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Public Uses on State & Federal Lands

California Bird Hunting

 

Lands Pass Program

  • Since the 1990’s, a lands pass has been required on certain CDFW lands for each visitor, 16 years or older, who is not carrying a valid hunting or fishing license.
  • As of July 2018, lands passes are required on Ash Creek Wildlife Area, Bass Hill Wildlife Area, Battle Creek Wildlife Area, Boden Canyon Ecological Reserve, Butte Valley Wildlife Area, Canebrake Ecological Reserve, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area, Hope Valley Wildlife Area, Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area, Los Banos Wildlife Area, Mouth of Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area, North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve, San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area, San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Shasta Valley Wildlife Area, Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area, Volta Wildlife Area, Willow Creek Wildlife Area, and Woodbridge Ecological Reserve.
  • In the future, additional properties listed in subsections 551(w) and 630(c) may reinstate the lands pass requirement. An up-to-date list of properties that require a lands pass is maintained at www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-pass. If you do not have access to the internet, please call 916-445-0411, and let the receptionist know you have a question regarding lands passes.
  • Lands passes can be obtained on-line at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/Internet-Sales/ and printed at home, by phone at (800) 565-1458, or in-person (sales agent and CDFW sales office locations at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing).
  • Purchase lands passes in advance of your visit as they are not sold on-site and cell/Wi- Fi may be unavailable.

Mobility Impaired Hunter Requirements and Information

A number of State Wildlife Areas and National Wildlife Refuges have hunting blinds designated for use by mobility impaired hunters. A “mobility impaired hunter” is defined as any person who has been issued a Department of Motor Vehicles ‘‘Disabled License Plate”; “Permanent Parking Placard Identification Card”; “Disabled Veteran License Plate”; or valid “Mobility Impaired Disabled Persons Motor Vehicle Hunting License” (FG form 1460). The blue plastic “Disabled Parking Placard” may not be substituted for the required “Identification Card” which bears the name of the mobility impaired person. Disabled hunters must provide the registration certificate for DMV issued disabled license plates.

Disabled accessible blind sites exist at the following areas:

National Wildlife Refuges: Sacramento (4), Delevan (3), Merced (1), Kern (2), Kesterson (1). State Wildlife Areas: Gray Lodge (4), Grizzly Island (2), Imperial/Sonny Bono Salton Sea (4), Mendota (7), Los Banos (2), San Jacinto (2), Shasta Valley (1), North Grasslands Wildlife Area (2), Upper Butte Basin (5), Yolo Bypass (2). Additional areas with disabled access to assigned ponds: Colusa; and Sutter. Details regarding facilities at each location can be obtained by phoning the wildlife area you wish to visit. Disabled accessible blind sites not filled through the reservation draw conducted by the Department’s License and Revenue Branch, will be filled through an on-site lottery draw or by a disabled only first-come, first-served waiting list or line. Disabled hunters, who enter the first-come, first-served waiting list or line, may not enter any other first-come, first-served list or line, on the wildlife area or refuge for that hunt day.

Reservation System

Reservations to hunt on specified State-controlled hunting areas during the waterfowl and pheasant seasons are issued by drawing. Resident, junior and nonresident hunters with annual hunting licenses may apply. Hunters may apply as many times per season as desired but no more than once for each area for each shoot day. Season-long and multiple choice reservation applications may be submitted through the Automated License Data System online, at CDFW license sales offices and license agents. Each reservation assures entry to the area selected for the date issued. Reservations may not be transferred to another person. Refunds will not be issued for emergency area closures due to unforeseen weather or other conditions. Reservations for areas that are closed due to flooding will not be accepted at other areas. Numbered reservations will be honored in numerical order, at the time the check station starts issuing permits for the hunt day, except for Grizzly Island and Mendota Wildlife Areas, where reservations are processed in order of vehicle position. Reservation holders must be present at the time their reservation number is called.

How to Apply

Reservation applicants may purchase season-long and multiple choice applications through the Automated License Data System at Department license sales offices, license agents, or on the internet for any or every available Saturday, Sunday and/or Wednesday. To be included in the drawing, completed applications must be submitted at least 17 days before the hunt date requested.

Disabled hunters may apply for a drawing to hunt at disabled accessible hunting sites by entering the hunt code for the desired disabled accessible hunting site on their reservation application. To apply, hunters must meet the requirements to hunt at a disabled accessible hunting site (see below). Hunters who apply for a disabled accessible hunting site at a given area may not apply for any other reservation draw for that area on that date.

NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE REGULATIONS

Check the appropriate webpage for each refuge and the signage on each refuge to ensure you have the most up-to-date information on refuge regulations. The website for the National Wildlife Refuges is http://fws.gov/refuges.

§550. General Regulations for Public Use on All Department of Fish and Wildlife Lands.

(a) All department land, except for fishing access and public access lands, is closed to visitor access and use until and unless the land is opened for a use or uses through regulations adopted by the commission in sections 550, 550.5, 551, 552, 630, and 702 of these regulations. The commission determines whether proposed designations and uses are consistent with the authorizing and reference statutes listed at the end of this section and the purposes for which the lands were acquired. Each proposed designation or use is subject to review pursuant to state and federal regulatory requirements prior to being authorized.

(b) Definitions.

(1) “Department land” is defined as:

(A) any state-owned real property over which the department has jurisdiction and management authority;

(B) real property over which the department has management authority through a current lease, memorandum of understanding, management agreement, or similar document;

(C) real property designated by the commission as a wildlife area (Section 551 of these regulations);

(D) real property designated by the commission as an ecological reserve (Section 630 of these regulations);

(E) real property held or administered by the department as a fishing access;

(F) real property held or administered by the department as a public access;

(G) real property designated by the commission as a public shooting area.

(2) “Compatible uses” is defined as visitor uses that are consistent with the purposes and management of a particular department land. Predominant compatible uses on department lands are hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, wildlife photography, environmental education and/or environmental research.

(3) “Environmental education” is defined as:

(A) department administered or sponsored interpretive programs offered to the public; or

(B) activities to increase the understanding and appreciation of wildlife and the natural environment conducted by organized youth or school groups.

(4) “Environmental research” is defined as the field study of biological, physical, or cultural processes or values with the primary purpose of improving the understanding of the natural environment.

(5) “Visitor” is defined as any person, other than a department employee or designee performing official duties, who enters department land.

(6) “Entry permit” is defined as a permit which allows entry to specified department land for department-authorized activities where general access is restricted per subsection 550(c)(2)(D). Entry permits may require payment of a fee to the department.

(7) “Hunting Pass” is defined as a proof of payment of a fee that must be presented by a visitor in order to obtain an entry permit to hunt on specified Department lands.

(8) “Lands Pass” is defined as a proof of payment of a fee for entry for authorized uses other than hunting that is required of visitors who are not carrying a valid hunting, fishing or trapping license on Department lands listed in subsections 551(w) and 630(c).

(9) “Special use” is defined as an activity, use, event or gathering on department land that is not authorized in sections 550, 551 or 630 of these regulations but which may be allowed with written authorization from the department; typically in the form of a Special Use Permit. When allowed, special uses occur on a limited basis as defined in the Special Use Permit or other authorizing document. An authorized special use on department land shall not conflict with the normal uses, purposes or management of the department land.

(10) “Reservation” is defined as a randomly drawn application that assures entry onto a wildlife area, when presented with the appropriate entry pass as specified in Section 550.5(c), if applicable.

(11) “Fishing” for the purposes of department land is defined as angling as defined in Section 1.05 of these regulations, or as taking fish on department wildlife areas using bow and arrow fishing tackle as defined in Section 1.23 of these regulations.

(12) “Hunting” for the purposes of department land is defined as the legal take (as take is defined in Fish and Game Code Section 86) of wildlife species pursuant to sections 550, 550.5, 551, 552, and 630 of these regulations, in addition to the general hunting regulations for seasons and method of take. The provisions of sections 550, 550.5, 551, 552, and 630 shall have precedence over general hunting regulations on department land where there may be differences between them.

