Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

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

On this page, you’ll find area-specific regulations that supplement and/or supersede general use regulations, both of which are a condition for use and incorporated by reference into the entry permit. You’ll also find links to supporting law, websites, directions, hunt maps, and a suggestion box.

Warning shot!!! Remember, federal law also applies (link to our summary of the Migratory Bird Treat Act.) and additional may be located at the Wildlife Area that you can’t find anywhere else (e.g. check station, information kiosks, permits, reservations, road signs, etc.)


A. General Info

  • Authorized Activities:
  1. Waterfowl hunting: geese, ducks, coot & moorhen
  2. Upland game bird hunting: doves, pheasant, quail, snipe & turkey
  3. Small game hunting: rabbits
  4. Big game hunting: deer (special hunt ONLY)
  5. Sport fishing: allowed; common species includes ___
  6. Dog training: [ref. § 551(i)(1)]
  7. Dog trials: allowed [ref. § 551(i)(1)]

B. All Hunting

Falconry, raptors, Hawking

Use of raptors

  • Camping & trailers: ONLY during waterfowl season [ref. § 551(m)(7)]
  • Closures: closed to all non-hunting activities from two weeks prior to waterfowl season [ref. § 551(o)(16)]
  • Falconry: ONLY on the E. side of the WLA
  • Horses: ONLY on E. side roads of the WLA in July and August
  • Hunter capacity: 350 per day
  • Permits: required
  1. Daily Entry Permit: during WF and pheasant season (see below)
  2. Day Use Permit: but FREE for users (a) w/a CA license to hunt/fish/trap; (b) under the age of 16; and (c) part of an organized youth/school group. To obtain a Day Use Permit, users must have an annual or daily “Lands Pass” purchased from a CDFW License Sales Office, License Agent, or online through its Internet Sales webpage
  • Shells: during WF season, 25 max. while in the field

C. Waterfowl Season

  • ADA: wheelchair access to blinds
  • Image of campers, trailers and tents.

    Use of Campers, trailers and tents

    Camping & trailers:

  1. Camping: ONLY during WF season
  2. Shelters: truck-mount shells/shelters must remain attached to a registered vehicle
  3. Trailers: one week to do each of the following: (a) place it at the area before season begins; (b) to register it at the check station; AND (c) remove it after season ends
  • Check station:
  1. Locations: From Gridley on Hwy 99, proceed 5 mi. W. on the Gridley-Colusa Rd., turn S. (left) on Pennington Rd. and travel 3 mi. From Live Oak traveling W. on Pennington Rd. 8, go one half (1/2) mi. through Pennington, then N. (right) on Almond Orchard Rd. for two (2) mi. to check station
  2. Permits: see below
  3. Reservations: see below
  • Hunt areas:

  • Hunt days: Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays
  • Maps: right
  • Permits:
  1. Daily Entry Permit: in addition to a “Day Use Permit” (see “All Hunting” above), a Daily Entry Permit is required and available at the check station until 3:00 p.m.
  • Reservations:
  1. Applications: purchase at least 17 days in advance from the CDFW (link to purchasing info). Warning shot!!! NOT sold at the WLA
  2. Availability: for WF and pheasant
  3. Parties: must hunt the same assignment ___
  4. Passes: ___
  5. Party size: each “rezzy” assures entry of two (2) adult hunters, each of which may bring a combination of two (2) juniors or non-shooters [ref. § 551(x)(53]
  6. Priority: processed in numerical order beginning w/ Reservation #1
  7. Processing: begins at the check station two (2) hours before shoot time and continues until one and one-half (1 1/2) hour before shoot time, at which time “rezzies ”expire [ref. § 551(x)(53]
  • Shotgun restrictions

    Use of shotguns

    Shotguns:

  1. Shells: 25 max. while in the field during WF season
  • Waiting list: re-fill is first-come, first-served

D. Deer Season

California black-tailed deer hunting

Black-tailed deer

  • Hunt days: ONLY during the Gray Lodge Deer Hunt
  • Permit: a special permit is issued by drawing
  • Tags: G-12 deer tag required

[ref. § 551(s)(3)]


E. Dove Seasons

Dove hunting in California

Dove Hunting

  • ADA: wheelchair access to blinds
  • Hunt days:
  1. Early season: DAILY during the early season in Sept.
  2. Late season: ONLY on WF and pheasant hunt days
  • Hunt area: ONLY within designated portions of the WLA
  • Permits: see “Pheasant Season” and “Waterfowl Season” above and below

F. Pheasant Season

Pheasant hunting in California

Pheasant hunting

  • Hunt days:
  1. Opening: DAILY for the first 9 days
  2. Remainder: Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays for the remainder of season

[ref. § 551(s)(4)]

  • Permits:
  1. Daily Entry Permit: in addition to a “Day Use Permit” (see “All Hunting” above) required for hunting during WF and pheasant seasons, a Daily Entry Permit is required and available at the check station until 3:00 p.m.
  • Reservations: honored on waterfowl shoot days (see “Waterfowl season” above)

