Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

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

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

  • California rules and regulations for the public use of the Yolo Bypass State Wildlife Area to fishing and hunting ducks and geese (scaup, brant, Canada geese, dark geese, snow geese, white-fronted geese, specklebellies, white geese), dove, pheasant, and snipe

    Map

    Authorized activities:

  1. Waterfowl hunting: goose, duck, coot & moorhen
  2. Upland game bird hunting: dove (mourning), pheasant & snipe
  • City: ___
  • County: Yolo County
  • Facilities:
  • Habitat: wetlands (permanent, seasonal and tidal), upland, and agricultural land
  • Phone: (530) 757-2461
  • Recreational use: Type A
  • Region 3: Bay Delta map
  • Size: 16,770 – 17,770 acres (regs v. CDFW webpage)
  • Waterfowl Zone: Balance of State WF Zone
  • Website: Yolo Bypass WLA

B. All Hunting

California rules and regulations for the public use of the Yolo Bypass State Wildlife Area to fishing and hunting ducks and geese (scaup, brant, Canada geese, dark geese, snow geese, white-fronted geese, specklebellies, white geese), dove, pheasant, and snipe

Legal boundaries

  • Access: by foot to the levees (see our Google map) From eastbound I-80, take E. Chiles Rd. exit and travel E. one-quarter mi. to the W. levee access. From westbound I-80, take the E. Chiles Rd., County Rd. 32A exit immediately W. of the W. end of the Yolo Causeway, turn right at stop sign and head S. under freeway to W. levee access.
  • Bicycles: ONLY in designated areas
  • Boats: NOT allowed (including all flotation devices)  [ref. § 551(l)(2K)]
  • Camping & trailers: NOT allowed (e.g. overnight parking of trailers and motor homes)
  • Closures:
  1. Christmas Day: CLOSED
  2. Flooding: subject to immediate closure due to flooding (follow link for more info)
  3. Free roam: NO access N. of the NE unit from parking lot “H”
  • Enter/Exit: ONLY at designated points of access (see our Google map)
  • Falconry: ONLY in designated areas
  • Shotgun shells: 25 max. while in the field during waterfowl season
  • Vehicles:
  1. Equipment: NO “dumping”(i.e. dropping off before the parking area)
  2. Passengers: NO “dumping”(i.e. dropping off before the parking area)
  3. Stopping: NO stopping b/n designated parking areas
  4. Motor homes: NOT allowed on the roads (including other large vehicles)
  5. Trailers: vehicles w/ trailers are NOT allowed on the roads

C. Waterfowl Season

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: ONLY on designated areas___
  • Blinds:
  1. Assignments: hunt ONLY from assignment except to retrieve birds
  2. Availability: there are 16, four-person blinds
  3. Pheasant hunting: NOT allowed from assigned blinds

[ref. § 551(x)(27)]

  • Check Station:
  1. Camping: overnight parking is NOT allowed
  2. Hours: opens two and one-half (2 ½) hours before shoot time and begins issuing permits to reservation holders.
  3. Location: see our Google map and directions
  4. Lottery: see below
  5. Permits: see below
  6. Reservations: see below
  7. Waiting list: see below
  • Hunt area:
  1. Free roam: NO access from the N. of the NE Unit from parking lot H
  2. Blinds: 16 assigned blinds

[ref. § 551(x)(27)]

  • Hunt days: Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays
  • California rules and regulations for the public use of the Yolo Bypass State Wildlife Area to fishing and hunting ducks and geese (scaup, brant, Canada geese, dark geese, snow geese, white-fronted geese, specklebellies, white geese), dove, pheasant, and snipe

    Waterfowl Hunt Map

    Hunt map: pic. right

  • Hunter capacity: depends on the location
  1. Blinds: 64 person max. (4 per blind), including juniors and/or non hunters
  2. Free roam: 45 person max.
  • Lottery: hunters w/o a “rezzy” may register in person for a drawing at the designated check station that determines the order of entry to fill any vacancies after reservations are processed
  1. Drawing: held at 6:00 p.m. the evening before each hunt day, but the location depends on the hunt day
    1. Headquarters: for Saturday and Wednesday hunts
    2. Check station: for Sunday hunts
  2. Headquarters: see our Google map (2 mi. W. of the WLA entrance) on County Rd. 32-B (Chiles Rd.)
  3. Juniors: may participate if accompanied by a responsible adult___
  4. Participation: NOT required for potential hunting partner___
  5. Parties: see below
  6. Register: the evening before each hunt day, but the location and time depends on the hunt day
    1. Headquarters: for Saturdays and Wednesdays, register ONLY once b/n 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
    2. Check stations: for Sundays, register ONLY once any time
    3. Warning shot!!! Registrants who enter more than once will be eliminated and NOT be allowed to hunt that day___
  • Parties: must hunt the same assignment ____
  • Party size:
    1. Free roam: two (2) adults, each accompanied by two (2) juniors or non-shooters (4 people max.)
    2. Blinds: 4 people max

[ref. § 551(x)(27)]