(13) “Camping” for the purposes of department land is defined as an overnight or after-hours visitor stay which may include a vehicle, trailer, motor home, boat, tent, or any other type of vehicle or shelter.

(14) “Wildlife viewing” for the purposes of department land is defined as pedestrian use of roads or designated trails when and where authorized by the department.

(15) “Dog training” for the purposes of department land is defined as the noncommercial act of training a hunting dog to improve the dog’s performance in hunting migratory or upland game birds and retrieval of downed game, and to enhance the hunting experience.

(16) “Dog trial” for the purposes of department land is defined as an organized competitive or scored event for testing hunting dog performance.

(17) “Upland game birds” for the purpose of department land is defined as the upland game bird species listed in Fish and Game Code Section 3683.

(c) Visitor Entry and Responsibilities.

(1) Visitors are responsible for knowing and complying with all regulations pertaining to fishing, hunting, and use of department land. These regulations are incorporated by reference into and become a condition of all visitor entry, passes, entry permits, and special use permits. Failure to comply with any such regulations is a violation of this section.

(2) Visitor entry onto department land is at the discretion of the department, which may limit entry as it deems appropriate, to manage and protect fish, wildlife, native plants, habitats and other natural resources. Entry may require payment of a fee, a pass and/or an entry permit as provided in subsection 550.5(c).

(A) Visitor entry, where authorized or designated, is for activities authorized according to sections 550, 550.5, 551, 552, or 630 of these regulations. It shall be unlawful to enter or use department land without complying with the applicable sections of these regulations.

(B) All visitors shall present and show valid entry permits, season or annual passes, licenses, and all fish and game taken on department land at the checking station or upon the request of any department employee. Visitors shall return all entry permits to the checking station or point of entry upon leaving department land.

(C) Visitor entry is authorized only from sunrise to sunset except during department-authorized hunting or fishing opportunities when access to hunting and fishing sites at other times may be permitted.

(D) The department may close all or portions of department land to visitors entirely, seasonally, or to specific activities or uses, and may limit the number of visitors entering an area for safety reasons, to reduce crowding, to avoid or reduce environmental disturbance, to limit the take of species, or to protect natural or cultural resources. Designated closures and use restrictions for specific properties are provided in sections 551(for wildlife areas) and 630 (for ecological reserves) of these regulations.

1. The department may close any department land, or portion thereof, to any or all visitor use or access, without notice, by posting closed signs.

2. No visitor(s), other than those possessing written authorization from the department, shall enter or access any department land or portion thereof which is closed to visitors, including areas posted with closed signs and seasonally closed areas. This restriction does not apply to department employees or designees in the performance of official duties.

(E) On department land where entry and exit sites are designated by the department, no visitor shall enter or leave the land except at those designated sites.

(F) It shall be unlawful for a visitor to enter any department land or portion thereof where the department has restricted visitor entry without a valid entry permit or pass. Subsection 550.5(c) specifies how to obtain an entry permit or pass.

1. Where a fee is required for entry, a pass must be purchased in advance through the department’s Automated License Data System. Passes are sold by license agents, department license sales offices, or online at www.wildlife.ca.gov.

2. Where an entry permit is required for hunting, a hunting pass must be presented with photo identification at the time of entry for issuance of an entry permit. Entry permits are available and issued by the department only at the area checking station, point of entry, or by mail for successful special drawing applicants.

3. Rules regarding entry and reservation fees required for hunting on certain wildlife areas are in subsection550.5(c) and Section 702 of these regulations.

4. Where a fee is required for entry for authorized uses other than hunting, a Lands Pass must be purchased in advance. Additional rules for Lands Passes are in subsection 550.5(c) of these regulations.

(3) Daily Entry Permit Revocations, Refusals, and Ejections. Employees of the department are authorized to refuse entry or issuance of entry permits, revoke permits and/or eject any visitor from department land for violation of any regulations, drug or alcohol intoxication, disorderly conduct, or for any reason when it appears that the general safety or welfare of the property or persons thereon is threatened. The decision and duration of revocation, in such respect, of any department employee assigned management or enforcement responsibilities for the area shall be final.

(A) Visitors found to violate any such refusal, revocation or ejection may be cited and fined.

(B) Visitors affected by this subsection may appeal such actions to the commission.

(4) Penalties.

(A) A visitor’s failure to comply with sections 550, 551, 552 or 630 of these regulations may result in any or all of the following:

1. denial of permission to enter department lands;

2. revocation of any pass and/or permit already issued;

3. ejection from department lands for up to one calendar year from the date of discovery; and

4. citation or arrest under applicable provisions of the Fish and Game Code or these regulations.

(B) proceeding under any of the above provisions shall not preclude the exercise of any other remedy.

(d) Special Use Permits. Any person, group, organization, agency or company wishing to request approval of a special use, as defined in subsection 550(b)(9), on any department land shall submit a Permit Application for Special Use of Department Lands and the permit fee as specified in Section 702 of these regulations to the department. Additional regulations that apply to Special Use Permits are located in Section 550.5 of these regulations. Department review and issuance is dependent upon staffing availability. If the department determines that the requested special use can be conducted in a manner that is not in conflict with current uses, management, or purposes of the department land on which the special use is proposed, the department may issue a special use permit.

(1) The department will charge fees to recover the department’s reasonable costs to review and issue Special Use Permits.

(2) Conditions of issuance of the Special Use Permit may include a requirement to reimburse the department for any staff time or other costs related to the special use.

(3) All permittees shall observe and comply with all local, state and federal laws, regulations, requirements, terms, and conditions applicable to the special use.

(4) The Special Use Permit must be approved in writing by the department and in possession of the permittee prior to entering, and during the use of, department land.

(e) Environmental Education. Environmental education activities on department land shall be conducted only under written authorization from the regional manager or designee and coordinated with the area manager.

(1) If a purpose of the environmental education activity is to generate revenue for a person, entity or organization, the written authorization shall be in the form of a Special Use Permit.

(f) Research. Environmental research on department land shall be conducted only under written authorization from the regional manager or designee. Authorization may be given if the department determines that the environmental research and associated activities are compatible with current uses, management and purposes of the property. Conditions of approval may include, but are not limited to:

(1) proof of all necessary collecting permits;

(2) submission of written progress reports to the department;

(3) a schedule of activities and deliverables;

(4) provision of electronic copies of geospatial and all other field data and reports in a digital format specified by the department; and

(5) submission of copies of Natural Diversity Database field data forms for species tracked by the department.

(g) Protection of Resources. Except for the take of fish and/or wildlife in compliance with general and site-specific hunting and fishing regulations, or under written authorization from the department to conduct environmental research or environmental education, no visitor shall:

(1) mine or disturb geological formations, archeological, cultural or anthropological artifacts, structures, or resources;

(2) take or disturb any bird nest, or eggs thereof;

(3) cut, saw, trim, remove, or disturb any plant, mammal, fish, mollusk, crustacean, amphibian, reptile, soil, sand, gravel, rock, mineral, or any other form of plant or animal life on department land, except that non-woody vegetation may be cut and used for temporary hunting blinds; or

(4) construct or build any type of structure, including those made of vegetation (except as provided in subsection 550(g)(3)) or any other type of material, on department land except as may be specifically authorized by a Special Use Permit.

(h) Fishing. Fishing (as defined in subsection 550(b)(11)) on department land shall be allowed except as otherwise stated in subsections 551(o), 551(y) or 630(e) of these regulations, or when the area is closed according to these regulations or posted by the department with signs that prohibit entry or fishing.

(1) Fishing shall be conducted in accordance with general fishing regulations, except that it shall be limited to fishing from the shore unless boating facilities and/or areas for boats or other floating devices are designated or as allowed in subsections 551(o), 551(y) or 630(e) of these regulations.

(2) No visitor shall take fish (as defined in Fish and Game Code Section 45) from department land for commercial purposes.

(i) Regional Manager’s Authority.

(1) The regional manager or his designee shall have the authority to place temporary restrictions on visitor use of department land for the purposes of protecting public health and safety or natural resources when circumstances warrant additional restrictions, and where such restrictions are not provided in sections 550, 550.5, 551, 552, and 630 of these regulations.

