Phelan Island Unit

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

  1. Google to the Phelan Unit

    Link to map

    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

Bicycles: ONLY allowed from May 15 – August 15

Blinds: NO permanent blinds and see “Vegetation” below

Boat rampBoats: boat access only (see our Google map)

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

Closures: NO hunting–

      1. In the closed area (see our Google map)
      2. Within 50 feet of landward boundaries adjacent to private land
      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

Vegetation: don’t cut for blinds or trails

Weapons: shotgun ONLY–NO rifles or pistols

B. Pheasant, Turkey & Quail Hunting

  • Same as above, except that:

Bow and arrowArchery: to remain unloaded (a) in parking areas, (b) safety zones, and (c) until reaching hunt areas (link to our summary of archery-specific regulations)

Seasons: click Turkey

Weapons: ONLY shotguns and archery equipment–NO rifles or pistols

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 make trails by cutting vegetation

II. Rules and Regulations

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