Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

On this page, you’ll find:USFWS

  1. General information about the Refuge
  2. Authorized activities (e.g. waterfowl hunting)
  3. Summary of general and Refuge-specific rules and regulations
  4. Maps of the hunting area, driving directions, parking lots, check stations, blinds, etc.
  5. Links to our summaries (e.g. regulations for Type A areas, waterfowl zones, seasons and limits for duck and goose hunting)
  6. Links to government webpages (CDFW, the Complex, USFWS, the Refuge)

General Info:

  • Administrator: Cal. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife (“CDFW“)
  • Complex:  N/A
  • County: Sacramento County
  • Directions: see our Google map

  • Headquarters: 1624 Hood-Franklin Road, Elk Grove, CA 95757
  • Owner: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“USFWS“)
  • Phone Number:  916-775-4421
  • Recreational Use: Type A
  • Waterfowl zoneBalance of State WF Zone (determines season and limits, which are summarized by CDFW)
  • Website: Stone Lakes NWR

I. Regulatory Summary

A. General Regulations

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

Colusa is one of ten National Wildlife Refuges operated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  There are both federal and State rules and regulations that apply generally to this Refuge, which are summarized in a separate page:

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B. Refuge-Specific 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

Beginning with Par. II below, you’ll find an alphabetical summary of legal topics that combine Refuge-specific rules and regulations from the following sources:

 Warning shot!!! There may be additional rules located at the Refuge (e.g. check station window, entry permit, information booth, signs, permits, reservations).


II. Authorized Activities

Duck hunting in California

Duck Hunting

Goose hunting in California

Goose Hunting

American Coot hunting in California

Coot Hunting

Moorhen hunting in California

Moorhen Hunting

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

Snipe Hunting


 III. Regulatory Summary

Access: only by foot except see “ADA” regarding the pontoon boat “Water Blinds” about nonmotorized boat access

ADA:

      1. Availability: on Wednesdays only, there is one preassigned blind reserved for disabled hunters
      2. Applications: ONLY disabled hunters may apply
      3. Guests: a licensed, able-bodied hunter may hunt with a disabled hunter
      4. Pontoon boat: the floating, pontoon blind may be moved within the lower half of the designated wetland unit
      5. Qualification: present your DMV placard ID card/receipt at the Check Station

Alcohol: NOT allowed on the Refuge

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 during waterfowl season on roads or levees for transportation between parking lots and hunting areas [14 CCR § 551(j)].

Blinds:

      1. Access: only by foot except see “ADA” above about the pontoon boat and “Water Blinds” below
      2. Assignments: stay within the assigned blind except to: (a) place or remove decoys, (b) travel to and from the parking area, or (c) retrieve/shoot downed birds
      3. Description: concrete pit blinds and platform blinds (condition)
      4. Hunt resultsseason averages are available online (blind averages are NOT posted)
      5. Recommendations: bring chest waders and additional camouflage materials
      6. Spaced blinds: seven (7) spaced blinds are available by reservation and called in order of the reservation number (see “Reservations” below)
      7. California rules and regulations of boats while hunting and/or fishing

        Use of Boats

        Water blinds: only accessible by non-motorized boats.  Warning shot!!! hunters must provide their own Coast Guard approved personal flotation device type II or III for each person

      8. Youth blind: see “Youth blind” below

Boats: see “Water blinds” above

Camping/Overnight parking: NOT allowed (i.e. no tents or trailers)

Check Station: located off Lambert Road (Google map and directions)

      1. Back-fill: No waiting line “back-fill” hunting
      2. Check-in: station opens at 5:00 a.m. to claim pick status. Warning shot!!!  Check-in closes one (1) hour before shoot time begins
      3. Check-out: by 1:00 p.m. and return kill card
      4. Disable hunters: see “Disabled blind” below
      5. Documents: present hunting license, federal stamp, CA validation, refuge notification and (if disable) DMV placard ID/receipt. Warning shot!!! Licenses and stamps are NOT sold at the check station or refuge headquarters
      6. Youth hunters: see “Youth blind” below
California rules and regulations for the use of decoys on national wildlife refuges, California wildlife areas, and California ecological reserves

Use of Decoys

Decoys: (a) carts are allowed and (b) decoys and all other personal property must be removed before 1:00 p.m.

