Currency:USD Category:Hunting Start Price:2,500.00 USD
Remember your participation and any donations will be used for efforts to protect our hunting heritage, wildlife conservation projects, youth and general education about conservation, veteran's support, and other core missions of SCI SFBA and SCI-F. Please bid generously!
Please review the Terms & Conditions before bidding.
-Our donors are very generous!
-For hunts, we encourage you to upgrade your hunt with more days and/or animals.
This 5,358 acre property, located in the Mayacamas mountains of Mendocino County, is just a two hour drive from San Francisco. Owned and operated by the University of California. since 1951, the mission of the Hopland Research and Extension Center is to carry out a broad spectrum of ecosystem research. As a part of this mission, HREC has been recognized for decades as a center for wildlife research on Columbian blacktail deer. An integrated part of these studies is conservation hunting. HREC offers a very limited number of deer hunts which supports their activities.

The property is a mixture of rolling open oak woodlands, chaparral, and annual as well as perennial grasslands. The property ranges from 600 to 3000 feet in elevation, and is accessed via an extensive network of both maintained all-weather dirt roads and unmaintained four-wheel drive tracks. Spread around the property are various springs and ponds. HREC is bounded by private ranches, vineyards, and over 45,000 acres of rugged BLM land with an estimated 500-600 resident blacktails.

For most of the year, the vast majority of HREC (outside the Headquarters area), is lightly travelled with visitation limited to active researchers, occasional guided hikes and employees maintaining the property and managing a small flock of sheep that graze some of the lower pastures. Then, for a few weekends each year, the public has the chance to participate in very limited access hunts via a lottery,

We have reserved one hunt for the special August 12-15 “Restricted Hunts", where only six hunters get access to the entire property (outside of a no-hunting area around the Headquarters complex) for one day of scouting and three days of hunting.

Although this is an UNGUIDED hunt, HREC will assist by including:
- One day of pre-hunt scouting including a one-hour orientation with HREC Staff about the property and past hunting information (9/21).
- Three days self-guided hunting (8/12-8/15).
- Maps showing water sources, contours and satellite imagery of vegetation.
- Access to a skinning-shed, including power hoist, basic cleaning equipment and cooling room
- Participation in active deer research activities
- One deer tag can be filled as part of this package, a second tag may be filled for an additional $500.

Not Included:
California hunting license and deer tag(s). A-Zone deer tags are available over the counter.
No rifle rental is available.
No food is available on the site.
(Note that accommodations, meals and any transport are not included. The city of Hopland is very close, with two hotels; Ukiah is 25 minutes away with multiple hotels and facilities)

By bidding on one of these very limited Restricted Hunt slots you will not only be able to take advantage of a great and rare opportunity to hunt on HREC, but you will also be helping to fund vital continuing research into California's wildlife and relevant land management practices to ensure our natural resources for future generations.