Delevan National Wildlife Refuge

USFWSOn this page, you’ll find:

  1. General information about the Refuge
  2. Authorized activities (e.g. waterfowl hunting)
  3. Summary of general and area-specific rules and regulations for the Refuge and in the Special Management Area
  4. Maps of the hunting area, driving directions, parking lots, ADA blinds, boat access, canal crossings, Sacramento SMA, etc.
  5. Links to our summaries (e.g. regulations for Type A areas, waterfowl zones, seasons and limits for duck and goose hunting)
  6. Links to government webpages (CDFW, the Complex, USFWS, the Refuge)

General Info:

  • Administrator: Cal. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife (“CDFW“)
  • CDFW Region: Region 2 (North Central California)
  • Complex:  Sacramento NWR Complex
  • County: Colusa county
  • Delevan national wildlife refuge in California

    Link to map

    Directions: Google map and directions

  • Owner: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“USFWS“)
  • Phone Number:  530-934-2801
  • Recreational Use: Type A
  • Refuge: Delevan NWR (map)
  • Special Management Area: Sacramento Valley (Google map)
  • Waterfowl zone: Balance of State WF Zone (determines season and limits, which are summarized by CDFW)
  • Website: Delevan NWR

 I. Regulatory Summary

A. General Regulations

California rules and regulations for hunting ducks, geese, scaup, brant, Canada geese, dark geese, snow geese, white-fronted geese, specklebellies, white geese, and migratory game birds on national wildlife refuges, California wildlife areas, and California ecological reserves

Waterfowl hunting

Delevan is one of ten National Wildlife Refuges operated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  There are both federal and State rules and regulations that apply generally to this Refuge, which are summarized in a separate page:

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B. Refuge-Specific Regulations

California rules and regulations for the use of boats while on national wildlife refuges, California state wildlife areas, and California ecological reserves while hunting for ducks and geese (scaup, brant, Canada geese, dark geese, snow geese, white-fronted geese, specklebellies, white geese); migratory game birds (doves, pigeon, snipe, waterfowl) resident small game birds (grouse, pheasant, ptarmigan, quail, turkey), resident small game (jackrabbit, rabbit, squirrel), big game (antelope, bear, deer, elk, pig, sheep), non-game (coyotes, crow, fox, raccoon) and fishing (bullfrogging, commercial fishing, crayfishing, crawfishing and sport fishing)

CA. Hunting Rules & Regulations

Beginning with Par. II below, you’ll find an alphabetical summary of legal topics that combine Refuge-specific rules and regulations from the following sources:

 Warning shot!!! There may be additional rules located at the Refuge (e.g. check station window, entry permit, information booth, signs, permits, reservations).

II. Authorized Activities

Duck hunting in California

Duck Hunting

Goose hunting in California

Goose Hunting

American Coot hunting in California

Coot Hunting

Moorhen hunting in California

Moorhen Hunting

California rules and regulations for hunting snipe on national wildlife refuge, California wildlife areas, and California ecological reserves

Snipe Hunting

Pheasant hunting in California

Pheasant hunting


III. Waterfowl and Snipe Hunting

Access: only by foot except there is boat access for mobility-impaired hunters to certain blinds (consult refuge manager and see “ADA access” below).

Accidents & injuries: report immediately to the check station or Complex headquarters

ADA access: there are three (3) blind assignments and two (2) boat access points for  mobility-impaired hunters (Google mapWarning shot!!! Follow link from the Complex website to “Process for Mobility-Impaired Hunter Admission”

Alcohol: open containers are NOT allowed

Bag limits: link to summaries of waterfowl seasons and limits for the “Balance of State” Waterfowl Zone.  Warning shot!!!  There are further restrictions in the Sacramento Valley Special Management Area area (see “White-fronted geese” below).

