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Hunting in California: Top Spots for Hunting in the Golden State

By    |   Friday, 22 May 2015 08:33 PM

Hunting in California is popular in all areas of the state, but finding the right spot to set up your stake is the key to success. Several area guides are available for hunters to consult, including the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website.

Hunting in California can be conducted in pursuit of deer, waterfowl, pheasants, bears, pigs, and small mammals. Areas are specific to the type of hunting, and there are many great spots for hunting deer and fowl in California.

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Public Lands for deer hunting are plentiful, especially in northern California, deer hunters should check out these top spots.
  1. The Cache Creek Wilderness area includes more than 70,000 acres. The area is about 25 miles west of Williams, near the 5 Freeway and Interstate 20.
  2. Jackson State Forest, with 48,000 acres, is located on Highway 20 near Fort Bragg.
  3. Mendocino National Forest is located in the Coastal Mountain Range, along the Pacific Coast from San Francisco to northern Humboldt County. More than 900,000 forest acres are open to the public.
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Duck and geese hunters will have success near grasslands and refuges. Central California spots include:
  1. China Island Wildlife Refuge near the San Joaquin River. The site features planted checks, and some are flooded. Others are left dry to attract pheasants.
  2. Freitas National Wildlife Refuge is isolated and can only be accessed by boat. Hunting is on Salt Slough only. Take Highway 165 to reach the refuge.
  3. San Luis National Wildlife Refuge is south of West Bear Creek. Early risers can claim existing blinds and hunters will appreciate the large ponds and marshlands.
Of course, every hunter has his or her favorite local spots, but visitors should research their intended area by checking with state fish and game websites and contacting local hunt clubs for advice. California offers good spots in every county, so plan your season and get ready for a great experience. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife manages over a million acres, offering opportunities for hunting, fishing, and nature walks.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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