O’Neil Forebay Wildlife Area

O'Neil Forebay WLAOn 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:

    O'Nei Forebay, Los Banos, North Grasslands, San Luis Reservoir, Volta and West Hilmar WLA map with directions.

    Directions

  1. Waterfowl hunting: geese & ducks,
  2. Upland game bird hunting: doves, pheasant & quail
  3. Small game hunting: rabbits
  4. Big game: deer___[shown on the “Kill Card”]
  5. Non-game birds: crows
  6. Other activities: Dog training/field trials, sport fishing, nature study and related activities

[ref. § 551(t)(17)]

  • City: Santa Nella (2 mi. south)
  • County: Merced
  • Habitat: 8 mi. of artificial waterways and riparian habitat, including 4 small shallow ponds
  • Location:(see our Google map) approx. 10 mi. W. of Los Banos and two (2) mi. S. of Santa Nella, W. of Hwy 33.
  • Phone: (209) 826-0463
  • Recreational useType C
  • Region 4: map
  • Size: 700 acres
  • Waterfowl Zone: Balance of State WF Zone
  • Website: O’Neill Forebay WLA

Warning shot!!! Look out for rattlesnakes, esp. during mild spring and fall months


B. All Hunting

  • O'Neil Forebay wildlife area hunting map.

    Hunting map

    Access: ONLY by foot

  • Archery: allowed (link to summary of archery-specific regulations)
  • Camping & trailers: ONLY in parking lot (see our Google map) [ref. § 551(m)(21)]
  • Closures: no visitor use the day of and day after designated special apprentice pheasant hunts except for special apprentice pheasant hunt permit holders [ref. § 551(0)(41)]
  • Fires: NO open fires
  • Hunt days: DAILY during open seasons
  • Hunt hours: ONLY during daylight hours
  • Juniors: adults must sign for and accompany all juniors under the age of sixteen (16) years old.  Adults may accompany up to two (2) juniors. Also see “Pheasant Season” below
  • O'Neil Forebay wildlife area permit and kill card..

    Kill card

    Permits:

  1. Area Use Permit: required and available at the kiosk located inside the parking lot gate (see our Google map)
  2. Registration: self-registration at the kiosk except for the day of and day after each special apprentice pheasant hunts (see “Pheasant hunting”).  Warning shot!!!  Complete an return the Permit and Kill Card prior to leaving
  3. Priority: on each day following special apprentice pheasant hunts, juniors and their supervising adults have priority entrance (see “Pheasant hunting” below)

[ref. § 551(q)(15)]

  • Shotgun shells: NO slugs
  • Vehicles: NOT allowed
  • Weapons: NO rifles, pistols (handguns), or shotgun slugs area allowed [ref. § 551(r)(38)]

C. Waterfowl Season

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

  • Hunter capacity: NO limit except on Opening Day of early dove and pheasant seasons (see below)
  • Lottery: may be held on Opening Day of early dove and pheasant seasons (see below)
  • Shotgun shells: only steel or other non-toxic shot
  • approved by the USFWS

D. Crow Season

Crow hunting in California

Crow Hunting

  • Hunt days: DAILY

E. Deer

California black-tailed deer hunting

Black-tailed deer

  • Archery: ONLY___[shown on the “Kill Card”]
  • Hunt days: DAILY___

F. Dove Seasons

Dove hunting in California

Dove Hunting

  • Hunt Days:
  1. Early season: DAILY
  2. Late season: DAILY
  • Hunter capacity: 60 people on Opening Day of dove season (also see “Pheasant hunting” above) [both seasons??___]
  • Lottery: on days when the number of potential hunters gathered in the parking lot exceeds “Hunter capacity,” a drawing is held two (2) hours before shoot time to determine the order of issuing daily entry permits