Bicycles: allowed during waterfowl season on roads or levees for transportation between parking lots and hunting areas during the waterfowl season [14 CCR § 551(j)]

Blinds:

      1. Assigned blinds: hunt ONLY within 100 feet of in-ground blind assignment except to place/remove decoys or retrieve downed/crippled birds
      2. Pheasant hunting: NOT allowed from assigned blind sites except on the 1st Monday of pheasant season
      3. Snipe hunting: NOT allowed within spaced blind areas

Camping & tents: NOT allowed

Check Station: (Google map)

      1. Check-in: Bring your CA hunting license, prepaid Type A Pass (1-day,2 -day or season long), free HIP validation, signed federal duck stamp, and California duck stamp validation.  (Juniors are exempt from pass and stamp requirements) Warning shot!!!  Check stations do NO sell any of those items–they are available for purchase them from a CDFW license sales office, a license agent, or online
      2. Check-out: return “kill card” and permit prior to leaving the Refuge no later than one and one-half (1 1/2) hour after shoot time ends
      3. Hours: see below for Lottery, Permits, Reservations, and Waiting list

Decoys: NO electronic or mechanically-operated spinning blade devices or wing decoys prior to December 1st.

Dogs: must be kept on a leash or within vehicle in check station parking areas

Enter/Exit: ONLY at designated locations

Fires: ONLY in portable gas stoves

Hunt areas and capacity: Google map and directions

      1. Capacity: Blinds and Ponds have a combined maximum of 116 persons, including Juniors
      2. Assigned blinds: there are nineteen (19) in-ground, spaced blinds–three of which are for “ADA access” (see above).  Warning shot!!! Hunt ONLY within 100 feet of your blind except to place/remove decoys or retrieve downed birds.  ONLY one party is allowed at each site
      3. Pond Assignments: there are ten (10) ponds with assigned hunting islands. ONLY one part is allowed in Ponds #’s 11, 12A, 17, 19, 20, 21, and 25, and Pond #11 requires at least one junior. Warning shots!!! No hunting from levees
      4. Free roam: maximum capacity of 50 people, including juniors, with two ADA boat access points, and two pit blinds

Hunt map:

Delevan national wildlife refuge in California

Hunt map

Hunt days:  Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesday.  Warning shot!!!  On Saturday, December 14, 2013, all hunting sites are reserved for Junior hunters.  Adult may hunt the free-roam areas

Hunt Results: generally posted online Tuesday and Friday mornings, or call (530)934-7774, ext. 43 after 1 p.m.

Juniors:

      1. Junior-hunt: all blind sites are reserved for juniors on Saturday, December 14, 2013.  Warning shot!!! Adults may hunt the free-roam areas
      2. Junior hunting license: required for juniors under the age of 16 prior to July 1
      3. Parties: adultpermit holders may bring up to two (2) juniors or non hunters, or one of each, so long as they do not exceed the party size of four (4)
      4. Permits: are issued to juniors (a) with a junior hunting license and (b) accompanied by an adult, 18 years of age or older
      5. Pond #11: requires at least one junior
      6. Supervision: while in the field, juniors must be accompanied by an adult, 18 years of age or older
      7. Teens: persons 16 or 17 years of age may hunt by themselves. Ref. 551(h)(2) and CDFW webpage

Lottery: a random drawing is held for non-reservation hunters to establish the order of entry as space becomes available

      1. Check station: register for the drawing between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday for Saturday and Sunday hunts and Tuesday for Wednesday hunts
      2. Choices: you may enter the drawing for EITHER the Sacramento, Delevan, or Colusa Refuges, or you will be disqualified. In addition, you enter the drawing for the Sutter Refuge.
      3. Drawing: a random drawing is held at 8:00 p.m. at the check station on the evening before each hunt day (See “Check station” above) Warning shot!!! NO re-fills after 3:00 p.m.
      4. Juniors: see “Juniors” above
      5. Location: enter the drawing at the check station
      6. Participation: Hunters must be present and respond to checking station staff when their numbers are called
      7. Parties: up to four (4) people, but no more than (2) juniors or non-shooters or one each
      8. Pheasant hunt: see “Pheasant hunting” below
      9. Procedures: posted at the check station and Complex website with links to “Process for Hunter Admission using Reservations/Lottery/First-Come First-Served” and “Process for Entering Lottery and Admission by Lottery, ” e.g. below
      10. Waiting list: see “Waiting list” below

Medical marijuana cards: NOT valid on NWR’s

Migratory game birds: link to our summary of federal regulations for migratory game birds.

