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2018 AOTY/DOTY Entry

Topic: Small Game Hunting Restrictions  (Read 319 times)

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February 22, 2018

Question: What is the reasoning for not allowing small game (squirrel and rabbit) hunting in the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge units? The California squirrel hunting map indicates that the entire north state is an open squirrel zone and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) website does not say anything about not being able to hunt these areas. There is a list of “huntable” game at www.fws.com, but it does not say what you cannot hunt in those units. It is very confusing. (Trevor)

Answer: Although much of northern California is seasonally open to squirrel hunting, there may be areas that are either closed or have additional restrictions. California Code of Regulations Title 14, section 552(a)(6) refers to the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge and lists the species for which take is allowed. These species include goose, duck, coot, moorhen, dove, snipe, turkey, pheasant, quail, deer and wild pig from Sept. 1 to March 15. Section 552(a)(6) goes on to clarify that “…hunting of all other species is prohibited…” For additional information, please refer to page 49 of the 2017-2018 Waterfowl and Upland Game regulations booklet or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website at www.fws.gov/refuge/Sacramento_River/Hunting.html.