Upland Game Wild Bird Hunts

Upland Game Wild Bird hunts are specially managed hunting opportunities on private and public lands for upland game birds including; pheasant, chukar, quail, wild turkey and dove. Hunters must be successfully drawn through the ALDS random drawing application to participate. To apply hunters must have a valid California hunting license. Adult hunters must also purchase an Upland Game Bird Stamp to hunt upland game birds.

  • Deadline to apply to these hunts is approximately 21 days prior to the season opener for the species.
  • The application period will open approximately 51 days prior to the season opener for the species.
  • A single drawing will be conducted within 5 business days of the application deadline.
  • To apply for these hunts, please visit our link opens in new windowinternet sales, sign into your account, select the “Purchase Licenses” link and select “2019 – Hunting” from the menu on the left side of the page. Application may also be purchased at link opens in new windowretail license agents or in person at CDFW License Sales Offices.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by USPS mail once the draw has been completed. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified. Drawing results can be viewed by logging into your ALDS account.
  • All hunters must apply and be drawn through the ALDS to attend a hunt. Only hunters listed on the official roster will be admitted to a hunt.
  • Effective July 1, 2019, nonlead ammunition will be required when taking any wildlife with a firearm anywhere in California.

Hunting opportunities, application deadlines and other hunt information on Upland Game Wild Bird Hunts are listed under the “game bird” tabs below.

 

 

 

First Half: September 1 - 15, 2019

North Chimineas Ranch Family Upland Hunt, Carrizo Plains ER, San Luis Obispo County - September 7, 2019 (1203)

North Chimineas Ranch Family Upland Hunt, Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve, San Luis Obispo Co. Open to dove, rabbit and a potential for wild pig hunting (further information will be given to successful applicants). This hunt will accommodate 60 hunters. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

North Chimineas Ranch Mobility Impaired Upland Hunt, Carrizo Plains ER, San Luis Obispo County - September 7, 2019 (9203)

North Chimineas Ranch Mobility Impaired Upland Hunt, Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve, San Luis Obispo Co. Open for dove, rabbit and a potential for Wild Pig hunting (further information will be provided to successful applicants). This hunt will accommodate 3 Mobility Impaired hunters and their parties. All applicants must possess a valid California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess a valid upland game bird stamp. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters and a total quota of 9 hunters. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

Consumnes River Preserve Hunt, Arno Road Unit, Sacramento County - September 1, 2019 (1302)

Consumnes River Preserve Hunt, Arno Road Unit, Sacramento Co. The Cosumnes River Preserve is located next to Highway 99 between Elk Grove and Galt. There will be one morning hunt scheduled for opening day. The hunt will be at the Arno Road location and can accommodate 15 hunters (maximum hunt party size is 3 hunters). For additional information, contact CDFW Wildlife Management at (209) 401-8806.

Los Banos Wildlife Area Hunt, Merced County - September 1, 2019 (1401)

Los Banos Wildlife Area Hunt, Merced Co. Area will accommodate 100 hunters total (max party size of 3). Reservations will be taken starting 2 hours before shoot time. Reservations will be void one hour before legal shoot time. After 12 p.m., permits will be issued by self-registration and all the hunting areas are open to general use. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife at (559) 243-4005 ext. 133.

North Grasslands Wildlife Area-China Island Hunt, Merced County - September 1, 2019 (1501)

North Grasslands Wildlife Area-China Island Hunt, Merced Co. This hunt will accommodate 40 hunters (maximum party size of 3). A permit will be required for the morning hunt. Permits will be issued at the China Island Area main parking lot starting with reservations 2 hours before shoot time. Reservations will be void 1 hour before shoot time. Any spots available after reservations expire will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

North Grasslands Wildlife Area, Salt Slough Unit, Merced County - September 1, 2019 (1601)

North Grasslands Wildlife Area, Salt Slough Unit, Merced Co. Area will accommodate 30 hunters (max party size of 3). Permit will be required for the morning hunt. Hunters without a reservation may sign up for a lottery the night before at the Salt Slough check station. Reservations will be taken first, starting 2 hours before shoot time. Any remaining space will be filled from the lottery list. Reservations will be void one hour before legal shoot time. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section at (559) 243-4005, ext.133.

