The Big Chico Ecological Reserve contains 3,950 acres of diverse canyon and ridge habitats, including 4.5 miles of Big Chico Creek, and is home to many species of plants and animals. The BCCER is owned by the California State University, Chico, Research Foundation. As part of the purchase agreement for the BCCER, the Research Foundation has cooperatively developed a program with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to allow hunting on a limited permit basis. This program provides a unique opportunity to gain access to property that would otherwise be closed to the general public for hunting.



All hunters must have a valid California hunting license and appropriate deer tags or Upland Game Bird Validation for any hunt on the BCCER. This hunt lottery is for TRESPASS RIGHTS ONLY.


Each hunter is allowed one application as the primary applicant per hunt period and may include 1 guest hunter and 1 Non-hunter guest. Primary applicant will be drawn for no more than one hunt period per season. Each entry is $10 all proceeds from the hunt go to habitat restoration efforts at the Reserve. If drawn, there will be an additional $50.00 per hunter trespass fee. Please, be aware that the primary applicant will be the primary contact and is responsible for all correspondence and paperwork for the hunt party.


Note: Drive in access to property may be restricted due to inclimate weather.


A-1 Archery

Period 1: 3 days Saturday- Monday  8/17-19


Period 2: Friday- Saturday 8/23-24


Period 3: Friday- Saturday 8/30-31st


C-4 Rifle

Period 1: 3 days Saturday-Monday 9/21-23


Period 2:  Friday 10/4-Saturday 10/5



G-1 Late Season Rifle

October 26th-November 3rd

Period 1: Sat. October 26th– Tues. October 29th


Period 2: Thur. October 31sr-Sun. November 3rd

PLEASE CONTACT AMY TO PURCHASE HUNT. EMAIL: aluong@caldeer.org CALL: 916-575-7745

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