Junior Pheasant Hunts

Permits for two special pheasant hunts (J-18) for junior hunters will be issued by drawing. To be eligible, youths must have successfully completed a hunter education course and possess a valid California Junior Hunting License. The junior pheasant hunt events will be located south of the City of Sonoma at the Valley of the Moon Trap Club and on the Department's Ringstrom Bay Unit of the Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area. Additional activities will include wildlife management and safety talks, shotgun patterning, and practice shooting at the trap range. There will be a barbecue lunch provided between the morning and afternoon events. This event is possible through the Department's Gamebird Heritage Program and the generous contributions by The Valley of the Moon Trap Club and our many volunteers. The event times are scheduled as follows:
  • A.M. Hunt November 16, 2002, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • P.M. Hunt November 16, 2002, 1:00 p.m. to 4:55 p.m.

Junior hunters interested in a permit must apply in writing on a standard Postal Service size postcard listing their:

Mailing Address
Telephone Number
2002-2003 Junior Hunting License Number
Name of Adult Chaperone
Desired Hunt (A.M. or P.M.)
Second Choice

If the first choice has been filled, applicants will be assigned to their second choice (if another choice is indicated and it has not been filled). Two junior hunters may apply as a group if complete information for each hunter is included.

Submit written applications (standard postcard) to: Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area, Junior Pheasant Hunt, Department of Fish and Game, P. O. Box 47, Yountville, CA 94599. All applications must be received by November 5, 2002. A total of 20 permits will be available for the Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area hunts. All successful applicants will be notified by mail.

Hunts will be limited to 10 youths for each of the Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area hunts. A nonhunting, 18 years of age or older, adult is required to accompany and supervise the junior hunters. An experienced chaperone can be provided upon request.

Any vacancies after the drawing will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis through the receipt of applications. Questions concerning these special youth pheasant hunts should be directed to Larry Wyckoff with the Department of Fish and Game at (707) 944-5542.

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