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Quail 2012 by michael ,  Jul 29, 2013
Quail: 
Zone Q1 (Mountain Quail Only)         Sep 10 - Oct 14
Zone Q1 (All Quail)                          Oct 15 - Jan 29
Zone Q2                                        Sep 24 - Jan 29
Zone Q3                                         Oct 15 - Jan 29

Bag limit: 10

Hunting at the Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area

The Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area is a type C area, however, hunt days are Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during open seasons for authorized species except rabbits may be hunted daily during the September dove season. There are no day use charges to the hunter or visitor, however, voluntary permit cards are available at the Huichica Creek Unit (Buchli Station Rd. parking lot). Brief wildlife area and species regulations are listed below. Junior pheasant and duck hunt information is available here. Complete information can be found in the regulation booklets, available at most sporting goods stores, DFG regional offices, and on the internet. You can also get a map of the area, which is highly recommended information on Junior Hunts

Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area - Napa, Sonoma & Solano Counties

fishingboatingrestroomsWildlife ViewingThe symbols above are activities permitted on this Wildlife Area. Click for more info.

Over 13,000 acres of saltwater ponds, tidal marshes, and wetlands. Just north of San Pablo Bay. This area is made up of levees and sloughs. Many waterfowl species and shorebirds including the California clapper rail can be found here. Most of the area is accessible by boat only.

Sunrise on Napa Slough and Napa River

Sunrise on Napa Slough and Napa River Photo Courtesy of Karen Taylor, DFG

This area is regularly used by hunters and fisherman, as well as bird watchers, photographers, bicyclists, and hikers. If you have any comments or other suggestions for helping us improve our lands or website we would appreciate hearing from you.

Putah Creek Wildlife Area - Solano County

Wild Pig Hunting AllowedBig Game Hunting AllowedTurkey Hunting AllowedQuail Hunting AllowedfishingWildlife ViewingHiking AllowedThe symbols above are activities permitted on this Wildlife Area. Click for more info.

Location: Solano County - 10 miles west of Winters.

Phone Number: (707) 944-5500

Maps: Directional Map (PDF)   Directional Map (with Fishing Access) (PDF)

Area Regulations:

  • Camping is not allowed.
  • Hunting is not permitted in the Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve section.

Access: Highway 128 to just east of the Monticello dam. Watch for parking on west side of road but use caution as this parking occurs on a sharp turn in the road. Trailhead is south of the parking area, across Highway 128.

Description: 670 acres of gently sloping to steep hillsides of cottonwood riparian, blue oak woodland, and chamise chaparral natural communities. Just a few of the species supported by these habitats include California towhee, Bullock's oriole, and black-headed grosbeak. Please see the attached bird checklist for additional bird species in the area. This area is just downstream of the Monticello dam, where Cold Creek enters Putah Creek, and includes Stebbins' Cold Canyon Reserve.

Recreational Use: Type C Wildlife Area - no permits, passes, or reservations are required.

  • Fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, and birdwatching are allowed.

Hunting: Allowed for deer, wild pig, tree squirrel, rabbit, wild turkey, California quail, and dove during open season for those species from the opening of deer season through January 31.

White Slough Wildlife Area - San Joaquin County

fishingwaterfowlWildlife ViewingHunting with Shotguns allowedArcheryQuail HuntingPheasant HuntingThe symbols above are activities permitted on this Wildlife Area. Click for more info.

Phone Number: (707) 944-5500

Map: Directional Map (PDF)

Directions: 8 miles West of Lodi, about 13 miles north of Stockton. Ponds are located west of and parallel to I-5. Pond 5 is on Walnut Grove Road. Pond 6 is on Woodbridge Road, take the Peltier Road exit to Thornton Road to Woodbridge Road. Ponds 7 & 8 are reached via Hwy 12 west of I-5 to Guard Road to Cotta Road. Ponds 9-13 are south of Hwy 12 and accessed via Thornton Road to a frontage road.

Description: 880 acres of man-made ditches, canals (burrow ponds), freshwater marshes, grassland/upland, riparian habitat. Ponds were created during the construction of I-5. The nine (9) ponds are, for the most part, not contiguous to each other.

Hunting, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing is available.Horses, camping, open fires are not allowed.