G. Pheasant Season

Pheasant hunting in California

Pheasant hunting

  • Closures: no visitor use the day of and day after designated special apprentice pheasant hunts except for special apprentice pheasant hunt permit holders [ref. § 551(0)(41)]
  • Hunter capacity: 40 people on the following days
  1. Opening Day: of pheasant season
  2. Juniors: on Special Apprentice Pheasant Hunt days
  • Juniors: Special apprentice hunts
  1. Permits: required and available through a special drawing
  2. Priority: on the day after special apprentice hunt days, juniors and their supervising adult have priority entrance, followed by other adult hunters
  3. Supervision: required by an adult, which may supervise NO more than two (2) juniors

[ref. § 551(q)(15)]

  • Lottery: on days when the number of potential hunters gathered in the parking lot exceeds “Hunter capacity,” a drawing is held two (2) hours before shoot time to determine the order of issuing daily entry permits

H. Quail Season

Quail hunting in California

Quail Hunting

  • Hunt days: DAILY

I. Rabbit Season

Rabbit hunting in California

Rabbit hunting

  • Hunt days: DAILY

J. Other Activities

  • Dog field trials & training:

    The Legal Labrador

    Dog Field Trials

  1. Camping & trailers: ONLY in the (a) parking lot and (b) other designated locations during authorized trials
  2. Dog field trials: requires prior authorization from the CDFW [research___] (see our summary of dog hunting/training restrictions)
  3. Dog leashes: required from Apr. 1 – Jun. 30
  4. Dog training: allowed (see our summary of dog hunting/training restrictions)
  5. Horses: ONLY during authorized dog field trials
  6. Permits: see “All Hunting” above
  7. Vehicles: ONLY in designated areas during authorized dog trials

[ref. § 551(l)(9) (l)(10),  (l)(18) and 550(n)(2)]

  • Sport fishing:

    Sport fishing in California

    Sport Fishing

  1. Permits: see “All Hunting” above.
  2. Species: common species include bass, catfish, crappie, perch, carp and trout

K. 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

(67) O’Neill Forebay Wildlife Area

Type C Area 700 acres

Location: Approximately ten miles west of Los Baños and two miles south of Santa Nella, west of Highway 33. Area is accessed by foot only and is open to small game hunting, dog training and trials, nature study and related activities. Rattlesnakes are present so caution should be observed, especially during the mild spring and fall months.

Daily Hunter Capacity: No limit except on the opening day of dove and pheasant seasons, and on days following the apprentice pheasant hunts, when a maximum of 40 hunters is allowed for pheasant hunting and 60 for dove hunting. On days when the quota is restricted, permits shall be issued by lottery, if more than the area quota is present, at the parking lot, two hours before shooting time. On the day following a apprentice pheasant hunt, junior hunters and their supervising adults will have priority entrance to the area. There can be no more than one adult per junior, but an adult may supervise two juniors. After parties with juniors are admitted, other adult hunters may enter. Only junior hunters with special permits may hunt during special apprentice hunts. For information, phone (209) 826-0463.

(A) Method of Take Restrictions: Limited to shotguns and archery equipment. No shotgun slugs, rifles or pistols may be used or possessed.

(B) Hunt Days: Daily during open seasons for authorized species.

(C) Entry Permits: Self registration at the parking lot is required, except for apprentice pheasant hunts, and the day following the apprentice pheasant hunt, when capacity is controlled. Apprentice pheasant hunt permits shall be issued through a special drawing.

(D) Authorized Species: Waterfowl, pheasants, quail, doves, rabbits, and crows.

(E) Camping and Trailers: Allowed in parking lot only and in other designated locations inside the wildlife area during authorized trials.

(F) Special Restrictions: Dogs must be on a leash from April 1 through June 30. Horseback riding is allowed only during authorized dog trials. Motor vehicles are permitted only in designated areas and only during authorized dog trials. Hunting is permitted during daylight hours only.

3. Area Use Permit:

O'Neil Forebay wildlife area permit and kill card..

Area Use Permit


4.  WLA Instructions:

O'Neil Forebay wildlife area hunting map.

Instructions


5. WLA Regulations:

O'Neil Forebay wildlife area hunting map.

Signs

Advertisements

Make a suggestion for this page

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s