DFG Opens Cañada De Los Osos Ecological Reserve for Special Junior Hunts

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The Department of Fish and Game, in cooperation with the California Deer Association (CDA), will be hosting junior hunting opportunities on the 4,200-acre Cañada de los Osos Ecological Reserve this fall. The property will be open this year only for the junior hunts.

There will be separate hunts for deer, turkey and pig. Each session includes classroom, range and field assistance in the techniques of gun handling and safety, hunting and game care. There will be shooting practice as well as instruction on wildlife biology and hunting issues. Participants will be guided on their hunts by CDA volunteers. Each hunt will be a two-day event with overnight lodging available in nearby Gilroy. Lunch on the second day will be provided by CDA. All juniors must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult. Applicants will be chosen by drawing.

To apply for these hunts, applicants need to submit a postcard with the hunter’s name, address, telephone number, and 2004-2005 junior hunting license number to:

California Department of Fish and Game
20 Lower Ragsdale Road, Suite 100
Monterey, CA 93940

Applicants may only submit a single application for each hunt and applications need to be received at the address above by 5 p.m. on the due date. Applications received late or incomplete will not be considered in the draw. Successful applicants will be notified by mail and will receive additional information, including maps and special regulations prior to their hunt.

The juniors-only deer hunt will be held Sept. 11-12. Applications must be received by Aug. 11. Include “Attention: CDLO Deer Hunt” on the postcard address. Four hunters will be drawn. Junior hunters must be at least 12 years old at the time of the hunt and will need an A zone deer tag.

The juniors-only pig hunt will be held Oct. 9-10. Applications must be received by Sept. 9. Include “Attention: CDLO Pig Hunt” on the postcard address. Five hunters will be drawn. Junior hunters must be at least 12 years old at the time of the hunt and will need a pig tag.

The juniors-only turkey hunt will be held Nov. 13-14. Applications must be received by Oct. 14. Include “Attention: CDLO Turkey Hunt” on the postcard address. Five hunters will be drawn. There is no age restriction on this hunt and junior hunters do not need an upland gamebird stamp.