Pheasant, quail, dove and waterfowl can be found here. Hunting allowed with shotguns and archery equipment. No loaded firearms allowed in the safety zone around Pond 9.

Rector Reservoir Wildlife Area - Napa County

Deer Hunting AllowedWildlife ViewingTurkey Hunting AllowedQuail Hunting AllowedThe symbols above are activities permitted on this Wildlife Area. Click for more info.

Location: Napa County - Northeast of Yountville

Phone Number: (707) 944-5500

Map: Directional Map (PDF)

Area Regulations:

  • Camping and trailers are not allowed

Special Restrictions:

  • Campfires are prohibited

Description: This 340 acres Wildlife Area of oak woodland and mixed chaparral vegetation are owned by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and managed by the Department of Fish and Game. These plant communities supports approximately 27 species of mammals, 40 species of birds, and 14 species of reptiles and amphibians. Among these are both prairie and peregrine falcon, Cooper's and sharp-shinned hawks, red-legged frogs, and northwestern pond turtles. The watershed area immediately surrounding the reservoir is also owned by the Department of Veterans Affairs and is not open to the public.

Access: East side of Silverado Trail north of Yountville Cross Road, and south of Napa County maintenance yard.

Recreational Use: Type C Wildlife Area - no permits, passes, or reservations are required.

Hunting: Authorized for all legal species. Hunting allowed daily during open seasons for deer, wild pig, rabbit, tree squirrel, wild turkey, California quail, and dove, from the opening of archery deer season through the last day of spring turkey season.

Facilities: None

NUMBER: 4-2 AREA: Squaw Leap Management Area (BLM)COUNTY: Fresno and MaderaQUAIL SPECIES: California quail.OTHER UPLAND GAME: Wild turkey, mourning dove, band-tailed pigeon, gray squirrel and cottontail rabbits.GENERAL DESCRIPTION: 4,600 acres; oak/grassland, mixed oaks, chaparral and scattered conifers.TOPOGRAPHY: Elevation varies from 900 to 2,000 feet. Rolling hills to steep terrain.ACCESS: Located approximately five miles northwest of the town of Auberry. From Auberry proceed north on Auberry Road; turn left on Power House Road; turn left on Smalley Road to Squaw Leap Management Area.SPECIAL REGULATIONS: Only game birds and game mammals may be taken during the open season. Ground squirrels and coyotes are not game species.MAP FOR AREA: BLM Surface Management Status 7.5-minute Quadrangle: Shaver Lake. U. S. Forest Service - Sierra National Forest.COMMENTS: Good populations of California quail; limited population of other upland game species.INFORMATION:
United States Bureau of Land Management
Post Office Box 171
Auberry, California 93602
(559) 855-3492
NUMBER: 4-3 AREA: Kinsman Flat Wildlife Area (DFG)COUNTY: Madera.QUAIL SPECIES: California quail.OTHER UPLAND GAME: Wild turkey, mourning dove, band-tailed pigeon, gray squirrel and cottontail rabbits.GENERAL DESCRIPTION: 510 acres; mixed oaks, chaparral and scattered conifers.TOPOGRAPHY: Elevation approximately 3,600 feet; located on a rolling bench.ACCESS: From the town of North Fork, travel east on the Minarets Road for approximately 15 miles; turn south on Wiki-up Ranch Road; turn east on Arrowhead Road to Wildlife Area.SPECIAL REGULATIONS: Only shotguns and archery equipment are permitted during the spring turkey season. Consult Hunting and Other Public Uses on State and Federal Areas for specifics.MAP FOR AREA: Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Area Map; United States Geological Survey (USGS) 7.5-minute series (topographic) Musick Mountain Quadrangle.COMMENTS: Quail populations are moderate; other upland game species are scarce. No camping or trailers.INFORMATION:
California Department of Fish and Game
1234 East Shaw Avenue
Fresno, California 93710
(559) 243-4005
California Department of Fish and Game
1234 East Shaw Avenue
Fresno, California 93710
(559) 243-4005

Daugherty Hill Wildlife Area - Yuba & Butte Counties

Deer Hunting AllowedWildlife ViewingHikingQuail Hunting AllowedTurkey Hunting AllowedShotgun Hunting AllowedThe symbols above are activities permitted on this Wildlife Area. Click for more info.