Dogs: hunting dogs for retrieving birds are allowed if they remain (a) under control by leash or voice command and (b) in autos or on a leash in the check station parking area

Drawing/Lottery: (a) random drawing at the refuge; (b) bring refuge notification on hunt day; (c) contact Refuge Mgr. for additional information

Dropping off/Dumping: of passengers or equipment from vehicle is prohibited

Ejection: hunting may be ejected from the area for unsportsmanlike conduct, high shooting, possession of alcohol or any other unsafe or illegal conduct

Fires: NOT allowed

Float tubes: NOT allowed

Hunt Area: the Sun River Unit (Google map and directions) is located off Lambert Road between the river road 160 and Franklin Road.  From I-5 take the Hood-Franklin Road exit. Turn east onto Hood-Franklin Road for about 1 mile. Turn south onto Franklin Blvd. and go appox. 3 miles to Lambert Road. Turn west (right) onto Lambert Road for 2.8 miles. The entrance will be on the north side of the road (right), before crossing the bridge. Look for the NWR signs. Warning shots!!!  There is NO exit off I-5 for Lambert Road. The Sun River entrance is easy to pass, and there is limited turn around opportunity. Be extremely careful when driving to and on Lambert Road! Foggy winter conditions in the Central Valley can cause very limited visibility. Free roam and access to closed areas is NOT allowed–violators may be cited for trespass.

Hunt Days:

      1. Disabled blind: Wednesdays
      2. Youth blind: Saturdays
      3. General blinds: six (6) blinds open on Saturdays and Wednesdays

Hunt Map: pic. below

Stone Lakes national wildlife refuge map of the South Unit.

South Stone Lakes Unit

Hunter Capacity: 7 blinds; 2 over-water blinds and 5 spaced blinds. All general blinds are 2-person

Juniors:

      1. Adult supervision: youth under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult, age 18 or older
      2. Blinds: junior applicants may reserve a blind for one adult and either (a) another youth hunter or (b) non-shooter of any age
      3. License: juniors must possess a valid Junior Hunting License

Junior-Only Hunt:

      1. Applications: ONLY youth under the age of 16 at the time of hunt may apply for the post-season “Youth Only Hunt”
      2. Supervision: youth must be accompanied by an adult, age 18 or older, who is NOT allowed to hunt. Warning Shot!!! This differs from the general season, where the accompanying adult is allowed to hunt with the youth (see “Youth blind” above)

Lottery: NO lottery—reservations only

Opening day: November 16, 2013

Personal Property: remove all decoys, personal equipment, shotshell hulls, refuse, etc., by 12:30 p.m.

Picking: while in the field or at the parking lots, picking of birds is strongly discouraged

Reservations:

      1. Applications: available from the USFWS (not CDFW)
      2. Disabled persons: see “ADA” above
      3. Parties: each “rezzy” ensures entry of up to two individuals per blind, except for the youth draw blinds on Saturdays which may include two youth hunters accompanied by one adult (see “Juniors” above)
      4. Procedures: available at the Stone Lakes NWR website
      5. Requirement: a “rezzy” is required for each hunt, i.e. no walk-ins or back-fill

Sales: Warning shot!!! Licenses, stamps & validations are NOT sold at the Check Station or Refuge Headquarters!  (For purchase information, link to our summary of regulations.)

Scouting: NO prior access to hunt area–area is closed to general public

Shells: 25 max while in the field

Shoot time: begins one-half (12)) hour before legal sunrise and closes at 12 p.m. (noon)

Shooting: high shooting or “skyscraping” is NOT allowed

Shot size: nothing larger than size T may be possessed while in the field

Shot type: ONLY steel or other non-toxic shot approved by the USFWS

Shotgun restrictions

Use of shotguns

Shotguns: (a) nothing larger than a 12-gauge and (b) no ammo in the chamber or magazine while transporting firearms between parking areas and spaced-blind areas