Non-hunters: adult hunters may bring up to two (2) non-hunters or juniors, or one of each, so long as they do not exceed the party size of four (4)

Permits: required before entering the hunt area

      1. Check-in: at the check station to obtain a permit  (see “Lottery,” “Reservations” and “Waiting list”)
      2. Check-out: at the check station by one and one-half (1 1/2) hour after shoot time ends, and return permit and “kill card”
      3. Deadline: NO permits are issued after 3:00 p.m.

Reservations:

      1. Applications: available from CDFW and must be submitted at least 17 days before the desired hunt date
      2. Check station: begins issuing to reservation holders in numerical order at least two (2) hours before shoot time
      3. Juniors: see “Juniors” above
      4. Expiration: present to check station at least one (1) hour before shoot time
      5. Parties: each reservation ensures entry of up to four (4) people, but no more than (2) juniors or non-shooters or one each
      6. Procedures: posted at the check station and Complex website with links to “Process for Hunter Admission using Reservations/Lottery/First-Come First-Served
      7. Purge: check station staff will purge all names remaining on the lottery list at 8:00 a.m. and purge all those that do not respond (CDFW news letter, Aug. ed.)

Season: link to our summary of waterfowl seasons and limits in the Balance of State Waterfowl Zone. Warning shot!!!  There are further restrictions in the Sacramento Valley Special Management Area (see “White-fronted geese” below)

Shells: 25 max while in the field

Shoot time: 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset.  Warning shot!!!  Daily shoot times are posted at the check station and in the “Colusa” column of CDFW’s table for Northern Cal.

Shooting: NO shooting from or across access roads, parking areas, or into or from safety zones

Shot:

      1. Size: No shot larger than BB except size T steel
      2. Type: ONLY steel or other non-toxic shot approved by the USFWS

Shotguns: only shotguns–no pistols or rifles

      1. Loading: To remain unloaded until reaching spaced blind areas
      2. Size: No larger than 12 gauge

Snipe: NO hunting within spaced blind area

Vehicles:

      1. No stopping between parking areas
      2. No parking except in designated parking lots
      3. No dropping off passengers
      4. No dropping off equipment

Waiting list: for the “sweat line” is available after reservations and lottery cards are processed and is used to fill any vacancies on a first-come, first-served basis

      1. Registration: sign-in at the check station for a number that will be called in consecutive order after reservations and lottery cards up to 3:00 p.m.
      2. Participation: hunters must be present and respond to checking station staff when their number is called
      3. Procedures: posted at the check station and Complex website with links to “Process for Hunter Admission using Reservations/Lottery/First-Come First-Served

Sacramento Valley special management area in CaliforniaWhite-Fronted Geese (Specklebellies)

      1. Bag limit: 3 per day
      2. Possession limit: 3 times the daily bag limit
      3. Season: October 20 – December 21, 2013
      4. Special Management Area: Sacramento Valley
Pheasant hunting in California

Pheasant hunting

III. Pheasant Hunting

Camping and tents: NOT allowed

Blinds: NOT allowed from assigned blind sites except on the 1st Monday of pheasant season

Dogs: to remain on leash within parking areas

Fires: ONLY in portable gas stoves

Hunt area: ONLY within free roam except see “Special Monday Pheasant Hunt” below

Hunt days: open the first Monday of pheasant season and then on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays during waterfowl season

Shoot hours: 8:00 a.m. to sunset

Shot:

      1. Size: No shot larger than BB except size T steel
      2. Type: ONLY steel or other non-toxic shot approved by the USFWS

Shotguns: only shotguns–no pistols or rifles

      1. Loading: To remain unloaded until reaching spaced blind areas
      2. Size: No larger than 12 gauge

Special Monday Pheasant Hunt: for the opening Monday of  pheasant season, a lottery is held to establish the order of entry

      1. Drawing: held at 4:00 p.m. the day before
      2. Expiration: lottery numbers will be purged at 8:00 a.m. the morning of the hunt
      3. Hunt area and hours: in all hunting areas of the refuge, including blinds, from 8:00 a.m. to sunset.  Warning shots!!! ONLY pheasants may be hunted–NO snipe or waterfowl
      4. Participation: Adults on the back of the lottery card and Junior hunters need NOT be present to receive a lottery number
      5. Procedures: posted at the checking station and will be followed
      6. Register: at the check station on Sunday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
      7. Reservations: NOT available

V. Rules and Regulations

Delevan National Wildlife Refuge

A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We allow hunting of goose, duck, coot, moorhen, and snipe on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations subject to the following conditions:

1. You must unload firearms while transporting them between parking areas and spaced blind areas.

2. We do not allow snipe hunting in the spaced blind areas.

3. We restrict hunters assigned to the spaced blind area to within 100 feet (30 m) of their assigned hunt site except for retrieving downed birds, placing decoys, or traveling to and from the area.

