California hunters can now apply for the annual Big Game drawing as well as purchase 2013-14 hunting licenses.
Transactions may be conducted at any California Department of Fish and Wildlife license sales office (such as the Central Region headquarters at 1234 E. Shaw Ave. in Fresno), any license agent or online at dfg.ca.gov.
All hunt tags for premium deer, elk, antelope and bighorn sheep are awarded through CDFW's Big Game drawing. To qualify, the sales transaction must be completed before midnight June 2.
After registering, applicants will receive a receipt showing their hunt choices have been entered into the drawing. Mail-in applications are not accepted.
Hunters may contact a CDFW license sales office or look online beginning June 21 to check the results.
To find a license agent or purchase items online, go to dfg.ca.gov/licensing.
Youth Fishing Derby
When: June 8
Where: Shaver Lake, SCE Day Use Area
Kids 15 and under are invited to put their angling skills to the test and take home numerous prizes donated by local merchants. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon; registration starts at 7:30.
Participation is free. The SCE Day Use Area is on the north side of the lake along Road No. 2. Details: Greg Marks, (559) 855-8752.
News & notes
-- The annual Bass Lake Classic Triathlon returns June 1 to the Sierra foothills. Details: basslaketri.com.
-- It's rattlesnake season, and the CDFW has a few suggestions to avoid getting bitten. Namely, wear hiking boots and loose-fitting long pants; don't go barefoot or wear sandals when walking through wild areas; avoid tall grass, weeds and heavy underbrush; and always step on top of logs and rocks instead of over them.
-- Yosemite National Park rangers are scheduled to erect the Half Dome cables Friday. Permits for the world-famous hike are required seven days a week. If you missed the preseason lottery, permits may still be available through a daily lottery. Details: fblinks.com/permits.
-- Sequoia National Park's free shuttle service between Giant Forest, Moro Rock, Wolverton, Lodgepole and the Wuksachi Lodge begins summer operations Friday. Also, there will be no road construction delays this weekend between Hospital Rock and Giant Forest.