Stopping: vehicles between designated parking lots is prohibited

Sweat line: NO waiting line (“backfill / sweatline”)

Vehicles: (a) NO stopping except in designated parking areas, (b) NO dropping of passengers or equipment, and (c) NO travel except on designated roads

Youth blind:

      1. Applications: ONLY youth, ages 15 and under at the time of hunt, may apply
      2. Availability: one blind is reserved on Saturdays for youth, who have first pick of the blind
      3. Capacity: up to 3-persons (one adult and either two youth or one youth and a non-shooter of any age)
      4. Adult supervision: youth must be accompanied by an adult, age 18 or older,
      5. Adult hunter: a licensed adult, is also allowed to hunt with the youth.  Warning Shot!!! The adult is NOT allowed to hunt on the post-season Youth-Only Hunt (see below).

IV. Rules and Regulations

Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We allow hunting of goose, duck, coot, and moorhen on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations subject to the following conditions:

1. We allow hunting on Sun River Unit only on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12 hour before legal sunrise until 12 p.m. (noon).

2. We will select hunters through a random drawing process conducted at the refuge. Hunters should bring a copy of their refuge notification on the day of their hunt. Hunters should contact the refuge manager for additional information.

3. We require adults, age 18 or older, to accompany hunters under age 16.

4. We prohibit bicycles or other conveyances. Mobility-impaired hunters should contact the refuge manager regarding allowed conveyances.

5. You must unload firearms (see §27.42(b) of this chapter) before transporting them between parking areas and spaced-blind areas. “Unloaded” means that no ammunition is in the chamber or magazine of the firearm.

6. We restrict hunters to their assigned spaced-blind except when they are placing or retrieving decoys, traveling to and from the parking area, retrieving downed birds, or when shooting to retrieve cripples.

7. You may only possess approved nontoxic shot while in the field (see §32.2(k)) in quantities of 25 or less.

8. We prohibit fires on the refuge (see §27.95(a) of this chapter).

9. We allow vehicles to stop only at designated parking areas. We prohibit dropping of passengers or equipment or stopping between designated parking areas.

10. We allow only nonmotorized boats to access water blinds.

11. You must remove all decoys, personal equipment, shotshell hulls, and refuse from the refuge by 12:30 p.m. (see §§27.93 and 27.94 of this chapter).

12. Junior hunters must possess a valid Junior Hunting License.

13. We allow the use of hunting dogs for retrieving birds, provided the dogs remain under the immediate control of the hunter at all times (see §26.21(b) of this chapter).

B. Upland Game Hunting. [Reserved]

C. Big Game Hunting. [Reserved]

D. Sport Fishing. [Reserved]


Regulations for National Wildlife Refuges Where Hunting Programs are Administered by the Department of Fish and Game.

(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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(9) Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

(A) Area Firearms Restrictions: Shotguns and steel or other nontoxic shot approved by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service only. A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field.

(B) Hunt Days: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 12 noon.

(C) Authorized Species: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens and snipe.

(D) Reservations only, no non-reservations accepted or backfill.

(E) Camping and tents: Not allowed. No person may build or maintain fires.

(F) Decoy carts: Allowed.

(G) Bicycles: Not allowed.

(H) Reservations: Each reservation assures entry of up to two individuals per blind, except for the youth draw blinds on Saturdays which may include two youth hunters accompanied by one adult (only youth may apply). The pontoon boat for persons with disabilities is for use by one disabled hunter and one able bodied companion.

(I) Special Restrictions: When assigned hunting sites, hunters shall remain in the assigned blind unless placing decoys, traveling to and from parking area, retrieving downed birds or when shooting and retrieving crippled waterfowl.

(J) Hunting dogs must remain under leash or voice control at all times.

