The California Department of Fisheries and Wildlife has several events and activities on the calendar for August 2021. Here are a few of those items.
As a reminder, all items on the calendar are subject to change due to changing conditions and guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. CDFW officials urge everyone to continue to adhere to all safety protocols, including physical distancing, wearing masks and frequent hand washing. For more information on how to get vaccinated in California, visit myturn.ca.gov.
Wildlife areas, ecological reserves and other properties may be closed due to forest fires or damage from forest fires. Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts are strongly encouraged to check closures before setting out on a recreational trip.
August 1 – Surfperch recreational season opens in San Francisco and San Pablo Bays. For current marine recreational fishing regulations, visit Wildlife.ca.gov/regulations.
1 – Commercial opening of the spotted shrimp trapping season north of Pointe Arguello. For more information, visit marinespecies.wildlife.ca.gov/spot-prawn/true.
August 7 – Season opens for arboreal squirrels reserved for archery and falconry (extending until September 10). For seasons, boundaries, and area maps for Archery and Falconry Tree Squirrels, visit Wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/small-game.
Aug 12 – Exploring Large Scale Management for California Halibut Fishing Webinar Series – Recreational Fishing, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – priority fishing for large-scale management attention. Visit the CDFW California Halibut and Marine Management News web pages for more information on California Halibut and the large-scale management process, including this webinar series. Agendas and documents will be shared and posted prior to the webinars. To register, email [email protected]
August 14 – Opening of the general deer hunting season. The 2021 California General Deer Season will open in Zone A on Saturday August 14 and in Zone B-4 on Saturday August 28. The opening of zones B1-B3, B5, B6, C1-C4, D6 and D7 is Saturday September 18th. More information on general deer season opening dates, end dates and additional hunts can be found at Wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer. Remember to post your deer tags. All deer tags you purchase, whether or not you hunt, must be declared. Successful hunters must report their tags within 30 days of their successful hunt or by January 31, 2022, whichever comes first. Hunters who fail or do not hunt are required to report by January 31, 2022. Hunters are reminded that as of July 1, 2019, unleaded ammunition is mandatory when capturing wildlife for any purpose. whether in California.
14 – Opening of the first general black bear season in deer hunting zone A. The general black bear season will open at the same time as the general deer hunting season in zones A, B , C, D, X8, X9A, X9B, X10 and X12 and will run until December 26. Please note that these deer areas have varying opening dates. The general season for black bears opens in deer hunting areas X-1 through X-7b on October 19 and runs through December 26. The CDFW will close the season early if 1,700 bears have been reported. For daily updates on reported bear catches, visit Wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/bear or call toll-free (888) 277-6398. Also, visit fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/mammalregs for a description of current mammal hunting regulations.
14 – Art Under the Oaks, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville. Get in touch with nature through art. Participants will learn about the intricate ecological relationships found in an oak forest, then delve into the basics of painting with a guided watercolor painting session. Basic material (brushes, paints, sketchbooks) will be provided. Capacity is limited and registration is required. For more details and to register, visit www.elkhornslough.org/calendar.
August 15 – Lobster report cards are on sale. Divers and sport lobster anglers can purchase a Spiny Lobster Report Sheet for the 2021-2022 lobster season from CDFW’s online licensing site at Wildlife.ca.gov/ licensing / online-sales or, if open to businesses, CDFW license counters, merchandise stores and fishing tackle stores. Please note that CDFW license counters are currently closed due to issues related to COVID-19. Before visiting a CDFW facility, contact the regional headquarters office to determine if that facility has reopened.
August 17 – California Fish and Game Commission Tribal Committee meeting, time to be determined. The meeting will be held by webinar / teleconference due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19. For more information, visit fgc.ca.gov.
August 18 – California Fish and Game Commission meeting, scheduled to start at 8:30 am The meeting will be held by webinar / teleconference due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19. For more information, visit fgc.ca.gov.
August 21 – Archery season opens for black bears. The bear can be picked up with a bow and arrow starting August 21 in areas defined in 365 (a) such as the areas of Northern California, Central California, Southern Sierra, Southern California, and Sierra de Sud-Est and will close on September 12. For daily bear harvest report updates, visit Wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/bear or call toll free (888) 277-6398. Visit fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/mammalregs for a description of current mammal hunting regulations and descriptions of the boundaries of the American black bear hunting area. The bag and possession limit for archery or the general season is one adult bear per year of hunting license. Cubs and females accompanied by cubs cannot be taken.
21 – Opening of the falconry season for pheasant, quail, chukar, ptarmigan and soot (blue) / ruffed grouse (extending until February 28, 2022). For area maps and other information on the highland game season, visit Wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
21 – Opening of the quail, chukar and soot (blue) / ruffed grouse seasons reserved for archery (extending until September 10). For area maps and other information on the highland game season, visit Wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
21 – Garden Days at Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 9:30 a.m. to noon, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville. Learn about native plant gardening and help the reserve maintain its new demonstration gardens. Participants will spend time exploring topics related to native plant gardening and then spend time working in the gardens. The work changes with the season and may involve weeding, planting or collecting native seeds. All ages and abilities are welcome, but anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more details and to register, visit www.elkhornslough.org/events/garden-days-210821.
August 25 – Public awareness meeting on type A wildlife reserves in the Bay Delta region, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., through the teams. CDFW will take comments and recommendations and provide updates on habitat conditions, water availability for wetlands and possible impacts on hunters’ access to public lands. State Wildlife Areas to be discussed are the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area and the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area Complex. To register and receive a link to the meeting, contact Joe Hobbs at [email protected] or (530) 757-2431.
Aug.26 – California Wildlife Conservation Board meeting, 1 p.m., via Zoom. The public is welcome. For more information, visit wcb.ca.gov.
Aug 28 – Bat House Building Workshop, 10 a.m. to noon, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, 45211 County Road 32B, Davis. In conjunction with International Bat Night, this will be a day to learn how to invite bats to your garden or farm. The event will include an opportunity to build a bat house and see several of our native bat species. We provide the supplies and the instructions, and you provide the human energy. Registration is through bat house and is limited to 20 groups. Each group can have up to four people who together build a bat house. It’s a fun activity for small groups or families. To register, visit www.yolobasin.org/bats2021.
Various days – Bat Talk and Walk events, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, 45211 County Road 32B, Davis. Did you know that a colony of migrating bats lives under the Yolo causeway during the summer? Join the Yolo Basin Foundation for a summer bat chat and walk to learn all about these amazing and beneficial mammals and watch the âflyoutâ of the largest urban colony of Mexican free-tailed bats in California! These events take place on different dates until September. For more information and to register, visit www.yolobasin.org/bats2021.
Various days – Visits to the Ecological Reserve at Elkhorn Slough, 10 a.m., 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville. Volunteers lead walks highlighting the natural history of Elkhorn Slough every Saturday and Sunday. Capacity is limited due to physical distancing requirements and individuals must register on a first come, first served basis. Groups of six or more should call ahead at (831) 728-2822 to book a tour. For more information, visit www.elkhornslough.org/esnerr/tours.
Various days – Application deadlines for the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreation Enhancement (SHARE) access permit for multiple hunting opportunities. Wild pig, deer, bear, turkey, dove and quail hunts are available through the SHARE program. A non-refundable application fee of $ 11.50 (plus processing fees) is billed for each choice of hunt. For more information, visit Wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.