National Hunting and Fishing Day Spotlights California’s Natural Resources
The 37th annual National Hunting and Fishing Day will be recognized this year on September 26. In recognition of this annual tradition, DFG reminds Californians of the many abundant opportunities to enjoy hunting and fishing in the Golden State – and of the important role that hunters and anglers play in the conservation of our natural resources.
“Hunting and fishing are both time-honored American traditions that are shared and treasured by families” said DFG Director Don Koch. “Licensed hunters and anglers who are committed to responsible and ethical practices are helping to preserve these opportunities for generations to come.”
California is the third-largest state in the U.S. and about half of its land is publicly owned. That translates into millions of acres of “huntable” public property. Fishing opportunities also abound in the more than 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, 4,172 lakes and reservoirs and 80 major rivers in California. The state also features more than 1,100 miles of coastline that is home to hundreds of native fish and shellfish species.
DFG regulates hunting and fishing opportunities year-round and ensures that the proceeds from license sales are used to help preserve California’s natural resources. Each year, approximately 300,000 hunting licenses and related stamps, tags and permits are sold, generating more than $20 million for the management, research, monitoring and protection of game and non-game wildlife and related habitat. DFG also sells more than 2,000,000 sport fishing licenses each year, generating more than $62 million. One-third of the revenue generated by these sales is earmarked for DFG’s Hatcheries and Fish Planting Facilities Program; the rest supports fisheries management and protection through the Fish and Game Preservation Fund.
In addition to regulating license sales, DFG offers a wide range of learning opportunities for the novice hunter or angler, to teach responsible practices and encourage newcomers to experience the outdoors.
DFG’s hunting clinics offer instruction for both beginner and veteran hunters year-round. This summer and fall, clinics offered include waterfowl hunting in Riverside and Colusa counties, wild pig hunting in Kern County and upland game hunting in Williams (Northern California) and Peace Valley (Southern California). For more information about DFG’s hunter education program, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered.
DFG’s fishing programs are designed to introduce people to one of the nation’s most popular outdoor sports. The Fishing in the City program provides fishing opportunities for novice anglers living in the Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles metropolitan areas. More information is available at www.dfg.ca.gov/fishinginthecity. And DFG’s California Fishing Passport program introduces anglers of all ages and skill levels to the many species of sport fish in the state. The program challenges anglers to catch the more than 150 of the most commonly caught species of freshwater fish, saltwater fish and shellfish found in California. More information is available at www.fishingpassport.org.
DFG also reminds anglers that it’s now more convenient than ever to buy a sport fishing license. All resident and non-resident licenses, both annual and short-term, and selected stamps can now be purchased online, 24 hours a day, at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ols/intro.html. Fishing licenses are still available for purchase from authorized license agents; the cost is the same whether purchased online or from an agent.
For more information on hunting and fishing, visit www.dfg.ca.gov.