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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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Help OSP solve Douglas Co. poaching case

07/31/14 -- Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s help in identifying the person(s) responsible for killing three deer and leaving them to waste in Douglas County, July 18-24, 2014... Full Story

Sportsman’s Warehouse to host Vortex Day

By Gary Heffley
07/31/14 -- The Redding Sportsman’s Warehouse location is hosting Vortex Day on Saturday, August 9. Vortex produces what I consider to be high quality hunting and sporting optics at a very competitive price point. Coupled... Full Story

Enter Big R Big Buck Contest now

Numerous Big Game Mounts. Photo taken at Daniken’s Taxidermy in Gold Hills, Oregon, by Jason Haley
07/30/14 -- Pre-Registration is open now for the Top of Form43rd Annual “Big Buck,” “Lucky Buck,” or “No Buck” Contest at the Big R stores in White City, Klamath Falls and Redmond. Bow hunters’ last day to register is August... Full Story

Key OR F&W Commission meet is Friday

07/29/14 -- The Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s 2015-2017 proposed budget request for approval when it meets Aug. 1 at ODFW Headquarters. The meeting begins... Full Story

​A-Zone opener great for Alturas archer!

Dan Ryan of Alturas bagged this nice 3x3 buck
Article by Lorissa Soriano
07/29/14 -- Dan Ryan of Alturas and one of his good hunting buddies,"JP,” of El Dorado Hills, bagged these nice bucks during the season opener of A-zone archery. This was a great way to kick off the 2014 archery deer... Full Story

CDFW waterfowl hunting clinic in Redding

07/27/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program and California Waterfowl Association are sponsoring a waterfowl hunting clinic in Redding on Saturday, Sept. 20... Full Story

Nevada Dream Tag winners named

07/24/14 -- Nevada Dream Tag winners named Five lucky hunters are preparing for their Nevada hunt of a lifetime after winning one of the five premier tags in the Nevada Dream Tag raffle on July 1. This year the Dream Tag program... Full Story

​Youth deer hunters: Apply for special hunt

07/24/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering a draw for an apprentice deer hunt on the Chimineas Unit of the Carrizo Plain Ecological Reserve. The two-day hunt, which is being offered in... Full Story

​CDFW SHARE program offers hunts

07/19/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program will be providing public access for big game and upland game hunts this fall. Hunters with... Full Story

Impact of drought on Type A Wildlife Areas

07/18/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Central Region is planning a meeting on Aug. 16 in Los Banos to discuss various impacts of the statewide drought on Type A wildlife areas. CDFW is... Full Story

CWA: Support AB1709 (Jr. Hunting license)

07/15/14 -- California law currently requires that residents be less than 16 years of age to be eligible for a junior hunting license. AB 1709 (Frazier) proposes to extend the eligibility for a California junior hunting license... Full Story

CA AB2105 will aid fund-raising efforts

07/15/14 -- AB 2105 (Frazier) sponsored by the California Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation, with the assistance of Gaines & Associates cleared Senate Appropriations Committee in late June and is now on the Senate Floor... Full Story

CA ammo registration bill must be stopped

07/15/14 -- SB 53 (De León): Gaines & Associates reports that in early June, SB 53 was “gutted and amended” to require that those who purchase any ammunition (long gun or handgun) register and be authorized by the... Full Story

SB 199: Brightly-colored Pellet Guns? No!

07/15/14 -- SB 199 (De León) as amended in January 2014 proposes to require that all “BB devices” sold, or manufactured for sale in California be brightly colored. By including pellet guns currently legal for the use of hunting turkeys... Full Story

Sporting Caucus Reception set for Aug. 13

By Bill Gaines, Gaines & Associates
07/15/14 -- Gaines & Associates is currently partnering with California Waterfowl Association on a Caucus reception for Legislators, key Capitol staff and other important decision makers. The highly anticipated event... Full Story

Sauna Weather Hog

John Higley, author, kneeling at edge of muddy water hole looking for wild pig tracks. San Luis Obispo County.
By John Higley
07/13/14 -- I killed my first wild pig, a toothy, spotted boar in 1965. It was on a hunt with hounds in San Luis Obispo County with guide Eldon Bergman. I’ve never forgotten the commotion when we got close enough... Full Story

OSP F&W: Please help ID deer poacher!

07/08/14 -- The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division in Central Point is seeking the public's assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of a buck deer recently in the East Evans Creek or Sam’s... Full Story

Oregon program takes disabled youths afield

Ashley Jensen in wheel chair in front of blind used when she hunts.
By Jason Haley
07/06/14 -- It began decades ago with a prayer and a broken-winged raven, struggling to move across the beach in the Cook Inlet of Alaska. As former pastor, Ken Coreson watched this scene play out: seagulls... Full Story

ODFW: Get controlled hunt draw online

06/20/14 -- Hunters who applied for a 2014 fall controlled hunt can find out now if they drew the tag through the Hunting Resources section of ODFW’s website or by calling 503-947-6102 or 800-708-1782. Calls made... Full Story

CDFW offers Upland Game Hunting Clinic

06/18/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education will offer an upland game hunting clinic on Saturday, Aug. 23 at Hasting Island Hunting Preserve, near Rio Vista... Full Story

CWA Beginner Hunter Camps starting soon

05/21/14 -- Starting in June, California Waterfowl (CWA) will be hosting beginning hunter camps for all ages and abilities. If you know of someone who is interested in getting into hunting, encourage them to attend... 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

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

Stay sharp for when the shot counts

Daisy Pellet Rifle, Powerline 1000S
By Jesse Bible
12/01/13 -- I would like to share a method for honing shooting skills. Here in Northern California, the odds are that you will be taking a close shot at a deer that has more than likely seen you first. Once you have determined... 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

Me and my shadow

Twin melanistic fawns with doe, Me and my shadow, Jean Bilodeaux, MyOutdoorBuddy.com 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

Francisco Garcia, Outdoorman's Diary, bad hunting story 08/28/12 -- 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

The Mudhen King

Mid-Eighties. I’m writing screenplays. They invite me down to Hollywood, and things look promising, but they want the horse in my story to be green. By that, I mean they actually want a green horse. Green in color. Don’t laugh... Full Story

 

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