California Special Spring Turkey Hunts

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The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is accepting applications for spring wild turkey hunts, including several for youth hunters and mobility impaired hunters. Three such weekends of hunting are being offered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) at Lake Mendocino, in cooperation with DFG’s Northern Region and Game Bird Heritage Program. Several hunting opportunities are designed for a hunter to share his or her hunting experience with a guest.

Adult hunters must have a valid 2010-2011 California hunting license and a valid Upland Game Bird Stamp. Youth hunt applicants must be age 16 years or younger as of July 1 and have a valid junior hunting license, and must be accompanied in the field by a non-hunting adult 18 years or older. The applicant’s license number must be written on the application.

At this time, applications for the mobility impaired hunts cannot be submitted online.

Applicants can download the form at www.dfg.ca.gov/hunting/docs/2011SpringTurkeyHuntsApp.pdf, complete, print, and fax it to (916) 445-4408 or mail it to:

Department of Fish and Game
GBH Special Hunts
1812 Ninth St.
Sacramento, CA 95811-7012

For other hunts, applicants can complete the registration process online at http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/GameBirdHeritageHunts/Default.aspx.

All applications must be received by 5 p.m. on the date of the corresponding hunt deadline, as indicated below.

Junior mobility impaired/disabled only weekend hunt:

March 19-20, individual hunter, mailed application due by March 1.

Mobility impaired/disabled only weekend hunts:

March 26-27, individual hunter, mailed application due by March 8.

April 9-10, individual hunter, mailed application due by March 22.

Junior Spring weekend hunts:

March 19-20, junior hunter plus one junior guest, application due March 1.

April 23-24, junior hunter plus one junior guest, application due April 5.

May 7-8, individual junior hunter, application due April 19.

May 14-15, individual junior hunter, application due April 19.

General Spring weekend hunts:

April 2-3, hunter plus one guest, application due March 15.

April 16-17, hunter plus one guest, application due March 22.

April 30-May 1, hunter plus one guest, application due April 5.

All random drawings will take place immediately following the deadline. Successful applicants will be notified by mail approximately one week after the drawing.

Successful applicants must RSVP to the Lake Mendocino USACE Office at least eight days prior to their drawn hunt date, and must check in at the USACE Park Office, 1160 Lake Mendocino Dr., Ukiah, 95482-9404, either the day prior to the event (between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.) or the day of the event (between 7:45 and 9 a.m. only).

Additional information about the check-in process, park rules, parking, boat launching, accessing the designated hunt area and maps of Lake Mendocino Park are available at www.spn.usace.army.mil/mendocino/hunting.htm, or you may call the USACE Park Office at (707) 467-4239.