Pilibos Family Dove Hunt, Fresno County - Morning September 1, 2019 (7701)

Pilibos Family Dove Hunt, Fresno Co. Hunt area is located approximately 12 miles west of Mendota adjacent to the California Aqueduct. This Family hunt will accommodate 25 hunters in the morning. A maximum party size of 3. A permit is required and may be obtained at the check station located in the parking lot. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

Pilibos Junior Required Afternoon Hunt, Fresno County - Afternoon September 1, 2019 (7702)

Pilibos Junior Required Afternoon Hunt, Fresno Co. Hunt area is located approximately 12 miles west of Mendota adjacent to the California Aqueduct. This afternoon hunt is a Junior Required hunt, this means party must include at least one junior hunter. A permit is required and may be obtained at the check station located in the parking lot. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext.133.

Pilibos Family Morning Hunt, Fresno County - Morning September 2, 2019 (1701)

Pilibos Family Morning Hunt, Fresno Co. Hunt area is located approximately 12 miles west of Mendota adjacent to the California Aqueduct. This Family hunt will accommodate 25 hunters in the morning. A maximum party size of 3. A permit is required and may be obtained at the check station located in the parking lot. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext.133.

Pilibos Family Afternoon Hunt, Fresno County - Afternoon September 2, 2019 (1702)

Pilibos Family Afternoon Hunt, Fresno Co. Hunt area is located approximately 12 miles west of Mendota adjacent to the California Aqueduct. This Family hunt will accommodate 25 hunters in the morning. A maximum party size of 3. A permit is required and may be obtained at the check station located in the parking lot. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area - Oak Grove Unit, San Diego County - September 7, 2019 (1903)

San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area-Oak Grove Unit, San Diego Co. Hunt is 6:30 AM to Noon. Hunt area is a sub-unit of San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area. Entrance is located off HWY 79 approximately 1.7 miles South of USFS Oak Grove Campground or 12 miles North of Warner Springs. Hunt will accommodate 24 hunters. Up to 3 hunters may apply in a party. Hunting dogs are allowed but the Department will not be providing any hunting dogs for this hunt. All dogs must remain within the owner's control. For more information or questions, please call (562) 254-8969.

San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area - Oak Grove Unit, San Diego County - September 8, 2019 (1904)

San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area-Oak Grove Unit, San Diego Co. Hunt is 6:30 AM to Noon. Hunt area is a sub-unit of San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area. Entrance is located off HWY 79 approximately 1.7 miles South of USFS Oak Grove Campground or 12 miles North of Warner Springs. Hunt will accommodate 24 hunters. Up to 3 hunters may apply in a party. Hunting dogs are allowed but the Department will not be providing any hunting dogs for this hunt. All dogs must remain within the owner's control. For more information or questions, please call (562) 254-8969.

Second Half: November 9 - December 23, 2019

South Chimineas Ranch Family Upland Hunt, Carrizo Plains ER, San Luis Obispo County - December 7, 2019 (1212)

South Chimineas Ranch Family Upland Hunt, Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve, San Luis Obispo Co. Open to dove, rabbit , quail and a potential for wild pig hunting (further information will be given to successful applicants). This hunt will accommodate 60 hunters. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

South Chimineas Ranch Mobility Impaired Hunt, Carrizo Plains ER, San Luis Obispo County - December 7, 2019 (9212)

South Chimineas Ranch Mobility Impaired Hunt, Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve, San Luis Obispo Co. Open to dove, rabbit, quail and a potential for wild pig hunting (further information will be given to successful applicants). This hunt will accommodate 60 hunters. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Junior Only Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - October 19, 2019 (1710)

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.
 
Hunt will take place on October 19, 2019 at 6:30 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters. All applicants must possess a valid California hunting license. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

 

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Family Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - October 20, 2019 (1010)

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.
 
Hunt is on October 20, 2019 at 6:30 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters.  Applicants must possess a California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess an upland game bird stamp.  For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

 

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Junior Required Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - December 7, 2019 (1720)

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.
 
Hunt is on December 7, 2019 at 6:20 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters, with at least 1 junior hunter in the party. All applicants must possess a California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess a upland game bird stamp.  For additional information, contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

 

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Family Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - December 8, 2019 (1020)

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.
 