  • 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

    CDFW’s Hunting Regulations 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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(9) Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

Location and Access: Sun River hunt unit is located on Lambert Road between the river road 160 and Franklin Road. There is NO exit off Interstate 5 for Lambert Road. From Interstate take the Hood-Franklin Road exit. Turn east onto Hood-Franklin Road for about 1 mile. Turn south onto Franklin Blvd and go approximately 3 miles STATE/FEDERAL AREAS 72 California Department of Fish and Wildlife to Lambert Road. Turn west (right) onto Lambert Road for 2.8 miles. The entrance will be on the north side of the road (right), before crossing the bridge. Look for the National Wildlife Refuge signs. The Sun River entrance is easy to pass, and there is limited turn around opportunity. CAUTION!!! Be extremely careful when driving to and on Lambert Road! Foggy winter conditions in the Central Valley can cause very limited visibility. NO prior access to hunt area; area is closed to the general public. For additional information and maps, please visit http://www.fws.gov/stonelakes

Reservations: Available during the regular waterfowl season from the Fish and Wildlife Service. Please visit http://www.fws.gov/stonelakes for more information.

Daily Hunter Capacity: 7 blinds; 2 over-water blinds and 5 spaced blinds. All general blinds are 2-person. For information on how to apply, please visit www. fws.gov/stonelakes

(A) Area Firearms Restrictions: Shotguns and steel or other nontoxic shot approved by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service only. A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field.

(B) Hunt Days: Wednesdays and Saturdays from ½ hour before sunrise to 12 noon.

(C) Authorized Species: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens and snipe.

(D) Reservations only, no non-reservations accepted or backfill.

(E) Camping and tents: Not allowed. No person may build or maintain fires.

(F) Decoy carts: Allowed.

(G) Bicycles: Not allowed.

(H) Reservations: Each reservation assures entry of up to two individuals per blind, except for the youth draw blinds on Saturdays which may include two youth hunters accompanied by one adult (only youth may apply). The pontoon boat for persons with disabilities is for use by one disabled hunter and one able bodied companion. (I) Special Restrictions: When assigned hunting sites, hunters shall remain in the assigned blind unless placing decoys, traveling to and from parking area, retrieving downed birds or when shooting and retrieving crippled waterfowl.

(J) Hunting dogs must remain under leash or voice control at all times.


2013 / 2014 Waterfowl Hunt Season

SEASON CLOSED

The 2013-14 waterfowl hunt season at Stone Lakes NWR will see a reduction due to budget constraints.  This reduction is being implemented to compensate for operational impacts incurred from a decrease in base funding, staffing restrictions, and additional cuts anticipated in fiscal year 2014.  In an effort to ensure quality hunting opportunities for the public, the core of the season will remain unaffected by reducing the number of hunt days during the early portion of the season when migratory waterfowl are at their lowest numbers.  To accommodate the budget reductions, Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge will tentatively open waterfowl hunting November 16 through January 25, 2013.

General Rules

“RESERVATION ONLY” hunts for the general public will be conducted on Wednesdays and Saturdays. This is a random drawing. Seven blinds total will be drawn. ALL blinds will be available as first pick status per reservation drawn except disabled blind which is pre-assigned.

Check Station

All hunters must present a valid CA hunting license and appropriate stamps at the check station. All hunters must check-in and check-out at the check station and report hunting results. Check-in time to claim reserved pick status is 5:00 a.m.  Shoot time ends at 12:00 p.m. (noon), and all hunters must have checked back in by 1:00 p.m.  Youth hunters get first pick on Saturdays. All licensed hunters in a blind may participate in hunt (exceptions for ‘Youth Blind’ and ‘Youth Only Hunt’ in the post season hunt; see details below). Unlicensed hunters may accompany a licensed hunter but may not hunt. An unlicensed hunter counts as a ‘person’ in the blind just as a licensed hunter. Licenses and stamps are NOT sold at the check station or refuge headquarters!

This is a small, high quality hunt that offers well spaced blinds and an opportunity to enjoy a normally restricted area with a natural lake and restored riparian and wetland setting. Unsportsman-like, unsafe or illegal conduct will not be tolerated and may result in loss of hunting privileges to this area.

NO waiting line (“backfill / sweatline”). NO prior access to hunt area; area is closed to general public. Please do not ask for access; requests will be refused and you may or will be cited for trespassing in a closed area.

DFG Regulations, Licenses, & Additional Hunt Rules

Licenses and stamps are NOT sold at the check station or refuge headquarters! Please use the California Department of Fish & Game website to locate where to purchase your license and stamps. All State regulations apply to Refuge hunts.

