CBH & SAA Small Game Program has been around since 1970. CBH/SAA uses a one of a kind small game program. The important point being, is that you learn about each of these species of pest, game bird, game animal, or fish that you harvest with your bow and arrow. With knowledge comes responsibility to wisely use your catch and to be aware of the habitat in which they depend on for space, cover, and food. It is hoped that you will then help protect this species from unwise use among your hunting group and promote conservation in your community. As CBH/SAA Small Game Coordinator, under the office of 2nd VP of hunting (Jason Duysings), it is my job to record your harvested species and keep a record for you. Certificates will be given for every species turned in.
When you reach 35 different species, you will become a member of the “Golden Eagle Society”. Your award will be presented to you at the next bi-annual Big Game Banquet. When you reach 50 species, you earn a “Double Eagle” award. When you reach 75 species, you have reached the apex and will earn yourself a “Triple Eagle” award. All members of the Golden Eagle Society, regardless of level attained will be recorded in the next issue of the Big Game Record Book.
There are also categories for “Big Carp” which is any carp over 10lbs. and “Big Tilapia” which is any tilapia over 3lbs. These records are kept in categories for State Records that will be posted in the next Big Game Record Book. The top 3 Carp and Tilapia will also be eligible for awards during the two year scoring period, to be given out at the bi-annual Big Game Banquet. Cost to enter small game species is $3.00 each, with $1.00 of that entry fee going to the legislative team. For youth (17 and under) the cost is $2.00 each with .50c going to the legislative team. I have a list of small game species available to all current CBH members.
Remember, it is always YOUR responsibility to read and know the current regulations to take any small game in California. It is my intent to keep everyone up to date with their certificates, and awards. Look for monthly articles in the CBH newsletter from myself and my committee members on issues concerning small game. This program was designed with our Youth in mind to encourage them to study and learn about the species they want to hunt, and go into the field to develop good hunting skills. The CBH Small Game awards are acknowledgments of that success. You can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Matt Burns at (909) 438-6289