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Opening Day For Deer Hunting Season

Stanislaus National Forest, CA — As hunters head into the woods for the opening of California’s 2016 general deer season Saturday, forest officials are highlighting fire concerns.

Specifically, fire restrictions and outdoor safety are in the sights of Stanislaus National Forest officials. Spokesperson Clare Long explains, “With it being the open weekend for rifle season, we just want to make sure that people are aware of what their actions may do with it being so dry. Just a small spark could actually start a fire.”

There are fire restrictions on the high and moderate hazard areas of the forest. A valid California Campfire Permit only allows for the use of gas stoves or lanterns in those areas.  Additionally, visitors are banned from shooting any firearm, air rifle or gas gun, includes BB guns, from a vehicle within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site or other occupied areas.

The forest service provided these safety tips for visitors:

  • All visitors should consider wearing bright colors to make their presence clear;
  • All individuals in a hunting party must wear daylight, fluorescent orange at all times;
  • Beware of broken limbs and damaged trees that may fall at any time.
  • Look up while in the forest, especially when it’s windy and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Follow fire restrictions orders and make sure your campfire is completely out.
  • Leave your itinerary with a friend or family member and check in with them upon your return.

Individuals can get Fire Hazard Area maps at any Forest Service office or click here.  For more deer hunting season information along with firearm restrictions click here. Regulations, license, tags and lotteries details are available by contacting the Department of Fish and Wildlife at 209-234-3420.