We all can hunt Catalina. The catch is knowing someone who lives on the island. You can have a D15 tag transferred to hunt on the island as a guest of a island resident. send me pm for more info
Thanks, Jeff. I know we CAN hunt it, I just want to know if anyone here HAS hunted with stick and string over there in the past couple years. PM on the way.
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I know several bowhunters that have taken deer off Catalina. I'm not so sure you can just go hunt Catalina, even if you know someone or have a relative that lives there. The deer hunting is on Catalina Nature Conservancy property and they lease the hunting concession. As far as I know you can only hunt through the concession, which is rediculously expensive for a Ca mule deer hunt. Ed F
Ed, you are absolutely correct! Thank you. I dug a bit deeper in the DFG website and found this in the regs...
"Santa Catalina Island is private property and Zone D-15 deer tags are not valid. Instead, the landowner participates in
the Department’s Private Lands Management Program (PLM) and is licensed annually. As part of this license, the landowner offers limited deer hunting for an access fee. For more information regarding deer hunting on Santa Catalina Island contact the PLM operator at (530) 824-4902."
Looks like I'll be making a phone call to see what's available.
I beleive its West Coast Hunting Inc. or something like that 3000.00 i beleive! Hey Ed howd you do on your hunt to A20?
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Most southern Californians realize that Santa Catalina Island lies only 26 miles offshore of Long Beach. But what most people don't realize, including hunters, is that there is an active mule deer and wild hog hunting program on the island. Originally owned by the Wrigley family of the chewing gum fame, the island was turned over to the Catalina Conservancy a few years ago. The goal of the Conservancy is to preserve the Island's native flora and fauna. To their credit, the Conservancy realized that sport hunting could be part of the program and used as a tool to help keep populations of deer and wild hogs (both exotics to the island) at manageable levels. The deer were first introduced in the 1930's from the southern California mainland. Pigs and goats arrived earlier. The feral goat population has been eradicated, and the pig population significantly reduced to prevent damage to native vegetation.
This fall will be the third season the Conservancy has contracted with David Morgan to conduct hunts on the island. The hunting program is authorized under the California Department of Fish and Game private lands management program. A California hunting license and a deer tag application or unused deer tag for any zone is all that is needed to hunt. The trips are four days/three nights with three days of hunting, and the cost is $1,800, all-inclusive, once you reach Catalina. Most clients travel to the island on the Catalina Express, a water taxi that departs the Long Beach Harbor and takes about an hour to reach the island. The cost is a reasonable $38 round trip. Hunters are housed in a condominium in Avalon and all meals are provided, including dinners catered by one of the better restaurants in Avalon. Avalon is a small but lively tow. Hope this helps!
That's still a lot for a Ca mule deer hunt. Although, I thought it was more than that and it sounds like you are well taken care of for the 4 days. I actually went along on a deer hunt over there years ago and been on 4 or 5 goat hunts when they exhisted and saw quite a few deer. They were transplanted from the Sierra's so they have the potential to be P&Y class. The three that have been turned in to CBH are 90-100", unlike the Kaibab bucks that still live on Santa Rosa Island... for now.
Wingbone, I screwed up an opportunity on a big bear and never was able to put a stalk together on a buck I wanted. Helped my buddy score on a 125" 4x3, earning him his CBH Whitney Hill Award for a Ca slam... mission accomplished. Leaving Friday for Alaska. It's gonna be a good one!!! How's your season going? Ed F
Sound's like a good hunt even if you didn't close the deal and congrat's on your buddie's slam my season well passed on a small bear locally and have been seeing some good hybrids but now that they have closed the forest we'll have to wait a bit but Sat. i will be hunting the archery opener in San Diego A22 so we shall see but i think it'll be a good season!
Good luck wingbone,