On 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: varies by unit
- Waterfowl hunting: geese, ducks, coot & moorhen
- Big game hunting: deer but ONLY during the special apprentice hunt
- Small game hunting: rabbits
- Upland game bird hunting: dove, pheasant & snipe
- City: approximately 11 miles west of Highway 99 on Highway 162
- County: Butte & Glenn
- Location: see our Google map
- Phone: (530) 982-2169
- Recreational use: Type A
- Region 2: Map
- Size: 9,375 acres
- Units: Howard Slough, Little Dry Creek & Llano Seco
- Waterfowl Zone: Balance of State WF Zone
- Website: Upper Butte Basin WLA
B. All Units
Bikes: Allowed only from one week after the end of waterfowl until two weeks prior to opening of waterfowl season [§ 551(j)(8)]
- Camping: Allowed only in the checking station parking lots on the night before a shoot day during the waterfowl. [§ 551(m)(29)]
- Closures: Closed to all non-hunting uses from two weeks prior to opening of waterfowl [§ 551(0)(59)]
- Horses: NOT allowed [§ 551(l)(27)]
- Rabbits: Allowed only during the September dove season, and on waterfowl or pheasant hunt days during the late dove season [§ 551(s)(25)]
- Pheasant: Pheasant hunting is open daily for the first five days of the pheasant season and on waterfowl hunt days for the remainder of the pheasant season.[§ 551(s)(27)]
C. Unit-Specific Regulations
Follow the links below for unit-specific rules and regulations:
See our Google map
(39) Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area
Type A Area9,375 acres
Location and Access: Howard Slough Unit: Approximately eleven miles west of Highway 99 on Highway 162. checking station is on Road ZZ, one mile north of Highway 162. Little Dry Creek Unit: Ten miles west of the town of Gridley on the Gridley Colusa highway just before reaching Butte Creek. Then north at the area entrance half a mile to the check station. Llano Seco Unit: North of Highway 162, north on Z Road, which will become 7 Mile Lane, check station is west of the intersection of 7 Mile Lane and Nelson Road. Daily Hunter Capacity: Little Dry Creek Unit: (96 adults) 17 blinds, 3 mobility impaired blinds, 36 free roam; Howard Slough Unit: (81 adults) 9 blinds, 2 mobility impaired blinds, 11 assigned fields, 15 free roam , Hunters will be issued permits for either the north or south side of Highway 162. If hunters want to switch from the north to the south or from the south to the north once they have been issued their permit, they must return to the check station to check availability and be issued a new permit. From opening day of pheasant season through the second Sunday of pheasant season, all areas designated as assigned fields will be operated as free roam (NOTE: During this time, the quota for north of Highway 162 is 30 individuals and 6 individuals south of Highway 162); Llano Seco Unit: total 78 hunters; NOTE: From the opening day of pheasant season through the second Sunday fo pheasant season all areas designated as assigned shooting zones will be operated as free roam and the area quota will be 30 hunters plus the blinds during this time 5 blinds, 21 assigned shooting zones. Reservations: Available during the waterfowl and pheasant season for all three units of Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area. reservations ensure entry of three individuals. Hunter Processing Procedure: Daily hunter quotas will be filled by the following order: 1) reservations, 2) lottery numbers, 3) first- come, first- served numbers. For the Little Dry Creek Unit and the Howard Slough Unit, hunters without reservations may register at the checking station between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on the evening before each hunt day to participate in a drawing that will be held at 8:00 p.m. All hunters wishing to participate in the lottery draw must be present to sign up for the lottery. The checking station will open two hours before shoot time and begin processing reservations in numerical order. Hunters without reservations or lottery numbers will be assigned first-come, first served numbers beginning two hours before shooting time. The Llano Seco Unit will have a lottery sign up starting at 4:00 a.m. on the hunt day and the lottery will be held at 4:30 a.m. On all Units during the waterfowl and pheasant season, no permits will be issued after 3:00
p.m. Permits returned after 3:00 p.m. shall be filled out and deposited in “iron ranger” or “Drop box” before leaving area. For information call (530) 982-2169.
(A) Ammunition Restrictions: A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shotgun shells while in the field during the waterfowl season.
(B) Hunt Days: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, and snipe: Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during open season during waterfowl season. Pheasant: Every day during the first five days of the season, and on waterfowl hunt days during the remainder of the pheasant season. Doves and rabbits: Daily during the September dove season, and on waterfowl or pheasant hunt days during the late dove season. Deer: Only during the Little Dry Creek Apprentice Deer Hunt under special permit issued by drawing.
(C) Authorized Species: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, snipe, dove, pheasants, and rabbits.
(D) Camping: Overnight Camping, including trailers and motor homes, shall be permitted only in checking station parking lots.
(E) Special Restrictions: Closed to all non-hunting uses from two weeks before waterfowl season to one week after waterfowl season. Public entry is allowed only from sunrise to sunset, except by written permission. Horses are prohibited. Dogs are allowed for hunting only. Within the assigned blind areas at the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area units, hunters must hunt from assigned blinds, except to retrieve downed birds.
(F) Special Apprentice Waterfowl Hunts in Zone 7 of the Howard Slough Unit: Special apprentice waterfowl hunts will be conducted on Wednesdays and Saturdays of the waterfowl season in Zone 7 of the Howard Slough Unit commencing on the first Saturday after December 15. These hunts will commence at legal shooting time and close at 12:00 noon. A junior hunter must be accompanied by one adult hunter. Not more than one adult hunter and two junior hunters may occupy each blind. Hunters must remain in their blinds except to retrieve downed birds. All hunters must return to the Zone 7 parking lot by 1:00 p.m. Hunters will be selected from the Howard Slough reservation line. Hunters may be selected from the first-come first-served line after the Howard Slough reservation line is depleted.
(G) Bicycles: Not allowed during waterfowl season.
(H) Hunters may enter or exit only at designated locations. Stopping vehicles between designated parking areas to drop off passengers or hunting equipment is prohibited.