Location: North of Highway 20 approximately 17 miles east of Marysville.

Phone Number: (916) 358-2900

Maps: Directional Map (PDF)     Donovan Hill & Daugherty Hill Units (PDF)    Darby Road Unit (PDF)

Topographic Maps: Daugherty WA (PDF)    Donovan Hill Unit (PDF)   Daugherty Hill Unit (PDF)   Darby Road Unit (PDF)

Area Regulations:

  • Camping is not allowed

Special Restrictions:Entry permit, issued by special drawing, is required for the first nine days of the spring turkey season. Hunting is allowed only from July 1 through January 31 and during the spring turkey season, when only turkeys can be hunted.

  • Darby Unit Only:Horses and bicycles are not allowed on this unit.
  • Darby Unit Only:Dogs are allowed with a licensed hunter only while hunting.

Access:

  • Daugherty Hill Unit: The parking lot for the Daugherty Hill unit is located one mile east of Marysville Road on Dolan Harding Road. Fee access to the Daugherty Hill Unit is also available through the Collins Lake Recreation Area.
  • Donovan Hill Unit: Take Highway 20 to Marysville Road; proceed north (left) on Marysville Road about 8.3 miles to the second Dolan Harding Road intersection. The Donovan Hill Unit begins here.
  • Darby Road Unit: Going north on Marysville Road from Highway 20, turn west on Loma Rica Road for 1.4 miles. Turn north on Los Verjeles Road for 5 miles to Bangor. Turn north on La Porte Road and go three miles to Darby Road. Parking lot is located .2 miles east of South Honcut Creek crossing.
*WARNING* During periods of high water the concrete road crossing over South Honcut Creek will be impassable as vehicles could be washed off the road. If water is flowing over the road crossing, return to La Porte Road, turn east for 4.2 miles and turn right on Vierra Road for 3.8 miles to reach the parking lot.

Description:

Daugherty Hill Unit (2,638 acres), Donovan Hill Unit (1,762 acres), and Darby Road Unit (689 acres): Rolling hills covered with blue and live oak, gray pine, ceanothus, and poison oak.

*Special Note* Homes are located near some of the wildlife area boundaries.

Recreational Use: Type C Wildlife Area - no permits, passes, or reservations are required.

Hunting:

  • Allowed July 1 - January 31 for all legal species, and spring turkey season when only turkey may be taken.
  • Game species include jackrabbits, cottontails, dove, quail, tree squirrels.
  • Deer: Zone D-3. Small resident population; Columbian black-tailed deer migrate down from higher elevations in Plumas and Sierra counties in late October.
  • Wild turkey: open entire fall season without reservation; open for entire spring season with special permit required the first nine days. During spring turkey season, only shotguns, archery equipment, and air rifles firing pellets and powered by compressed air or gas (0.20 caliber minimum for taking wild turkey) may be used in designated areas.

Facilities: None. Overnight parking with trailers allowed in designated parking lots.

Collins Lake Recreation Area - Privately operated campgrounds where fishing, RV hookups, hot showers, laundry and a general store are available. For entry hours and campground info call 1-800-286-0576 or visit www.collinslake.com.

Motels are located in Marysville and Yuba City. Contact the Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce at (530) 743-6501 for motel information.

PLEASE NOTE: Area regulations are subject to change. Special restrictions on recreational uses, hunt days and methods of take are listed in the current year's issue of Hunting and Other Public Uses on State and Federal Areas, available at DFG offices and places where licenses are sold.

AREA: Daugherty Hill Wildlife Area (DFG)

COUNTY: Yuba

QUAIL SPECIES: California quail

OTHER UPLAND GAME: Wild turkey, mourning dove, tree squirrel, black-tailed jackrabbit, cottontail rabbit and band-tailed pigeon.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: 6,315 acres of blue oak woodland

TOPOGRAPHY: Rolling hills

ACCESS: From Highway 70 (Ellis Lake) in Marysville, go east on Hwy. 20 about 11.5 miles and turn left on Marysville Road; proceed 8.5 miles east on Marysville Road and turn right on Dolan Harding Road to parking lot 2 and 1 mile to parking lot 1. Lots 3-6 are ahead on Marysville Road to Loma Rica Road, Los Verjeles Road and Collins Lake Road.

