New regulations for hunting waterfowl have been adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission for this season.
As a result, the season length for brant in the Balance of State Special Management Area, which includes but is not limited to Fresno, Madera, Merced and San Benito counties, was increased to 37 days.
Duck seasons for Fresno County (Balance of State zone), the southern San Joaquin Valley and Southern California zones open Oct. 24 and close Jan. 31, 2016. Scaup season opens Nov. 7 and closes Jan. 31. In the northeastern zone, duck season will run Oct. 10 to Jan. 22 and scaup season from Oct. 10 to Dec. 6 and Dec. 26 through Jan. 22. The Colorado River zone will be open Oct. 16 through Jan. 24 for ducks and Oct. 31 through Jan. 24 for scaups.
Hunters are allowed to take seven ducks per day, which includes no more than two hen mallards, two pintail, two canvasback, two redheads and three scaup.
Geese season opens Oct. 24 and ends Jan. 31. Fresno County and the rest of the Balance of State zone can hunt early large Canada geese Oct. 3-7, late season white-fronted and white geese from Feb. 13-17. Bag limits are 25 total geese per day, 15 of which may be white geese.
Get more details at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Hunting/Waterfowl.
Big Trees Transit season ends Labor Day weekend
Now is the right time to beat the heat at Kings Canyon National Park. Visitors can go to the park for $15 on the Big Trees Transit, a round-trip shuttle from Fresno and Sanger to Kings Canyon National Park, with a stop in Squaw Valley along the way.
This Big Trees Transit will end its seasonal operations after the Labor Day weekend. The shuttle operates seven days a week, beginning as early as 7 a.m. and returning to Fresno as late as 7:30 p.m. Stops include Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fresno’s Amtrak and Greyhound stations, the Sanger Depot Museum and Clingan’s Junction in Squaw Valley.
Walk With a Doc
Improve your health on a walk along Lewis S. Eaton Trail with a local physician on Saturday. The walks, put on by the San Joaquin River Parkway and the Fresno/Madera Medical Society, last about an hour. Meet at River Center (11605 Old Friant Road) at 7:15 a.m. to register.
Alyssa Samansky Track Challenge
Put your track skills to the test and bring your unwanted books Aug. 22 for a book drive benefiting the Fresno County Library. Running and field events will start at 5 p.m.
The meet honors Alyssa Samansky, who died in 2005 at age 7 after being hit by a car in a Fresno supermarket parking lot. A $20 registration fee allows participants to compete in any running or fielding events. Register online or the day of beginning at 4 p.m. A barbecue dinner featuring hot dogs and hamburgers costs $5.
Events include long jump, shot put, 50-meter kids dash, 100, 400, 800, 1,600 and 1,600 relay.
China Peak Mud Run
Get down and dirty on the mountain for the third annual China Peak Mud Run on Aug. 22. A new, more challenging 8K course will have runners crawling through mud, jumping over ponds and scrambling through obstacles.
Enter as an individual or in teams of four – but remember all team members must cross the finish line together. A mini mud course will be open for children ages 12 and under. After the race, enjoy food, drinks and music at the brew fest and awards ceremony.
Registration costs $45 in advance and $55 the day of the race for adults. Kids cost $20. Day-of registration starts at 8 a.m. with the main race starting at 10 a.m. and the kids race following at 12:30 p.m. Non-runners will be able to watch from the resort’s Day Lodge deck or along spaces on the upper mountain.
— The Fresno Bee