2013 / 2014 California Department of Fish & Wildlife Regulations

DFW License Sales Office

Additional Hunt Rules for Stone Lakes NWR

Blind Information

Blinds

All licensed hunters in a blind may participate in hunt (exceptions for ‘Youth Blind’ and ‘Youth Only Hunt’ in the post season hunt; see details below). All hunters must hunt from blinds; NO free-roam. Blinds consist of either a concrete pit blind or a platform blind. Chest waders are needed to get to blinds. Please see links below for blind conditions and locations. Only overall running season averages will be posted; individual blind averages will NOT be posted! Hunters are responsible for bringing additional camouflage as available natural cover may be limited at individual blinds, or ‘brushing’ may deteriorate as the season progresses. Due to cost of maintenance and upkeep, Boat-to-Blinds are no longer available.

Season Averages

Blind Conditions

Sun River Hunt Blind Map   2.7 MB pdf

Applicants may apply for one of the three hunt blind draws:

General Blind
2-person
6 blinds Wednesday; 6 blinds Saturday; Only hunters 16 or older may apply

Youth Blind
3-person
One adult and up to two youth hunters; see ‘Youth Blind’ description below for more details
1 blind Saturday only; Only licensed youth 15 or younger may apply

Disabled Blind
2-person
Pre-assigned; floating pontoon blind that may be moved in lower half of assigned wetland unit
1 blind Wednesday only; One disabled accompanied by one able-bodied hunter; Only licensed disabled hunter may apply

Blind Draw Wednesday     Saturday
General Blind 6 6
Youth Blind 0 1
Disabled Blind; pre-assigned, see map 1 0

One Disabled blind Wednesday; One Youth blind Saturday;
Six General blinds both Wednesday and Saturday

Youth Blind

One blind is reserved for youth on Saturday and will have the first pick. Only youths may apply for youth blinds. Adults may NOT apply for youth blinds. Youth blinds are 3-person max. All youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older.  Up to two youth hunters accompanied by one adult in the youth blind.  The accompanying adult may hunt.  Or, one youth hunter and one adult hunter, accompanied by one non-shooting guest, regardless of age, may be in the blind. If there are two adults in the blind with one youth, only ONE adult may hunt. Youths are individuals 15 years or younger at the time of the hunt. Juniors who have turned 16 are not eligible to apply for the Youth Blind or the post-season ‘Youth Only Hunt’. Only youth may hunt in the ‘Youth Only Hunt’ during the post season.

Disabled Blind

One pre-assigned blind is reserved for disabled on Wednesday. To qualify as disabled, the applicant must possess a DMV placard identification card/receipt with the applicants name listed and must show at check-in station. Only disabled hunters may apply for the disabled blind. Able-bodied hunters may NOT apply for disabled blinds. Licensed able-bodied hunters accompanying disabled hunter MAY hunt. Disabled blind is pre-assigned; it is a floating pontoon blind that may be moved within the lower half of designated wetland unit.

Application Procedure

This is a non-fee hunt. All applications for all blinds must use the FWS Form 3-2355 printed on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of regular #20 typing paper. Faxes, letters, emails, and postcards will NOT be accepted and will be disqualified from the drawing. Applicants may only apply once per hunt day. No fee required to submit applications, and applications for each hunt day may be submitted in one envelope with proper postage. Applications must be sent through the U.S. Mail or dropped off during refuge office hours: M – F, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Applications MUST be received on or before the appropriate application due date as listed below. Hunt days for Youth blind is Saturday and Disabled blind is Wednesday. Youth hunter gets first pick on Saturday. Disabled blind is pre-assigned. All successful applicants will be selected by a random drawing and notified via reservation postcard at least ten days prior to hunt. Reservations are non-transferable and the selected applicant must be present and participating in the hunt. Repeat “no-shows” will be eliminated from the drawings.

Please do not call about selections! Successful applicants will receive a reservation card via U.S. Mail. As per policy, successful applicants will not be posted on the website. General staff answering phones do not have the reservation list and cannot give out personal information.