Hunt is on  December 8, 2019 at 6:20 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters.  Applicants must possess a California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess an upland game bird stamp.  For additional information, contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Family Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - January 11, 2020 (1030)

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.
 
Hunt is on  January 11, 2020 at 6:30 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters.  Applicants must possess a California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess an upland game bird stamp. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

 

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Family Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - January 12, 2020 (1040)

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.
 
Hunt is on January 12, 2020 at 6:30 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters.  Applicants must possess a California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess an upland game bird stamp. For additional information, contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.
 
 

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Junior Only Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - October 19, 2019 (1710)

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve, Kern Co. - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.

Hunt will take place on October 19, 2019 at 6:30 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters. All applicants must possess a valid California hunting license.  For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

 

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Family Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - October 20, 2019 (1010)

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve, Kern Co. - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.

Hunt is on October 20, 2019 at 6:30 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters.  Applicants must possess a California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess an upland game bird stamp.  For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

 

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Junior Required Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - December 7, 2019 (1720)

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve, Kern Co. - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.

Hunt is on December 7, 2019 at 6:20 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters, with at least 1 junior hunter in the party. All applicants must possess a California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess a upland game bird stamp.  For additional information, contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

 

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Family Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - December 8, 2019 (1020)

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve, Kern Co. - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.

Hunt is on December 8, 2019 at 6:20 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters.  Applicants must possess a California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess an upland game bird stamp.  For additional information, contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

 

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Family Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - January 11, 2020 (1030)

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve, Kern Co. - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.

Hunt is on January 11, 2020 at 6:30 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters.  Applicants must possess a California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess an upland game bird stamp. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

 

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Family Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - January 12, 2020 (1040)

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve, Kern Co. - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.

Hunt is on January 12, 2020 at 6:30 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters.  Applicants must possess a California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess an upland game bird stamp. For additional information, contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

 

Chimineas Junior Only Quail Hunt, Carrizo Plains ER, San Luis Obispo County - October 26, 2019 (2710)

Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve, San Luis Obispo Co. - Located off Hwy 166, 45 miles east of Santa Maria and 25 miles west of New Cuyama. Parking lot and entrance gate are at mile marker 45 on the north side of the highway.

Hunt is on October 26, 2019 8:00 AM. 10 hunters will be drawn.  Maximum hunting party size for this hunt is 3 hunters. This is a challenging hunt and is not recommended for first time hunters. Hunting dogs will be provided for this hunt. All applicants must possess a valid California hunting license. For additional information, contact the CDFW Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

 

Chimineas Mobility Impaired Upland Game Hunt, Carrizo Plains ER, San Luis Obispo County - January 4, 2020 (2910)

Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve, San Luis Obispo Co. - Located off Hwy 166, 45 miles east of Santa Maria and 25 miles west of New Cuyama. Parking lot and entrance gate are at mile marker 45 on the north side of the highway.

Hunt is on January 4, 2020 at 7:00 AM. Open to Quail and Rabbit hunting. Further information will be given to successful applicants. 9 hunters will be drawn. Max hunt party size of 3 hunters. Applicants must possess a California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess an upland game bird stamp.  For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

 

Chimineas  Upland Game Hunt, Carrizo Plains ER, San Luis Obispo County - January 4, 2020 (2010)

Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve, San Luis Obispo Co. - Located off Hwy 166, 45 miles east of Santa Maria and 25 miles west of New Cuyama. Parking lot and entrance gate are at mile marker 45 on the north side of the highway.

Hunt is on January 4, 2020 at 7:00 AM. Open to Quail and Rabbit hunting (further information will be given to successful applicants). 60 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters.  All applicants must possess a valid California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess a valid upland game bird stamp. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (55) 243-4005, ext. 133

 

Peace Valley Quail Hunt, Los Angeles County - January 11, 2020 (3010)

Peace Valley - Department of Water Resources - Quail Lake Detention Dam Area, Los Angeles Co. - Located approximately 7 miles South of Gorman, off Quail Lake Road at Hwy 138 and Interstate 5 connection.

Hunt is on January 11, 2020 7:00 AM – Noon. 12 hunters will be drawn. Maximum party size of 3 hunters. All hunters must be on the application at time of submittal. Hunting dogs are allowed and must remain in the immediate control of the hunter at all times.  Applicants must have a California hunting license. Adult hunters must have an upland game bird stamp. For additional information, contact the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Mgmt. section, at (562) 254-8969.

