Wildlife events May 2019
Late winter and early spring offer a great number of wildlife events to hunters. Their harvest of wild pigs is usually the biggest during these times. But, other big game hunting and hunting waterfowl and upland birds seasons are not far behind.
Here at the California Hunting Post, we hope you used the slow winter months to take care of your equipment and, if needed repair, upgrade or replace essential gear in preparation for the coming hunting, fishing, and camping seasons. Well-maintained quality gear is essential for successful wildlife events and for your own survival should any emergency arise.
The following is an abbreviated reminder of the upcoming wildlife events for outdoor lovers organized by category and date of the event. The activities are numbered by their calendar dates not by sequence. For details visit the respective pages at the websites of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
Fishing represents the busiest schedule for May 2019. So, let us start with important fishing events. Whenever possible and useful, we reprint excerpts from the CDFW information verbatim.
Fishing represents the busiest schedule for May 2019. So, let us start with important fishing events. Whenever possible and useful, we reprint excerpts from the CDFW information verbatim. Recreational Groundfish Season opens for boat-based Anglers from the Northern and Mendocino Management Areas to Point Arena. Details: Groundfish web page at www.wildlife.ca.gov/
1 — Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery opens “May 1 to Oct. 31 or until the quota is reached, whichever is earlier.” Details are at www.wildlife.ca.gov/.
“The 2019 Pacific halibut quota for the California subarea is 39,000 pounds – about 8,000 pounds greater than the 2018 quota.”
Because of the popularity of halibut angling, since 2014 the halibut season had to be closed early based on the number of returning fish and how many of them are caught by anglers and how fast.
A survey conducted in February received over 200 responses during the two week survey period. Opening dates based on this and information collected by CDFW staff at boat ramps may result in early closures.
For additional information, follow the CDFW Pacific halibut webpage (updated weekly), the National Marine Fisheries Service Halibut Hotline at (800) 662-9825 or the CDFW Recreational Groundfish Regulations Hotline at (831) 649-2801.
11 — Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Kids’ Fishing Day, 7 a.m. to noon, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948) for youths 15 and under. They “compete for the biggest catfish in the morning at the free event and fishing poles and bait will be available. The event will include prizes and lunch for participating youths and a bicycle will be awarded to the holder of the largest fish”.
After 12 noon, anglers age 16 and above who have a valid California Sport Fishing License” may fish from this location. Please contact the Gridley Recreation Division at (530) 846-3264 or the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area at (530) 846-7505 for details.
18 — Recreational Ocean Salmon Season Reopens from Horse Mountain to Pigeon Point. Please visit the Ocean Salmon web page at www.wildlife.ca.gov/ for details or call either the CDFW Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429 or the National Marine Fisheries Service Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (800) 662-9825.
25 — Recreational Ocean Salmon Season from the Oregon/California Border to Horse Mountain. Please visit the Ocean Salmon webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/, or call the CDFW Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429 or the National Marine Fisheries Service Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (800) 662-9825 for more particulars.
That pretty much does it for fishing and specifically ocean salmon fishing. Now we can go on to some hunting.
Turkey, Junior Turkey
6 — Archery Only Spring Wild Turkey and Additional Junior Spring Turkey Seasons Open (extending through May 19). For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/. That was short and sweet. At least for my taste. You hang on for the next topic.
9 — Cannabis Permitting Workshop, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (presentations will begin at 10:30 a.m.), Arts and Community Building, 10400 Heather Ave., California City (93505). CDFW, the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the State Water Resources Control Board are hosting cannabis permitting workshops in May.
The free workshops are for new and existing cannabis cultivators, and those interested in the topic. Agency staff will discuss individual projects with participants.
14 — Cannabis Permitting Workshop, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (presentations will begin at 10:30 a.m.), Mateel Community Center, 59 Rusk Lane, Redway (95560) hosted by CDFW, the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the State Water Resources Control Board.
16 — Cannabis Permitting Workshop, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (presentations will begin at 10:30 a.m.), County Library Community Room, 995 Palm St., San Luis Obispo (93403).
This reminder of wildlife events in May 2019 would be incomplete without mentioning several of the salient meetings that will discuss important decisions affecting hunters and outdoor lovers in the long run. The meetings are public. Participants may even get a chance to explain their thoughts to the powers to be.
9 — California Wildlife Conservation Board, Strategic Plan Update Public Meeting, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Audubon Center at Debs Park, 4700 N. Griffin Ave., Los Angeles (90031). For more information, please visit https://wcb.ca.gov.
16 — California Fish and Game Commission Teleconference, 10 a.m. For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov.
16 — California Fish and Game Commission Wildlife Resources Committee Meeting, 1 p.m., Natural Resources Building, Redwood Room, 14th Floor, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov.
22 — California Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting, 10 a.m., Natural Resources Building, First Floor Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). The public is welcome. For more information, please visit www.cb.cwa.gov.
22 — Bay Delta Region Type A Wildlife Areas Public Outreach Meeting, 4 to 6 p.m., Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Conference Room, 45211 County Road 32B, Davis (95618). State wildlife areas to be discussed are the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area and the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area Complex. CDFW will take comments and recommendations, and provide updates on habitat conditions, availability of water for wetlands and possible impacts to hunter access on public lands. For more information, please contact Shawn Overton at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area at (707) 425-3828 or Joe Hobbs at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area at (530) 757-2431.
30 — CDFW Land Regulations Outreach Meeting. 6 to 8 p.m., Oroville Branch Library, 1820 Mitchell Ave., Oroville (95966). The meeting will inform the public about site-specific changes to public use regulations that are being considered for certain CDFW properties. CDFW personnel will be available at information stations to answer questions and listen to stakeholder interests, needs and ideas. For more information, please contact Julie Horenstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indeed, what a busy schedule for wildlife events in May 2019!
Let us not forget that wild pig hunting is also on the table of wildlife events in May 2019. After a long and wet winter that followed extreme heat, wild fires, and the drought that was still gripping California, we finally got plenty of rain. It replenished our water reserves. And it is producing rich growth of new plantlife.
That’s good for the boar. Hunters will now find them wherever new growth is foraging for grasses, forbs, and invertebrates in the ground. Plenty of new, nutritious food will bring the hogs back to their old ranges as soon as they can find food and new shelter there.
As an experienced hunter with knowledge of the local wild pig populations, you will not have to stray much from your old stomping grounds. Your boar will be there or join you shortly.