SPECIAL REGULATIONS: Consult Hunting and Other Public Uses on State and Federal Areas for specific regulations. Open for hunting from July 1 through January 31 and the spring turkey season. Turkey hunting reservation required for the first nine days of the spring season, then open every day without a reservation.

MAP FOR AREA: Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Area map.

COMMENTS: Quail abundance is good and hunting pressure is moderate. Overnight parking allowed in the 6 parking lots.NEARBY FACILITIES: Contact the Rancho Cordova DFG Regional Office for information on the spring turkey hunt reservation drawing.

INFORMATION:

California Department of Fish and Game

Sacramento Valley-Central Sierra Region

1701 Nimbus Road, Suite A

Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

(916) 358-2900

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Fremont Weir Wildlife Area - Sutter & Yolo Counties

fishingwaterfowlDeer Hunting AllowedWildlife ViewingQuail huntingPheasant huntinghunting with Shotgun allowedTurkey huntingBow huntingThe symbols above are activities permitted on this Wildlife Area. Click for more info.

Location: From Knights Landing: Approximately 4.6 miles southeast of Highway 113 in Knights Landing on Roads 116 and 116B, turn left on Road 116A for 0.6 miles to the parking lot.

Maps: Directional Map (PDF)  Topographic Map (PDF)    

Area Regulations:

  • No rifles or pistols may be used or possessed.
  • Camping and trailers are not allowed.

Access from Sacramento: Travel I-5 north toward Woodland. About 5.5 miles after crossing the Sacramento River, turn right or north toward Knights Landing on Road 102 (or E8). Travel north from I5 for 5 miles on Road 102 and turn right (east) on Road 16 for 2.8 miles to Road 116B. Veer left on Road 116B for 0.9 miles and turn right on Road 116A for 0.6 miles to the parking lot.

Access from Woodland: Travel I-5 south toward Sacramento 1-2 miles and turn north toward Knights Landing on Road 102 (or E8). Travel north from I5 for 5 miles on Road 102 and turn right (east) on Road 16 for 2.8 miles to Road 116B. Veer left on Road 116B for 0.9 miles and turn right on Road 116A for 0.6 miles to the parking lot.

Description: The area is a floodway. When the water level in the Sacramento River reaches a high level, the water flows over the Fremont Weir into the Yolo Bypass. It consists of1,461 acres of tall weedy vegetation, brush, valley oaks, willows and cottonwood trees. Pheasant, valley quail and waterfowl are found here.

WARNING: DO NOT ENTER THIS WILDLIFE AREA WHEN THE RIVER IS RISING OR WATER IS FLOWING ACROSS THE FIELDS

Recreational Use: Type C Wildlife Area - no permits, passes, or reservations are required.

  • Fishing, birdwatching, and wildlife viewing are permitted.

Hunting: Allowed daily from July 1 through January 31 for all legal species, and during the spring turkey season, when only turkeys may be taken.

  • Pheasant: Population is good
  • Waterfowl: Best hunting is late in the season if there has been enough rain to fill the low areas.
  • Mourning dove, cottontail and jackrabbits: Scattered throughout the area.
  • Deer (Zone D-4), quail, and wild turkey - Populations are fair.

Facilities: None

PLEASE NOTE: Area regulations are subject to change. Special restrictions on recreational uses, hunt days and methods of take are listed in the current year's issue of Hunting and Other Public Uses on State and Federal Areas, available at DFG offices and places where licenses are sold.

AREA: Fremont Weir Wildlife Area (DFG)

COUNTY: Yolo

QUAIL SPECIES: California quail

OTHER UPLAND GAME: Mourning dove and ring-necked pheasant

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: 212 acres of riparian woodland and meadows

TOPOGRAPHY: Flat

ACCESS: Approximately three miles southeast of Knights Landing off County Road 116.

SPECIAL REGULATIONS: Consult Hunting and Other Public Uses on State and Federal Areas for specific regulations.

MAP FOR AREA: DFG wildlife area map. 

USGS quad map: Knights Landing.

COMMENTS: Quail can be found throughout the area. Coveys are centered around the areas with good cover.

INFORMATION:

California Department of Fish and Game

1701 Nimbus Road

Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

(916) 358-2900

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