CDFW Accepting Applications for Pig and Deer Hunting in Western Merced County

cdfw-insignia-052016The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting applications for a limited number of deer and pig hunt access permits on opening weekend, Aug.13-14, 2016 in Zone A for the general season.

The locations for this hunt include Upper and Lower Cottonwood Creek and the San Luis Reservoir wildlife areas.

Interested hunters may apply for an access permit by calling (209) 826-0463 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or visiting CDFW online at For more information on the San Luis Reservoir Wildlife Area, please visit

Applications may be submitted via email to [email protected] ¬†or mailed to CDFW‚Äôs Los Banos Wildlife Area office at 18110 W. Henry Miller Ave., Los Banos, CA 93635.

Applications must be received before 4:30 p.m. on July 5. The drawing, which is open to the public, will be held July 6 at 11 a.m. at the Los Banos office. Successful applicants will be notified by mail within five working days after the lottery. Applicants may not apply for both days or for multiple areas.

Reservations are required for access to the wildlife areas and only 30 permits will be issued for each day. Reservations will be selected by a computerized drawing. Applicants are allowed to apply for a one-day hunt on one area only and successful candidates will receive special permits in the mail stating what area and day they may hunt.

Junior license holders must apply with an adult hunter. Up to three persons may apply as one party by including the required information on the 2016 Zone A application form. Only official applications will be accepted.  An individual’s name may appear only once in the drawing and multiple applications will be rejected.