Ap­pli­ca­tions Avail­able For Dove Hunts

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The Cal­i­for­nia De­part­ment of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is of­fer­ing a draw­ing for more than a dozen spe­cial dove hunts in five coun­ties for the 2018 dove sea­son, the first half of which runs from Sept. 1-15.

The spe­cial dove hunt­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties will take place at the Co­sumnes River Pre­serve in Sacra­mento County, the China Is­land and Salt Slough units of the North Grass­lands Wildlife Area in Merced County, the Los Banos Wildlife Area in Merced County, the Pili­bos Wildlife Area in Fresno County, the Car­rizo Plains Eco­log­i­cal Re­serve in San Luis Obispo County and the Oak Grove Unit of the San Felipe Val­ley Wildlife Area in San Diego County.

Other dove hunt­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties are also avail­able on CDFW wildlife ar­eas with­out reser­va­tions.

The spe­cial dove hunt de­scrip­tions and ap­pli­ca­tion in­struc­tions are avail­able at CDFW’s Up­land Game Wild Bird Hunts web­page. Hunters need to ap­ply through the Au­to­mated Li­cense Data Sys­tem (ALDS) for these op­por­tu­ni­ties as well as other spe­cial wild up­land bird hunts for quail, chukar, pheas­ant and turkey as they be­come avail­able later in the fall.

A non-re­fund­able $2.42 fee will be charged for each ap­pli­ca­tion. Hunters may select their top three hunt choices per ap­pli­ca­tion and may ap­ply in par­ties. Hunters may only ap­ply once for each avail­able hunt date. Du­pli­cate en­tries will be dis­qual­i­fied.

Ap­pli­ca­tions may be pur­chased on­line, at CDFW li­cense sales of­fices, at re­tail li­cense agents or by phone at (800) 565-1458.

All hunters must abide by Cal­i­for­nia’s non­lead am­mu­ni­tion reg­u­la­tions. Cur­rently, non­lead am­mu­ni­tion is re­quired when hunt­ing doves on any CDFW wildlife area or eco­log­i­cal re­serve, but is not re­quired when hunt­ing doves on pri­vate prop­erty or other pub­lic lands. Start­ing on July 1, 2019, non­lead am­mu­ni­tion will be re­quired when tak­ing any wildlife with a firearm any­where in Cal­i­for­nia.

The pur­chase of an Up­land Game Bird Stamp/ Val­i­da­tion sup­ports these spe­cial dove hunt­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. The stamp/ val­i­da­tion is re­quired for all up­land game bird hunters ex­cept those with Ju­nior Hunt­ing Li­censes.

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