The Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) is offering a draw for an apprentice deer hunt on the Chimineas Unit of the Carrizo Plain Ecological Reserve. The two-day hunt, which is being offered in cooperation with the California Deer Association (CDA), will be held on September 14-15 on the 30,000-acre reserve in San Luis Obispo County. Mandatory hunter orientation will be held in the evening on Friday, September 13. Overnight lodging will be available at the main ranch house on the ecological reserve on both Friday and Saturday nights.

100% of the juniors selected for this hunt in the past have harvested a nice buck.

Three apprentice hunters will be chosen by lottery. Selected apprentice hunters must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will receive classroom, range and field training in gun handling techniques and safety, deer hunting and game care. Hunts will be led by CDA volunteers. CDA will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, as well as breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

Applicants must submit a postcard with the hunter’s name, address, telephone number and 2013-2014 junior hunting license number to: Chimineas Apprentice Deer Hunt, Department of Fish and Game, 3196 South Higuera St., Suite A, San Luis Obispo, 93401.

Applications must be received in the office by 5 p.m. on July 26. Late or incomplete applications will not be entered in the draw. Successful applicants will be notified by phone and will receive additional information, including maps and special regulations, prior to the hunt.

Logo courtesy California Deer Association

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