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 internet sales(opens in new tab), sign into your account, select the “Purchase Licenses” link and select “2021 – Hunting” from the menu on the left side of the page. Application may also be purchased at retail license agents(opens in new tab) 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.

Upland Game Hunts

 

 

First Half: September 1 - 15, 2021

Canada de San Vicente ER Hunt, San Diego County - September 11, 2021 (2101)

Canada de San Vicente Ecological Reserve Dove Hunt, San Diego Co. Hunt area is located in Ramona, CA. on CDFW Canada de San Vicente Ecological Reserve. One Morning hunt will be offered, 6:00 am to Noon. This hunt will accommodate 16 hunters. Up to 3 hunters is the maximum party size. All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, a valid Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validation, and all non-junior hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. ALL HUNTERS MUST HAVE A DRAW ISSUED PERMIT. NO WALK UP's. For additional information please Contact the Wildlife Management section at (562) 254-8969.

North Chimineas Ranch Family Upland Hunt, Carrizo Plains ER, San Luis Obispo County - September 4, 2021 (1203)

North Chimineas Ranch Family Upland Hunt, Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve, San Luis Obispo Co. Chimineas Upland Hunt –Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve, San Luis Obispo Co. Open to dove, rabbit and a potential for wild pig hunting (further information will be given to successful applicants). This hunt will accommodate 45 hunters. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters. All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, a valid Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validation, and all non-junior hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

North Chimineas Ranch Mobility Impaired Upland Hunt, Carrizo Plains ER, San Luis Obispo County - September 4, 2021 (9203)

North Chimineas Ranch Mobility Impaired Upland Hunt, Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve, San Luis Obispo Co. Chimineas Upland Hunt –Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve, San Luis Obispo Co. Open to dove, rabbit and a potential for wild pig hunting (further information will be given to successful applicants). This hunt will accommodate 3 mobility impaired hunters and their parties. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters and total quota of 5 mobility impaired hunters. All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, a valid Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validation, and all non-junior hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

Los Banos Wildlife Area Hunt, Merced County - September 1, 2021 (1401)

Los Banos Wildlife Area Hunt, Merced Co. Area will will accommodate 100 hunters total (max party size of 3). All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, a valid Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validation, and all non-junior hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. Reservations will be taken starting 2 hours before shoot time. Reservations will be void one hour before legal shoot time. After 12 p.m., permits will be issued by self-registration and all the hunting areas are open to general use. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife at (559) 243-4005 ext 133.

North Grasslands Wildlife Area-China Island Hunt, Merced County - September 1, 2021 (1501)

North Grasslands Wildlife Area-China Island Hunt, Merced Co. Area will accommodate 20 hunters (max party size of 3). All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, a valid Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validation, and all non-junior hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. A permit will be required for the morning hunt. Permits will be issued at the China Island Area main parking lot starting with reservations 2 hours before shoot time. Reservations will be void 1 hour before shoot time. Any spots available after reservations expire will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

North Grasslands Wildlife Area, Salt Slough Unit, Merced County - September 1, 2021 (1601)

North Grasslands Wildlife Area, Salt Slough Unit, Merced Co. Area will accommodate 15 hunters (max party size of 3). All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, a valid Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validation, and all non-junior hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. A permit will be required for the morning hunt. Hunters without a reservation may sign up for a lottery the night before at the Salt Slough check station. Reservations will be taken first, starting 2 hours before shoot time. Any remaining space will be filled from the lottery list. Reservations will be void one hour before legal shoot time. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133

Pilibos Family Dove Hunt, Fresno County - Morning September 1, 2021 (7701)

Pilibos Family Dove Hunt, Fresno Co. Hunt area is located approximately 12 miles west of Mendota adjacent to the California Aqueduct. This Family hunt will accommodate 25 hunters in the morning. A maximum party size of 3. All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, a valid Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validation, and all non-junior hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. A permit is required and may be obtained at the check station located in the parking lot. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

Pilibos Junior Required Afternoon Hunt, Fresno County - Afternoon September 1, 2021 (7702)

Pilibos Junior Required Afternoon Hunt, Fresno Co. Hunt area is located approximately 12 miles west of Mendota adjacent to the California Aqueduct. This afternoon hunt is a Junior Required hunt, this means party must include at least one junior hunter. All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, a valid Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validation, and all non-junior hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. A permit is required and may be obtained at the check station located in the parking lot. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

Pilibos Family Morning Hunt, Fresno County - Morning September 2, 2021 (1701)

Pilibos Family Morning Hunt, Fresno Co. Hunt area is located approximately 12 miles west of Mendota adjacent to the California Aqueduct. This Family hunt will accommodate 25 hunters in the morning. A maximum party size of 3. All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, a valid Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validation, and all non-junior hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. A permit is required and may be obtained at the check station located in the parking lot. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