  • Passes: a “Type A” or ____ pass is required and must be purchased in advance from the CDFW (link to purchasing info). Warning shot!!! Passes are NOT sold at the check station
  • Permits:
  1. Daily entry permit: required and available at the check station until 3:00 p.m.
  2. Priority: issued first to hunters with “Reservations,” then to “Lottery” cardholders, followed by people on the “Waiting list”
  • Reservations:
  1. Applications: purchase at least 17 days in advance from the CDFW (link to purchasing info)
  2. Availability: for the WF and pheasant seasons
  3. Parties: see above
  4. Passes: see above
  5. Permits: see above
  6. Priority: processed in numerical order beginning w/ Reservation #1___
  7. Processing: begins at the check station at least two and a half (2 1/2) hours before shoot time and continues until one and one-half (1 1/2) hour before shoot time, at which time reservations expire

[ref. § 551(x)(27)]

  • Scouting: on“Cleanup Day” (Sept. 14, 2013)
  • Shotgun shells: 25 max. while in the field during waterfowl season
  • Shotgun shot: ONLY steel or other non-toxic shot approved by the USFWS
  • Waiting list: hunters w/o a “rezzy” or lottery number may be added to the waiting list
  1. Blinds: refill takes place b/n 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  2. Parties: see above
  3. Permits: see above
  4. Priority: first-come, first-served
  5. Registration: sign in at the check station as an individual or party ___

California rules and regulations for hunting doves on national wildlife refuges, California wildlife areas, and California ecological reserves

Dove Hunting

D. Dove Seasons

  • Hunt days:
  1. Early season: DAILY during the Sept. dove season
  2. Late season: ONLY on WF hunt days
  • Hunt area:
  1. Blinds: NOT allowed in the assigned blind areas ___
  • Hunt days:
  1. Opening: first 9 days of the general pheasant season,
  2. Remainder: then on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays

California rules and regulations for hunting pheasant on national wildlife refuges, California wildlife areas, and California ecological reserves

Pheasant

E. Pheasant Season

  • Hunt area:
  1. Blinds: NOT allowed in the assigned blind areas
  • Hunt days:
  1. Opening: first 9 days of the general pheasant season,
  2. Remainder: then on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays

[ref. § 551(s)(29)]

  • Reservations: available for pheasant and waterfowl season (see “Waterfowl Season” above)

 


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

Snipe Hunting

F. Snipe Season

  • Hunt days: Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays during waterfowl season

G. Other Activities

  • Cleanup day: Sept. 14, 2013
  • Closures:
  1. Christmas Day: CLOSED
  2. Flooding: subject to immediate closure due to flooding
  3. Nighttime: CLOSE from sunset to sunrise except w/prior written permission
  4. Waterfowl season: CLOSED to non-hunting activities from two weeks before waterfowl season [ref. § 551(o)(62)]
  • Horses: NOT allowed
  • Hours of use: ONLY from sunrise to sunset except w/ written permission

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

H. Regulations

(57) Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

Type A Area 16,770 acres

Location and Access: Approximately 3 miles east of Davis (4 miles west of West Sacramento) off Interstate 80. From eastbound Interstate 80, take East Chiles Road exit and travel east one-quarter mile to the west levee access. From westbound Interstate 80, take the East Chiles Road, County Road 32A exit immediately west of the west end of the Yolo Causeway, turn right at stop sign and head south under freeway to west levee access. Reservations: Available during the waterfowl and pheasant seasons. Checking Station: During approved hunting seasons, the parking lot and checking station will open two and one half hours before shooting time and begin processing permits to reservation holders. Overnight parking is not permitted. On each Tuesday or Friday afternoon before a hunt day, hunters without reservations may register at the area headquarters (2 miles west of the Wildlife Area entrance) on County Road 32-B (Chiles Rd.) between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to participate in a lottery drawing that will be held at 6:00 p.m. for the hunt on the following day. The lottery for Sunday’s hunt will be held at the check station at 6:00 p.m. with registration taking place all day Saturday. The check station is located approximately 3 miles south of Interstate 80 in the Yolo Bypass. Hunters without reservations or lottery numbers will be assigned first-come, first-served numbers beginning two hours before shooting time at the hunter check station which is located within the bypass. Daily hunter quota will be filled by the following order: 1) reservations, 2) lottery numbers, 3) first-come, first-served numbers. Blind refill will take place between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. No hunting permits will be issued after 3:00 p.m. Daily Hunter Capacity: 16 blinds (4-person) with a maximum capacity of 64, including juniors and/or non hunters; 45 in the freeroam area. Visitors should be aware that roads may not be passable for large vehicles such as motor homes and vehicles with trailers, and such vehicles will not be permitted. For information call: (530) 757-2461.

(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 Wednesday during waterfowl seasons. Pheasants: Each day during the first nine days of the general pheasant season, and only Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays, during the remainder of the pheasant season. Doves: Daily during the September dove season and on waterfowl hunt days during the late dove season.

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

(D) Camping and Trailers: Overnight parking of trailers and motor homes is not allowed.

(E) Special Restrictions: Closed to all non-hunting uses from two weeks before waterfowl season to one week after waterfowl season, except areas designated for wildlife viewing purposes which are open on most days during the entire year. Public entry is allowed only from sunrise to sunset, except by written permission. Horses are not allowed. Bicycles are restricted to designated areas only. No boats or flotation devices allowed. The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is subject to immediate closure due to flooding in the Yolo Bypass. Within the assigned blind area, hunters must hunt from their assigned blinds, except to retrieve downed birds. Pheasant hunting is not permitted in the assigned blind areas. Hunters may not access the free-roam area north of the northeast unit from parking lot H. Hunters may enter or exit the area only at designated locations. Stopping vehicles between designated parking areas to drop off passengers or equipment is prohibited. Falconry hunting is allowed in designated areas.

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