Hopland Research and Extension Center
University of California
Hopland Research and Extension Center

Hopland REC Deer Hunt

Dates: August 8, 2020 - September 20, 2020

Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Contact: Hannah Bird (707) 744 1424 ext 105 hbird@ucanr.edu

Sponsor: Hopland Research and Extension Center

Location: 4070 University Road,

Event Details

The UC Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC) is a 5,358 acre property located in the Mayacamas Mountains in Mendocino County, roughly a two hour drive north of San Francisco. Owned and operated by the UC since 1951, the mission of the Center is to maintain and enhance ecosystem integrity through applied research, adaptive management, and educational activities. As a part of this mission, for decades HREC has been a recognized center for wildlife research on Colombian Black-tailed Deer, and as an integrated part of these studies HREC offers an annual deer hunt that ties into and helps support these activities.

The landscape itself is a beautiful mixture of signature Northern California habitat types: rolling open oak woodlands, chaparral covered higher elevations, annual and perennial grasslands. The property ranges from 600-3000 feet elevation and is accessible via an extensive network of both maintained all-weather dirt roads and unmaintained four-wheel drive tracks. Spread across the property are various springs, perennial natural ponds, and riparian corridors. The surrounding lands create an extensive additional wildlife refugia and are a mixture of private ranches, vineyards, and over 45,000 acres of rugged BLM land. The wildlife population is robust and diverse including black bear, mountain lions, bobcats, and most relevant to the hunting, a resident herd of Colombian black-tailed deer that current research efforts estimate in the range of 500-600 individuals. 

For most of the year, the vast majority of HREC outside of the headquarters area is lightly travelled with visitation limited to active researchers, occasional guided hikes, and employees maintaining the property and managing the small sheep flock that grazes some of the lower pastures. Then, for a few weekends each year, the public has the chance to participate in very limited hunting for the few slots made available each year.

Controlled public deer hunting at UC ANR Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC) will take place during the regular A-Zone rifle season. In 2020 HREC will host restricted ($1,750) and standard ($165) hunts, details below:

Restricted Hunts will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. You will be contacted within a week of your application to confirm your hunt date.

Price for the Restricted Hunt is $1,750/hunter + 1 non-hunter (if desired).

There are 12 total Restricted Hunt slots per season, 6 each on the first and last weekend of the A Zone season (August 8-9 and September 19-20 respectively.) 

Included in the Restricted Hunt are:

  • Two days of hunting, Saturday and Sunday, access to the 5358 acre HREC site.
  • Two days of scouting before your trip (no hunting allowed during scouting trip).
  • One site consultation with an HREC staff member.
  • Detailed maps of the site and keys to access less accessible parts of the site.
  • Use of the HREC skinning shed and cooler to process your deer.
  • Access for hunter and one non-hunter if desired. 


Standard hunts will be allocated via lottery. Applications must be received by June 16, 5pm (PST). You will receive a response to your application, by e-mail, on June 26.

Price for the Standard Hunt is $165/hunter, $10 non-hunters.
There are 64 total Standard Hunt slots per season, 16 per weekend day for August 15, 16, 22, and 23. 
Included in the Standard Hunt are:

  • One day of hunting access to the 5,358 acre HREC site.
  • A map of the site.
  • Use of the HREC skinning shed and cooler to process your deer.
  • One hunter per slot, with one non-hunter if desired (for an extra $10 per non-hunter).
  • You may apply with others to form a hunt party on a selected day but each applicant will be entered into the lottery separately and only those applicants selected can access the site unless they accompany a selected hunter as the single non-hunter.


To apply for a hunt package, please:
Complete this online application fully, including uploads of the below supporting documentation (if applying for standard hunt, copies of supporting documentation are required for every member of your party):

  • Hunting license
  • Completed and signed Firearm Authorization Form (the proof associated with this document will be your hunting license). 

You will find it helpful to assemble and upload this additional information to your computer before progressing further with the application. Good photographs of supporting documentation can be uploaded where scanning is not possible. Incomplete forms/packets will not be included in the drawing. If you have problems completing the online application please call Hannah Bird at hbird@ucanr.edu or call (707) 744 1424 ext. 105 for support.

Standard hunt applications including all supporting documents must be submitted by 5pm, PST, June 16, 2020.

Restricted hunt applications will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

Permits are not transferable and are valid only for the date(s) issued. All hunters must abide by HREC rules. Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Payments will be requested at the time permits are granted, no payment is requested at the time of application.

COVID-19 Considerations: Due to the unknown nature of state and county re-openings due to COVID-19, changes may be made to the annual hunt if required. If cancellations need to take place after payments are made, due to COVID-19, full refunds will be made available.

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