(2) On state wildlife areas, the regional manager may authorize junior pheasant hunts during or outside the general pheasant season and may authorize junior turkey hunts during the regular season.

(3) For Lower Sherman Island Wildlife Area only, the Regional Manager may determine whether decoys may be left in the field.

Note: Any decoys left in the field and all blinds on Lower Sherman Island Wildlife Area are available for use onsite by any hunter on a first come, first-served basis on all shoot days.

(j) Wildlife viewing, hiking, and photography are allowed on department land except when the property or portion of the property is specifically closed.

(1) Photography, videography, or filming of any type for commercial (profit or sale) purposes on or of department land requires a Special Use Permit from the department and a permit from the California Film Commission, pursuant to Government Code section 14998.8, et seq. The department shall not authorize or issue a Special Use Permit for any commercial photography, videography, or filming of any type without a valid permit from the California Film Commission.

(k) Introduction of Species. Visitors are prohibited from releasing, introducing, or transplanting animal or plant species, including domestic or domesticated species, onto or within department land or waters without a valid permit issued by the department except as authorized for dog training in a designated area.

(l) Feeding of Wildlife. Visitors are prohibited from feeding fish or wildlife except as part of an otherwise legal activity, such as fishing in compliance with general fishing regulations, and Section 550(h).

(m) Pets. Visitors are prohibited from bringing pets, including but not limited to dogs and cats, onto department land except on a leash of less than ten feet or inside a motor vehicle, unless otherwise prohibited or restricted in subsections 551(o) or 630(h) of these regulations, or by prohibitions posted on the department land. Visitors may use dogs for hunting during an open season for an authorized species pursuant to subsection (n) of this section, unless otherwise prohibited.

(n) Use of Dogs for Hunting, Training and Dog Trials. The department may prohibit or restrict dog training, dog trials, or the use of dogs for any purpose on any department land. While in parking lots or checking stations, dogs must be leashed. While engaged in authorized hunting, training or dog trials, dogs may be off leash. On wildlife areas, while in transit between parking lots or checking stations and the areas where authorized hunting, training or dog trials take place, dogs may be off leash but must be kept within ten feet of their owner or handler. On ecological reserves, when not engaged in authorized hunting, training or dog trials, dogs must be controlled per subsection (m) of this section.

(1) Dog training is allowed only on department lands with designated dog training areas as identified in subsections 551(i) and 630(i) of these regulations and, pursuant to those subsections, may require written authorization.

(2) Dog trials are authorized on department land identified in subsection 551(i) of these regulations and require a Special Use Permit pursuant to subsection 550.5(d) of these regulations.

(3) The use of dogs for hunting mammals or training or trialing to prepare for or simulate hunting mammals on department land is subject to the provisions of Section 265 of these regulations.

(4) Additional site-specific regulations pertaining to dogs apply as specified in subsection 551(o) of these regulations.

(o) Horses, Pack Stock, and Horseback Riding. Recreational use of horses is allowed on department lands designated as wildlife areas except when the area is specifically closed or as specified in subsection 551(l) of these regulations. The recreational use of horses is prohibited on all other department lands except lands with department-designated horse trails or areas identified in subsection 630(g) of these regulations.

(p) Camping, Motorhomes, and Camp Trailers.

(1) No visitor shall camp, including on a boat, on any department land except on those wildlife areas where the department has designated campsites or camping areas, as provided in subsection 551(m) and Section 552 of these regulations. Within these wildlife areas, camping shall occur only in the department-designated campsites or areas. Camping, where authorized, may be conducted for up to seven consecutive nights and for a total of no more than fourteen nights per calendar year.

(2) The department may provide written authorization to camp outside of designated camping areas for authorized research, monitoring or management purposes. Such written authorization shall be in the immediate possession of the authorized person(s) at all times while on department land.

(3) Campers, camp trailers and motorhomes are prohibited on department lands except on those lands with department-designated camp trailer or motorhome accessible camping or parking areas.

(A) Visitors who wish to camp must register their camper, camp trailer or motorhome at the checking station or appropriate office and are limited to one camper, camp trailer or motorhome per registrant in the parking area. Utility trailers and cargo trailers are prohibited in designated camper, camp trailer and motorhome accessible camping and parking areas unless specifically authorized under a Special Use Permit.

(B) Parking areas are for visitor use only. The visitor responsible for the registered camper, camp trailer or motorhome shall show proof of use of the area within the previous seven days upon request. Failure to do so may result in citation and removal of the truck and camper, camp trailer or motorhome at the owner’s expense.

(C) Campers, camp trailers and motorhomes over 30 feet in length are prohibited on all department lands.

(D) Tow vehicles for camp trailers must be stowed in designated vehicle parking lots.

(4) Camping is prohibited on all department lands designated as ecological reserves.

(q) Fires.

(1) Except as further restricted in subsection 551(n) of these regulations, fires are restricted to portable gas stoves, charcoal briquette barbeques, or fireplaces or pits developed by the department for visitor use, within department-designated campsites or camping areas on those lands designated as wildlife areas.

(2) Visitors are prohibited from using any form of fire on other department lands, including but not limited to wildlife areas that do not include designated campsites or camping areas and those lands designated as ecological reserves.

(3) No fire shall be left unattended and all fires shall be completely extinguished by the visitor before leaving the site.

(r) Hazardous Substances. No visitor shall apply, leave, dump, bury, release or dispose of any pesticide, herbicide, or hazardous substance, material or waste in, on, or from department land.

(s) Farming or Grazing. Unauthorized farming or grazing (including but not limited to cattle, horses, sheep, goats, and hogs) and associated activities on department land are prohibited.

(t) Vandalism. No visitor shall tamper with, deface, damage, destroy or remove any property not their own when such property is located within any department land.

(u) Signs and Markers. No visitor shall tamper with, deface, damage, destroy or remove any barrier, sign, signpost, trail marker, or signboard on any department land. No visitor shall place any sign, flagging, or marking of any kind on any department land without prior written authorization from the department.

(v) Litter. It shall be unlawful to leave, deposit, drop, dump, bury, or scatter any bottles, cans, glass (including broken glass), feathers, hides, carcasses, targets, shells, casings, vegetation, earth, rock, waste, sewage, cigarettes, cigars, or other debris or trash (“refuse”) on any department land except in a receptacle or area designated for that purpose. Where no designated receptacles are provided, visitors must remove all refuse from the area.

(1) Visitors shall remove all of their personal equipment and belongings from department land daily. Failure to do so may result in unremoved items being deemed litter and disposed of.

(w) Fireworks/Explosives. No visitor shall import, possess or use fireworks, explosives or incendiary devices of any type on any department land unless authorized under permit by the department for management purposes.

(x) Possession and Use of Alcohol, Marijuana, and Controlled Substances.

(1) No visitor shall possess, use, or be under the influence of alcohol while in the field hunting. For the purpose of this section, “in the field” is defined as all areas of department land except designated parking and camping areas. Visitors under the influence of alcohol to a level determined to be unsafe may be cited and ejected per section 550(c)(3).

(2) No visitor shall possess, use, or be under the influence of marijuana on any department land. Visitors in possession of medical marijuana cards and/or other legal authorization to possess marijuana for medical purposes (per Health and Safety Code sections 11362.7 through 11362.83) may only possess marijuana in that visitor’s transport vehicle. Visitors with authorization to possess marijuana may not use it or be under its influence on department land. Visitors using or determined to be under the influence of marijuana on department land, or in possession of marijuana in violation of this section, may be cited and ejected per section 550(c)(3).

(3) No visitor shall possess, use, or be under the influence of any illicit controlled substance on any department land. Visitors possessing, using or under the influence of any illicit controlled substance on any department land may be cited and ejected per section 550(c)(3). Illicit controlled substances for purposes of this regulation are those substances where no medical authorization exists and no legal authorization allows possession for legitimate use of the substance.

(y) Motor Vehicles.

(1) Visitors are prohibited from driving or operating any motor vehicle or trailer on department lands except on designated roads.

