Blue Goose Unit

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

  1. Unit-specif rules and regulations for hunting
  2. Maps (e.g. boat launches, check stations, driving directions, hunt area, and the other Units)
  3. Links to definitions and other relevant summaries
    Warning shots!!! Look for additional rules and instructions on Unit signs and kiosks.

I. Regulatory Summary

Authorized activities: hunting for ducks, geese, coot, and
moorhen

California rules and regulations for using bikes or bicycles on national wildlife refuges, State wildlife areas, and State ecological reserves while 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/or fishing (bullfrogging, commercial fishing, crayfishing, crawfishing and sport fishing)

Use of bikes

Bicycles: allowed

Blinds: hunt ONLY from assigned spaced blind area except to–

      1. Retrieve/shoot downed birds
      2. Place or remove decoys or
      3. Travel between blind and assigned hunter parking area

        Image of campers, trailers and tents.

        Use of Campers, trailers and tents

Camping and Trailers: allowed ONLY in the parking area of the Salt Slough Unit of the North Grasslands Wildlife Area

Check Station:

      1. Location: Salt Slough Unit of CDFW’s North Grasslands Wildlife Area. From Hwy 152 in Los Banos, turn north on Hwy 165 and proceed 6.5 miles north, turn right onto Wolfsen Road and proceed one mile.  The checking station is on the left side of the road (Google map)
      2. Fill-in list: if you don’t have a reservation and didn’t enter the lottery, you may be added to the fill-in list at the check station; see “Waiting list” below
      3. Lottery: held at the check station the evening before each hunt day; see “Lottery” below
      4. Permits: issued at the check station the morning of each hunt day; see “Permits” below
      5. Reservations: called at the check station; see “Reservations” below
Hunt map for the Blue Goose Unit of the San Luis wildlife area in California

Hunt Map

Hunt Map: pic. right

Hunter access: unit is located approximately 10 miles north of the town of Los Banos (Google map)

Juniors: may enter the lottery if accompanied by a responsible adult; see “Lottery” below

Lottery:  Hunters without reservations may register for a lottery drawing to establish the order of issuance of permits to fill vacancies after reservation holders on the morning of the hunt

California rules and regulations for public use while fishing and/or hunting ducks and geese (scaup, brant, Canada geese, dark geese, snow geese, white-fronted geese, specklebellies, white geese); migratory game birds (dove and snipe); resident small game (pheasant, rabbit, jackrabbit); and non-game (raccoon) on State wildlife areas (Volta, North Grasslands (Salt Slough, Gadwall and China Island Units), and Los Banos, and on the San Luis national wildlife refuge (Blue Goose, Bear Creek, Kesterson, San Luis and Freitas Units)

Lottery (non-reservation)

      1. Registration: in person at the check station between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. the evening before each hunt day (potential hunting partners do not have to present during registration or enter the lottery).  Warning shot!!! Register only once or you will be disqualified from the drawing and NOT allowed to hunt that day.
      2. Drawing: results are posted at the checking station shortly after 9:00 p.m.
      3. Parties: (a) in “free roam” areas, each lottery number ensures entry of up to (2) adult hunters, each of which can bring a combination of two (2) junior hunters or non-shooters of any age and (b) in blind areas, each lottery ensures entry of up to the capacity of the available blind. Warning shot!!! All parties must use the same hunting assignment

Permits:

      1. Location: issued at the check station
      2. Time: issuance begins two and one-half (2 ½) hours before shoot time.
      3. Order: reservation holders are called first, followed by lottery holders and then the first-come, first-served list

Reservations:

      1. Check station: present to check station, which begins calling them two and one-half (2 ½) hours before shoot time
      2. Parties: each reservation ensures entry of up to three (3) persons if a 3-person blind is available and not more than two (2) persons if a 2-person blind is available. Warning shot!!! All parties must use the same hunting assignment
      3. Expiration: expire one and one half (1 ½) hour before shoot time

Unit Capacity: a daily maximum capacity of 116 persons

Waiting list: hunters without a reservation or lottery number may sign in at the check station and be added to the “fill-in” list on a first-come, first-served basis. Warning shot!!! All parties must use the same hunting assignment


II. Unit-Specific Rules and Regulations

Warning Shots!!! For general and Refuge-specific rules and regulations, link to the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge.  Additional conditions may be posted at the Refuge and/or Unit.

(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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(6) San Luis National Wildlife Refuge.