4. Access to the hunt area is by foot traffic only. We do not allow bicycles and other conveyances. Mobility-impaired hunters should consult with the Refuge Manager for allowed conveyances.

5. You may possess no more than 25 shells while in the field.

6. You may possess only approved nontoxic shot while in the field.

7. No person may build or maintain fires, except in portable gas stoves.

8. You may enter or exit only at designated locations.

9. Vehicles may stop only at designated parking areas. We prohibit the dropping of passengers or equipment, or stopping between designated parking areas.

10. We only allow overnight stays in vehicles, motor homes, and trailers at the check station parking area.

11. You must restrain dogs on a leash with- in all designated parking areas (see § 26.21(b) of this chapter).

B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow hunting of pheasant only in the free-roam areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations subject to the following conditions:

1. We do not allow pheasant hunting in the spaced blind area except during a special 1- day-only pheasant hunt on the first Monday after the opening of the State pheasant hunting season.

2. You may possess only approved nontoxic shot while in the field.

3. Access to the hunt area is by foot traffic only. We do not allow bicycles and other conveyances. Mobility-impaired hunters should consult with the Refuge Manager for allowed conveyances.

4. You may possess no more than 25 shells while in the field.

5. No person may build or maintain fires, except in portable gas stoves.

6. You may enter or exit only at designated locations.

7. Vehicles may stop only at designated parking areas. We prohibit the dropping of passengers or equipment, or stopping between designated parking areas.

8. Conditions A10 and A11 apply.

C. Big Game Hunting. [Reserved]

D. Sport Fishing. [Reserved]

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(a) The power to control entry on the federally owned areas listed in subsection 551(a)(2) is at the discretion of the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The following lands owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are open to hunting by the public under control of the California Department of Fish and Game.

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(2) Delevan National Wildlife Refuge.

(A) Area Firearms Restrictions: Shotguns and steel or other nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service only. 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, coot, moorhens, snipe, and pheasants.

(D) Nonreservation Drawing: Nonreservation hunters may enter the drawing for either Colusa, Delevan, or Sacramento, but for not more than one location on any single hunt date.

(E) Camping and tents not allowed. No person may build or maintain fires, except in portable gas stoves.

(F) Bicycles: Not allowed.

(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.


  • California rules and regulations for the use of boats while on national wildlife refuges, California state wildlife areas, and California ecological reserves while hunting for ducks and geese (scaup, brant, Canada geese, dark geese, snow geese, white-fronted geese, specklebellies, white geese); migratory game birds (doves, pigeon, snipe, waterfowl) resident small game birds (grouse, pheasant, ptarmigan, quail, turkey), resident small game (jackrabbit, rabbit, squirrel), big game (antelope, bear, deer, elk, pig, sheep), non-game (coyotes, crow, fox, raccoon) and fishing (bullfrogging, commercial fishing, crayfishing, crawfishing and sport fishing)

    CA. Hunting Rules & Regulations

    CDFW’s Hunting Regulations Booklet

2013-2014 Waterfowl and Upland Game Hunting & Department Lands Public Use Regulations

§552. REGULATIONS FOR NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES WHERE HUNTING PROGRAMS ARE ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME.

Note: In addition to the following State regulations, Federal regulations prohibit littering and the possession of alcohol while hunting on national wildlife refuges. The consumption or possession of an open container of alcohol, within public areas of the refuges, is prohibited. Medical marijuana cards are not valid on National Wildlife Refuges.

(a) The power to control entry on the federally owned areas listed in subsection 551(a)(2) is at the discretion of the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The following lands owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are open to hunting by the public under control of the California Department of Fish and Game.

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(2) Delevan National Wildlife Refuge.

