Capay Unit

For Refuge-specific rules and regulations, link to the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge. On this page, you’ll find:

  1. Unit-specif rules and regulations for hunting and fishing

  2. Maps for boat access, closed areas, etc.
  3. Links to definitions and other relevant summaries
  4. Unit brochures

Warning shots!!! Look for additional rules and instructions on Unit signs and kiosks.  Beware of wildlife (mountain lions, wild boar, rattlesnakes, mosquitoes, ticks, bees/wasps, as well as poison oak, stinging nettle, poison hemlock)

I. Unit-Specific Rules and Regulations

A. Waterfowl, Snipe & Dove Hunting

Access: by boat or foot

BikesBicycles: ONLY allowed from May 15 – August 15

Blinds: NO permanent blinds and see “Vegetation” below

Camping & overnight: ONLY on gravel bars for up to 7 days in 30-day period

Closures: NO hunting within–

      1. The safety zone
      2. 50 feet of landward boundaries adjacent to private land or
      3. 150 yards of any occupied dwelling, etc.

Day use: open 2 hrs before sunrise until 1-1/2 hr after sunset

DogsDogs: control at all times and leash except while hunting

Fees: NO recreation fees

Fires: only on gravel bars in portable gas stoves

Horses: NOT allowed

Hunt area: see Unit brochure and our Google map for location and directions

Personal Property: remove by 1 1/2 hours after sunset

Shot: ONLY non-toxic shot approved by the US Fish & Wildlife Service

ShotgunsShotguns: chamber and magazine to remain unloaded–

      1. In parking areas
      2. Safety zones, and
      3. Until reaching hunt areas

Vegetation: don’t cut for blinds or trails

Vehicles: park only in designated areas

Weapons: shotgun ONLY–NO rifles or pistols

B. Pheasant, Turkey & Quail Hunting

  • Same as above, except that:

Bow and arrowArchery: to remain unloaded–

      1. In parking areas,
      2. Safety zones, and
      3. Until reaching hunt areas

Weapons: ONLY shotguns and archery equipment–NO rifles or pistols (link to our summary of archery-specific regulations)

C. Black-Tailed Deer

  • Same as Par. B, except that:

Blinds: permanent blinds, platforms, ladders or screw-in foot pegs are NOT allowed

DogsDogs: link to our summary of regulations for hunting dogs and training on mammals.

Personal property: remove by 1-1/2 hour after sunset, including stands and trail cameras

Shells: slugs are also allowed while deer hunting

D. Sport Fishing

Sport FishingFish area: Sacramento River

Regulations: observe State fishing regulations

Vegetation: do NOT cut for trails


II. Rules and Regulations

Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge, Capay UnitSacramento River National Wildlife Refuge, Capay Unit


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