California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Bay Delta Region

Hunt Programs

Main Office
  7329 Silverado Trail
  Napa, CA 94558
  (707) 944-5500

Stockton Office
  2109 Arch Airport Rd
  Stockton, CA 95206
  (209) 234-3420

Regional Manager: Scott Wilson

Cañada de los Osos Apprentice Hunt Program

Wild turkeys at Cañada de los Osos

A non-fee hunt

CDFW is pleased to provide limited-permit apprentice deer, pig and upland game bird hunting opportunities at Cañada de los Osos Ecological Reserve near Gilroy. The hunts are conducted in coordination with volunteers from the Friends of Cañada de los Osos who operate the program.

Hunts are scheduled throughout the spring and fall seasons and applicants may only apply with the on-line registration link at the bottom of this page. Paper or any other electronic applications are no longer accepted. Due to the high demand, hunters who are unable to attend the hunt for which they are drawn must notify our office within 5 days of being notified that they were successfully drawn. Please only apply for hunt dates you can attend.

Successful applicants will be assigned a volunteer from the Friends of Cañada de los Osos who will act as their guide for the duration of the hunt. Canada de los Osos falls within the Ridley-Tree Condor Preservation Area and non-lead ammunition is required for all big game hunts.

Individuals interested in applying must use the online registration by the appropriate due dates listed below. Hunt applications will become available approximately 45 days prior to their due date. Successful applicants will be selected by random drawing and notified at least two weeks prior to the hunt date.

Hunt Dates

Species Hunt Date Application Start Date Application Due Date
Spring Turkey I March 22-23, 2014 Jan. 13, 2014 Feb 27, 2014
Spring Turkey II April 19-20, 2014 Feb. 10, 2014 March 27, 2014
Spring Pig May 10-11, 2014 March 3, 2014 April 17, 2014
Deer Sept. 13-14, 2014 July 7, 2014 Aug. 21, 2014
Fall Pig Oct. 25-26, 2014 Aug. 18, 2014 Oct. 2, 2014
Upland Game Bird Nov. 15-16, 2014 Sept. 8, 2014 Oct. 23, 2014

Application Instructions

  1. If you have not already done so, create a CDFW web account. Once you have an account...
  2. Go to the Special Hunts Registration page, and Login as a registered user.
  3. Click Select and Register for Hunts
  4. Follow the instructions through the rest of the application process.


Do not include non-hunters on your application

Special Hunts Registration