The Waterfowl Zone in which you are hunting determines the seasons, bag limits, and possession limits. One of the zones has several Special Management Areas. On this page, we’ll cover special rules when hunting within the Sacramento Valley Special Management Area (SMA).
The Sacramento Valley SMA has special rules for managing White-Fronted Geese, also known as speckle bellies. See “Seasons” below.
The legal boundaries of the Sacramento Valley SMA are listed below. See 14 CCR § 502(b)(6)(C).
Beginning at the town of Willows; south on Interstate 5 to the junction with Hahn Road; east on Hahn Road and the Grimes-Arbuckle Road to the town of Grimes; north on Highway 45 to its junction with Highway 162; north on Highway 45-162 to the town of Glenn; west on Highway 162 to the point of beginning.
Daily Bag and Possession Limits
In general, daily bag and possession limits are the same the regular seasons for Ducks and Geese in the Balance of State Waterfowl Zone. However, the daily bag limit for white-fronted geese is three. The possession limit is triple the daily bag limit. See 14 CCR § 502(d)(5)(C).
In general, waterfowl seasons in the Sacramento Valley SMA are the same as for Ducks and Geese in the Balance of State Waterfowl Zone. However, the season for white-fronted geese opens on October 22, but closes early on December 21, 2016. There is no late season for white-fronted geese in the Sacramento Valley SMA.
The Sacramento Valley Special Management Area is located within the Balance of State Waterfowl Zone.
There are several Wildlife Areas, including three National Wildlife Refuges, located within the Sacramento Valley Special Management Area. Follow the links below for a summary of local rules and procedures. (For other hunting areas in or near the SMA, see our custom map below.)