Type A area

NOTE: On Saturday, December 14, 2013 all hunting sites are reserved for junior hunters. Adult hunters may use the free-roam areas, (contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at (530) 934- 2801 for information).

Location and Access: Approximately 5 miles east of Maxwell. Traveling on Interstate 5, turn east at the town of Maxwell on Maxwell Road and proceed approximately 3-3/4 miles to graveled Four Mile Road, proceed north two miles to checking station. From Colusa, the area is reached by traveling north on Highway 45 five miles, then west on the Maxwell

Road 4 miles to graveled Four Mile Road. Proceed north 2 miles to checking station. Caution: Chest waders are highly recommended.  Reservations: Available during the waterfowl and pheasant seasons.

Checking Station: During waterfowl season, the checking station will be open at least two hours before shooting time and begin issuing permits, in numerical order, to reservation holders. Reservations must be presented at the checking station, for processing, by one hour before waterfowl shooting time. Lottery Drawing: Non-reservation hunters may enter a drawing at the checking station between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on the evening before each hunt day. The drawing results will establish the order of entry permit sales, which fill existing vacancies in the hunter quota. The drawing will be held at 8:00 p.m. Note: Non-reservation hunters may only enter the drawing for one of the following areas: Sacramento, Delevan, or Colusa Refuges, on any hunt date. Additionally, nonreservation hunters may also enter the Sutter Refuge draw. Each non-reservation hunter may not be listed on more than one lottery card, for the same refuge, on any single hunt day. Non-reservation hunters arriving after 8:00 p.m. will be assigned numbers in consecutive order. Hunters must be present, and respond to checking station staff, when their number is called. Parking area gates and checking station will open at 6:00 p.m. the day before each hunt day. Special Monday Pheasant Hunt: Reservations will not be issued for the first Monday of the pheasant season when only pheasants may be hunted in all hunting areas of the refuge. Hunters may register for a drawing on Sunday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. A drawing will be held on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. to establish order of entry. Lottery procedures are posted at the checking station and will be followed. Adults on the back of the lottery card and Junior hunters need not be present to receive a lottery number. Juniors need not be present for a first-come, first-served number. The lottery numbers will be purged at 8:00 am.

Daily Hunter Capacity: 19 blind sites and 10 assigned ponds (Pond) with a maximum capacity of 116, including juniors; and, 50 in the freeroam area, including juniors. Party Size: a party consists of up to 4 people; adult hunters may bring up to 2 juniors or non hunters, or one of each, so long as they do not exceed the party size of 4. Quota: Hunting sites: one party at each site; Ponds (numbered 11, 12A, 17, 19, 20, 21, and 25) one party in each pond. Pond 11: party must have at least one junior hunter. No entry permits will be issued after 3:00 p.m. For information call (530) 934-2801 or visit the Refuge website at www.fws.gov/ refuge/sacramento.

(A) Area Firearms Restrictions: Shotguns and steel or other nontoxic shot approved by the

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service only. 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, coot, moorhens, snipe, and pheasants.

(D) Nonreservation Drawing: Nonreservation hunters may enter the drawing for either Colusa,

Delevan, or Sacramento, but for not more than one location on any single hunt date.

(E) Camping and tents not allowed. No person may build or maintain fires, except in portable gas stoves.

(F) Bicycles: Not allowed.

(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.


Hunting Procedures, Regulations & Bag Limits

The open season for each of the species listed below is concurrent with the seasons established by the State of California. Hunting geese, ducks, coots, moorhens, snipe, and pheasant is permitted. Hunting is permitted in accordance with all applicable State and Federal regulations and is subject to special regulations. Hunters should consult the CDFW hunting regulations. Hunting is permitted on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays only.

