California Plans 2 Lake Sonoma Fall Turkey Hunts

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The permit drawing application deadline is approaching for two fall turkey hunts planned for the Lake Sonoma Turkey Hunt Program. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is providing this special hunting opportunity in cooperation with the Department of Fish and Game (DFG). The hunts will be held on USACE property surrounding Lake Sonoma in Sonoma County.

The hunts include an Apprentice Fall Turkey Hunt and a General Fall Turkey Hunt. The Apprentice Fall Turkey Hunt is scheduled Nov. 13-14 and the General Fall Turkey Hunt is scheduled Nov. 20-21. DFG will accept applications through Oct. 20 for the hunts.

Fifteen hunters will be drawn for each hunt. Successfully drawn applicants may be accompanied by one other hunter. Every person in the hunt party must be listed on the hunt application.

For the apprentice hunt, the apprentice hunter applicant must possess a valid California Junior Hunting License and the hunt party may include another licensed hunter. Two apprentice hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult. For the general public hunt, each hunt party may consist of up to two licensed hunters.

The application and further details can be found on the DFG website at

The Lake Sonoma Turkey Hunt Program consists of non-fee, limited-permit hunts that are open only to successful applicants on specific dates during the spring and fall turkey hunt seasons. The Lake Sonoma Turkey Hunt Area is not open to the public for turkey hunting except for these special hunting opportunities.

The current fall turkey hunting regulations summary can be found at