Saturday, January 31, 2015

Joice Island Drawing Closes Soon.

The Joice Island Lottery pig hunt is a great place to go hunting, with relatively high success rates in good terrain. I killed my first pig here as an apprentice hunter in 2007. The drawing closes in less than two weeks.

I would highly recommend that all apply because it is a great place to hunt. It is located in the delta and you do hunt a wetland area. There are lots of pigs here. The best way to hunt them is to push through the reeds and flush the pigs out. Or at least this is how I did it in the past and it worked well for me.

There are 7 weekend hunts available, with the first being for junior hunters and the last 6 for regular hunters. It is shotgun/archery only. With a limit of three hunters per weekend.

Link to DFW Website for more info HERE

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pacifica Pier Fishing Report 11-10-14

I went to the pier tonight from about 6 pm to 10 pm. I had not been to the pier in a while and it was nice to see the improvements the city has made to the pier. They fixed all of the lights and replaced them with led's so the length of the pier is no well illuminated. There are also no more of the rusty metal plates on the walkway.

As for the fishing, it seems Dungeness season is off to a slow start. Between my brother and I we did not catch a single crab using 3 fishing poles with snares and one crab cage. There were other people who caught some, but no one had more than 2 or three keepers, however most people did not have any keepers. There was one gentleman there who caught 2 small soles and seemed to have been catching them all day.

Hopefully crabbing will be better next time I go. But it is nice to see that they have made some nice improvements to the pier.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area 9/19-9/21 2014

I went deer hunting at Gray Lodge wildlife area last weekend (first time ever going there). I was repeatedly pleasantly surprised by how nice the whole place was. There were flush toilets, the roads were very well maintained, and in the main parking lot there was even a microwave you could use.

This place is very well managed. I have never seen so much wildlife in one place. Species I saw included, grouse, pheasant, quail, turkey, deer, red tailed hawks, an owl, a turtle, frogs, bass, egrets, blue herons, crayfish, a kingsnake (see video here) and many other brids

If I were to go deer hunting there again, I would go in a group of at least two, 3-4 would likely be best. This way when flushing out the deer in the reeds you would be more likely to get one. This is really the only good way to deer hunt there. Several hunters did bring tree stands for the few trees which can support one, however they were not used much. Bikes are allowed there so I would recommend bringing one, this way you can cover much more ground.

I saw 11 deer, 10 of which were legal but could not get a good shot at one.
I also did some bass fishing - to see the youtube video click here

Do Not Forget Mosquito Spray/Repellent

IF you have any questions please ask in the comment section, I will answer any questions you have.

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area - Butte County (DFG LINK)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Upland Game bird summary 2014-15

Summary 2014 - 2015 Upland Game Bird Hunting Seasons and Limits Regulation changes for 2014 - 2015 •The late pheasant archery season has been re-established, extending for 28 days after the general pheasant season, and in addition to the early pheasant archery season. •The daily bag limit for mourning and white-winged doves increased to 15 in aggregate of which no more than 10 may be white-winged doves. • Eurasian collared-dove season is open all year, statewide, beginning September 1. • 30 sage-grouse permits have been approved for the North Mono Hunt Zone.