The application deadline for a dove and quail hunt in the San Felipe Wildlife Area is approaching quickly and hunters are encouraged to apply immediately. Only 20 hunters will be allowed to participate.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and Upland Game Bird Special Hunts Program manage this unique opportunity to hunt for dove and quail in San Diego County. Please visit https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/DFGSpecialHunts/Default.aspx to view and apply for these special hunts. Applications are due Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m.

The hunt will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, from 6 a.m. to sunset at the Oakgrove unit of the San Felipe Wildlife Area, 25 miles south of the intersection of Interstate 15 and Temecula Parkway (Highway 79), 1.5 miles south of Oakgrove Ranger Station (Highway 79) or 12 miles north of Warner Springs. Selected hunters will have access to the reserve from check-in time to sunset and may hunt in parties up to four people. Use of dogs is optional but dogs much be kept on a leash and in the owner’s immediate control at all times. CDFW will not be providing dogs for the hunt.

All hunters must have a valid 2013 hunting license and the proper hunter safety equipment in order to participate and will be allowed to take a maximum legal limit of birds. CDFW wildlife officers will be on hand to check equipment and ensure compliance with hunting laws and regulations.

For more information about the hunts, please contact Nick Bechtel at (805) 965-3059. For questions regarding application process please call (916) 445-3565.

Logo courtesy California Department of Fish and Wildlife

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