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Overview

Known For

Earliest deer seasons in the nation

Terrain

Forested rugged terrain in the northwest, fertile valleys, deserts, mountains, and dry barren terrain

Hunting Seasons

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Season Start Date End Date
Antelope
Antelope – Archery Buck
Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Aug 6, 2022 Aug 14, 2022
Antelope
Antelope – General Buck (Period 1)
Zone: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. See hunting digest for more information.
Aug 20, 2022 Aug 28, 2022
Antelope
Antelope – General Buck (Period 2)
Zone: 3, 4. See hunting digest for more information.
Sep 3, 2022 Sep 11, 2022
Bear
Bear – General A
Zone A
Aug 13, 2022 Dec 25, 2022
Bear
Bear – Archery
One adult bear per hunting license year. Cubs and females accompanied by cubs may not be taken.
Aug 20, 2022 Sep 11, 2022
Bear
Bear – General (B-4)
Zone B-4
Aug 27, 2022 Dec 25, 2022
Bear
Bear – General B
Zones B-5 and B-6
Sep 17, 2022 Dec 25, 2022
Bear
Bear – General B
Zones B-1, B-2, B-3
Sep 17, 2022 Dec 25, 2022
Bear
Bear – General C
Zones C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4
Sep 17, 2022 Dec 25, 2022
Bear
Bear – General X
Zones X-9A, X-9B, X-12
Sep 17, 2022 Dec 25, 2022
Bear
Bear – General D
Zones D-6, D-7
Sep 17, 2022 Dec 25, 2022
Bear
Bear – General (X-10)
Zone X-10
Sep 24, 2022 Dec 25, 2022
Bear
Bear – General D
Zones D-3, D-4, D-5, D8, D-9, D-10
Sep 24, 2022 Dec 25, 2022
Bear
Bear – General (X-8)
Zone X-8
Sep 24, 2022 Dec 25, 2022
Bear
Bear – General (D-19)
Oct 1, 2022 Dec 25, 2022
Bear
Bear – General X
All X Zones except for X-18, X-9A, X-9B, X-10, and X,12.
Oct 1, 2022 Dec 25, 2022
Bear
Bear – General D
Zones D-11, D-13, D-14, D-15, D-17
Oct 8, 2022 Dec 25, 2022
Bear
Bear – General (D-16)
Oct 22, 2022 Dec 25, 2022
Bear
Bear – General (D-12)
Zone D-12
Nov 5, 2022 Dec 25, 2022
Coyote
Hunting
No limit. Open all year.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery C
Zone: C1, C2, C3, andC4
Jul 9, 2022 Jul 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery A
Zone: A
Jul 9, 2022 Jul 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery B (Part 2)
Zone: B4
Jul 23, 2022 Aug 14, 2022
Deer
Deer – General A
Zone: A
Aug 12, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery B (Part 1)
Zone: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, D3, D4, D5, D6, D7, D8, D9, D10, X1, X2, X3a, X3b, X4, X5a, X5b, X6a, X6b, X7a, X7b, X8, X9a, X9b, X9c, X10, X12
Aug 20, 2022 Sep 11, 2022
Deer
Deer – General B (Part 2)
Zone: B4
Aug 27, 2022 Oct 2, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery D (Part 1)
Zone: D11, D13, D15, D14, D16, D17, D19
Sep 3, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Deer
Deer – General X (Part 3)
Zone: X9a, X9b
Sep 17, 2022 Oct 10, 2022
Deer
Deer – General D (Part 2)
Zone: D6, D7
Sep 17, 2022 Oct 30, 2022
Deer
Deer – General B & C
Zone: B6, C1
Sep 17, 2022 Oct 16, 2022
Deer
Deer – General B (Part 1)
Zone: B1, B2, B3, B5, C2, C3
Sep 17, 2022 Oct 23, 2022
Deer
Deer – General C
Zone: C4
Sep 17, 2022 Oct 2, 2022
Deer
Deer – General X (Part 6)
Zone: X12
Sep 17, 2022 Oct 10, 2022
Deer
Deer – General X (Part 5)
Zone: X10
Sep 24, 2022 Oct 9, 2022
Deer
Deer – General D (Part 1)
Zone: D3, D4, D5
Sep 24, 2022 Oct 30, 2022
Deer
Deer – General D (Part 3)
Zone: D8, D9, D10
Sep 24, 2022 Oct 23, 2022
Deer
Deer – General X (Part 2)
Zone: X8
Sep 24, 2022 Oct 9, 2022
Deer
Deer – General D (Part 8)
Zone: D19
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 30, 2022
Deer
Deer – General X (Part 1)
Zone: X1, X2, X3a, X3b, X4, X5a, X5b, X6a, X6b, X7a, X7b
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 16, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery D (Part 2)
Zone: D12
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 23, 2022
Deer
Deer – General D (Part 7)
Zone: D17
Oct 8, 2022 Oct 30, 2022
Deer
Deer – General D (Part 4)
Zone: D11, D13, D15, D14
Oct 8, 2022 Nov 6, 2022
