California Hunting

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Government Lands: 53%

55,273,924 acres

Private Lands: 47%

49,490,512 acres

California

Hunting Seasons

Deer

Seasons

Licenses & Permits

First-Deer Tag or First-Deer Drawing Application

Applicants for deer tags must be age 12 as of July 1st of the current license year. A First-Deer Tag or Drawing Application must be purchased before or at the same time as a Second-Deer Tag or Drawing Application.

Resident: $33.48 | Nonresident: $299.95

Second-Deer Tag or Second-Deer Drawing Application

Applicants for deer tags must be age 12 as of July 1st of the current license year. A First-Deer Tag Drawing Application or First-Deer Tag must be purchased before or at the same time as a Second-Deer Tag or Drawing Application.

Resident: $41.86 | Nonresident: $299.95

Deer Drawing Application

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Hunting License

Required for any resident and non resident 18 years of age or older who takes birds or mammals.

Resident: $51.02 | Nonresident: $178.20

Junior Hunting License

Less than 18 years of age required for resident and non resident.

Nonresident: $13.53

Disabled Veteran Hunting License

Resident and non resident honorably discharged with 50 percent or greater service-connected disability.

Nonresident: $8.13

Recovering Service Member License

Available to any recovering service member, defined as a member of the armed forces, including a member of the National Guard or a Reserve, who is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation or therapy and is in an outpatient status.

Nonresident: $8.13

Bear

Total black bear Boone and Crockett records for California: 164

General bear season closes on December 30, 2019, or earlier, if the Department determines that 1,700 bears have been reported taken.

Seasons

Licenses & Permits

Bear Drawing Application

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Bear Tag

Available for resident and non resident licensed hunters, age 12 or older as of July 1st of the current license year. One bear tag per license year.

Resident: $49.42 | Nonresident: $315.95

Hunting License

Required for any resident and non resident 18 years of age or older who takes birds or mammals.

Resident: $51.02 | Nonresident: $178.20

Junior Hunting License

Less than 18 years of age required for resident and non resident.

Resident: $13.53 | Nonresident: $13.53

Disabled Veteran Hunting License

Resident and non resident honorably discharged with 50 percent or greater service-connected disability.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Recovering Service Member License

Available to any recovering service member. See hunting digest for more information.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Elk

Seasons

Licenses & Permits

Elk, Pronghorn, Bighorn Sheep Drawing Application

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Elk Tag

Resident and non resident licensed hunters age 12 or older as of July 1st of the current license year may enter a drawing for this tag. Each person may submit only one Elk Tag Drawing Application per license year.

Resident: $484.20 | Nonresident: $1,481.70

Hunting License

Required for any resident and non resident 18 years of age or older who takes birds or mammals.

Resident: $51.02 | Nonresident: $178.20

Junior Hunting License

Less than 18 years of age required for resident and non resident.

Resident: $13.53 | Nonresident: $13.53

Disabled Veteran Hunting License

Resident and non resident honorably discharged with 50 percent or greater service-connected disability.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Recovering Service Member License

Available to any recovering service member. See hunting digest for more information.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Antelope

Seasons

Licenses & Permits

Elk, Pronghorn, Bighorn Sheep Drawing Application

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Pronghorn Tag

Resident and non resident licensed hunters age 12 or older as of July 1st of the current license year may enter a drawing for this tag. Each person may submit only one Pronghorn Antelope Tag Drawing Application per license year.

Resident: $162.82 | Nonresident: $498.65

Hunting License

Required for any resident and non resident 18 years of age or older who takes birds or mammals.

Resident: $51.02 | Nonresident: $178.20

Junior Hunting License

Less than 18 years of age required for resident and non resident.

Resident: $13.53 | Nonresident: $13.53

Disabled Veteran Hunting License

Resident and non resident honorably discharged with 50 percent or greater service-connected disability.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Recovering Service Member License

Available to any recovering service member. See hunting digest for more information.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Sheep

Seasons

Licenses & Permits

Elk, Pronghorn, Bighorn Sheep Drawing Application

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Bighorn Sheep Tag

Resident and non resident licensed hunters age 16 or older as of July 1st of the current license year may enter a drawing for this tag.

