Wildlife Area Regulation 14 CCR Section 552 for Hunting

Wildlife Area Regulation 14 CCR Section 552, including Kern National Wildlife Refuge
14 CCR Section 552

On this page, you’ll find a copy of subsections from California Wildlife Area Regulation 14 CCR Section 552. The Section applies to National Wildlife Refuges the California Department of Fish and Wildlife designates as “wildlife areas” because of it’s involvement with the hunting program. When helpful, we include notes of explanation and links to our pages with definitions and relevant summaries (e.g. Type A Wildlife Areas).

Warning shot!!! Always check the California Code of Regulations’ website for updates to Section 552. Also, see our pages for Section 550, Section 550.5, Section 551, and Section 630 [ecological reserves].


Subections


Public Use Regulations for National Wildlife Refuges That Are Also Designated as Wildlife Areas by the Commission.

(a) The power to control entry on the National Wildlife Refuges that are also designated as wildlife areas in subsections 551(c) and (d) is at the discretion of the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The hunting programs for the “Type A” areas listed below are administered by the department. R equirements in this section for steel or other non-toxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are in accordance with Title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Section 32.2(k), October 1, 2012 edition.


14 CCR Section 552(a)(1)

Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, Type A.

(A) Area Firearms Restrictions: Only shotguns and steel or other nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are permitted. A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field.

(B) Hunt Days: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, and snipe: Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during open seasons. Pheasant: Waterfowl hunt days during the pheasant season.

(C) Authorized Species: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, snipe, and pheasants.

(D) Camping is prohibited, except on the night before each waterfowl shoot day, when camping in a vehicle, motorhome or trailer within the check station parking area is allowed. Tents are prohibited. No person may build or maintain fires, except in portable gas stoves.

(E) Bicycles: Prohibited.

(F) Hunters may enter or exit only at designated locations. Stopping vehicles between designated parking areas to drop off passengers or hunting equipment is prohibited.

(G) Nonreservation Drawing: Nonreservation hunters may enter the drawing for Colusa, Delevan, or Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, but for no more than one of these locations on any single hunt date.


14 CCR Section 552(a)(2)

Delevan National Wildlife Refuge, Type A.

(A) Area Firearms Restrictions: Only shotguns and steel or other nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are permitted. A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field.

(B) Hunt Days: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, and snipe: Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during open seasons. Pheasant: First Monday of pheasant season and on waterfowl hunt days during the pheasant season.

(C) Authorized Species: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, snipe, and pheasants.

(D) Nonreservation Drawing: Nonreservation hunters may enter the drawing for Colusa, Delevan, or Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, but for no more than one of these locations on any single hunt date.

(E) Camping is prohibited, except on the night before each waterfowl shoot day, when camping in a vehicle, motorhome or trailer within the check station parking area is allowed. Tents are prohibited. No person may build or maintain fires, except in portable gas stoves.

(F) Bicycles: Prohibited.

(G) Reservations: Each reservation assures entry of up to four individuals, whether adult hunters, junior hunters, or non-shooters.

(H) Special Restrictions: When assigned hunting sites, hunters shall hunt only within 100 feet of their assigned sites, except to retrieve downed birds. Pheasant hunting is not permitted in the assigned blind area except on the first Monday of the pheasant season.

(I) Hunters may enter or exit only at designated locations. Stopping vehicles between designated parking areas to drop off passengers or hunting equipment is prohibited.


14 CCR Section 552(a)(3)

Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Type A.

(A) Area Firearms Restrictions: Only shotguns and steel or other nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are permitted. A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field.

(B) Hunt Days: Waterfowl, coots, and moorhens: Saturdays and Wednesdays during open seasons. Pheasant: Waterfowl hunt days during the regular pheasant season.

(C) Authorized Species: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, and pheasants. Hunting of common snipe is prohibited.

(D) Camping and Trailers: Prohibited.


14 CCR Section 552(a)(4)

Merced National Wildlife Refuge, Type A.

(A) Area Firearms Restrictions: Only shotguns and steel or other nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are permitted. A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells per day.

(B) Hunt Days: Saturdays and Wednesdays during waterfowl season.

(C) Shooting Hours: Waterfowl shooting hours will be from one-half hour before sunrise until 12:00 noon.

(D) Authorized Species: Waterfowl, coots, and moorhens. Hunting of common snipe is prohibited.

(E) Camping and Trailers: Prohibited.

(F) Bicycles: Allowed.

(G) Reservations: Each reservation assures entry of no more than three persons if three-person blinds are available, or no more than two persons, if two-person blinds are available. All persons entering on the same reservation will receive the same hunt assignment.

(H) Special Restrictions: Hunters must hunt from assigned blinds, except to retrieve downed birds.