(2) Visitors are prohibited from stopping any motor vehicle between designated parking areas to drop off passengers or hunting equipment.

(3) On department lands where auto tour routes are provided, visitors shall use any pullouts or wide spots along the route to stop and view wildlife rather than block the road for other visitors.

(4) Designated parking areas are for visitor use only. Parking motor vehicles and trailers outside of designated parking areas is prohibited except for special use or research permittees who may be authorized otherwise. Utility, flatbed, cargo, or similar trailers are prohibited on department lands except as authorized under a Special Use Permit.

(5) No visitor shall operate a motor vehicle carelessly in willful disregard of the rights or safety of others, or without due caution, or at a speed or in a manner likely to endanger any person, property, natural resources, or wildlife on department lands.

(6) Operators of motor vehicles shall not exceed 15 mph, unless otherwise posted, and shall comply with traffic and other signs posted on department lands.

(7) The use of off highway vehicles (OHV’s), all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s), motorcycles, and snowmobiles is prohibited on all department land, except where authorized and designated in subsection 551(k) of these regulations.

(z) Boats and Swimming.

(1) The department may restrict the use and operation of boats, boat motors, and floating devices (“boating”) on department lands to protect natural resources or provide for the orderly operation of compatible uses on these areas. Boating restrictions may include but are not limited to, prohibitions on use and operation or, if boating is allowed, limiting boat speeds and/or motor size and type. During the times waterfowl are present, the provisions of Section 251 of these regulations, which prohibits pursuit or shooting of birds or mammals from a motor driven vehicle (including but not limited to motorboats, airboats, or sailboats) also apply.

(2) Boats and floating devices are generally allowed on wildlife areas, except as restricted or prohibited in subsection 551(l) and Section 552 of these regulations. Boats are generally prohibited on ecological reserves except as provided in subsection 630(f) of these regulations. Where boats and/or floating devices are allowed on department land, they shall be used subject to the following regulations:

(A) no visitor shall operate a vessel carelessly in willful disregard of the rights or safety of others, or without due caution, or at a speed or in a manner likely to endanger any person, property, or wildlife;

(B) where launch sites are designated by the department, all boats must be launched and removed from those sites;

(C) any boat trailer shall remain attached to the tow vehicle and be stowed in a designated parking area;

(D) all visitors shall remove their boats or floating devices from the water or beach when instructed to do so by an employee of the department. Any peace officer may remove the boat or floating device of any visitor who has been instructed to remove it from the water or beach and fails to comply with that instruction;

(E) the use of boats or other floating devices may be restricted to certain zones designated by the department;

(F) boat speed shall not exceed five miles per hour unless otherwise posted; and

(G) any peace officer may remove any boat or floating device that is left unattended on department land or in the water in excess of 72 hours.

(3) Swimming is prohibited on department lands except where designated and authorized in subsection 630(f) of these regulations.

(aa) Aircraft. No visitor shall operate any aircraft, hovercraft, or hot air balloon within department lands except as authorized by a Special Use Permit issued by the department.

(bb) Bicycles and bike riding are prohibited on department lands except where authorized and designated in subsection 551(j), Section 552, and subsection 630(g) of these regulations.

(1) On department lands where trails or roads have been designated for bicycles, no visitor shall ride, operate, leave, or park a bicycle except on those designated areas.

(cc) Firearms, Archery, and Other Propulsive Equipment.

(1) Nothing in this section shall prohibit the lawful possession of a concealed firearm by an active peace officer listed in Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 830) of Title 3 of Part 2 of the Penal Code or a retired peace officer in lawful possession of an identification certificate issued pursuant to Penal Code Section 25455 authorizing the retired officer to carry a concealed firearm. Nor shall this section prohibit the lawful possession of a concealed firearm pursuant to a concealed carry permit issued pursuant to Penal Code Section 26150 or 26155.

(2) Possession, discharge, and use of firearms or archery equipment is prohibited on department lands except within department-designated hunting areas or shooting sites, or with a permit issued by the department, or as authorized for dog training in a designated area, or when fishing with bow and arrow tackle as defined in subsection 550(b)(11) and allowed in subsection 550(h), or when dispatching a trapped animal per subsections 465.5(g)(1) and 550(ee) of these regulations. This prohibition includes air or gas operated devices or guns and all other propulsive devices.

(3) General (Non Hunting) Uses

(A) The use of glass or porcelain targets is prohibited on all department lands. Clay targets shall be used only at designated shooting sites where their use is allowed.

(B) Designated shooting sites are open daily from sunrise to sunset unless otherwise listed in subsections 551(v) or 630(j) of these regulations.

(C) Except as otherwise provided, an adult supervised youth may possess and discharge a BB gun on any wildlife area. A BB gun is not an authorized method of take and may not be used to take wildlife on any wildlife area. A BB gun is defined as an air and/or spring-actuated rifle similar to Daisy BB gun models 96 (Timberwolf), 105 (Buck), or 1938 (Red Ryder), firing a spherical BB no larger than 0.177 inches in diameter (4.5 mm) at a muzzle velocity no greater than 350 feet per second. For the purpose of this section a youth is defined as a visitor under the age of 16.

(4) Hunting Method of Take. Where hunting is allowed, it shall be conducted in accordance with general hunting regulations and subject to sections 550, 550.5, 551, 552, and 630 of these regulations.

(A) Possession or discharge of shotguns larger than twelve gauge is prohibited on all department lands designated as Type A or Type B wildlife areas.

(B) Except for bow and arrow tackle as defined subsection 550(b)(11) and allowed in subsection 550(h), or as otherwise provided, no rifles, pellet or BB guns, combination rifle-shotguns, pistols, archery equipment, or revolvers shall be possessed in the field or discharged on any Type A or Type B wildlife areas. All legal firearms and archery equipment may be used on Type C wildlife areas unless prohibited in subsection 551(r) of these regulations. Firearms and archery equipment may be used on ecological reserves where hunting is authorized in subsection 630(d) of these regulations, subject to any restrictions therein.

(C) The use or possession of shot size larger than T in steel or BB in non-toxic (other than steel) shot is prohibited on all department lands and national wildlife refuges. On those department lands where big game species may be hunted, shotguns with slugs may be used.

(D) A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field on Type A wildlife areas during the waterfowl season unless otherwise provided for in subsection 551(o) of these regulations. Subsection 551(o) also specifies additional wildlife areas where a hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells in the field during the waterfowl season. Only those visitors possessing a valid hunting permit for that day may possess ammunition in the field.

(E) It shall be unlawful to take wildlife except in compliance with the non-toxic shot and certified nonlead projectile requirements of Section 250.1 of these regulations.

(F) Except for bow and arrow tackle defined in subsection 550(b)(11) and allowed in subsection 550(h), archery equipment shall not be used during the waterfowl and pheasant seasons on Type A or Type B wildlife areas, unless provided in subsection 551(u) of these regulations.

(G) Loaded firearms, as defined in Fish and Game Code Section 2006 or Section 25850 of the Penal Code, are prohibited in parking lots, visitor areas, checking stations, and any other facility on department lands.

(dd) Falconry.

(1) On ecological reserves, falconry is prohibited.

(2) On Type C wildlife areas, raptors may be used to take legal game in accordance with general hunting and falconry regulations.

(3) On Type A and Type B wildlife areas, raptors may be used to take legal game only from the first Saturday following the end of the waterfowl season through the end of the falconry pheasant season. Raptors may be used only on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays.

(ee) Trapping: Trapping is allowed on Type C wildlife areas, subject to furbearer and trapping provisions in sections 460 through 467 and property-specific closures or restrictions in subsections 551(o) and 551(r) of these regulations.

§550.5 Reservations, Entry Permits, Fees, Passes, and Special Use Permits.

(a) Reservations for Hunting Activities.

(1) Reservations for waterfowl and pheasant hunting are available for Type A wildlife areas for all authorized shoot days of the season. On Type B wildlife areas, reservations are required for the opening weekend of waterfowl season and may be required for the opening of pheasant season.