 

San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area - Oak Grove Unit Hunt, San Diego County - October 19, 2019 (4010)

San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area - Oak Grove Unit Hunt, San Diego Co. - This location is a sub-unit of San Felipe Valley Wildlfie Area, located 1.7 miles South of Cleveland National Forest Oak Grove Camp Ground on Highway 79. Traveling from San Diego the entrance is approximately 12 miles North of Warner Springs. This hunt will accommodate 24 hunters. Applicants may apply in parties up to 3 hunters per party. All hunters must be on application at time of submittal.  Hunting dogs are allowed. All dogs must remain in the immediate control of the hunter at all times. For further questions please contact the Region 5 Wildlife Management section at (562)254-8969.


San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area - Oak Grove Unit Hunt, San Diego County - October 20, 2019 (4011)

San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area - Oak Grove Unit Hunt, San Diego Co. - This location is a sub-unit of San Felipe Valley Wildlfie Area, located 1.7 miles South of Cleveland National Forest Oak Grove Camp Ground on Highway 79. Traveling from San Diego the entrance is approximately 12 miles North of Warner Springs. This hunt will accommodate 24 hunters. Applicants may apply in parties up to 3 hunters per party. All hunters must be on application at time of submittal.  Hunting dogs are allowed. All dogs must remain in the immediate control of the hunter at all times. For further questions please contact the Region 5 Wildlife Management section at (562)254-8969.


San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area - Oak Grove Unit Hunt, San Diego County - January 4, 2020 (4020)

San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area - Oak Grove Unit Hunt, San Diego Co. - This location is a sub-unit of San Felipe Valley Wildlfie Area, located 1.7 miles South of Cleveland National Forest Oak Grove Camp Ground on Highway 79. Traveling from San Diego the entrance is approximately 12 miles North of Warner Springs. This hunt will accommodate 24 hunters. Applicants may apply in parties up to 3 hunters per party.  Hunting dogs are allowed. All dogs must remain in the immediate control of the hunter at all times. For further questions please contact the Region 5 Wildlife Management section at (562)254-8969.

 
 

 

 

 

General Drawing Information

  • A non-refundable $2.42 application fee will be charged for each application.
  • Hunters may submit one application for each drawing with up to 3 hunt choices in their order of preference.
  • Permits are issued by a random draw.
  • All hunters must apply and be drawn through the ALDS to attend a hunt. Only hunters listed on the official roster will be admitted to a hunt.

Applications

Applications may be purchased:

Online Hunt Application Instructions

To apply, go to the link opens in new windowLicense Sales and Service website and follow these instructions:

If joining an existing party, scroll down for instructions.

If applying alone or starting a party application:

  1. Log on.
  2. Click "Purchase License".
  3. Click "2019 Hunting" (under menu on the left side).
  4. Scroll down to "Drawings", and click on "2019 (Bird) Hunt Drawing Application" (right side).
  5. Click  add button, which will take you to the Party Selection page.
    • If applying alone or the first person in the party to apply, click "Create New Party / Apply Alone", which will open the hunt selections.
    • Select up to 3 hunt choices, in your order of preference, and click "submit." A confirmation page will show your choices.
    • If joining an existing party, enter the party number (from link opens in new tab or windowparty leader's receipt (PDF)) and click "Join Party". A confirmation page will show your party's choices.
  6. Review the information on the confirmation page and if correct, click "Submit".
  7. Check out.

If joining an existing party:

  1. Additional party members may join your party at the same time by clicking on the green "Add Customer" tab at the very top of the page.
  2. Click "Start"
  3. Log in next party member
  • Deadline to apply to these hunts is 21 days prior to the season opener.
  • A single drawing will be conducted within 5 business days of the application deadline.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted by USPS mail once the draw has been completed.
  • Successful applicants may access hunt documents by clicking on their link in ALDS under "View my Drawing Applications".
  • Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.
  • Applicants can look up their link opens in new windowdrawing results online approximately one week after the application deadline.

 painting of two plump, brown and white birds among alpine grasses and boulders
2018 Upland Game Bird Stamp art by Jeffrey Klinefelter of Etna Green, Ind.