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Applications Now Available For Apprentice Deer Hunt

A drawing for an apprentice deer hunt is being offered for Junior Hunting License holders on the Chimineas Unit of the Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve in September. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is accepting applications for the event.

The two-day buck hunt, which is being offered in cooperation with the A-Z Foundation (AZF) and the Chimineas Ranch Foundation (CRF), will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14 and 15 on the 30,000-acre reserve in San Luis Obispo County. Mandatory hunter orientation will take place in the evening on Friday, Sept. 13. Overnight lodging will be available at the main ranch house on the ecological reserve on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Three apprentice Junior Hunting License holders will be chosen by lottery. Selected Junior Hunting License holders must possess an A zone deer tag and must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will receive classroom, range, and field training in gun handling techniques and safety, deer hunting and game care. Hunts will be led by AZF volunteers. AZF and CRF will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, as well as breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

Junior Hunting License holders may apply online using their GO ID number through the Automated License Data System (ALDS). The hunt application is titled “Carrizo Plain ER – Chimineas Unit Apprentice Deer Hunt.”

The application deadline is Monday, Aug. 19. Successful applicants will be notified by phone and will receive additional information, including maps and special regulations, prior to the hunt.