CDFW Information | California’s 2022 Common Deer Seasons Set to Start

September 14, 2022

California’s 2022 Common Deer Seasons Set to Start

The California Division of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) basic deer season is ready to open in lots of elements of the state Saturday, September 17. Deer season is already underway in California’s A and B4 zones alongside the coast. Hunters are suggested to go to CDFW’s Emergency Closures net web page for data and sources earlier than heading to their favourite searching spots.

Nearly all of California’s basic deer searching zones – B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, D6 and D7 – open Saturday, September 17, together with premium searching zones C1, C2, C3, C4, X9a, X9b and X12 in parts of Siskiyou, Shasta, Tehama, Mono and Inyo counties and surrounding areas. A number of different basic deer searching zones – D3, D4, D5, D8, D9 and D10 – open the next week, on Saturday, September 24, as does premium searching zones X8 and X10 in parts of Alpine and Tulare counties and surrounding areas.

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To enhance the accuracy of deer inhabitants estimates and monitoring, CDFW is transitioning to up to date approaches that make use of current improvements in inhabitants modeling. These fashions enable scientists to mix information from quite a lot of sources to generate estimates of inhabitants processes. Over the previous few years, CDFW has employed quite a few strategies for amassing the information for every of the parameters wanted to suit its fashions. One of many major strategies is to stroll alongside transects, decide up deer scat, ship samples to a lab to sequence the DNA for figuring out particular person deer, after which estimate whole inhabitants dimension primarily based on the frequency that collectors re-encounter scat from the identical particular person over house and time.

The info are presently being analyzed, however preliminary outcomes recommend that deer density varies throughout the state with a mean of roughly 10 deer per sq. mile within the Sierra Nevada to a mean of roughly 50 deer per sq. mile in Marin County and different areas alongside the coast. Based mostly on reported harvest information and different sources of harvest data, it’s estimated that in 2021, California hunters harvested 31,986 deer with an total hunter success charge of 18.3 %. The general hunter success charge doesn’t embody any measure of searching effort.

Hunters are reminded that deer tag reporting is necessary – even for hunters who’re unsuccessful or those that didn’t have an opportunity to hunt in any respect. CDFW has produced a video on learn how to correctly full, connect and report your deer tag (Video).

As a pleasant reminder, California has phased out using nonlead ammunition for searching. Nonlead ammunition is required for all wildlife harvest with a firearm. Further deer searching data, together with hunt zone descriptions, maps and particular hunts, is accessible at CDFW’s deer searching net web page.

CDFW additionally encourages hunters to take part within the state’s power losing illness (CWD) surveillance program. Cease by a CWD sampling station after harvesting deer or elk in California to have samples taken for testing or ask your native meat processor or taxidermist if they’re collaborating in this system. Whereas CWD doesn’t exist in California, sturdy surveillance permits for early detection and higher choices whether it is detected. Please assist to guard California’s deer and elk populations and searching alternatives.

An inventory of CWD sampling stations will also be discovered on the CDFW web site.

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Media Contact:
Peter Tira, CDFW Communications, (916) 215-3858