14 CCR Section 552(a)(5)

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, Type A.

(A) Area Firearms Restrictions: Only shotguns and steel or other nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are permitted. A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field.

(B) Hunt Days: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, and snipe: Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during open seasons. Pheasants: The first Monday of pheasant season and on waterfowl hunt days during the pheasant season.

(C) Authorized Species: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, snipe, and pheasants.

(D) Nonreservation Drawing: Nonreservation hunters may enter the drawing for either Colusa, Delevan, or Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, but for no more than one of these locations on any single hunt date.

(E) Camping is prohibited, except on the night before each waterfowl shoot day, when camping in a vehicle, motorhome or trailer within the check station parking area is allowed. Tents are prohibited. No person may build or maintain fires, except in portable gas stoves.

(F) Bicycles: Prohibited.

(G) Reservations: Each reservation assures entry of up to four individuals, whether adult hunters, junior hunters, or non-shooters.

(H) Special Restrictions: When assigned hunting sites, hunters shall hunt only within 100 feet of their assigned sites, except to retrieve downed birds. Pheasant hunting is not permitted in the assigned blind area except on the first Monday of the pheasant season.

(I) Hunters may enter or exit only at designated locations. Stopping vehicles between designated parking areas to drop off passengers or hunting equipment is prohibited.


14 CCR Section 552(a)(6)

Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge, Type C.

(A) Units: The refuge includes the La Barranca Unit, Blackberry Island Unit, Mooney Unit, Ohm Unit, Flynn Unit, Heron Island Unit, and Rio Vista Unit (Tehama Co.); Pine Creek Unit, Dead Man’s Reach Unit, North Llano Seco Island 1 & 2 Units, and Llano Seco Riparian Sanctuary Unit (Butte Co.); and McIntosh Landing North and South Units, Capay Unit, Phelan Island Unit, Jacinto Unit, Ord Unit, Ord Bend Unit, South Ord Unit, Hartley Island Unit, Sul Norte Unit, Codora Unit, Packer Unit, Afton Unit, North Drumheller Slough Unit, and Drumheller Slough Unit (Glenn Co.).

(B) Area Firearm Restrictions: Only shotguns and archery equipment are permitted. Ammunition is restricted to only nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service while in the field, except for shotgun slugs when hunting deer. No rifles, crossbows, air guns, or pistols may be used or possessed (see species specific restrictions below). Falconry is prohibited. Target shooting is prohibited.

(C) Hunt Days: Daily during open seasons for authorized species (see authorized species below).

(D) Units open to hunting of authorized species include: La Barranca, Mooney (no waterfowl hunting), Heron Island, Rio Vista, Pine Creek, Capay, Phelan Island, Jacinto, South Ord, Llano Seco Islands 1 & 2, Sul Norte, Afton, North Drumheller Slough, and Drumheller Slough. Refer to Refuge maps and signs for areas open to hunting. All other areas and species are closed to hunting. Commercial guiding is prohibited.

(E) Migratory Game Bird Hunting. Hunting is allowed for goose, duck, coot, moorhen, dove, and snipe on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations subject to the following conditions:

1. Only shotgun hunting is permitted.

2. On Sul Norte and Drumheller Units, firearms must be unloaded before transporting them between parking areas and hunting areas. “Unloaded” means that no ammunition is in the chamber or magazine of the firearm.

3. Waterfowl hunting is not allowed on the Mooney Unit.

4. Ammunition is restricted to only nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service while in the field.

5. Hunting is prohibited within 50 feet (15 m) of any landward boundary adjacent to private property.

6. Hunting is prohibited within 150 yards (135 m) of any occupied dwelling, house, residence, or other building or any barn or other outbuilding used in connection therewith.

7. All units open to public hunting are boat accessible only, except on the Sul Norte and Drumheller Slough Units where access to the hunt area is by foot traffic or boat only. Bicycles or other conveyances are prohibited. Mobility impaired hunters should consult with the refuge manager for allowed conveyances.

8. Fires on the refuge are prohibited, except for portable gas stoves on gravel bars

9. Camping is allowed on gravel bars up to 7 days during any 30-day period. Camping on all other refuge lands is prohibited.

10. The refuge is open for day-use access from 2 hours before legal shoot time until 1 1/2 hours after legal sunset. Access during other hours is allowed on gravel bars only.

11. Dogs must be kept on a leash, except for hunting dogs engaged in authorized hunting activities, and under the immediate control of a licensed hunter or dog handler.

12. Permanent blinds are prohibited. All personal property, including decoys and boats, must be removed by 1 1/2 hours after legal sunset.