(A) Reservations shall be issued by random drawing. Applications are available through the Automated License Data System at license agents, department license offices and online. To find the locations of department license agents, department license offices or to apply for a reservation on-line, go to the department’s website at www.wildlife.ca.gov. Applicants must possess an annual or lifetime hunting license valid for the hunting season for which they are applying. Two-day nonresident hunting licenses shall not be used to apply for reservation drawings. To be included in a reservation drawing, applications must be received by the department through the Automated License Data System or at the address specified on the application at least 17 days prior to the hunt date. Late, incomplete, or incorrect applications will not be included in the drawing. The fee to apply for a reservation is specified in Section 702 of these regulations. The application fee is non-refundable.

(B) Unless otherwise provided in Section 551 of these regulations, the reservation system only serves to assure entry onto a wildlife area and does not necessarily constitute a method for prioritization over other users.

(C) Multiple Applications.

1. An applicant is limited to one application for each wildlife area for each authorized shoot day. Shoot days are specified under subsections 551(e), 551(o), 551(p), 551(q), 551(s), and 552(a) of these regulations.

2. The department may eliminate applications that are not in compliance with these regulations from any reservation drawing. Persons who submit more than one application for the same shoot day for the same wildlife area may be barred from hunting on department-operated areas for a period of one year following the date the department discovers the violation. Any reservation issued as a result of such improper submission, or to any person currently barred from the department-operated areas, shall be void (not valid).

(D) Unless otherwise stated on the hunting reservation or on information mailed with the reservation, each successful reservation applicant shall be granted a one-day entry permit during the waterfowl or pheasant season. The entry permit shall be issued to the successful applicant for the date and wildlife area stated on the hunting reservation upon the applicant presenting a one-day, two-day, or season pass. Verification of the successful applicant/reservation holder shall require identification per subsection 700.4(c) of these regulations. Unless otherwise provided, the reservation will expire one and one-half hours before shoot time for the date stated on the reservation. For some wildlife areas, the department will number reservations in the order in which they are drawn. These reservations will be accepted at checking stations in numerical order. The reservation holder must be present at the time the number is called in order to have priority over other, lower-priority reservations.

(E) Except as provided in subsection 550.5(a)(1)(F) or subsection 551(x) of these regulations, a reservation shall be valid for entry for up to six visitors who must hunt as a party. No more than two visitors in a hunting party may be adult hunters (18 years of age or older as of July 1 of the licensing year). Each adult may be accompanied by up to two hunters holding junior hunting licenses or two non-shooters irrespective of age, or one of each. All hunters must be in possession of a valid hunting license. Non-shooters are defined as visitors who accompany a reservation holder in the field or remain at a designated parking area. Non-shooters shall not discharge or possess ammunition or a firearm on the wildlife area.

(F) When hunting a designated hunting zone, assigned pond, or blind area, a reservation will assure entry only for the number of visitors (adult hunters, junior hunters, and/or non-shooters) that does not exceed the capacity of the designated zone, assigned pond or blind area.

(b) Reservations for Wildlife Viewing. Reservations for wildlife viewing may be available for certain department lands during peak viewing periods or when guided tours are offered. The department may limit the number of reservations available for each of these opportunities.

(c) Entry Permits, Fees, and Passes.

(1) Where the department has determined that entry permits are required per subsection 550(c)(2) of these regulations and/or that fees are necessary to offset the department’s costs of providing public recreational opportunities, an appropriate pass must first be purchased for a fee through the department’s Automated License Data System at a license agent, department license office or on the department’s website at www.wildlife.ca.gov. An entry permit will be issued only when an appropriate hunting pass is presented at the checking station or point of entry.

(2) Passes for hunting during the waterfowl season are sold as one day, two day, or Type A or Type B season hunting passes. Applicable fees are listed in subsection 702(b) of these regulations.

(3) Entry permits and hunting passes are required for waterfowl hunting on all Type A wildlife areas.

(4) Entry permits and proof of either a Type A or Type B season hunting pass are required for waterfowl hunting on all Type B wildlife areas. One or two day passes are not accepted at Type B wildlife areas.

(5) Entry permits and/or passes or special drawings may be required for hunting on Type C wildlife areas where the department has determined that restricted access is necessary per subsection 550(c) of these regulations (see subsection 551(q) of these regulations).

(6) Each visitor must have a valid entry permit in their immediate possession while on department lands that require an entry permit.

(7) Visitors with a valid junior hunting license are exempt from purchasing a daily or annual hunting pass but will only be issued an entry permit when accompanied by an adult and upon presenting a valid junior hunting license issued in that visitor’s own name. An adult is defined as a person 18 years old or older. An adult hunter or non-shooter may accompany up to two junior hunters on department lands.

(8) Any visitor 16 or 17 years of age presenting a valid junior hunting license issued in his or her own name will be issued an entry permit and may hunt independently. Hunters 16 or 17 years of age who hunt without an adult shall not be accompanied by any visitor 15 years of age or younger.

(9) Any required entry permits will be issued on a first-come, first served basis and/or by a reservation drawing to be held at a designated department office. The department shall inform the commission in writing and the public via the news media when limits imposed under this section differ substantially for a specific area from the prior year. Such notification shall include: the land affected; the time period; the reason for the limitation or closure; the number of entry permits to be issued; and the method of issuance.

(10) Entry permits are non-transferable. Forgery, duplication, alteration or fraudulent use of entry permits, passes, or processes for obtaining them, is prohibited. Any person who violates these regulations may be barred from department lands for one calendar year from the date the department discovers the violation.

(11) A Daily or Annual Lands Pass for Authorized Uses Other than Hunting (Lands Pass) is required for visitor entry on department lands listed in subsections 551(w) and 630(c) of these regulations. A Lands Pass must be purchased in advance and carried by each visitor, on their person, while on the subject property. Information about how to purchase a Lands Pass is explained in 550.5(c)(1) of these regulations. Exceptions to the Lands Pass requirements are as follows:

(A) Visitors carrying a valid California sportfishing, hunting, or trapping license issued in the visitor’s own name are not required to purchase a Lands Pass.

(B) Participants in school or organized youth group field trips, or visitors who are under 16 years of age are not required to obtain a Lands Pass.

(12) In addition to the sources listed for purchasing passes in subsection 550.5(c)(1), Lands Passes may be purchased at the Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve Visitor Center at the time of entry during business hours.

(d) Special Use Permits. Special uses, as defined in subsection 550(b)(9) of these regulations, on department lands require written authorization from the department. Such authorization will typically be in the form of a Special Use Permit (per subsections 550(d) and 550(n)(2) of these regulations). The department shall not issue Special Use Permits for activities or uses that conflict with the current uses, management or purposes of a department land, would have a significant environmental effect, or would constitute an unlawful use of state resources under Government Code Section 8314.

(1) Types of Special Use.

(A) Type 1 Special Use. A Type 1 special use is an activity that meets all of the following criteria:

1. involves 30 or fewer visitors on site;

2. involves ten or fewer (0-10) animals (such as dogs or horses) or bicycles (or other pedaled vehicles) in total;

3. does not require the use of animals, bicycles, vehicles, or large equipment outside of designated parking areas, roads, trails, or other areas authorized for visitor use; and

4. does not require use of the site for more than one calendar day during normal operating hours of the department land.

(B) Type 2 Special Use. A Type 2 special use is a hunting dog trial or testing event or activity.

(C) Type 3 Special Use. A Type 3 special use is an activity that meets any one of the following criteria:

1. involves more than 30 visitors on site;

2. involves more than ten animals or bicycles in total;

3. requires the use of animals, bicycles, vehicles, or large equipment outside of designated parking areas, roads, trails, or other areas authorized for visitor use; or

4. requires use of the site for more than one calendar day or outside of normal operating hours of the department land.

(2) Application Process for Special Use Permits.

(A) Application for a Special Use Permit shall be made on the “Permit Application for Special Use of Department Lands”, as specified in Section 702 of these regulations. Failure to disclose fund-raising or commercial activities or other information per the instructions on the application may result in a citation and fine.