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(D) Camping and Trailers: Not allowed on the San Luis, Blue Goose, and the west Bear Units of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge.

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(F) Reservations: For the Kesterson and Blue Goose units, each reservation assures entry of no more than three persons if three-person blinds are available, or no more than two persons if two-person blinds are available. For the Freitas units (north and south), each reservation assures entry of one boat with up to four persons. All person’s entering on the same reservation will receive the same hunt assignment.

(G) Special Restrictions: Hunters in the Kesterson and Blue Goose units must hunt from assigned blinds, except to retrieve downed birds. Hunters in free roam areas are not restricted to blinds. Freitas units are by boat only. Maximum boat speed may not exceed 5 mph. Inboard water thrust and air-thrust boats are prohibited. Construction of permanent blinds is prohibited. Cutting or breaking of woody vegetation is prohibited. All blinds and equipment must be removed following each day’s hunt.


Goose, duck, coot, and moorhen hunting is permitted on designated areas of the Refuge Complex subject to the following conditions or as may otherwise be posted.

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Access to individual blinds and zones may be limited to those holding location-specific permits. This includes Kesterson and Freitas pheasant zones, pond assignments within West Bear Creek, East Bear Creek, Lonetree, the San Luis River Unit, and within the spaced blind areas of Merced, Blue Goose, and Kesterson Units. Hunters are restricted to their assigned blind or zone, except to retrieve downed birds, place decoys, or to travel between the blind and the assigned hunter parking area.


  • CDFW Hunting Regulation 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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(6) San Luis National Wildlife Refuge.

Type A Area.

San Luis and Blue Goose Units. Location and Access: Approximately 10 miles north of the town of Los Baños. Hunting permits are issued at the Department of Fish and Game’s Salt Slough Unit checking station on Wolfsen Road. From Highway 152 in Los Baños, turn north on Highway 165 and proceed 6.5 miles north, turn right onto Wolfsen Road and proceed one mile to the checking station on the left side of the road.

Reservations: Available during waterfowl season. On the Blue Goose Unit, each reservation ensures entry of no more than three person if the three-person blinds are available and no more than two persons if the two person blinds are available.

Checking Station: Permits for reservation holders will be issued starting two and one-half hours before shooting time. Reservations must be presented at the checking station by one and one half hours before shooting time. Reservations will expire after this time. Hunters without reservations may register in person at the checking station between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. the evening before each hunt day for a lottery drawing to be held shortly after 9:00 p.m., to establish the order of issuance of permits to fill vacancies after reservation holders on the morning of the hunt. Each potential hunter including juniors (if accompanied by a responsible adult) must register in person to participate in the lottery. A hunting partner does not have to be present for the registration, nor be a lottery participant. For “free roam” areas, each lottery number may allow entry of up to six persons including the STATE/FEDERAL AREAS 69 2013-2014 Waterfowl & Upland Game Hunting and Department Lands Public Use Regulations

person that was issued the valid lottery number. No more than two may be hunters who have an adult license. In blind areas each lottery number may allow entry of up to the capacity of the available blind. If a person’s name appears more than once in the drawing, he will be eliminated from the draw and will not be allowed to hunt on that day. Persons arriving after the 9:00 p.m. lottery registration deadline will be added to the list on a first-come, first-served basis. Persons signing in on the first- come, first-served list must sign in as a party or as an individual. All hunters entering on the same reservation, lottery number, or when signing in as a party on the first-come, first-served list must use the same hunting assignment.

Daily Hunter Capacity: 116 maximum.

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(D) Camping and Trailers: Not allowed on the San Luis, Blue Goose, and the west Bear Units of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge.

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(F) Reservations: For the Kesterson and Blue Goose units, each reservation assures entry of no more than three persons if three-person blinds are available, or no more than two persons if two-person blinds are available. For the Freitas units (north and south), each reservation assures entry of one boat with up to four persons. All person’s entering on the same reservation will receive the same hunt assignment.

(G) Special Restrictions: Hunters in the Kesterson and Blue Goose units must hunt from assigned blinds, except to retrieve downed birds. Hunters in free roam areas are not restricted to blinds. Freitas units are by boat only. Maximum boat speed may not exceed 5 mph. Inboard water thrust and air-thrust boats are prohibited. Construction of permanent blinds is prohibited. Cutting or breaking of woody vegetation is prohibited. All blinds and equipment must be removed following each day’s hunt.

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