wetlands and waterfowl habitat due to drought conditions.

Categories: Drought, Hunting, Lands, Waterfowl, Wildlife
  • September 8, 2021
A four-point buck deer bounds across a grassy landscape.

CDFW is expanding the public hunting opportunities available within the Cosumnes River Preserve in southern Sacramento County to include, for the first time, three deer hunts this October.

Categories: Deer, Hunting, Lands
  • September 1, 2021
Dixie Fire - smoke over trees

CDFW has closed 34 properties that lie within or immediately adjacent to U.S. Forest Service (USFS) boundaries due to extreme fire conditions. Effective immediately, these properties are closed to the public through Friday, Sept. 17.

Categories: Fire, Lands
  • August 28, 2021
mourning dove stands  on alert

California’s dove season opens Wednesday, Sept. 1, and CDFW has prepared crop fields at many of its most popular wildlife areas throughout the state to attract doves and provide productive dove hunting opportunities for the public.

Categories: Hunting, Lands, Wildlife

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