Resident: $443.25 | Nonresident: $1,641

Hunting License

Required for any resident and non resident 18 years of age or older who takes birds or mammals.

Resident: $51.02 | Nonresident: $178.20

Junior Hunting License

Less than 18 years of age required for resident and non resident.

Resident: $13.53 | Nonresident: $13.53

Disabled Veteran Hunting License

Resident and non resident honorably discharged with 50 percent or greater service-connected disability.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Recovering Service Member License

Available to any recovering service member. See hunting digest for more information.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Hog

Seasons

Licenses & Permits

Wild Pig Tag

Resident and non resident licensed hunters age 12 or older at the time of application may purchase an unlimited number of Wild Pig Tags. Tags are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Resident: $24.33 | Nonresident: $82.08

Hunting License

Required for any resident and non resident 18 years of age or older who takes birds or mammals.

Resident: $51.02 | Nonresident: $178.20

Junior Hunting License

Less than 18 years of age required for resident and non resident.

Resident: $13.53 | Nonresident: $13.53

Disabled Veteran Hunting License

Resident and non resident honorably discharged with 50 percent or greater service-connected disability.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Recovering Service Member License

Available to any recovering service member. See hunting digest for more information.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Turkey

Total NWTF turkey records for California: 140

Seasons

Licenses & Permits

1-Day Hunting License

Nonresident: $24.33

2-Day Hunting License

Nonresident: $51.02

Hunting License

Required for any resident and non resident 18 years of age or older who takes birds or mammals.

Resident: $51.02 | Nonresident: $178.20

Junior Hunting License

Less than 18 years of age required for resident and non resident.

Resident: $13.53 | Nonresident: $13.53

Disabled Veteran Hunting License

Resident and non resident honorably discharged with 50 percent or greater service-connected disability.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Recovering Service Member License

Available to any recovering service member. See hunting digest for more information.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Coyote

Seasons

Licenses & Permits

1-Day Hunting License

This license is only available for non residents taking resident and migratory game birds on Licensed Game Bird Clubs (Upland Game Bird Validation is also required) or Licensed Domesticated Migratory Game Bird Shooting Areas

Nonresident: $24.33

2-Day Hunting License

Allows a non resident 18 years of age or older to take resident and migratory game birds, resident small game mammals, nongame mammals and furbearers for two consecutive days.

Nonresident: $51.02

Hunting License

Required for any resident and non resident 18 years of age or older who takes birds or mammals.

Resident: $51.02 | Nonresident: $178.20

Junior Hunting License

Less than 18 years of age required for resident and non resident.

Resident: $13.53 | Nonresident: $13.53

Disabled Veteran Hunting License

Resident and non resident honorably discharged with 50 percent or greater service-connected disability.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Recovering Service Member License

Available to any recovering service member. See hunting digest for more information.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Pheasant

2 males per day for the first two days of the season; 3 males per day after the first two days of the season.

Seasons

Licenses & Permits

1-Day Hunting License

Nonresident: $24.33

2-Day Hunting License

Nonresident: $51.02

Hunting License

Required for any resident and non resident 18 years of age or older who takes birds or mammals.

Resident: $51.02 | Nonresident: $178.20

Junior Hunting License

Less than 18 years of age required for resident and non resident.

Resident: $13.53 | Nonresident: $13.53

Disabled Veteran Hunting License

Resident and non resident honorably discharged with 50 percent or greater service-connected disability.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Recovering Service Member License

Available to any recovering service member. See hunting digest for more information.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Quail

Hunt Zones

Seasons

Licenses & Permits

1-Day Hunting License

Nonresident: $24.33

2-Day Hunting License

Nonresident: $51.02

Hunting License

Required for any resident and non resident 18 years of age or older who takes birds or mammals.

Resident: $51.02 | Nonresident: $178.20

Junior Hunting License

Less than 18 years of age required for resident and non resident.

Resident: $13.53 | Nonresident: $13.53

Disabled Veteran Hunting License

Resident and non resident honorably discharged with 50 percent or greater service-connected disability.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Recovering Service Member License

Available to any recovering service member. See hunting digest for more information.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Duck

7/day, which may include: 7 mallards (no more than 2 females), 1 pintail, 2 canvasback, 2 redheads, and/or 3 scaup. Possession limit triple the daily bag.

