In addition to bringing cooler weather to California, the arrival of October also sees an abundance of hunting, fishing, and education / recreation activities offered by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. State.
All items on the schedule are subject to change as we navigate the changing conditions and guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please 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.
On October 2, several seasons opened: the recreational California lobster fishing season; general duck and geese season in the northeast waterfowl zone; start of the Canada Goose season in the rest of the state’s waterfowl area.
In addition, the general deer season is now open in areas D19, X1, X2, X3a, X3b, X4, X5a, X5b, X6a, X6b, X7a and X7b; Archery season only is open in area D12. For more information, visit Wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.
The California commercial lobster fishing season began statewide on October 6.
Saturday October 9 – Opening of the general deer season in zones D11, D13-15 and D17. For more information, visit Wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.
The general bear season opens in the remaining X zones. General bear season opens in deer hunting areas X1, X2, X3a, X4, X6a, X6b, X7a and X7b in areas open to bear hunting. The general bear season will remain open until December 26 or until the CDFW determines that 1,700 bears have been captured. All hunters must have their badge validated and the bear head presented for tooth extraction by CDFW staff. Current bear hunting regulations, seasonal updates, and general black bear information can be found at Wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/bear.
Beginning of the archery season only for pheasant (until October 31). For more information on the seasons and limitations of upland game birds, visit Wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
Thursday October 14 – California Fish and Game Commission 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.
Saturday October 16 – Opening of the general deer season in zone X9c. For more information, visit Wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.
16 – Opening of the general season for all quails in zones Q1 and Q3; General chukar season opens statewide; General snipe season opens statewide; the three seasons run until January 30, 2022).
On Saturday, October 16, there will also be Garden Days at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 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-221016.
Thursday, October 21 – Monarch Butterfly Watch: A History of Community Science, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Join local community scientist Connie Masotti to learn more about monarch butterfly monitoring in the Monterey Bay area. Learn more about these unique insects and find out what you can do to help the people of California. To register for this free virtual event, visit the events calendar at www.elkhornslough.org/calendar.
Saturday, October 23 – General duck and goose season opens across the rest of the state, southern San Joaquin Valley, southern California, and Colorado River waterfowl areas. Opening of the general deer season in zone D16.
Sunday October 31 – Last day of the recreational oceanic salmon season. For more information, visit the Ocean Salmon webpage at Wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/ocean/regulations/salmon or call the CDFW Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429 or the National Marine Fisheries Service Ocean Salmon Regulations hotline at (800) 662-9825.
From October to June, join the monthly Yolo Bypass Wildlife Preserve 9 a.m. to noon tour at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Preserve, 45211 County Road 32 B, Davis. The Yolo Basin Foundation offers monthly tours, on the first Saturday of each month, to the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. These tours are suitable for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts and bird watchers. See seasonal and permanent wetlands, native grasslands and young riparian forests. Depending on the season, look for migrating and resident waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, raptors, and wading birds. Registration is required to attend. For more information and to register, visit www.yolobasin.org/wetlands-tours. There is a suggested donation of $ 10 per adult for tours. Donations support wetland education programs.