G. Quail Season

Quail hunting in California

Quail Hunting

  • Hunt days: ONLY on pheasant hunt days
  • Permits: see “Pheasant Season” above”

[ref. § 551(s)(5)]


H. Rabbit Season

Rabbit hunting in California

Rabbit hunting

  • Hunt days: ONLY on pheasant hunt days
  • Permits: see “Pheasant Season” above”

[ref. § 551(s)(5)]


I. Snipe Season__???

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

Snipe Hunting

  • Hunt days: Sat./Sun./Wed.
  • Permits: see “Waterfowl Season” above

The 2014-2015 regulations are silent


J. Turkey Season

  • Permit: allowed only through a special drawing during the spring season [ref. § 551(s)(6)]
  • Season: click Turkey

K. Non-Hunting Activities

  • Closures:
  1. Public entry: allowed ONLY from sunrise to sunset except w/ ritten permission
  2. Waterfowl season: Closed to all non-hunting uses from two (2) weeks before or one (1) week after WF season except for wildlife viewing from designated areas
  • Dog Field Trials: allowed [ref. § 551(i)(1)]
  • Dog Training: allowed except from
  1. March 1 – June 30
  2. Aug. 1 – end of elk season in Sept.
  3. Oct. 1 – end of waterfowl season

[ref. § 551(i)(1)]

California rules and regulations for the public use of horses and horseback 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)

Use of horses

  • Horses: ONLY on eastside roads of the WLA in July and August
  • Passes: a CDFW “Lands Pass” is required for non-hunting recreational purposes (unless the user has a CA license for sport fishing, hunting or trapping) and must be redeemed at the point of entry to get an entry permit.
  • Permits: a Day Use Permit is required but is free for users (a) w/a CA license to hunt/fish/trap, (b) under the age of 16, (c) that are part of an organized youth/school group. To obtain a Day Use Permit, users must have a “Lands Pass”(see above)
  • Wildlife viewing: only at designated areas, which are open on most days during the entire year [ref. § 551(w)(1)]

L. 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

(26) Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

Type A Area 9,167 acres

Location and Access: From the town of Gridley (on Highway 99) proceed five miles west on the Gridley-Colusa Road, turn south(left) on Pennington Road and travel three miles to checking station. This area can also be reached from Live Oak, by traveling west on Pennington Road eight and one half miles through Pennington, then north (right) on Almond Orchard Road for two miles to checking station. 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 to reservation holders. During pheasant season reservations will be honored on waterfowl shoot days with vacancies being filled on a first-come, first-served basis. On non-waterfowl shoot days, quotas shall be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. During the waterfowl and pheasant season, no permits will be issued after 3:00 p.m. Daily Hunter Capacity: Up to 350. For information call (530) 846-7500.

(A) Ammunition Restrictions: A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shotgun shells while in the field during the waterfowl season.

(B) Hunt Days: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, and snipe: Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during open seasons. Pheasant: Every day during the first nine days of the pheasant season. Thereafter, during the regular pheasant season, pheasant hunting will be allowed only on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays. Doves: Daily during the September dove season and only on waterfowl or pheasant hunt days during the late dove season. Quail and rabbits: Only on pheasant hunt days. Deer: Only during the Gray Lodge Deer Hunt under special permit issued by drawing.

(C) Day Use Permit Requirement for Public Access: In addition to a daily entry permit required for hunting during the waterfowl and pheasant seasons, a day use permit is required of all users. Users that possess a valid California sport fishing license, hunting license, or trapping license, or users that are under 16 years of age are exempt from the fee. Users that are part of an organized youth or school group are also exempt from the fee and must coordinate with the appropriate department office. To obtain a daily use permit, possession of an annual Department lands pass or a daily Department lands pass or a valid California sport fishing, hunting, or trapping license is required. Annual Department lands passes and daily lands passes may be issued through the Automated License Data System at Department license sales offices, license agents, or on the internet.

(D) Authorized Species: Waterfowl, snipe, coots, moorhens, pheasants, doves, quail, rabbits, and deer (special hunt only).

(E) Camping and Trailers: Allowed only during the waterfowl season. Trailers may be placed no sooner than one week before the beginning of waterfowl season on the area and must be removed no later than one week after the close of waterfowl season on the area. All campers, defined as shell or shelter made to be mounted on a pickup truck, must remain attached to a registered vehicle when on the area. All trailers must be registered at the checking station within one week of placement.

(F) Special Restrictions: Closed to all non-hunting uses from two weeks before waterfowl season on the area to one week after waterfowl season on the area, except for the designated wildlife viewing area(s) which is (are) open on most days during the entire year. Dove hunting is allowed only in designated portions of the wildlife area. Public entry is allowed only from sunrise to sunset, except by written permission. Horses are restricted to roads only on the east side of the area and are allowed only during July and August. Hunting with falcons is restricted to the east side of this area.

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3 Responses to Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

  1. Jerry says:

    hunting pheasants first three days?

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    • Jerry, thanks for the question. The regs say Gray Lodge is open daily for hunting pheasant the first 9 days of pheasant season, and then on waterfowl hunt days the rest of pheaseant season. See 14 CCR Sec. 551(s).

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