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Outdoor Events, Programs And Hunting On November Calendar
Shown, a bird perched on a branch in Sacramento County. CDFW Photo By Travis VanZant

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has posted its calendar of events and activities for November. Wildlife areas, ecological reserves and other properties may be closed due to wildfires or storm damage. Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts are strongly encouraged to check for closures before leaving on any recreational trip. All calendar items are also subject to change.


Various Days

Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) access permit application deadline for hunting opportunities. The SHARE program is offering wild pig, deer, waterfowl and upland game hunting this fall. A $12.75 non-refundable application fee (plus handling fees) is charged for each hunt choice. For more information, visit


Swan Tours. Celebrate the bird migration on the Pacific Flyway this fall and winter. CDFW’s popular, free swan tours are set for select Saturdays, November through January. Held in partnership with Mathews Rice Operation, the tours transverse flooded rice fields north of Marysville. This area boasts one of the largest overwintering populations of tundra swans in the Central Valley, as well as abundant geese, ducks, shorebirds and raptors. To register, email



Guided Tours of the Nimbus Fish Hatchery Basin, 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Nimbus Fish Hatchery Visitor Center, 2001 Nimbus Road, Gold River. Join Nimbus Fish Hatchery for a free, family friendly mile hike to explore the edge of the American River and possibly see salmon getting ready to spawn. Participants might also spot other wildlife, including migratory birds, mammals and insects. Please be prepared for the hike with proper footwear, water and sun protection. Tours are cancelled in heavy rain. Tours are first come, first served with a maximum group size of 25 people. All are welcome, though the terrain is uneven at times and may be challenging for strollers and wheelchairs. For more information, call (916) 358-2884 or email



Tot Time at Nimbus Fish Hatchery, 11 a.m., 2001 Nimbus Road, Gold River. Join CDFW every Sunday for Tot Time at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery Visitor Center for nature-themed stories and to create a fun craft. Recommended for children ages two to seven years, with parent/guardian supervision. There is no cost for these events and registration is not required. For more information, email


Nov. 4

Recreational Dungeness Crab Season opened. The recreational Dungeness crab fishery opened with restrictions statewide on the first Saturday of November. The recreational take of Dungeness crab using crab traps is temporarily restricted between the Sonoma/Mendocino County line and Lopez Point, Monterey County (Fishing Zones 3 and 4) due to presence of humpback whales and potential for entanglement from trap gear. The trap restriction does not affect the use of other methods of take such as hoop nets and snares. Visit for more information and to join the email list.


Nov. 11

Fall Wild Turkey Season opens statewide; extends through Dec. 10.

General Pheasant Season opens statewide; extends through Dec. 24.

Late Season Dove Hunting opens statewide; extends through Dec. 25.

For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, visit


Nov. 15

California Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting, 9 a.m., Natural Resources Agency Headquarters, First Floor Auditorium, 715 P St., Sacramento. The public is welcome. For more information, visit


Nov. 16

California Fish and Game Commission Marine Resources Committee Meeting, time to be determined, 3883 Ruffin Road, San Diego. The meeting will also be held via webinar/teleconference. For more information, visit


Nov. 18

Brant Season opens in the Northern Brant Special Management Area; extends through Dec. 14. For more information, visit


Nov. 19

Brant Season opens in the balance of State Brant Special Management Area; extends through Dec. 15. For more information, visit


Nov. 30

Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) Lower American River Conservancy Program Advisory Committee Tour, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tour will feature the upper reach of the American River Parkway and begin at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery. This tour is open to the public, and participants will be responsible for their own transportation. The final agenda will be posted to WCB’s website,, by Nov. 20.