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Upland Game Wild Bird Hunts

Upland Game Wild Bird hunts are specially managed hunting opportunities on private and public lands for upland game birds including; pheasant, chukar, quail, wild turkey and dove. Hunters must be successfully drawn through the ALDS random drawing application to participate. To apply hunters must have a valid California hunting license. Adult hunters must also purchase an Upland Game Bird Stamp to hunt upland game birds.

  • Deadline to apply to these hunts is approximately 21 days prior to the season opener for the species.
  • The application period will open approximately 51 days prior to the season opener for the species.
  • A single drawing will be conducted within 5 business days of the application deadline.
  • To apply for these hunts, please visit our link opens in new windowinternet sales, sign into your account, select the “Purchase Licenses” link and select “2019 – Hunting” from the menu on the left side of the page. Application may also be purchased at link opens in new windowretail license agents or in person at CDFW License Sales Offices.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by USPS mail once the draw has been completed. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified. Drawing results can be viewed by logging into your ALDS account.
  • All hunters must apply and be drawn through the ALDS to attend a hunt. Only hunters listed on the official roster will be admitted to a hunt.
  • Effective July 1, 2019, nonlead ammunition will be required when taking any wildlife with a firearm anywhere in California.

Hunting opportunities, application deadlines and other hunt information on Upland Game Wild Bird Hunts are listed under the “game bird” tabs below.


 

All dove hunt drawings for the 2018 season have been completed.

 

All chukar hunt drawings for the 2018 season have been completed.

 

All quail hunt drawings for the 2018 season have been completed.

All turkey hunt drawings for the 2018 season have been completed.

All pheasant hunt drawings for the 2018 season have been completed.

No grouse hunt info available at this time

 

General Drawing Information

  • A non-refundable $2.42 application fee will be charged for each application.
  • Hunters may submit one application for each drawing with up to 3 hunt choices in their order of preference.
  • Permits are issued by a random draw.
  • All hunters must apply and be drawn through the ALDS to attend a hunt. Only hunters listed on the official roster will be admitted to a hunt.

Applications

Applications may be purchased:

Online Hunt Application Instructions

To apply, go to the link opens in new windowLicense Sales and Service website and follow these instructions:

If joining an existing party, scroll down for instructions.

If applying alone or starting a party application:

  1. Log on.
  2. Click "Purchase License".
  3. Click "2018 Hunting" (under menu on the left side).
  4. Scroll down to "Drawings", and click on "2018 (Bird) Hunt Drawing Application" (right side).
  5. Click  add button, which will take you to the Party Selection page.
    • If applying alone or the first person in the party to apply, click "Create New Party / Apply Alone", which will open the hunt selections.
    • Select up to 3 hunt choices, in your order of preference, and click "submit." A confirmation page will show your choices.
    • If joining an existing party, enter the party number (from link opens in new tab or windowparty leader's receipt (PDF)) and click "Join Party". A confirmation page will show your party's choices.
  6. Review the information on the confirmation page and if correct, click "Submit".
  7. Check out.

If joining an existing party:

  1. Additional party members may join your party at the same time by clicking on the green "Add Customer" tab at the very top of the page.
  2. Click "Start"
  3. Log in next party member
  • Deadline to apply to these hunts is 21 days prior to the season opener.
  • A single drawing will be conducted within 5 business days of the application deadline.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted by USPS mail once the draw has been completed.
  • Successful applicants may access hunt documents by clicking on their link in ALDS under "View my Drawing Applications".
  • Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.
  • Applicants can look up their link opens in new windowdrawing results online approximately one week after the application deadline.


Wildlife Branch - Game Management
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-0411


Painting of a snipe - a brown shorebird with a long, straight bill
2017 Upland Game Bird Stamp art by Jeffrey Klinefelter