San Diego waterfowl hunting application deadline Sept. 24.

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San Diego waterfowl hunting application deadline Sept. 24.

LAKESIDE -- Mail-in lottery reservations for the San Diego City Lakes waterfowl hunting program must be received by either mail or fax by 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 24 to be eligible for the Oct. 5 drawing. Two reservations for each hunting day at Otay and Sutherland, and one reservation for Barrett, will be issued in the drawing. Remaining reservations at all three waters will be issued during the city’s historic in-person lottery to be held beginning 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 at San Vicente Reservoir. Hunters can reserve up to eight reservation dates for waterfowl hunting during this in-person lottery.

The city has an information packet it mails to hunters that explains all of the details of the program and includes application forms. Hunters can call the city lakes at (619) 668-2050 to request a packet. Jim Brown, program manager for the city lakes, said this hunting program has been operated since 1913, and it is the only municipally-operated waterfowl hunting program in the country. The bad news is that this is likely to be the last year waterfowl hunting will be allowed at Upper and Lower Otay Reservoirs, which will provide 696 hunter days this season, more than half of the total available at the city lakes. Housing development right on the shores of the lake will likely end the program.
 
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