Procedures

Before You Arrive…

Check Stations DO NOT sell any license items, validations or passes. Hunters must purchase any needed licenses, validations and passes prior to arrival at the Check Station; these can be obtained from a CDFW license sales office, a license agent, or online. Before your arrival, please verify that all members of your hunting party have the following items:

  1. California Hunting License
  2. Prepaid Type A Pass (not required for junior hunters) – Type A One-day, Two-day or Season Pass
  3. Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validation (if hunting ducks, geese, coots or snipe)
  4. California Duck Stamp (not required for junior hunters; not required if only hunting pheasants)
  5. Federal Duck Stamp (required for all hunters age 16 or older; not required if only hunting pheasants)
  6. Upland Game Bird Stamp (required if hunting pheasants; not required for junior hunters)

Hunt Area Admission Process for Sacramento, Delevan, Colusa & Sutter…

There are 3 methods of admission to the hunt areas:

  1. Reservation. The daily quota of hunters is filled first by those holding advance reservations. You must apply for a reservation at least 17 days in advance of desired hunt day. You may apply for a reservation through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife or wherever hunting licenses are sold
  2. Lottery. You may enter a lottery drawing at the check station between 6:00-8:00pm the night before you want to hunt. Results will be posted at the check station after 8:00pm
  3. First-Come First-Served. You may wait in the “sweat-line” and will be allowed admission that morning after all reservations and lottery holders are admitted

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Filling Vacancies – Vacancies occurring from no-show reservation hunters and from hunters leaving the area are filled in accordance with current CDFW procedures. If you do not get drawn for a reservation, you may enter a lottery the evening before the hunt. Non-reservation hunters may only enter the drawing for one of the following: Sacramento, Delevan, or Colusa Refuges, on any hunt date. ***Additionally, non-reservation hunters may also enter the Sutter Refuge draw. After all reservation and lottery number holders have been processed, hunters may enter on a first-come, first-served system.

Check Stations – The check stations at Sacramento, Delevan, Colusa and Sutter will open at 6:00pm Tuesdays and Fridays during waterfowl season.

Regulations

  1. Licenses – All hunters must posses a valid California State hunting license, and a HIP Validation. Hunters 16 years of age or older must also possess a California Duck Stamp, a signed Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Duck Stamp), and an Upland Game Bird Stamp (if hunting pheasants).  See “Before You Arrive” above.
  2. Pass required – All hunters must purchase a Type A Pass (one-day, two-day, or season) prior to their arrival at the Check Station. A daily fee is required of all persons 16 years of age or older. Junior hunters must be accompanied by an adult permittee.
  3. Check Station – All hunters must obtain a permit at the check station before entering the hunting area.
  4. Ammunition – Approved nontoxic shot is required on all refuges. No shot shell larger than 12 gauge and no shot size larger than T is permitted. A 25 shell limit applies.
  5. Dogs – In the check station parking area, dogs must be kept in autos or on a leash.
  6. Parking – Vehicle parking is allowed only in designated parking areas.
  7. Littering and Fires – Please take your refuse with you when you leave; littering is unlawful and can be fined. Open fires are prohibited.
  8. Alcoholic Beverages -The consumption or possession of an open container of alcohol, within public areas of the refuge, is prohibited. This does not apply to vehicles or trailers.
  9. Checkout – All hunters are required to check out at the check station, report hunting results, and return their permits before leaving the area.
  10. Bicycles – Access to the hunt area is by foot only. Bicycles and other conveyances are not permitted.
  11. Injuries and Accidents – Incidents involving injury or accident occurring on the refuge must be reported immediately to the check station or Complex headquarters at (530) 934-2801.

Sacramento and Delevan Spaced Hunting Area Special Regulations

Hunters are restricted to within 100 feet of their assigned blind or hunt site except for retrieving downed or crippled birds. Firearms must be unloaded while being transported between parking areas and spaced hunting areas.

Upland Game Special Regulations

Pheasant hunting is permitted during the pheasant season on waterfowl shoot days only. Shooting hours for pheasants are 8:00 a.m. to sunset. Approved nontoxic shot is required for hunting pheasants. Except for a special one-day hunt, the first Monday of pheasant season, pheasant hunting is not permitted in the spaced hunting area on Sacramento and Delevan NWRs.

 


  • Refuge Hunt Map

Delevan national wildlife refuge in California

Brochure, pg. 2

Warning shot!!! Sec. III(F) of the Refuge-Specifics Regulations Summary inaccurately confers power to the Regional Manager “to regulate public use of State wildlife areas where such use is not provided for in these regulations or in sections 551 and 552 of this title in 550(b).”  Sec. 550(b)(1) only applies to State wildlife areas.  However, the shot size restrictions in Sec. 551(b)(3) still apply.

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