Southern California Special Pheasant Hunts Apps Available

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Southern California Special Pheasant Hunts Applications Available
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Contact: Scott Sewell, Wildlife Habitat Assistant (562) 342-7147       Troy Swauger, Information Officer (916) 654-2096
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SACRAMENTO  — California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) announced that applications are now available for Southern California Special Pheasant Hunts. Forty-three family hunts, 12 junior hunts, and four women's hunts will be offered free to the public. Sponsored by DFG's Game Bird Heritage Program and funded through the sales of Upland Game Bird Stamps, the hunts are an exciting way to promote safe and ethical hunting to friends and families.

The Department will accommodate as many hunters as possible with hunts in Imperial, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. Geared primarily to new hunters, DFG also encourages former hunters to return to upland game bird hunting and introduce families and friends to the tradition of responsible hunting values.

Public response to last year's hunts was tremendous and due to the growing number of participants, DFG is adding more hunts to this year's program. There will be an added day for junior hunts in San Diego County and an added day of family hunts in Ventura County. With the help of highly dedicated and motivated hunt partners, DFG can offer safe, educational, and inspirational hunting opportunities.

The Department has implemented a great addition to the program by allowing newly-licensed California hunters who received their hunter education certificate this year to obtain a pheasant hunt certificate that allows them to participate in the hunt of their choice without taking part in the random drawing.

To get an application for the Special Pheasant Hunts, contact the Department's game bird hotline at (562) 590-5100, stop by a local field office, contact a hunter education instructor, or visit our web site at http://www.dfg.ca.gov . Mail or deliver completed applications to the Department of Fish and Game, Attention: Game Bird Heritage Program, 4665 Lampson Ave., Suite C, Los Alamitos, CA 90720. Applications may be faxed to (562) 342-7153.

Applications must be received at the Los Alamitos office no later than Sept. 1 to be eligible for the random drawing.
 

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I don't normally promote competition on lottery events, but this is a program that we ALL pay for through upland game stamp fees.  If you have never sent in an application for these hunts, seriously think about it.  

I sent in for a hunt last season.  Rounded up three friends for the application.  We were drawn for our second choice hunt date and time.  Not having a dog, the DFG set up a volunteer dog handler to loan his dogs for our hunt (www.rebeldog.com).  Everything turned out fine and we had a memorable day in the field.  

The hunts are designed for 2 planted roosters per hunter.  However, they do run/flush from area to area in the field.  After the first hour, we were allowed to pursue into the neighboring areas since we had not filled our group bag limit.

All in all, it was a good experience and a good way to introduce pheasant hunting to friends.

Maybe next year we can have a BBQ at Jesse's place. :eek:)   Everyone bring their birds.
 

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I wonder if they'll add more family hunts in no. cal?   Forty three family hunts,  I think there's @ two around here and thier dam near impossable to draw.  
 

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The Jr. pheasant hunts are an easy draw in N. Cal. But you're right Grizz, I think they have about two "family" hunts up here.
 

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Just another case of sending northren tax dollars south.
 

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