Cañada de los Osos Apprentice Junior Hunts

A non-fee hunt

CDFW is pleased to provide limited-permit apprentice deer, pig and upland game bird hunting opportunities for junior license holders at Cañada de los Osos Ecological Reserve near Gilroy. The hunts are conducted in coordination with volunteers from the Friends of Cañada de los Osos.

Hunts are scheduled throughout the year and applicants may only apply with the on-line registration link at the bottom of this page. Paper or any other electronic applications are no longer accepted. Due to the high demand, hunters who are unable to attend the hunt for which they are drawn must notify our office within 5 days of being notified that they were successfully drawn. Please only apply for hunt dates you can attend.

Successful applicants will be assigned a volunteer from the Friends of Cañada de los Osos who will act as their guide for the duration of the hunt. Successful applicants must also be accompanied by an adult (age 18 or older) chaperone at all times. Due to the passage of Assembly Bill 711, non-lead ammunition is required for all hunts.

Individuals interested in applying must use the online registration by the appropriate due dates listed below. Hunt applications will become available approximately 45 days prior to their due date. Successful applicants will be selected by random drawing and notified at least two weeks prior to the hunt date.

Hunt Dates

Species Hunt Date Application Start Date Application Due Date
Spring Turkey March 21 - 22, 2020 February 1, 2020 February 29, 2020
Spring Turkey April 25 - 26, 2020 February 1, 2020 February 29, 2020
Pig August 22 - 23, 2020 June 24, 2020 August 7, 2020
Deer September 5 - 6, 2020 July 8, 2020 August 21, 2020
Fall Pig October 3 - 4, 2020 August 5, 2020 September 18, 2020

Application Instructions

Online Hunt Application Instructions for Spring Turkey Hunt

To apply, go to the License Sales and Service website and follow these instructions:

  1. Log on using the Junior Hunters Go ID.
  2. Click "Purchase License".
  3. Click "2019 Hunting" (under menu on the left side).
  4. Scroll down to "Drawings", and click on "2019 (Bird) Hunt Drawing Application" (right side).
  5. Click ADD , which will take you to the Party Selection page.
    • Click "Create New Party / Apply Alone", which will open the hunt selections.
    • Select up to 3 hunt choices, in your order of preference, and click "submit." A confirmation page will show your choices.
  6. Review the information on the confirmation page and if correct, click "Submit".
  7. Check out.

Online Hunt Application Instructions for Pig, Deer, and Fall Upland Game Hunts

  1. If you have not already done so, link opens in new windowcreate a CDFW web account. Once you have an account...
  2. Go to the link opens in new windowApprentice Hunts Application page, and Login as a registered user.
  3. Click Select and Register for Hunts
  4. Follow the instructions through the rest of the application process.


Do not include non-hunters on your application.

Online Apprentice Hunts Application

Wild turkeys at Cañada de los Osos