2019 CA pheasant hunting season


Mar 11, 2001
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From DFW.

California’s wild pheasant season opens Saturday, Nov. 9 and one of the more unique public hunting opportunities takes place on Monday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day – at a few select National Wildlife Refuges. That’s when the Colusa, Delevan and Sacramento National Wildlife Refuges in the Sacramento Valley – along with the Kesterson Unit of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge in the San Joaquin Valley – open up for a special, one-day wild pheasant hunt in their spaced duck blind and assigned pond areas.


What’s the big deal? Those areas are normally off-limits to pheasant hunters during their regular Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday waterfowl hunt days. After opening weekend of wild pheasant season, many roosters are chased into or seek refuge in those areas and pheasant hunters get a one-day chance at them Nov. 11 without disturbing any duck hunting. Hunter numbers are limited on the Monday pheasant hunts. An on-site lottery takes place Sunday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. at the Colusa, Delevan, and Sacramento National Wildlife Refuges. Gates open at 6:30 a.m. Monday with hunters processed at 7 a.m. Shoot time is 8 a.m. The Kesterson Unit begins processing hunters at 6 a.m. Monday on a first-come, first-served basis until all spots are filled. Contact the individual refuges for more details.

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