Hunting special events late 2019
Apply now before it is too late.
It is hard to imagine but we are already entering the second half of 2019. Hunters are looking forward to and preparing for a very busy series of hunting special events. And so are fishermen and outdoors enthusiast in general.
Seasoned hunters know, of course, from years of experience the approximate season opening and closing months of their favorite game. Actual dates fluctuate a bit based on population strength, food, and environmental conditions that affect the health and the numbers of the game. The important adjustments are in the timing of hunting special events. Their terms and conditions and the affected locations go often unnoticed by the average hunter on his comfy couch.
The following is a concise list of upcoming hunting special events and season dates in August 2019 and beyond. Yet, to play it safe and not to miss their once in a lifetime opportunity, all hunters should regularly consult the official schedule of hunting seasons and especially of the exact dates and nature of an activity. Additional previous hunting events are listed here as published by the California Hunting Post.
For details and procedures please visit the official websites I am referencing in this article.
Deer hunting opportunities
California’s general deer hunting season for zone A opens on August 10, 2019, zone B-4 follows on the 24th, and zones B1-B3, B5, B6, C1-C4, D6 and D7 are opening on September 21, 2019.
Opening dates for all other deer zones, season end dates and other information on additional deer hunts will be published on the CDFW website at wildlife.ca.gov/hunting.
Many other rules and regulations affect hunting special events in California. Hunters find detailed reports and listings on the Fish and Wildlife website. Please, in your own interest and to protect your wallet, check the rules and regs before you go hunting deer.
By the way and as a friendly reminder, since July 1, 2019 “nonlead ammunition is required when taking any wildlife for any purpose in California.” A list of the CDFW approved nonlead hunting ammo is located at https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Hunting/Nonlead-Ammunition/Certified.
Knoxville Wildlife Area closure
The Knoxville Wildlife Area is the location for a special lottery draw deer hunt in the first week of the zone a general deer season. The closure extends from August 10 to the 16th 2019.
Only the holders of a deer hunt permit will be allowed on the wildlife area in Napa County. No other use of the Knoxville area is allowed until after August 17, 2019.
The Knoxville Wildlife Area closure in 2019 is a first. CDFW intends to limit the number of deer hunters on this popular hunting area and to improve the safety and the quality of the hunting experience for permitted hunters.
During the first week of the deer season, only hunters listed on the permit can participate in the special hunt. Non-hunters, hunting assistants, and helpers are not allowed on the wildlife area during this hunting special event.
Assorted SHARE hunting special events
Hunting access to privately owned SHARE properties is one of the most popular special hunting events organized by CDFW.
Applications for these SHARE hunts are coming up for deer, bear, wild pig, turkey, dove, and quail. Please go to wildlife.ca,gov/ for detailed information or refer to articles on SHARE hunts published in the California Hunting Post for a detailed explanation of the application process. Use the search function on the right, enter SHARE hunts and you will find an entire series of articles on special SHARE hunts.
All entries into a SHARE hunt drawing require an $ 11.00 non-refundable fee and the payment of some ‘handling fees’.
Bear hunting anyone?
First General Season for Black Bears Opens in Deer Hunting Zone A runs concurrently with “the general deer hunting season in deer zones A, B, C, D, X8, X9A, X9B, X10 and X12 and extend through Dec. 29. Deer zones A, B, C, D, X8, X9A, X9B, X10 and X12 have different deer season opening dates depending upon the deer zone.”
But there is much more to consider about bear hunting. Let’s keep it simple, go to wildlife.ca.gov/ or call toll-free (888) 277-6398 for daily updates. And if you are a masochist, visit www.fgc.ca.gov/ for a “description of the current mammal hunting regulations.”
Special hunting events, hunting, hunting, and more hunting
Tired already of hunting seasons openers and closing dates, rules, regs, and other highly bureaucratic procedures? Wait, we have barely scratched the surface by reporting mainly on the big game hunting special events 2019.
There are literally dozens of other events on the calendar that deserve to be mentioned. I am getting tired just by writing about these events. Let us, therefore, try a shortcut.
Most of the following event calendar entries are only indirectly related to hunting. The exceptions are:
Tree squirrel season, archery. Info: https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/.
Archery Black Bears Opens in each of the five American black bear hunt zones. Info: wildlife.ca.gov/. (888) 277-6398.
Falconry-Only Pheasant, Quail, Chukar, Ptarmigtan and Sooty (Blue) Grouse/Ruffed Grouse Seasons Opens. Info:wildlife.ca.gov/.
Hunting with Air Guns – Advanced Hunter Education Clinic. This advanced hunting clinic is meant to bring interested hunters up to speed about air guns for hunting. Info and registration: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/.
So, you still have the energy to indulge in reading more procedural stuff and engaging in non-hunting activities? Don’t despair. CDFW has some more going on in August.
Among them are exciting things to do if you are so inclined like talking and walking with bats, touring the Elkhorn Slough, a wetland tour at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, a lecture on the southern Sea Otter, a Grasslands Wildlife Areas-Refuges Outreach Meeting.
Still looking for more?
How about a CDFW Conservation Lecture Series, participation in the Volunteer Training for School and Youth Program Guides, the Grasslands Wildlife Areas-Refuges Outreach Meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting, and the always important California Fish and Game Commission Meeting.
Still chomping at the bits? Go participate in the clean-up of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area, tell clueless anglers that on August 28, 2019, recreational angling for ocean salmon fishing south of Pigeon will close for the rest of 2019. Or go count bumblebees and look for sturgeons with a money-making tag to harvest and turn in for cash?
You find detailed, updated information on the CDFW website. It just takes a little digging. I usually do it for you, but nobody seems to care for my efforts and the time I spend on getting the info for you. This is truly what one would call a thankless job. Therefore, if you want to find out about the next advanced hunting clinic on harvesting wild pigs by throwing rocks, please go grab a shovel yourself and then tell us for free what you found.
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