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

San Antonio Valley Hunts

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A no-fee CDFW hunt, in cooperation with California Deer Association

CDFW logo   California Deer Association logo


CDFW opens San Antonio Valley Ecological Reserve on a limited basis for general pig hunts and collaborates with California Deer Association (CDA) on apprentice deer, pig, and upland game hunts. The reserve is located in the San Antonio Valley, east of Mount Hamilton, and south of Livermore. The area is not open to the public except for scheduled tours and these special hunting opportunities.  

Successful apprentice hunt applicants will be assigned a CDA volunteer who will act as their guide for the duration of the hunt. All participants must attend a mandatory orientation scheduled on the first day of each hunt, as well as be in possession of a current valid California Hunting License and any appropriate hunting tag (i.e. pig or deer tag, or upland game bird validation and HIP validation) at the time of the hunts. An adult chaperone, 18 years or older, must accompany each junior but may not hunt. Applicants are advised that this Reserve falls within the Ridley-Tree Condor Preservation Area and non-lead ammunition is required for all big game hunts.

Pig hunts are not regular events but instead are scheduled in response to pig populations and volunteer availability. Interested parties should check back periodically for updated hunt information and schedules. Winter or Spring hunts may be subject to weather cancellations.

Hunts are scheduled throughout the fall season 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.

Hunt Dates

Species Hunt Date Application Start Date Application Due Date
Deer Sept. 20-21, 2014 May 12, 2014 Aug. 28, 2014
Upland Game Bird Nov. 1, 2014 Aug 25, 2014 Oct. 9, 2014


Online Application for Special Hunts

Important: Do not include non-hunters on your application.

Directions to apply:

  • Go to the Online Application for Special Hunts (button above). If you have not already done so, create a CDFW web account. Once logged in, return to the Online Application.
  • Click "Select and Register for Hunts"
  • Follow the instructions through the rest of the application process