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Locations: Lake Oroville

Lake Oroville
Hunting:

This 11,869 acre Wildlife area in Oroville is primarily riparian woodland habitat along the Feather River, and grasslands around the Thermalito Afterbay. Species observed in the area include coyote, black-tailed deer, Rio Grande wild turkey, bobcat, fox, osprey, white-tailed kite, Cooper's hawk, red-shoulder and red-tailed hawks, bald eagles, woodpeckers, warblers, western and Clark's Grebes, egrets ,and herons. Throughout the riparian forest, and on the Thermalito Afterbay, there are huntable populations of dove, quail, waterfowl, wild turkey, squirrel, and rabbit.

To see a map of the area, click here to navigate to the Oroville wildlife Area website.

Quail
Quail

Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove

Extensive hunting information can be obtained from the California Department of Fish and Game.

TURKEY HUNTING: Hunting is allowed in the Oroville Wildlife Area from September 1 through January 31, during open season for all legal species, and during the spring turkey season when only turkey may be taken. Game species include deer, dove, turkey, quail, squirrel, rabbit, and pheasant.
Spring turkey hunting permits are issued by drawing only for the 1st, 3rd, and 5th weekends, and Wednesdays of the spring turkey season. There is no waiting list available for this hunt. Click here to apply online. Fall turkey hunting is not permitted in the Oroville Wildlife Area.

Wild Turkey
Wild Turkey

WATERFOWL: There are many opportunities for hunting waterfowl in the Oroville Wildlife Area. During waterfowl season, the entry time is relaxed to permit entry 1 1/2 hours before sunrise, and exit times are 1 hour after sunset. Thermalito Afterbay has scull boat opportunities in the deeper water for divers, and decoy hunting opportunities along the shoreline for dabbling ducks and geese. The dredger ponds offer decoy and jump shooting, mainly in late season as the water table rises. The Oroville Wildlife Area is a Type C waterfowl area, and a season pass is not required for waterfowl hunting.

Waterfowl
Waterfowl

DEER: Deer hunting is permitted after September 1 for archery equipment only, until the archery season closes. After a two (2) week closure, the area will open again for the general season of shotguns with slugs only, and archery. Rifles and pistols are prohibited in the Oroville Wildlife Area at all times, except at the target range. All deer hunters must obtain and possess a D 3-5 Deer tag, prior to hunting in the Oroville Wildlife Area. To obtain information, applications, and forms on hunting licenses, please click here.

Deer
Deer

A complete list of current hunting and fishing regulations can be found at the Department of Fish and Game's website.