CDFG Reduces Hunting Opportunity for Pheasants

Looks like CDFG’s budget issues have impacted pheasant hunting opportunity. The biggest losers will be those who enjoyed pheasant hunting in the closed zones at Sacramento NWR and Gray Lodge WA on the first Mondays and Tuesdays of the pheasant season. With an improved hatch last spring, there could still be a few roosters to be had, but it will be tough.

California Department of Fish and Game News Release
Nov. 3, 2010


Brad Burkholder, DFG Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-1829 
                 Jordan Traverso, DFG Communications, (916) 654-9937

DFG Announces Changes to 2010 Pheasant Season Operations

California pheasant, dove and fall turkey seasons will open November 13. The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) announced today that based on a cost-benefit analysis, the only days open for pheasant hunting on DFG Type A Wildlife Areas will be Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays.

Over the past several years, DFG had opened its Wildlife Areas to pheasant hunting on days other than the traditional Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays. In evaluating these opportunities, DFG has concluded it is not cost effective to maintain these non-traditional shoot days for the 2010 season on Type A and Type B Wildlife Areas. 

DFG makes every effort to provide hunter opportunities. This decision is the result of several factors which include budget constraints, cost of department staffing, declining pheasant harvest on public areas, increased length of the pheasant season in recent years and decline in demand for the opportunities on these non-traditional shoot days. As a result, DFG has determined it will be more cost effective to direct these resources to habitat management and improving future opportunities. 

Hunter opportunities on Type C Wildlife Areas will remain open as normal but the Type A and Type B Wildlife Areas will be limited to only the Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays for the 2010 pheasant season. Reports and publications on pheasant can be found at A list of Wildlife Areas can be found at DFGs website ( or in the current Waterfowl and Upland Game Hunting Regulations booklet. 

For more information on specific hunting opportunities, hunters should contact their regional DFG office (

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