Seasons

Licenses & Permits

1-Day Hunting License

Nonresident: $24.33

2-Day Hunting License

Nonresident: $51.02

Hunting License

Required for any resident and non resident 18 years of age or older who takes birds or mammals.

Resident: $51.02 | Nonresident: $178.20

Junior Hunting License

Less than 18 years of age required for resident and non resident.

Resident: $13.53 | Nonresident: $13.53

Disabled Veteran Hunting License

Resident and non resident honorably discharged with 50 percent or greater service-connected disability.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Recovering Service Member License

Available to any recovering service member. See hunting digest for more information.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

California Duck Validation

Required for any person taking waterfowl, excluding juniors hunting under the authority of a Junior Hunting License.

Resident: $22.42 | Nonresident: $22.42

Federal Duck Stamp

Resident: $25 | Nonresident: $25

Goose

Bag limit 30 per day, which may include: 20 white geese, 10 dark geese, and no more than 2 Large Canada geese. Possession limit triple the daily bag.

Seasons

Licenses & Permits

1-Day Hunting License

Nonresident: $24.33

2-Day Hunting License

Nonresident: $51.02

Hunting License

Required for any resident and non resident 18 years of age or older who takes birds or mammals.

Resident: $51.02 | Nonresident: $178.20

Junior Hunting License

Less than 18 years of age required for resident and non resident.

Resident: $13.53 | Nonresident: $13.53

Disabled Veteran Hunting License

Resident and non resident honorably discharged with 50 percent or greater service-connected disability.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Recovering Service Member License

Available to any recovering service member. See hunting digest for more information.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

California Duck Validation

Required for any person taking waterfowl, excluding juniors hunting under the authority of a Junior Hunting License.

Resident: $22.42 | Nonresident: $22.42

Federal Duck Stamp

Resident: $25 | Nonresident: $25

Rabbit

Seasons

Licenses & Permits

2-Day Hunting License

Nonresident: $51.02

Hunting License

Required for any resident and non resident 18 years of age or older who takes birds or mammals.

Resident: $51.02 | Nonresident: $178.20

Junior Hunting License

Less than 18 years of age required for resident and non resident.

Resident: $13.53 | Nonresident: $13.53

Disabled Veteran Hunting License

Resident and non resident honorably discharged with 50 percent or greater service-connected disability.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Recovering Service Member License

Available to any recovering service member. See hunting digest for more information.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Upland Bird

Hunt Zones

Seasons

Licenses & Permits

Hunting License

Required for any resident and non resident 18 years of age or older who takes birds or mammals.

Resident: $51.02 | Nonresident: $178.20

Junior Hunting License

Less than 18 years of age required for resident and non resident.

Resident: $13.53 | Nonresident: $13.53

Disabled Veteran Hunting License

Resident and non resident honorably discharged with 50 percent or greater service-connected disability.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Recovering Service Member License

Available to any recovering service member. See hunting digest for more information.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Two-Day Hunting License

Allows a nonresident 16 years of age or older to take resident and migratory game birds, resident small game mammals, nongame mammals and furbearers for two consecutive days.

Nonresident: $51.02

One-Day Hunting License

This license is only available for nonresidents taking resident and migratory game birds on Licensed Game Bird Clubs (Upland Game Bird Validation is also required) or Licensed Domesticated Migratory Game Bird Shooting Areas.

Nonresident: $24.33

Dove

Seasons

Licenses & Permits

1-Day Hunting License

Nonresident: $24.33

2-Day Hunting License

Nonresident: $51.02

Hunting License

Required for any resident or non resident 18 years of age or older who takes birds or mammals.

Resident: $51.02 | Nonresident: $178.20

Junior Hunting License

Less than 18 years of age. Required for residents and non residents.

Resident: $13.53 | Nonresident: $13.53

Disabled Veteran Hunting License

Resident and non resident honorably discharged with 50 percent or greater service-connected disability.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13

Recovering Service Member

Available to any recovering service member. See hunting digest for more information.

Resident: $8.13 | Nonresident: $8.13