A separate application must be submitted for EACH hunt date! You will only be entered in the drawing for the 1st Choice Date indicated on each application. Multiple applications with the same date will be disqualified.

Be sure to SIGN your applications; Unsigned applications will be disqualified.

FWS Form 3-2355; General Blind   170 KB pdf  Only hunters 16 or older may apply for the General Blind.

FWS Form 3-2355; Youth Blind   170 KB pdf  Youth age MUST be filled in, and BOTH the youth and guardian MUST sign the application. Only youth 15 or younger may apply for Youth Blind. Applicants 16 or older must apply for General Blind.

FWS Form 3-2355; Disabled Blind   170 KB pdf  Only disabled hunters may apply for the Disabled Blind.

2013 / 2014 Hunt Application Due Dates

To accommodate budget reductions, Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge will tentatively open waterfowl hunting November 16 through January 25, 2014.

    Saturday
Hunt Date
    Application
Due Date
    Wednesday
Hunt Date
    Application
Due Date
11-16 10-30 11-20 11-04
11-23 11-06 11-27 11-12
11-30 11-13 12-04 11-18
12-07 11-20 12-11 11-25
12-14 11-27 12-18 12-02
12-21 12-04 12-25 CLOSED
12-28 12-11 01-01 CLOSED
01-04 12-18 01-08 12-23
01-11 12-26 01-15 12-30
01-18 01-02 01-22 01-06
01-25 01-08
02-01 YOUTHONLY HUNT 01-15

Mail or Drop-off Applications to:

Stone Lakes NWR Hunt
1624 Hood-Franklin Road
Elk Grove, CA 95757

Office Hours: M-F, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday, Sunday & Federal Holidays

Successful applicants will be selected by a random drawing and notified via reservation postcard at least ten days prior to hunt.


Migratory Game Bird Hunting – Hunting of only goose, duck, coot, and moorhen will be allowed on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations subject to the following conditions:

Hunting will be allowed on Sun River Unit only on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1/2 hour before legal sunrise until 12 p.m. (noon).

All hunters will be selected through a random drawing process conducted by the refuge. Hunters should bring a copy of their refuge notification on the day of their hunt. Hunters should contact the refuge manager for additional information.

Check station will be open at 5:00 a.m. to claim pick status. Hunters must check in at least one hour before shooting time if not present at 5:00 a.m.

Youth blind hunters will get first overall pick on Saturdays. No waiting line “backfill” hunting.

No camping or overnight parking on the area. Fires are prohibited.

Youth hunters must possess a valid Youth Hunting License. Adults, age 18 or older, will be required to accompany hunters under age 16.

Firearms must be unloaded before transporting them between parking areas and spaced-blind areas. “Unloaded” means that no ammunition is in the chamber or magazine of the firearm.

Hunters are restricted to their assigned spaced-blind except when they are placing or retrieving decoys, traveling to and from the parking area, retrieving downed birds, or when shooting to retrieve cripples.

Only approved nontoxic shot may be possessed while in the field in quantities of 25 or less.

No shot shells larger than 12 gauge and no shot larger than T permitted.

Alcohol is prohibited on the refuge.

Vehicles are allowed to stop only at designated parking areas. Dropping of passengers or equipment or stopping between designated parking areas is prohibited. Travel is restricted to designated roads. Park only at designated parking lots.

Hunters may use decoy carts. Bicycles or other conveyances are prohibited. Mobility-impaired hunters should contact the refuge manager regarding allowed conveyances.

Boat hunters must provide their own Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (pfd) type II or III for each person. Float tubes prohibited.

All decoys, personal equipment, shotshell hulls, and refuse must be removed from the refuge by 1:00 p.m.

Use of hunting dogs for retrieving birds is allowed, provided the dogs remain under the immediate control of the hunter at all times. Dogs must be kept in autos or on a leash in the check station parking area.

All hunters must check out at check station and report hunting results. All hunters must possess valid hunting license and stamps.

No high shooting or “skyscraping.”

Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated.

Violators may be ejected from area.

Please do not pick birds in the field or at the parking lots.

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