Lottery will choose lucky 'apprentices' that get to hunt with adult on Chimineas Unit in September

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is opening a lottery for apprentice (under 16-years-old) deer hunters on the Chimineas Unit of the Carrizo Plain Ecological Reserve.

The two-day hunt, offered in cooperation with the California Deer Association (CDA), is being held Sept. 14-15 on the 30,000-acre reserve in San Luis Obispo County.

Three apprentice hunters will be chosen by lottery.

Selected applicants must be accompanied by an adult and possess a valid hunting license and zone A tag. Participants must also attend a mandatory hunter training class on gun safety, deer hunting and game care on the evening of Friday, Sept. 13.

Overnight lodging will be available on both Friday and Saturday nights at the main ranch house on the ecological reserve. Hunts will be led by CDA volunteers who will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, Sept. 14, as well as breakfast and lunch on Sunday, Sept. 15.

To apply, applicants must submit a postcard with the hunter’s name, address, telephone number and 2013-2014 junior hunting license number to: Chimineas Apprentice Deer Hunt, Department of Fish and Wildlife, 3196 South Higuera St., Suite A, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

Applications must be received in the office by 5 p.m. on July 26. Late or incomplete applications will not be entered in the draw. Successful applicants will be notified by phone and will receive additional information, including maps and special regulations, prior to the hunt. 

The Chimineas Unit of the Carrizo Plain Ecological Reserve is located in southeastern San Luis Obispo County. It is a 30,000-acre property owned by CDFW that was acquired for habitat protection of deer, tule elk, pronghorn antelope and a host of other species.