If you thought California was just beaches and sunny city strips, you’re in for a surprise. The Golden State offers a bounty of hunting, including deer, bear, elk, pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep. If you’re looking for a hunting adventure with beautiful views, scenic California has woods to get “lost” in.
Many of California’s hunting seasons are broken up by regional zones. With countless zones, it can be confusing on which area you may hunt or reside in. For more information on hunting zones, visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website.
|Archery||July 8-Sept. 24*|
|General Season||Aug. 12-Nov. 12*|
*Specific areas within a zone can have different start and end dates. These are general season dates. For more information, contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website.
|Archery||Aug. 19-Sept. 10|
|General Season||Opens with General Deer Season in most zones, runs through Dec. 31 or earlier if bear quota is met|
|Apprentice Hunts||Aug. 19-27|
|General Buck Season||Aug. 19-Sept. 10*|
|Archery Buck Season||Aug. 5-13|
*Dates may vary by region.
Elk seasons generally run between August and November, but vary greatly by hunting region. Hunts in some areas have been cancelled due to increased military training in those regions.
Desert Bighorn Sheep Seasons
|General Season||Dec. 2-Feb. 4|
Bighorn sheep seasons generally run between August and February, but vary greatly by hunting region. Some areas are extremely rugged and at high altitudes, requiring hunters to take extra safety precautions.
Small Game Seasons
|Tree Squirrel||General: Sept. 9-Jan. 28
Archery/Falconry Only: Aug. 5-Sept. 8
|Rabbits and Hare||General: July 1-Jan. 28
Falconry Only: Jan. 29-Mar. 18
Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for California hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website.