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Chukar and Quail Prospects Look Better

Sacramento --A California DFG brood survey indicates hunters can expect to see more chukar and quail this year. The surveys say we had an increase in production of young birds over last year. The chukar and general quail hunting seasons open on Oct. 18 and continue through Jan. 25. Here's the rundown, species by species. Chukar Partridge California's chukar partridge populations rebounded in response to improved habitat quality as a result of near normal rainfall patterns during last winter and spring in most chukar range. Rainfall in chukar habitat ranged from 75 to 90 percent of the annual average, which promoted recruitment of young birds and an increase in population size. Fresno County and in eastern Kern County, the overall chukar population and production increased due to near average precipitation. Although populations were low at the beginning of the nesting period, survival of young birds was very high in some locations, with an observed ratio of 8.3 young per adult, marking 2008 as a strong recovery year. The total number of chukars counted at sampling sites this year, 641, was a very significant increase over the 170 counted at the same sites in 2007. Although counts were not made in chukar habitat in Lassen and Modoc counties, results of surveys conducted by the Nevada Department of Wildlife indicate improved survival of young chukars in northern Nevada. This bodes well for chukar numbers in northeastern California counties that border northwestern Nevada California Quail North state and northern coastal areas received moderately below average rainfall. Generally, average production and carryover from the previous year produced stable populations of California quail in northern California. Central and south coastal areas and eastern Kern County also received slightly below average annual rainfall, resulting in a reasonable recruitment of quail. Mountain Quail Weather conditions provided sufficient moisture to maintain fair habitat conditions in most mountain quail habitat in central and northern California Gambel's Quail The Mojave Desert received about 90 percent of average annual precipitation last year, resulting in improved habitat conditions for Gambel's quail and a substantial increase in the survival of young birds over last year. Field observations showed increased numbers in the eastern portions of Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino

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CDFW monitoring band-tail pigeon mortality

Band-tailed pigeon, photo courtesy of CDFW
01/30/15 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is closely monitoring the population of band-tailed pigeons for mortality this winter. Band-tailed pigeons are California’s only native pigeon. They spend their winter from central... Full Story

‘Sportman’s Summit’ planned for Adin

01/28/15 -- Adin, a small, normally quiet town in Northern California near the corners of Siskiyou, Modoc, Shasta and Lassen Counties, will be the gathering point this year for the first-ever Sportsman’s Summit and Coyote... Full Story

J.A.K.E.S. Chukar Hunt a huge success

The 2014 Modoc Limbhangers J.A.K.E.S. Junior Hunters, photo by Lorissa Soriano
Article and photos By Lorissa Soriano
01/27/15 -- The Modoc Limbhanger’s Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) sponsored their 10th Annual J.A.K.E.S. (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) Junior Chukar Hunt on December 13... Full Story

Valley geese fall to fog & great calling

By Lorissa Soriano
01/27/15 -- It was definitely an amazing end to waterfowl season for Michelle Brazil, Tamara Pecsi and Tracy Adkins of Yuba City and Tina Dolby (Modoc Waterfowl Outfitters) of Alturas who successfully harvested... Full Story

DSC convention goers raise $1M in 1 minute

01/19/15 -- Responding to a heartfelt appeal for youth outdoor education, DSC convention goers on Saturday night raised $1 million in about 60 seconds. The fast flurry of fundraising was a highlight of the 2015 DSC convention and expo... Full Story

It’s Not over Till the Lady Sings

mountain lion on rocky edge, photo courtesy of UDWR and Carrie Wilson, CA DFW
By Gary Lewis
01/19/15 -- If you want to avoid being attacked by a mountain lion, conventional wisdom says, you should travel in groups. If you encounter a mountain lion by yourself or with children, stop and make yourself look as big as possible... Full Story

Jr. Duck Stamp Calendar helps conservation

01/19/15 -- You can support K-12 grade wetland and waterfowl science education in the classroom and in the field by donating $10 for a 2015 Junior Duck Stamp Calendar today! Funds go directly to education programming for... Full Story

CWA is swabbing local ducks for A.I.

01/17/15 -- Has someone asked to swab your ducks lately? It might just be CWA biologists hard at work, taking saliva and excretion samples from hunter-shot birds to monitor the presence and concentration of avian influenza in the... Full Story

RMEF in 6th year of record membership

01/14/15 -- For the sixth year in a row, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation surpassed its record membership level from the previous year, now totaling 205,249 members. “This growth indicates that more and more conservation... Full Story

CA hunters: Report tags or be fined $20

01/03/15 -- A $20 fee (fine) for not reporting deer tags and a change in how tag quotas will be determined are highlights of a notice issued by the CA Fish and Game Commission yesterday. The proposed amendment establishes... Full Story

OSP F&W troopers make arrests for poaching

01/02/15 -- In early September 2014, OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers from Central Point investigated a report of a trophy bull elk killed off Lake Creek Road; only the head was taken with the rest of the elk carcass left to waste... Full Story

The Incredible Elk; a Tale by Dad and Son

This monster 7x7 bull elk was taken by Andrew Evans, age 15, while hunting in Modoc County near Lassen Creek.
By Andrew Evans (Son)
12/31/14 -- (Update: 01/08/15 -- Official B&C score for this bull was 361 2/8). I first heard about a Junior Elk Hunt in California thanks to my father. He told me about the hunt and the odds to get the bull elk tag. They were crazy odds... Full Story

Oregon big game reports due Jan. 31

Brian Tuttle of Pendleton with an elk taken in the Wenaha Unit. Photo courtesy Brian Tuttle
12/30/14 -- Any hunter who purchased 2014 big game or turkey tags needs to report their hunt results by the deadline, which is Jan. 31, 2015 for most tags.Hunters are required to report on each deer, elk, cougar, bear, pronghorn and... Full Story