(B) Applications and Special Use Permit fees shall be submitted at least 45 calendar days prior to the date of the requested activity or event to the appropriate regional office. The permit fees for Type 1, Type 2, and Type 3 Special Uses are specified in Section 702 of these regulations.

1. If a special use event or activity is entirely canceled, Type 1 and Type 2 permit fees are refundable. Type 3 permit fees are refundable until 10 calendar days prior to the scheduled start of the special use, after which the permit fee will be forfeited if the permittee cancels the special use. Cancelations prior to 10 calendar days before the start of a Type 3 special use must be provided to the area manager in writing.

2. All Special Use Permit fees are refundable if the department does not approve a special use permit application or does not have adequate staff available to review an application.

(3) Special Use Permit Application Review Process

(A) Evaluation Criteria. Criteria used to evaluate Special Use Permit applications shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

1. Will the proposed special use create a greater potential hazard or liability to the State, resources, or the public than typical operations within the department land on which the special use is proposed?;

2. Is the special use a compatible use as defined in subsection 550(b)(2)?;

3. Can the use be conducted so as not to conflict with the current uses, management or purposes of the property?;

4. Will the special use require the exclusive use of part or all of a property?;

5. Will the special use interfere with other visitors’ use of the property?;

6. Will additional department staffing or staff time be required to prepare for, monitor or assist with, or return department land to its previous condition following the special use?;

7. Will the permittee charge any fees and, if so, will the proposed fees exceed those the department charges for licenses, day use fees, or passes?;

8. Will any items, products, or services be sold?; and,

9. Has the applicant complied with the terms and conditions of any prior Special Use Permit issued by the department?.

(B) Notification of Approval of Special Use Permit. If the department intends to issue a Special Use Permit, it will provide written notification to the applicant. The notification will provide an itemized explanation of any fees, charges or deposits that need to be paid, as well as terms and conditions that need to be accepted by the applicant/permittee, in order for a Special Use Permit to be finalized and valid. Payment instructions will be included with the notification.

(C) Notification of Denial of Special Use Permit. If the department intends to deny issuance of a Special Use Permit, it shall provide written notification to the applicant that the application for a Special Use Permit is denied and include the reason(s) for the denial in the notification.

(4) Possible Costs In Addition to the Special Use Permit Fee.

(A) For department lands that normally require a fee for a Lands Pass or entry permit, the Lands Pass or entry fee will be required in addition to the Special Use Permit fee. Whether the daily use or entry fee for each special use participant will be paid directly to the department by the participants or by the permittee will be determined as part of the development of the Special Use Permit.

(B) Additional Anticipated Costs. If the regional manager or his designee determines in advance that department staff will need to conduct work outside of normal duties or hours to prepare for the special use, monitor or assist with the special use, or return department land to its previous condition following the special use, payment of the additional anticipated cost to the department will be added to the Special Use Permit fee specified in Section 702 of these regulations and required to be paid as a condition of the department issuing a Special Use Permit. The additional cost shall be based on the estimated number of hours, the job classification of state personnel required to conduct the work, and the department’s costs for employee benefits, overhead, mileage, and use of department equipment and supplies.

(C) Cleaning or Damage Deposit. Depending on the anticipated need for cleaning or repair to department property, including land, infrastructure and/or equipment, the department may charge the applicant a cleaning or damage deposit in an amount determined by the regional manager or his designee. Costs to return department property to its previous condition following the special use shall be deducted from this deposit. The regional manager or his designee shall determine whether all, a portion or none of the deposit is refunded based on department costs to clean up or repair damage.

(D) For-Profit or Fund Raising Activities. Any person, entity, or organization is prohibited from holding, sponsoring, leading, or otherwise conducting a recreational, educational, or other activity occurring wholly or partially within or on any department land for the purpose of generating revenue or fund raising without adequate compensation for the use of State resources. Unless an event is sponsored or co-sponsored by the department, payment to the department of a guaranteed minimum fee or percentage of the gross revenue of the event shall be a condition of any Special Use Permit that authorizes activities on department land that are intended to generate revenue or raise funds. The rate or amount of compensation shall be specified in the draft Special Use Permit. The criteria used to determine the rate or amount of compensation shall include, without limitation:

1. the extent of the department land to be used;

2. the duration, size and scope of the event;

3. the anticipated impact on department resources and facilities;

4. prevailing fees for comparable facilities in the locality;

5. amount and type of permittee’s equipment and materials to be used on the department land;

6. the number of people, vehicles, bicycles, and/or domestic animals on the department land because of the special use;

7. the amount of gross revenue the permittee expects to generate from the event;

8. the cost of services or time required of or by the department;

9. whether the applicant is a non-profit organization with tax-exempt status under section 501(c), Subtitle A of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code; and

10. any other considerations as appropriate.

(5) Terms and Conditions of Special Use Permits.

(A) To protect human health and safety, natural or cultural resources, or department facilities, the regional manager or his designee may impose special conditions in addition to the standard terms and conditions included in the Permit Application for Special Use of Department Lands as specified in Section 702. The department must provide notice of any special conditions as part of the notification of approval referenced in subsection 550.5(d)(3)(B) of these regulations.

(6) Acceptance of the Terms and Conditions of Special Use Permits and Payment of Fees.

(A) Type 1 or Type 2 Special Use Permit. The notification of approval for a Type 1 or Type 2 Special Use Permit will include a Special Use Permit signed by the wildlife area or ecological reserve manager and the regional manager or his designee. The Special Use Permit will include an attachment titled: Attachment B: Applicant Acceptance of Terms, Conditions and Costs as specified in Section 702. The Special Use Permit is not valid unless the permittee accepts the terms and conditions of the Special Use Permit by signing and submitting the signed original of Attachment B and the full payment of the permit fee and all other costs indicated on the permit to the appropriate regional office at least five calendar days before the beginning of the event or activity. The permittee should make and keep a copy of the signed Attachment B with the Special Use Permit. Conducting a special use event or activity without a valid permit is a violation of subsections 550(c)(2)(A) and 550.5(d)(8) of these regulations.

(B) Type 3 Special Use Permit. The notification of approval for a Type 3 Special Use Permit will include a draft permit (not valid). The draft Special Use Permit will include an attachment titled: Attachment B: Applicant Acceptance of Terms, Conditions and Costs as specified in Section 702. In order to receive a final, valid Special Use Permit, the applicant must accept the terms and conditions of the Special Use Permit by signing Attachment B, and send the signed original draft permit and the full payment of the permit fee and all other costs indicated on the permit to the appropriate regional office at least ten calendar days before the beginning of the event or activity. After the Special Use Permit is signed by the wildlife area or ecological reserve manager and the regional manager or his designee, it will be mailed back to the permittee as the valid permit. Conducting a special use event or activity without a valid permit is a violation of subsections 550(c)(2)(A) and 550.5(d)(8) of these regulations.

(7) Valid Special Use Permit. A valid Special Use Permit includes the completed application, including the permit section of the form signed by the wildlife area or ecological reserve manager and the regional manager or his designee, and any and all attachments referenced in the Special Use Permit. In order for a Special Use Permit to be valid, all costs that are required to be paid in advance, as indicated on the permit, must be paid-in-full by the permittee.

(8) Possession of Special Use Permit. The permittee or their representative shall have the valid Special Use Permit in his immediate possession and on-site during the special use and shall present it to any department employee upon request.

(9) Authorized Activities. Only the activities or uses specifically authorized in the Special Use Permit are permitted. Issuance of a Special Use Permit does not grant visitors any right to conduct activities not covered by the Special Use Permit. Conducting activities or uses not covered by the Special Use Permit shall result in revocation of the Special Use Permit, and may result in a citation and fine.

(10) Termination of Special Use Permit. The regional manager or his designee may terminate any Special Use Permit when the department deems termination necessary for human health and safety, protection of natural or cultural resources or department facilities. In addition, any Special Use Permit may be cancelled without notice in the event of a disaster or unforeseen emergency.

(11) Revocation of Special Use Permit. The regional manager or his designee may revoke a Special Use Permit and deny future Special Use Permit applications for violation of any rules or regulations of the department or conditions of a Special Use Permit.

