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Cañada de los Osos Apprentice Junior Hunts

A non-fee hunt

CDFW is pleased to provide limited-permit apprentice deer, pig and upland game bird hunting opportunities for junior license holders at Cañada de los Osos Ecological Reserve near Gilroy. The hunts are conducted in coordination with volunteers from the Friends of Cañada de los Osos.

Hunts are scheduled throughout the year and applicants may only apply with the on-line registration link at the bottom of this page. Paper or any other electronic applications are no longer accepted. Due to the high demand, hunters who are unable to attend the hunt for which they are drawn must notify our office within 5 days of being notified that they were successfully drawn. Please only apply for hunt dates you can attend.

Successful applicants will be assigned a volunteer from the Friends of Cañada de los Osos who will act as their guide for the duration of the hunt. Successful applicants must also be accompanied by an adult (age 18 or older) chaperone at all times. Due to the passage of Assembly Bill 711, non-lead ammunition is required for all hunts.

Individuals interested in applying must use the online registration by the appropriate due dates listed below. Hunt applications will become available approximately 45 days prior to their due date. Successful applicants will be selected by random drawing and notified at least two weeks prior to the hunt date.

Hunt Dates

Species Hunt Date Application Start Date Application Due Date
Spring Turkey I April 22-23, 2017 January 18, 2017 February 17, 2017
Spring Turkey II May 6-7, 2017 January 18, 2017 February 17, 2017
Deer Sept. 9-10, 2017 July 12, 2017 August 26, 2017
Pig Oct. 7-8, 2017 August 9, 2017 Sept. 23, 2017

Application Instructions

  1. If you have not already done so, link opens in new windowcreate a CDFW web account. Once you have an account...
  2. Go to the link opens in new windowApprentice Hunts Application page, and Login as a registered user.
  3. Click Select and Register for Hunts
  4. Follow the instructions through the rest of the application process.


Do not include non-hunters on your application.

Online Apprentice Hunts Application

Bay Delta Region (Region 3)
Regional Manager: Scott Wilson
Main Office: 7329 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558 | (707) 944-5500
Stockton Office: 2109 Arch Airport Rd, Stockton, CA 95206 | (209) 234-3420
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Wild turkeys at Cañada de los Osos