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Reminder: Dixon Ducks Unlimited Dinner! The Annual Dinner is only two weeks away.
Purchase your tickets now, before you miss out on a fun filled DU function! Steak dinner and all the trimmings, raffles, silent auction, live auction and games. New Location: Dixon May Fair – Denverton Hall Dixon, California, Time & Date: Friday, December 3, 2010 Doors open at 6:00 For Tickets Contact: Nancy Holdener at 707-446-1434 Tickets – $55.00 each • Sponsor Pack – $400.00
LOCAL PIG HUNT COMING UP
Fish and Game Offers December Pig Hunts Through SHARE Program The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has a holiday treat for wild pig hunters in Yolo County. DFG’s Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Program will conduct a permit-only wild pig hunt on
Bobcat Ranch in December. This hunting opportunity will give 64 wild pig hunters access to the private property during two archery periods, two apprentice periods and two rifle periods.
“We are excited to get this first property open to the public through the SHARE Program,” said Victoria Barr, statewide program coordinator. “This is a unique opportunity for the public to hunt wild pig in blue oak woodland that would normally not be open to the public.”
The SHARE Program is a voluntary landowner incentive program. Participating landowners receive liability protection and may receive compensation for providing public access to or through their land for wildlife-dependent recreational activities. The goal of the SHARE Program is to provide additional hunting, fishing and other recreational access on private lands in California.
Bobcat Ranch is in Yolo County’s Vaca Mountain foothills, west of Winters. Hunting under the SHARE Program will help achieve the ranch’s long-term conservation management objectives, which include controlling the wild pig population.
Wild Pig Program Coordinator Marc Kenyon says, “We hope this opportunity through the SHARE Program will be used as a model for other landowners in California as a means to alleviate pig damage on private lands. It’s also a long-anticipated use of the revenue generated by the sale of wild pig hunting tags.”
Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2010. More information and applications are available on DFG’s Wild Pig Special Hunts website at www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/pig/specialhunts.html, or by calling Victoria Barr, SHARE Program Coordinator at (916) 445-4034.
December 2010 DFG Calendar
DATE – EVENT
1 — Los Angeles-Long Beach Harbor Safety Committee Meeting, 9:30 to 11
a.m. at the Port of Los Angeles, 425 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro
(90731). For more information contact Lorraine McKinney at (310)
519-3134 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 — First day of commercial Dungeness crab season (scheduled) north of
Sonoma County. Additional information at
1 — Nimbus Hatchery Salmon Spawning, through December. The fish ladder
is open and the public is welcome to watch salmon come to spawn
Monday-Friday, between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Hatchery staff spawn fish
Mondays-Wednesdays. For directions and other hatchery information,
please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/Hatcheries/Nimbus/.
2 — Flyway Nights Lecture Series, 7 p.m. at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife
Area Headquarters Building on the first Thursday of each month from
November through April. Topics are generally wetland-related and feature
local issues relating to wetlands and/or avian species, ethnobotany,
fish passage or local history. A $5 donation per person or $10 per
family is suggested at the door. For more information please see
4 — Legg Lake Youth Fishing Event, Whittier Narrows Regional Park, 823
Lexington-Gallatin Road, South El Monte (91733). This is a free public
fishing event for children aged five to 15. Registration begins at 8
a.m., fishing from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For those who need it, rods and
reels will be available to use, free of charge (upon completing the
associated learning stations). A free hot dog lunch and raffle will
follow. For more information please call Whittier Narrows Regional Park,
4-5, 11-12, 18-19 — Sandhill Crane Wetland Tours at Woodbridge
Ecological Reserve near Lodi, the first three weekends of each month
through February 2011. Tours begin approximately 90 minutes before
sundown and run to about 30 minutes after sunset – the times when crane
fly-in activity can often be observed. Pre-tour registration is required
online at www.dfg.ca.gov/regions/3/cranetour. Donations of $8 per person
are suggested. A six-week sign-up window precedes each tour month and
opens sequentially. The public is also welcome to visit the Woodbridge
South Unit for Delta bird watching on their own at other times. For more
information please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/regions/3/cranetour.
4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 26 — Weekend Wildlife Walks at Gray Lodge Wildlife
Area sanctuary, 10 a.m. every Saturday and 1 p.m. every Sunday through
Feb. 7, 2010 (except Christmas and New Year’s days). Spectacular views
of snow geese and other wintering wildlife, a fun way to learn about our
wetlands, wildlife and the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Tours are included
in the $4 entrance fee. Tours are cancelled in heavy rain. Contact: Gray
Lodge Wildlife Area Naturalist Office, (530) 846-7505 or
4 — American Crow Hunting Season opens. Please see regulations at
9 — San Francisco Bay Harbor Safety Committee meeting, 10 a.m. at the
Port of Oakland, 530 Water St. (94607). More information at
11 — Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Guided Tour, 9 a.m. to noon. Tour the
16,000-acre Yolo Wildlife Area with an experienced field trip leader on
the second Saturday of each month from September through June. View
flooded seasonal and permanent wetlands, native grasslands and young
riparian forests. Depending on the season, look for migrating and
resident waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, raptors and wading birds. A
$5 donation is suggested. More information at
11-12 — Wild Bird and Apprentice Pheasant Hunts for juniors, families
and women at Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve (San Diego County). Details
and applications are available online at
15-16 — Fish and Game Commission Meeting , Hotel Mar Monte, 1111 East
Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara (93103). More information at
www.fgc.ca.gov. View or listen to California Fish and Game Commission
meetings in real time via Internet webcasting.
18 — Hanson Dam Youth Fishing Event, Hansen Dam Aquatic Center, 11798
Foothill Blvd, Lake View Terrace (91342). This is a free public fishing
event for children aged five to 15. Registration begins at 8 a.m.,
fishing from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For those who need it, rods and reels
will be available to use free of charge (upon completing the associated
learning stations). For more information please call Hanson Dam Aquatic
Center, (818) 896-6215.
18-26 — Band-Tailed Pigeon Hunting Season in the southern zone. Please
see the regulations at
26 — Last day of General Pheasant Hunting Season. Please see the
26 — First day of Tomales Bay Commercial Roe Herring Season. Details
27 — Last day of Dove Hunting Season. Please see the regulations
summary at www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations/10-11-upland-sum.html.
26 — Last day of general Bear Hunting Season in all zones. Please see
regulations at www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/mammalregs.asp#365.
31 — Last day of recreational boat-based groundfish season in the
Southern Groundfish Management Areas (Point Conception, Santa Barbara
County to U.S./Mexico border). For more information please visit the
Groundfish Central Web page at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/groundfishcentral.