§551. Additional Visitor Use Regulations on Department Lands Designated as Wildlife Areas.

(a) The areas listed in Section 551 have been designated by the commission as wildlife areas. All wildlife areas are maintained for the primary purposes of developing a statewide program of ecological conservation, restoration, preservation, development and management of wildlife and wildlife habitat and hunting. A legal description of the boundaries of each wildlife area is on file at the department’s headquarters, 1416 9th Street, Sacramento. Visitor use is subject to the regulations below and in sections 550 and 550.5, as well as any other sections of Title 14, CCR, and the Fish and Game Code that may apply. These regulations are incorporated by reference into and become a condition of entry and/or permits. Visitors are responsible for knowing and understanding these regulations prior to entry.

(b) Wildlife areas owned and operated by the department (Types A, B and C as defined in Section 551(e)) are as follows:

(1) Antelope Valley Wildlife Area (Sierra County) (Type C);

(2) Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Lassen and Modoc counties) (Type B);

(3) Bass Hill Wildlife Area (Lassen County), including the Egan Management Unit (Type C);

(4) Battle Creek Wildlife Area (Shasta and Tehama counties) (Type C);

(5) Big Lagoon Wildlife Area (Humboldt County) (Type C);

(6) Big Sandy Wildlife Area (Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties) (Type C);

(7) Biscar Wildlife Area (Lassen County) (Type C);

(8) Burcham and Wheeler Flats Wildlife Area (Mono County) (Type C);

(9) Buttermilk Country Wildlife Area (Inyo County) (Type C);

(10) Butte Valley Wildlife Area (Siskiyou County) (Type B);

(11) Cache Creek Wildlife Area (Lake County), including the North Fork Cache Creek and Harley Gulch management units (Type C);

(12) Camp Cady Wildlife Area (San Bernardino County) (Type C);

(13) Cantara/Ney Springs Wildlife Area (Siskiyou County) (Type C);

(14) Cartago Wildlife Area (Inyo County) (Type C);

(15) Cedar Roughs Wildlife Area (Napa County) (Type C);

(16) Cinder Flats Wildlife Area (Shasta County) (Type C);

(17) Clear Lake Wildlife Area (Lake County), including the Rodman Slough Unit (Type C);

(18) Collins Eddy Wildlife Area (Sutter and Yolo counties) (Type C);

(19) Colusa Bypass Wildlife Area (Colusa County) (Type C);

(20) Coon Hollow Wildlife Area (Butte County) (Type C);

(21) Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area (Merced County), including the Upper Cottonwood and Lower Cottonwood management units (Type C);

(22) Crescent City Marsh Wildlife Area (Del Norte County) (Type C);

(23) Crocker Meadow Wildlife Area (Plumas County) (Type C);

(24) Daugherty Hill Wildlife Area (Yuba County) (Type C);

(25) Decker Island Wildlife Area (Solano County) (Type C);

(26) Doyle Wildlife Area (Lassen County) (Type C);

(27) Dutch Flat Wildlife Area (Modoc County) (Type C);

(28) East Walker River Wildlife Area (Mono County) (Type C);

(29) Eel River Wildlife Area (Humboldt County) (Type C);

(30) Elk Creek Wetlands Wildlife Area (Del Norte County) (Type C);

(31) Elk River Wildlife Area (Humboldt County) (Type C);

(32) Fay Canyon Wildlife Area (Alpine County) (Type C);

(33) Fay Slough Wildlife Area (Humboldt County) (Type C);

(34) Feather River Wildlife Area (Sutter and Yuba counties), including the Abbott Lake, Lake of the Woods, Marysville, Morse Road, Nelson Slough, O’Connor Lakes, Shanghai Bend, and Star Bend management units (Type C);

(35) Fitzhugh Creek Wildlife Area (Modoc County) (Type C);

(36) Fremont Weir Wildlife Area (Yolo County) (Type C);

(37) French Valley Wildlife Area (Riverside County) (Type C);

(38) Grass Lake Wildlife Area (Siskiyou County) (Type C);

(39) Gray Lodge Wildlife Area (Butte and Sutter counties) (Type A);

(40) Green Creek Wildlife Area (Mono County) (Type C);

(41) Grizzly Island Wildlife Area (Solano County), including the Crescent (Type A), Gold Hills (Type B), Goodyear Slough (Type B), Grey Goose (Type C), Grizzly Island (Type A), Island Slough (Type B), Joice Island (Type A), West Family (Type B) and Garibaldi, Cordelia and Montezuma Slough management units;

(42) Hallelujah Junction Wildlife Area (Lassen and Sierra counties) (Type C);

(43) Heenan Lake Wildlife Area (Alpine County) (Type C);

(44) Hill Slough Wildlife Area (Solano County) (Type C);

(45) Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area (San Diego County) (Type C);

(46) Honey Lake Wildlife Area (Lassen County) (Type B);

(47) Hope Valley Wildlife Area (Alpine County) (Type C);

(48) Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area (Siskiyou County) (Type C);

(49) Imperial Wildlife Area (Imperial County), including the Wister Management Unit (Type A) and Finney Ramer Management Units (Type C);

(50) Indian Valley Wildlife Area (Lake County) (Type C);

(51) Kelso Peak and Old Dad Mountains Wildlife Area (San Bernardino County) (Type C);

(52) Kinsman Flat Wildlife Area (Madera County) (Type C);

(53) Knoxville Wildlife Area (Napa and Yolo counties) (Type C);

(54) Laguna Wildlife Area (Sonoma County) (Type C);

(55) Lake Berryessa Wildlife Area (Napa County) (Type C);

(56) Lake Earl Wildlife Area (Del Norte County) (Type C);

(57) Lake Sonoma Wildlife Area (Sonoma County) (Type C);

(58) Little Panoche Reservoir Wildlife Area (Fresno County) (Type C);

(59) Los Banos Wildlife Area (Merced County) (Type A);

(60) Lower Sherman Island Wildlife Area (Sacramento County) (Type C);

(61) Mad River Slough Wildlife Area (Humboldt County) (Type C);

(62) Marble Mountains Wildlife Area (San Bernardino County) (Type C);

(63) Mendota Wildlife Area (Fresno County) (Type A);

(64) Merrill’s Landing Wildlife Area (Tehama County) (Type C);

(65) Miner Slough Wildlife Area (Solano County) (Type C);

(66) Monache Meadows Wildlife Area (Tulare County) (Type C);

(67) Morro Bay Wildlife Area (San Luis Obispo County) (Type C);

(68) Moss Landing Wildlife Area (Monterey County) (Type C);

(69) Mouth of Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area (Shasta and Tehama counties) (Type C);

(70) Mud Lake Wildlife Area (Siskiyou County) (Type C);

(71) Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area (Solano, Napa, and Sonoma counties), including the American Canyon, Coon Island, Dutchman Slough, Huichica Creek, Napa River, Ringstrom Bay, Sonoma Creek, Tolay Creek, and Wingo management units (Type C); and Green Island, Southern Crossing, and White Slough management units;

(72) North Grasslands Wildlife Area (Merced and Stanislaus counties), including the China Island, Gadwall, and Salt Slough management units (Type A);

(73) O’Neill Forebay Wildlife Area (Merced County) (Type C);

(74) Oroville Wildlife Area (Butte County), including the Thermalito Afterbay Management Unit (Type C);

(75) Petaluma Marsh Wildlife Area (Marin and Sonoma counties), including the Black John Slough, Burdell, and Petaluma River management units (Type C); and Bahia, Day Island, Green Point, Novato Creek, Point Sonoma, and Rush Creek management units;

(76) Pickel Meadow Wildlife Area (Mono County) (Type C);

(77) Pine Creek Wildlife Area (Modoc County) (Type C);

(78) Point Edith Wildlife Area (Contra Costa County) (Type C);

(79) Putah Creek Wildlife Area (Solano County) (Type C);

(80) Rector Reservoir Wildlife Area (Napa County) (Type C);

(81) Red Lake Wildlife Area (Alpine County) (Type C);

(82) Rhode Island Wildlife Area (Contra Costa County) (Type C);

