It is common for waterfowl hunting areas to close periodically due to safety concerns caused by flooding. Areas that most commonly experience flood closures are: Sutter National Wildlife Refuge, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Delevan National Wildlife Refuge, Little Dry Creek and Howard Slough. Reservations for State-operated wildlife areas that are closed due to flooding will not be accepted at other hunting areas. Refunds will not be issued for applications submitted to areas that are closed or if reservations are not available. Closed areas may reopen later in the season if safety conditions improve.
Wildlife areas / refuges with closures or reduced hunter quotas:
- Upper Butte
Basin Wildlife Area -
Despite the recent
closure at Little Dry Creek Unit due to interior flooding, the Little Dry Creek
Unit will reopen for hunting on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, but with the possibility
of a reduced hunter quota. Howard Slough Unit will be open with full hunter
quotas. For more information call (530) 982-2169.
- Sutter National
Wildlife Refuge (NWR) -
nine assigned ponds (assigned pond areas 15, 16, and 17) that were recently
closed due to deep water at Sutter NWR will reopen for hunting. Sutter NWR is expected to
be open with full hunter quotas on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.
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