Youth Waterfowl Hunt days for the Northeastern California Zone are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24. To participate, hunters must be 17 years of age or younger and be accompanied by a non-hunting adult 18 years of age or older. People should contact the wildlife area or national wildlife refuge they wish to hunt for details. For more information, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.
Throughout the month of September, there are Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) access permit application deadlines for multiple hunting opportunities. Wild pig, deer, bear, turkey, dove and quail hunts are available through the SHARE program. A $12.75 non-refundable application fee (plus handling fees) is charged for each hunt choice. For more information, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.
Also coming up and set for Saturday, Sept. 23, the Elkhorn Slough Reserve will host its annual Open House, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1700 Elkhorn Road in Watsonville. This year’s event will honor National Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrate the local community. All are welcome to attend and enjoy a fun-filled, family-friendly day. The event will include kids crafts and games, informational booths highlighting the reserve’s research and stewardship work, demonstrations by CDFW wildlife officers, bilingual bird walks and more. For more information, call 831-728-2822.