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BEAR HUNTING BAN BILL PULLED FOR NOW
A state bill to ban bear hunting was abandoned less than a week after it was introduced.

SB 252, by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, would have prohibited hunting black bears, but allowed depredation permits to kill bears threatening public safety or property. Wiener’s office suggested to the Sacramento Bee (subscription required) that he will focus on more pressing issues this session, like the ongoing COVID epidemic.

SB 252 is sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States, arguably the most influential anti-hunting organization in the country. The bill would have not only have arbitrarily banned the hunting of an abundant game species (California has one of the highest black bear populations of any state, estimated at least at 30,000), but would have taken over $1.3 million in hunting revenue away from the Department of Fish and Wildlife each year. Bear tag monies fund a variety of wildlife conservation projects, including those that benefit other big game species like deer, bighorn sheep, elk and antelope.

Due to previous anti-hunting legislation that banned using dogs to pursue bears, hunters no longer reach the tag quota (1,700) and harvest levels are low. Despite anti-hunters’ claims that bears are only harvested for trophy purposes, bear meat is commonly consumed by hunters, their families and friends. And the law already prohibits wasting edible portions of bear and other game species.

It should be noted that the bill introduction deadline is still several weeks away, and other lawmakers could still introduce legislation to prohibit hunting bears or other game species. CWA will continue to work with other hunting, agricultural, landowner and conservation partners on a lobbying strategy against any future legislative measures to ban or restrict bear hunting.

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APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR 2021 DELAYED WHEAT HARVEST INCENTIVE PROGRAM
California Waterfowl is now accepting applications for the 2021 Delayed Wheat Harvest Incentive Program. This program provides incentives for farmers to delay the harvest of winter wheat and other small grains to give wild duck nests in their fields time to hatch before harvest.

The 2020 pilot program was extremely successful, attracting strong interest from farmers and proving to be to be a cost-effective way to mitigate agriculture-wildlife conflict, with minimal disturbance to both wildlife and crops.

Incentives of $30 to $40 per acre to delay wheat and/or triticale harvest until July 1-15 offset costs associated with delaying harvest.

Click here for more information and to apply. The deadline is Feb. 26.

Not a farmer? We're still seeking donations to support this program!
GET TICKETS FOR OUR NEW SPRING RAFFLE!
NOW is the time to get some tickets for our 2021 Spring Raffle! We'll get you through the rest of winter with prizes galore for your favorite outdoor activities. Check out the TEN different packages, order tickets and choose which packages you want to WIN! It's just like the bucket raffle at our events.

We've got prizes from Benelli, SportDOG, YETI, Vortex, KelTech, Kamp-Rite, Traeger, MOJO and more!

Check out the NEW way to win and get some tickets today! Tickets must be received by CWA by April 14, 2021.
CWA WORKING TO GET CIGARETTE TAX 'WATERFOWL' MONIES FOR STATE WILDLIFE AREAS
After several meetings between California Waterfowl and the California Department of Finance, changes have been made to the governor’s proposed 2021-22 state budget that would keep $819,000 of cigarette tax monies earmarked for waterfowl conservation purposes. This money would be available for the operation and maintenance of Department of Fish and Wildlife lands, including state wildlife areas.

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YOUTH & VETERAN HUNT WEEKENDS
Saturday, Feb. 6 and Sunday, Feb. 7, are Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days in the Southern San Joaquin Valley, Southern California, Colorado River and Balance of State Zones!

Federal regulations require that hunters must be 17 years of age or younger and accompanied by a non-hunting adult 18 years of age or older to participate. All hunters must have a valid license and stamps as required by state and federal law. The daily bag and possession limits apply, along with all other waterfowl regulations for the 2020-21 waterfowl season.

The first Veterans and Active Military Waterfowl Hunting Days take place the following weekend (Feb. 13 and 14) throughout the Balance of the State, Southern San Joaquin Valley, and Southern California waterfowl zones.

In addition to a valid California hunting license, California duck validation, federal duck stamp and Harvest Information Program (HIP) validation, any person participating in these hunts must possess verification of eligibility. Acceptable verification includes: a Veteran ID Card, military ID card for active duty personnel or a state-issued driver license or ID card with veteran designation. We are also hearing that discharge papers (DD214) are OK and that DFW wardens will NOT cite hunters in the field who only have them as proof of military service.

Click here for more information on the Veteran Hunt Weekend from CDFW.
SEND US YOUR YOUTH HUNT WEEKEND PICS

Send us your photos of kids you take out for Youth Hunt Weekend and we'll choose the best ones for the special Youth Hunt Scrapbook in the Summer issue of California Waterfowl magazine! Email photos to Editor John Geiger at jgeiger@calwaterfowl.org. Be sure to include the name and age of the child, the location of the hunt, and anything interesting you'd like to tell us about the child's experience during the hunt. As space is limited, group photos are especially encouraged.
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