(83) Sacramento Bypass Wildlife Area (Yolo County) (Type C);

(84) Sacramento River Wildlife Area (Butte, Colusa, and Glenn counties) (Type C);

(85) San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area (San Diego County) (Type C);

(86) San Jacinto Wildlife Area (Riverside County), including the Davis Road Unit and the Potrero Unit (Type A);

(87) San Luis Obispo Wildlife Area (San Luis Obispo County) (Type C);

(88) San Luis Reservoir Wildlife Area (Merced County) (Type C);

(89) San Pablo Bay Wildlife Area (Marin and Sonoma counties) (Type C);

(90) Santa Rosa Wildlife Area (Riverside County) (Type C);

(91) Shasta Valley Wildlife Area (Siskiyou County) (Type B);

(92) Sheepy Ridge Wildlife Area (Siskiyou County) (Type C);

(93) Silver Creek Wildlife Area (Lassen County) (Type C);

(94) Slinkard-Little Antelope Wildlife Area (Mono County) (Type C);

(95) Smithneck Creek Wildlife Area (Sierra County) (Type C);

(96) South Fork Wildlife Area (Kern County) (Type C);

(97) South Spit Wildlife Area (Humboldt County) (Type C);

(98) Spenceville Wildlife Area (Yuba and Nevada counties) (Type C);

(99) Surprise Valley Wildlife Area (Modoc County) (Type C);

(100) Sutter Bypass Wildlife Area (Sutter County) (Type C);

(101) Tehama Wildlife Area (Tehama County) (Type C);

(102) Truckee River Wildlife Area (Placer and Nevada counties), including the Boca, Polaris, Union Ice, and West River management units (Type C);

(103) Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area (Butte and Glenn counties), including the Howard Slough, Little Dry Creek, and Llano Seco management units (Type A);

(104) Volta Wildlife Area (Merced County) (Type A);

(105) Waukell Creek Wildlife Area (Del Norte County) (Type C);

(106) Warner Valley Wildlife Area (Plumas County) (Type C);

(107) West Hilmar Wildlife Area (Merced and Stanislaus counties) (Type C);

(108) West Walker River Wildlife Area (Mono County) (Type C);

(109) White Slough Wildlife Area (San Joaquin County) (Type C);

(110) Willow Creek Wildlife Area (Lassen County) (Type B); and

(111) Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area (Yolo County) (Type A).

(c) Areas owned and operated by federal agencies where public hunting opportunities are administered by the department are listed in this subsection. Additional regulations for the areas listed in this subsection are in Section 552 of these regulations.

(1) Baldwin Lake (San Bernardino County) (Type C);

(2) Colusa National Wildlife Refuge (Colusa County) (Type A);

(3) Delevan National Wildlife Refuge (Colusa County) (Type A);

(4) Kern National Wildlife Refuge (Kern County) (Type A);

(5) Lake Berryessa Wildlife Area (Napa County) (Type C);

(6) Lake Sonoma Wildlife Area (Sonoma County) (Type C);

(7) Merced National Wildlife Refuge (Merced County) (Type A);

(8) Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge (Glenn and Colusa counties) (Type A);

(9) San Luis National Wildlife Refuge (Merced County) (Type A), including the San Luis, Kesterson, West Bear Creek, Freitas, and Blue Goose Units;

(10) Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge (Imperial County) (Type A) (operated with the Imperial Wildlife Area); and

(11) Sutter National Wildlife Refuge (Sutter County) (Type A).

(d) Areas operated by the department in cooperation with other state or federal agencies are:

(1) Clifton Court Forebay (Contra Costa County) (Type C);

(2) Little Panoche Reservoir Wildlife Area (Fresno County) (Type C);

(3) O’Neill Forebay Wildlife Area (Merced County) (Type C);

(4) Perris Reservoir State Recreation Area, area day use fee (Riverside County);

(5) Rector Reservoir Wildlife Area (Napa County) (Type C);

(6) Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge, including the La Barranca Unit, Blackberry Island Unit, Mooney Unit, Ohm Unit, Flynn Unit, Heron Island Unit, and Rio Vista Unit (Tehama County); Pine Creek Unit, Dead Man’s Reach Unit, North Llano Seco Island 1 & 2 Units, and Llano Seco Riparian Sanctuary Unit (Butte County); and McIntosh Landing North and South Units, Capay Unit, Phelan Island Unit, Jacinto Unit, Ord Unit, Ord Bend Unit, South Ord Unit, Hartley Island Unit, Sul Norte Unit, Codora Unit, Packer Unit, Afton Unit, North Drumheller Slough Unit, and Drumheller Slough Unit (Glenn County) (Type C).

(A) Additional regulations for the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge are in Section 552 of these regulations.

(7) San Luis Reservoir Wildlife Area (Merced and Santa Clara counties) (Type C); and

(8) Volta Wildlife Area (Merced County) (Type A), US Bureau of Reclamation

(e) Types of Wildlife Areas:

(1) “Type A” wildlife areas are defined as wildlife areas which have restricted hunter access during waterfowl season, and require a hunting pass to be purchased in advance and exchanged for an entry permit at the wildlife area, per subsections 550.5(c) and 702(b) of these regulations. Reservations are available per subsection 550.5(a) of these regulations during waterfowl season. Species open for hunting are waterfowl, coots, moorhens, snipe, pheasant, and dove, unless otherwise specified in subsection 551(s). Except as provided in subsection 551(p) and Section 552 of these regulations, shoot days are Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during waterfowl season, youth waterfowl hunt days authorized in Section 502 of these regulations, and daily during the September dove season only. All Type A wildlife areas are closed to hunting on Christmas Day.

(2) “Type B” wildlife areas are defined as wildlife areas which have restricted hunter access during waterfowl season and require a Type A or Type B season hunting pass to be purchased in advance and presented for an entry permit at the wildlife area, per subsection 550.5(c) and Section 702 of these regulations. Reservations are required for opening weekend per subsection 550.5(a) of these regulations. Species open for hunting include waterfowl, coots, moorhens, snipe, pheasant, and dove, unless otherwise specified in subsection 551(s). Except as provided in subsection 551(p), shoot days are Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during waterfowl season and daily during the September dove season only. All Type B wildlife areas are closed to hunting on Christmas Day, except as provided in subsection 551(o).

(3) “Type C” wildlife areas are defined as wildlife areas that, except as provided in subsections 551(q) and 551(t), are open daily for hunting all legal species and do not require the purchase of a hunting pass for entry.

(4) For Perris Reservoir State Recreation Area, the fee to obtain an entry permit for hunting shall be the day-use fee determined by the California Department of Parks and Recreation (www.parks.ca.gov).

(f) Shooting Hours:

(1) Waterfowl: Except as provided in subsections 551(p) and 551(q), waterfowl shooting hours on all wildlife areas shall be from one half-hour before sunrise to sunset (pursuant to Section 506 of these regulations).

(2) Other Species: Except as provided in subsections 551(p), 551(q), and 551(s), species other than waterfowl may be taken where authorized only during the legal shooting hours for the taking of each species as specified in sections 250.5, 310, 310.5, 352, and 474 of these regulations.

(g) Deferred Openings: When the department considers such deferral desirable to protect agricultural crops from waterfowl, it may defer opening a wildlife area to visitor access until, in the opinion of the department, the danger of crop damage in the immediate region is abated.

(h) Assigned Hunting Zones: In order to assure proper hunter dispersal and promote safety, the department may subdivide the open hunting portion of any wildlife area into zones, assign hunters to zones and/or designate where hunters shall park.

NOTE: The remainder of Section 551, Title 14, CCR includes regulations that apply only to individual wildlife areas. These regulations are organized primarily by type of public use in the following pages of this booklet. To see the same property-specific regulations organized under the name of each wildlife area, go to: www.wildlife.ca.gov/Lands/Regulations

Plan Ahead Before Visiting a Wildlife Area!

Important: Check stations do not sell any license items, permits or passes. Be sure to purchase any needed licenses, passes and validations from a CDFW license sales office, a license agent or online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Online-Sales.