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  • September 21, 2022
A pair of mature desert bighorn sheep.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is once again inviting nonprofit organizations to help support wildlife, wildlife habitat and scientific research by auctioning big game hunting tags for the 2023-24 hunt season.

Categories: Big Game, Deer, Habitat Restoration, Hunting, Wildlife
  • September 16, 2022
CDFW's Mount Shasta Fish Hatchery Sign

CDFW will staff a voluntary, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) check station at its Mount Shasta Fish Hatchery on the opening weekend of the general, north state deer season Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Categories: Big Game, Deer, Wildlife Health
  • July 29, 2022
buck pictured in natural habitat at Carrizo Plans Ecological Reserve

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering a drawing for an apprentice deer hunt for junior license holders on the Chimineas Unit of the Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve.

Categories: Big Game, Deer, Hunting, Lands
  • April 29, 2022
A young deer fawn climbs  over a rocky landscape to keep up with its mother and siblings.

Late spring and early summer is the peak time for California’s deer herds to give birth to fawns, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is issuing a reminder to well-intentioned people to not interact with the baby deer – even if they find one that appears to be abandoned.

Categories: Big Game, Deer, Human Wildlife Conflict, Wildlife, Wildlife Health
  • April 26, 2022
Stock photo of a tule elk in a field

California hunters can now purchase hunting licenses for the 2022-23 season, as well as apply for the Big Game Drawing online. Californians have many options to bring home wild game for their dinner table, and at this time, the current COVID-19 pandemic is not expected to lead to the closure or delay of any hunting seasons.

Categories: Big Game, Deer, Hunting, Lands, R3, Wildlife
  • April 21, 2022
Two 2021 deer tags rest on a tree stump along with assorted big game hunting gear.

Many California deer, elk and pronghorn hunters whose 2021 seasons were cut short or eliminated as a result of wildfires and public land closures are now able to seek a reinstatement of their preference points and receive refunds of their tag fees in some cases.

Categories: Big Game, Deer, Fire, Hunting
  • December 6, 2021
Image of poacher with buck

A Tehama County man has pleaded guilty to deer poaching charges stemming from an August 2020 poaching investigation. Kaden Pearce, 23, of Red Bluff, killed a large buck (male deer) in a local walnut orchard where he did not have legal permission to hunt. He then falsified the location information when he reported the deer harvest on his deer tag as required by hunting regulations.

Categories: Big Game, Deer, General, Hunting
  • October 15, 2021

At its October meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission acted on several issues affecting California’s natural resources. The following are just a few items of interest from yesterday’s meeting.

Categories: Deer, FGC, Fisheries, Hunting, Marine
  • September 29, 2021
elk crossing street in Mendocino County

As the season changes and Californians turn their clocks back an hour, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is urging drivers to be extra alert for wildlife on the state’s roads and highways.

Categories: Bears, Deer, Human Wildlife Conflict, Wildlife
  • September 25, 2021
A party boat plies the waters off the Golden Gate Bridge in search of Chinook salmon.

California hunters and anglers have reason to celebrate Saturday, Sept. 25. Not only is it National Hunting and Fishing Day – a nationwide thank you to the contributions hunters and anglers make to fish and wildlife conservation – but California’s outdoor opportunities are opening up once again in time for peak fall hunting and fishing seasons.

Categories: Deer, Fire, Fishing, Hunting, Salmon

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