13. Cutting or removal of vegetation for blind construction or for making trails is prohibited. Introduction or importation of non-native vegetation is prohibited except as authorized.

(F) Upland Game Hunting. Hunting is allowed for pheasant, turkey, and quail on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations subject to the following conditions:

1. Only shotgun and archery hunting is permitted.

2. The conditions in subsections 552(a)(6)(E)(2) through (E)(12) apply.

(G) Big Game Hunting. Hunting is allowed for black-tailed/mule deer on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations subject to the following conditions:

1. The conditions in subsections 552(a)(6)(E)(2), (E)(4) through (E)(12), and (a)(6)(F)(1) apply.

2. Construction or use of permanent blinds, platforms, ladders or screw-in foot pegs is prohibited.

3. All personal property, including stands, must be removed from the refuge by 1 1/2 hours after legal sunset.

4. Only shotgun, firing single shotgun slugs, and archery hunting is permitted. No rifles, air guns, or pistols may be used or possessed on the refuge.

(H) Sport Fishing. Sport fishing is allowed on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations subject to the following conditions:

1. The conditions in subsections 552(a)(6)(E)(7), (E)(8), (E)(9), and (E)(12) apply.

2. On Packer Lake, due to primitive access, only boats up to 14 feet (4.2 m) and canoes are allowed. Electric motors only.


14 CCR Section 552(a)(7)

San Luis National Wildlife Refuge, Type A.

(A) Area Firearms Restrictions: Only shotguns and steel or other nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are permitted. A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field.

(B) Hunt Days: Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during waterfowl season. Waterfowl hunting is prohibited on the West Bear Creek Unit prior to the third Saturday in November.

(C) Authorized Species: Waterfowl, coots, and moorhens. Hunting for pheasants will be allowed with an entry permit and only in a special zone on the Kesterson Unit on the first Saturday and Sunday of pheasant season and in the San Luis Unit free roam area on waterfowl shoot days for the duration of pheasant season. Pheasant hunting may also be allowed on the first Monday of pheasant season, but only within the spaced blind area of the Kesterson Unit. Snipe hunting is allowed only within the San Luis Unit free roam area, and only on waterfowl shoot days when the area is open to hunting by adult license holders.

(D) Camping and Trailers: Prohibited on the San Luis, Blue Goose, and the west Bear Units.

(E) Bicycles: Allowed.

(F) Reservations: For the Kesterson and Blue Goose units, each reservation assures entry of no more than three persons if three-person blinds are available, or no more than two persons if two-person blinds are available. For the Freitas units (north and south), each reservation assures entry of one boat with up to four persons. All person’s entering on the same reservation will receive the same hunt assignment.

(G) Special Restrictions: Hunters in the Kesterson and Blue Goose units must hunt from assigned blinds, except to retrieve downed birds. Hunters in free roam areas are not restricted to blinds. Access to the Freitas units are by boat only. Maximum boat speed may not exceed 5 mph. Inboard water thrust and air-thrust boats are prohibited. Construction of permanent blinds is prohibited. Cutting or breaking of woody vegetation is prohibited. All blinds and equipment must be removed following each day’s hunt.

(H) Hunters may enter or exit only at designated locations. Stopping vehicles between designated parking areas to drop off passengers or hunting equipment is prohibited.


14 CCR Section 552(a)(8)

Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, Type A.

(A) Area Firearms Restrictions: Only shotguns and steel or other nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are permitted. A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field. Firearms must be unloaded when being transported between parking areas and blind sites.

(B) Hunt days: Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during open seasons.

(C) Authorized Species: Waterfowl, coots, and moorhens.

(D) Camping and Trailers: Prohibited.

(E) Special Restrictions: Hunters in the Hazard Unit shall hunt only from within 100 feet of their assigned blind sites or stakes, except to retrieve downed birds. Hunters in the Union Tract shall hunt only from within their blinds, except to retrieve downed birds.

(F) Blind Limitation: Not more than four individuals may occupy a blind site.


14 CCR Section 552(a)(9)

Sutter National Wildlife Refuge, Type A.

(A) Area Firearms Restrictions: Only shotguns and steel or other nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are permitted. A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field.

(B) Hunt Days: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, and snipe: Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during open seasons. Pheasant: Waterfowl hunt days during the pheasant season.

(C) Authorized Species: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, snipe, and pheasants.

(D) Camping is prohibited, except on the night before each waterfowl shoot day, when camping in a vehicle, motorhome or trailer within the check station partking area is allowed. Tents are prohibited. No person may build or maintain fires, except in portable gas stoves.

(E) Bicycles: Prohibited.

(F) Hunters may enter or exit only at designated locations. Stopping vehicles between designated parking areas to drop off passengers or hunting equipment is prohibited.