Security at Oroville WA?

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Security at Oroville WA?

Postby terenceb » Thu Dec 12, 2013 12:52 pm

Hey Guys,

My friend is finishing up his finals at Chico State next Friday, so if he is able to, we were thinking of hunting the Thermalito Afterbay at the Oroville Wildlife Area on the 21st. We had gone there once a few years ago (didn't have a boat at the time) and saw quite a few ducks out there.

I have heard that security is an issue there (theft mainly) and was wondering if there are others on here who have hunted the area recently. Is it still really bad? Any suggestions on where to park/ what to do to reduce the chances of getting vandalized or my truck broken into?

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Re: Security at Oroville WA?

Postby finsnfeathershunter » Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:04 pm

Few years ago on a Thanksgiving morning came back to have both my taillights missing while my truck was parked at the ramp.

I know several guys who have had their vehicles broken into since.

There is a recent (and last year) theft of vehicles being broke into in the rice country while guys are hunting off of HWY 162 and surrounding areas. Boldly doing it during the day while guys cant get back to their vehicles fast enough watching it happen.

If you have the ability to have somebody drop you off and pick you up latter I would. Oroville is tweaker dirtbag paradise of Butte County. Have numerous friends who work and live in Butte County for law enforcement and fire near Oroville and have problems with theft at their places of work.

I wont hunt there again if I have to leave my vehicle at the ramp.
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Re: Security at Oroville WA?

Postby upcedarcreek » Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:59 pm

A lot of guys that hunt ducks like black labs while some prefer chocolate or yellow labs.
In the Oroville area the lab of choice is the meth lab........
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Re: Security at Oroville WA?

Postby wanapasaki » Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:01 pm

upcedarcreek wrote:A lot of guys that hunt ducks like black labs while some prefer chocolate or yellow labs.
In the Oroville area the lab of choice is the meth lab........

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Re: Security at Oroville WA?

Postby terenceb » Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:15 pm

Dang, really? That's really disappointing. I might just tell my friend we'll pass on Oroville then haha.

And that "meth lab" joke was a good one haha.
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Re: Security at Oroville WA?

Postby finsnfeathershunter » Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:55 pm

If you can find somebody to drop you off its not a bad place to hunt
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Re: Security at Oroville WA?

Postby quack-attack » Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:18 pm

The afterbay itself is not nearly as bad security wise as the dredger pond section of the wildlife area, and they have gone a long way toward imoroving that area too. DFG has a warden assigned to the wildlife area now and over the last few years the crime has diminished greatly. That being said I still treat it very cautiously.

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Re: Security at Oroville WA?

Postby terenceb » Thu Dec 12, 2013 4:00 pm

Thanks everyone. I'll run this info by my bud and see if he wants to still try that area. Good luck to everyone this weekend if you're going out.
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Re: Security at Oroville WA?

Postby awc16 » Thu Dec 12, 2013 4:01 pm

I have been hunting out at the Oroville wa for a few years now and have never had a problem.

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Re: Security at Oroville WA?

Postby zkalinowski » Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:53 am

I've hunted there many a time and never had anything stolen, but I also have to say I'm surprised by that. There's definitely some iffy characters out there. I really wish they had more wardens or even sheriffs on patrol out there. I wouldn't say its bad enough that I would say not to go, but definitely be vigilant and make sure there is nothing too expensive in your rig if you aren't in it (really a rule you should follow anywhere, but it probably carries a bit more weight in this circumstance).
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Re: Security at Oroville WA?

Postby Sgtstadanko707 » Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:10 pm

Being from Chico there are plenty of better options to hunt besides Oroville. Howard, llano, ldc, the lodge ,sac river. I avoid Oroville like the plague.
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Re: Security at Oroville WA?

Postby ericwjennings » Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:45 pm

Sgtstadanko707 wrote:Being from Chico there are plenty of better options to hunt besides Oroville. Howard, llano, ldc, the lodge ,sac river. I avoid Oroville like the plague.


Exactly! Way too many meth-heads out there to want to leave my vehicle unattended. And far better places to hunt.
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Re: Security at Oroville WA?

Postby Calikev » Fri Dec 13, 2013 4:37 pm

Leave a dog that will bite in the cab of your truck. They will pass.
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Re: Security at Oroville WA?

Postby KeepOnDucking » Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:39 pm

Don't hunt the Oroville WA. No ducks there
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Re: Security at Oroville WA?

Postby terenceb » Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:58 pm

Thanks for the info guys!
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Re: Security at Oroville WA?

Postby Sgtstadanko707 » Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:15 pm

KeepOnDucking wrote:Don't hunt the Oroville WA. No ducks there


Plenty of mergansers and coots to shoot. The honkers do like to hang around there
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Re: Security at Oroville WA?

Postby bill in san jose » Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:38 am

terenceb wrote:Thanks for the info guys!


Shoot, shovel and shut up.




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