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
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Gray Lodge Wildlife Area - Butte County (DFG LINK)
Monday, September 29, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Monday, July 7, 2014
This was the first time I have ever been to the lake. A colleague from my work recommended we go there after work. Supposedly there are carp, catfish, bass, bluegill and trout. According to the DFG they stock it with trout and catfish. We did see numerous large fish jumping, but I am not sure if they were bass or trout. There are no restrooms there so keep that in mind if you decide to go there. We tried hotdog, bread, powerbait, and chicken liver as bait and only got a few nibbles on the hotdog and chicken liver I put in a crawfish trap to see what sort of fish were in there, I did manage to catch three crayfish and one small bluegill, as well as one minnow which was so small I was unable to identify it. I will definitely come back another time and will bring worms with me because I feel that would be the best bait there. I am sure there are some large fish 10+ pounds in there. http://www.dfg.ca.gov/fishinginthecity/sf/gofish-southeast.html http://www.dfg.ca.gov/fishinginthecity/sf/gofish-southeast.html