Deer
Deer – General X (Part 4)
Zone: X9c
Oct 15, 2022 Nov 6, 2022
Deer
Deer – General D (Part 6)
Zone: D16
Oct 22, 2022 Nov 20, 2022
Deer
Deer – General D (Part 5)
Zone: D12
Nov 5, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Dove
Eurasian Collared Dove
No Closed Season. No Bag Limit.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Dove
Mourning Dove and White-winged Dove – Early
15, up to 10 of which may be white-winged doves
Sep 1, 2022 Sep 15, 2022
Dove
Spotted Dove and Ringed Turtle Dove – Early
No Limit
Sep 1, 2022 Sep 15, 2022
Dove
Mourning Dove and White-winged Dove – Late
15, up to 10 of which may be white-winged doves
Nov 12, 2022 Dec 26, 2022
Dove
Spotted Dove and Ringed Turtle Dove – Late
No Limit
Nov 12, 2022 Dec 26, 2022
Duck
Duck
Northeastern Zone
Oct 2, 2022 Jan 12, 2023
Duck
Duck
Colorado River Zone
Oct 23, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Duck
Duck
Southern San Joaquin Valley Zone, Southern California Zone, Balance of State Zone
Oct 23, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Elk
Elk – Tule – Archery
Fort Hunter Liggett Archery only either-sex
Jul 30, 2022 Aug 7, 2022
Elk
Elk – Tule – Archery
Owens Valley Multiple Zone Archery bull
Aug 13, 2022 Aug 21, 2022
Elk
Elk – Tule
Different start and end dates for certain draw areas. Check regulations for details.
Aug 16, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Elk
Elk – Rocky Mountain – Archery
Northeastern CA Archery either-sex
Aug 31, 2022 Sep 11, 2022
Elk
Elk – Roosevelt
Different start and end dates for certain draw areas. Check regulations for details.
Sep 7, 2022 Sep 29, 2022
Elk
Elk – Early Muzzleloader
Independence Period 1 Muzzleloader bull
Sep 10, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Elk
Elk – Tule – Archery
Lone Pine Period 1 Archery antlerless
Sep 10, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Elk
Elk – Rocky Mountain Bull
Northeastern CA bull
Sep 14, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Elk
Elk – Roosevelt/Tule
Mendocino bull. Check regulations for details.
Sep 21, 2022 Oct 2, 2022
Elk
Elk – Roosevelt – Archery/Muzzleloader
Marble Mountains Muzzleloader/Archery either-sex
Oct 29, 2022 Nov 6, 2022
Elk
Elk – Tule – Archery
Fort Hunter Liggett Archery only antlerless
Nov 5, 2022 Nov 13, 2022
Elk
Elk – Rocky Mountain Antlerless
Northeastern CA antlerless
Nov 9, 2022 Nov 20, 2022
Goose
Goose – Canada Geese
Northeastern Zone
Oct 2, 2022 Jan 9, 2023
Goose
Goose – White and White-Fronted Geese (Season 1)
Northeastern Zone
Oct 2, 2022 Nov 28, 2022
Goose
Goose – Early season (Large CAGO only)
Balance of State Zone
Oct 2, 2022 Oct 6, 2022
Goose
Goose
Balance of State Zone
Oct 23, 2022 Jan 30, 2023
Goose
Goose
Southern San Joaquin Valley Zone, Southern California Zone, and Colorado River Zone
Oct 23, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Goose
Goose – White and White-Fronted Geese (Season 2)
Northeastern Zone
Jan 1, 2023 Jan 14, 2023
Goose
Goose – White and White-Fronted Geese (Late season)
Northeastern Zone
Feb 6, 2023 Mar 10, 2023
Goose
Goose – White and White-Fronted Geese
Balance of State Zone
Feb 19, 2023 Feb 23, 2023
Grouse
Upland Bird
Sooty and Ruffed Grouse – Archery
Daily Bag Limit 2; All of one species or mixed.
Aug 20, 2022 Sep 9, 2022
Grouse
Upland Bird
Soot and Ruffed Grouse – Falconry
Daily Bag Limit 2; All of one species or mixed.
Aug 20, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Grouse
Upland Bird
Sooty and Ruffed Grouse – General
Daily Bag Limit 2; All of one species or mixed.
Sep 10, 2022 Oct 10, 2022
Hog
Wild Pig
No bag limit. Requires hunting license and wild pig tag.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Pheasant
Pheasant – Falconry
Daily bag limit of 2 pheasants per day for first two days of the season; 3 pheasants per day after the first two days of the season.The daily falconry bag may contain birds of either sex. Hawking hours are Sunrise to Sunset.
Aug 20, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Pheasant
