Apprentice Duck Hunts At Grizzly Island Wildlife Area of California

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The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) announces two special apprentice duck hunts at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area. On Saturday, Dec. 13 and Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008, spaced blinds on Pond 11 and Crescent Unit of the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area will be available only for apprentice hunt participants and will be closed to the general public. The hunts are available to junior hunting license holders.

An adult chaperone (18 years of age or older) is required to accompany and supervise each junior hunter. The adult may hunt with the junior hunter and must possess the required 2008-09 California hunting license and state and federal waterfowl stamps. Sixteen-year-old junior license holders must have a federal waterfowl stamp to hunt waterfowl. All available blinds can accommodate two people, the junior hunter and his or her adult chaperone. Non-toxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is required for waterfowl hunting. A minimum of one dozen duck decoys are required at all blind sites and chest waders are recommended.

To apply for a reservation, please use a standard post card and send it as follows:

Each hunter may apply only once and for only one date. Application cards must be received by close of business on Nov. 25, 2008. Junior hunt reservations will be filled by a random drawing conducted on Nov. 26. There will be 16 reservations issued for each date. All successful applicants will be notified by mail. The Grizzly Island Wildlife Area will also accept junior hunters on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the hunt to use the free roam areas and to fill any no-shows.

DFG encourages use of the West Family Unit, which is available only to junior hunters. Hunt days are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the open season. The gate will open approximately two hours before shoot time. An adult chaperone is required and four double blinds are available. The unit is north of Benicia on Goodyear Rd. From Highway 680 take the Marshview Road exit and turn right onto Goodyear Rd. from the off-ramp. The hunt area will be on the left.