California Waterfowl fundraising events

12/20/14 -- California Waterfowl (CWA) supports and hosts a wide variety of events every month, such as banquets, camps, clean-ups, clinics, competitions, festivals, junior hunts, and shoots. You are encouraged to...  Full Story

Joice Island pig hunt deadline is Feb. 9

12/20/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering pig hunting opportunities at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area in Solano County. CDFW will accept application cards through close of business Feb. 9... Full Story

Federal Duck Stamp to cost $25

  The winner of the 2014 Federal Duck Stamp Contest was Jennifer Miller of Olean, NY, with her acrylic painting of ruddy ducks.  Photo courtesy of USFWS
12/12/14 -- Hunters will be paying another $10 a year to hunt waterfowl starting next year. The cost of the Federal Duck Stamp will go from $15 to $25. The increase is the first cost jump since 1991. Many hunters and organizations... Full Story

Modoc Big Buck honors shared

Sheriff Mike Poindexter of Alturas bagged this beautiful X2 4X4 - 30 inch Buck. Photo courtesy of Sheriff Poindexter
By Lorissa Soriano
12/09/14 -- John Dederick the Mayor of Alturas and yours truly of Alturas, tied for first place to win the Grand Prize for the “Biggest Overall Buck” in the 2014 Modoc Big Buck Contest.
This popular event was sponsored by the Modoc Outdoor... Full Story

Bucks & Bulls contest gaining momentum

Elk antlers, Jason Haley
By Jason Haley
11/19/14 -- It’s taken a while, but the annual Bucks and Bulls contest at Sportsman’s Warehouse in Medford is finally taking shape. I stopped by a few days ago and there are now 11 bull elk, 11 blacktail bucks... Full Story

C Zone Blacktail

By Dusty Clement
10/03/14 -- This hunt started last year when I discovered an out-of-the-way public piece of property which is very difficult to access taking a boat and a fair amount of hiking through the Sacramento River jungle to reach... Full Story

Don’t forget waterfowl hunt regs!

By Frank Galusha
09/19/19 -- As usual, our waterfowl hunting regulations are complex and the dates are hard to remember. Be safe and carry a regulation booklet with you at all times. Or print out the regulations directly from the CA... Full Story

Vintage Waterfowler

old black and white photo of a skiff loaded with ducks and a man with his shotgun, courtesy of Don Webster
By Don E. Webster
09/16/14 --Having been pursuing waterfowl for over 60 years, I was exposed to its history as a mere child by my grandfather, Wilbur S. Pechin. He hunted ducks and geese along the Platte River in Nebraska in the late 19th... Full Story

Feral pig hunting to start on the SRNWR

08/19/14 -- Beginning September 1, 2014, the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge (SRNWR) will allow feral pig hunting in authorized areas. This decision will improve consistency of the refuge hunt plan... Full Story

The buck we didn’t get and two we did

Tyler Low with his 3x4 buck shot at 100 yards with a Weatherby Vanguard .300 Winchester Magnum. Photo by Kyler Olson
By Tyler Low
08/10/14 -- “Can you see him? He is just below the sky line to the left of the big live oak.” The respectable three-point stood only 500 yards away, but my hunting partner, Kyler Olson, couldn’t quite get an eye on him... Full Story

John M. Browning

By Don E. Webster
02/05/14 -- One has to wonder how differently the history of not only America, but the entire world would have been if John Moses Browning (January 23, 1855 – November 26, 1926) had not been born... Full Story

Where Are All the Pheasants?

Sacramento Valley Pheasant, Steven T. Callan, Where Have All the Pheasants Gone
On Patrol by Steven T. Callan
The other day a neighbor stopped by my house after two days of hunting pheasants in the Orland area. He said that he and his golden retriever, Milo, had probably walked ten miles and only flushed three birds. Knowingthat I had grown up... Full Story

Ham on the Hoof

Article and photos by Gary Lewis
12/17/13 -- We were climbing a steep gravel ranch road in Charlie’s Toyota when we saw it, as big as a full-grown bear and on a dead run. Charlie hit the brakes and switched off the engine. There was no time to load the rifle. The shaggy, gray... Full Story

Back to the Start

heritage, history of hunting, hunting as a family, Jason Haley, Mt. Shasta, Mount Shasta
Article and photos by Jason Haley
10/18/13 -- I got tipped-off about a bachelor group of bucks from an archer I trust. That never hurts. And after spending opening day in the area, glimpsing two good bucks and seeing how the terrain lays out, I knew exactly... Full Story

Never say never

Never say never, rifle buk, Francisco Garcia,
By Francisco Garcia
Most of you have heard the saying, patience is a virtue, and I would say persistence is a virtue. If you want to fill your deer tag each season you have to put your time in. If you don’t give in and hunt hard you should be... Full Story

Me and my shadow

Twin melanistic fawns with doe, Me and my shadow, Jean Bilodeaux, Article and photos by Jean Bilodeaux
10/06/12 -- It’s always amazing to see the huge bucks reappear in the fields in Surprise Valley right after deer season. Many times locals breathe a sigh of relief as the big bucks that disappeared a month earlier now reappear... Full Story

Hunting trip gone bad

Deer holding tight in cover during times of heavy hunting pressure as I was about to find out. Francisco Garcia hunting story.
By Francisco Garcia
If you asked me what I’d rather be doing, most of the time I would emphatically say, deer hunting. For me nothing gets the juices flowing and the imagination spinning like the arrival of bow or rifle season for deer. When... Full Story


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