Pheasant – Archery (1st season)
Daily Bag Limit: 2 pheasants per day for first two days of the season; 3 pheasants per day after the first two days of the season. The daily archery bag may contain not more than 1 female pheasant.
Oct 8, 2022 Oct 30, 2022
Pheasant
Pheasant – General
Daily Bag Limit: 2 males per day for first two days of the season; 3 males per day after the first two days of the season.
Nov 12, 2022 Dec 25, 2022
Pheasant
Pheasant – Archery (2nd Season)
Daily Bag Limit: 2 pheasants per day for first two days of the season; 3 pheasants per day after the first two days of the season. The daily archery bag may contain not more than 1 female pheasant.
Dec 26, 2022 Jan 22, 2023
Quail Game Type
Quail – Falconry
Daily Bag Limit 10.
Aug 20, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Quail Game Type
Quail – Archery
Daily Bag Limit 10.
Aug 20, 2022 Sep 9, 2022
Quail Game Type
Mountain Quail
Zone Q1. Daily Bag Limit 10.
Sep 10, 2022 Oct 14, 2022
Quail Game Type
Quail (Zone Q2)
Daily Bag Limit 10.
Sep 24, 2022 Jan 29, 2023
Quail Game Type
Quail (Early Season)
For Hunters with Junior Hunting Licenses in Mojave National Preserve. Daily Bag Limit 10.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 2, 2022
Quail Game Type
Quail (Zone Q3)
Daily Bag Limit 10.
Oct 15, 2022 Jan 29, 2023
Quail Game Type
Quail (Zone Q1)
Daily Bag Limit 10.
Oct 15, 2022 Jan 29, 2023
Rabbit
Jackrabbits
No limit. Open all year.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Rabbit
Rabbits & Varying Hare
Daily bag limit of 5 per day, 10 in possession.
Jan 1, 2023 Jan 29, 2023
Rabbit
Rabbits & Varying Hare – Falconry
Daily bag limit of 5, possession limit of 10.
Jan 30, 2023 Mar 19, 2023
Sheep
Bighorn Sheep (Zone 7)
WHITE MOUNTAINS – GENERAL METHOD – RAM
Aug 20, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Sheep
Bighorn Sheep
Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9,10
Dec 3, 2022 Feb 5, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring – Archery
1 bearded per day. 3 per season.
May 1, 2022 May 14, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall
1 either sex per day. 2 per season.
Nov 12, 2022 Dec 11, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Junior (Season 1)
Mar 18, 2023 Mar 19, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring – General
1 beared per day. 3 per season.
Mar 25, 2023 May 30, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Junior (Season 2)
May 1, 2023 May 14, 2023
Upland Bird
Chukar General
Daily Bag Limit 6.
Oct 16, 2021 Jan 30, 2022
Upland Bird
White-tailed Ptarmigan – Falconry
Daily Bag Limit 2
Aug 20, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Upland Bird
Chukar – Falconry
Daily Bag Limit 6.
Aug 20, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Upland Bird
Chukar – Archery
Daily Bag Limit 6.
Aug 20, 2022 Sep 9, 2022
Upland Bird
White-tailed Ptarmigan – General and Archery
Daily Bag Limit 2.
Sep 10, 2022 Sep 18, 2022
Upland Bird
Band-tailed Pigeon (North)
Daily bag limit of 2 per day, possession limit of triple the daily bag limit.
Sep 17, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Upland Bird
Snipe – General (Statewide)
Daily bag limit of 8, Possession limit of triple the daily bag limit.
Oct 15, 2022 Jan 29, 2023
Upland Bird
Band-tailed Pigeon (South)
Daily bag limit of 2 per day, possession limit of triple the daily bag limit.
Dec 17, 2022 Dec 25, 2022

Licenses, Permits and Regulations

Hunting licenses, permits and regulations can be purchased on the official web site of California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Hunting GPS Maps

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Hunt Zones

Hunting Layers

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  • Ruffed Grouse Hunt Zone
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  • Pendleton Hunt Area
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  • Pendleton Fishing Areas
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