Cañada de los Osos Apprentice Junior Hunts

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. With the exception of the turkey hunts, 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.

COVID-19 Updates

CDFW will be implementing Best Practices to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 during these hunts. These measures include following all state and county orders, wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands frequently. Hunters, staff, and volunteers helping run the hunt will be directed to bring their own food and water, and travel to the Reserve in separate vehicles unless they live in the same household. Hunter orientation will be conducted outdoors with plenty of space to social distance and each hunt group will get their own designated area to hunt.

Please note that even with plans to implement Best Practices there is still a chance any of the hunts designated below will have to be canceled depending on local COVID-19 conditions and stay-at-home orders as directed by the state and/or county.

Hunt Dates

Species Hunt Date Application Start Date Application Due Date
Spring Turkey March 18 - 19, 2023 January 27, 2023 February 25, 2023
Spring Turkey April 1 - 2, 2023 January 27, 2023 February 25, 2023
Pig May 20 - 21, 2023 March 22, 2023 May 5, 2023
Pig July 15 - 16, 2023 May 15, 2023 June 30, 2023
Deer September 9 - 10, 2023 July 11, 2023 August 25, 2023
Fall Pig October 7 - 8, 2023 August 8, 2023 September 22, 2023

Application Instructions

Online Hunt Application Instructions for Spring Turkey Hunt

To apply, go to the License Sales and Service website(opens in new tab) and follow these instructions:

  1. Log on using the Junior Hunters Go ID.
  2. Click "Purchase License".
  3. Click "2021 Hunting" (under menu on the left side).
  4. Scroll down to "Drawings", and click on "2021 (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, create a CDFW web account(opens in new tab). Once you have an account...
  2. Go to the Apprentice Hunts Application(opens in new tab) 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