Pilibos Family Afternoon Hunt, Fresno County - Afternoon September 2, 2021 (1702)

Pilibos Family Afternoon Hunt, Fresno Co. Hunt area is located approximately 12 miles west of Mendota adjacent to the California Aqueduct. This Family hunt will accommodate 25 hunters in the morning. A maximum party size of 3. All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, a valid Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validation, and all non-junior hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. A permit is required and may be obtained at the check station located in the parking lot. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

Second Half: November 13 - December 27, 2021

Consumnes River Preserve Dove Hunt, Arno Road Unit, Sacramento County - November 13, 2021 (1302)

Consumnes River Preserve Dove Hunt, Arno River Road Unit, Sacramento Co. - Located next to Highway 99 between Elk Grove and Galt. There will be one morning hunt scheduled for Saturday, November 13th. The hunt will be at the Arno Road location and can accommodate 15 hunters (maximum party size is 3 hunters). All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, a valid Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validation, and all non-junior hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. For additional information, contact CDFW Wildlife Management at (209) 401-8806.

South Chimineas Ranch Family Upland Hunt, Carrizo Plains ER, San Luis Obispo County - December 11, 2021 (1212)

South Chimineas Ranch Family Upland Hunt, Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve, San Luis Obispo Co. Chimineas Upland Hunt –Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve, San Luis Obispo Co. Open to dove, rabbit , quail and a potential for wild pig hunting (further information will be given to successful applicants). This hunt will accommodate 45 hunters. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters. All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, a valid Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validation, and all non-junior hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

South Chimineas Ranch Mobility Impaired Hunt, Carrizo Plains ER, San Luis Obispo County - December 11, 2021(9212)

South Chimineas Ranch Mobility Impaired Hunt, Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve, San Luis Obispo Co. Chimineas Upland Hunt –Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve, San Luis Obispo Co. Open to dove, rabbit , quail and a potential for wild pig hunting (further information will be given to successful applicants). This hunt will accommodate 5 Mobility Impaired hunters. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters. All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, a valid Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validation, and all non-junior hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Junior Only Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - October 16, 2021 (1710)

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.
 
Hunt will take place on October 16, 2021 at 6:30 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters. All applicants must possess a valid California hunting license. All hunters must possess a draw issued permit. No walk-up’s or party members may be added after the drawings are complete. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 132.

 

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Family Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - October 17, 2021 (1010)

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.
 
Hunt is on October 17, 2021 at 6:30 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters.  All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. No walk-up’s or party members may be added after the drawings are complete. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 132.

 

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Junior Required Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - December 4, 2021 (1720)

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.
 
Hunt is on December 4, 2021 at 6:20 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters, with at least 1 junior hunter in the party. All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. No walk-up’s or party members may be added after the drawings are complete. For additional information, contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 132.

 

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Family Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - December 5, 2021 (1020)

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.
 
Hunt is on  December 5, 2021 at 6:20 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters.  All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. No walk-up’s or party members may be added after the drawings are complete. For additional information, contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 132.

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Family Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - January 8, 2022 (1030)

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.
 
Hunt is on  January 8, 2022 at 6:30 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters.  All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. No walk-up’s or party members may be added after the drawings are complete. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 132.

 

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Family Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - January 9, 2022 (1040)

Canebrake Eclogical Reserve - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.
 
Hunt is on January 9, 2022 at 6:30 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters.  All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. No walk-up’s or party members may be added after the drawings are complete. For additional information, contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 132.
 
 

Canada de San Vicente Ecological Reserve - Quail Hunt, San Diego County - October 23, 2021 (0010)

Canada de San Vicente Ecological Reserve, San Diego Co. - Located northwest of the Barona Indian Reservation and northeast of the San Vicente Reservoir.
 
Hunt will take place on October 23, 2021 at 6:30am. 16 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters. All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. No walk-up’s or party members may be added after the drawings are complete. For additional information, contact the Wildlife Management section, at (562) 254-8969.
 
 

Canada de San Vicente Ecological Reserve - Quail Hunt, San Diego County - November 13, 2021 (0030)

Canada de San Vicente Ecological Reserve, San Diego Co. - Located northwest of the Barona Indian Reservation and northeast of the San Vicente Reservoir.
 
Hunt will take place on November 13, 2021 at 6:30am. 16 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters. All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. No walk-up’s or party members may be added after the drawings are complete. For additional information, contact the Wildlife Management section, at (562) 254-8969.
 

 

Canada de San Vicente Ecological Reserve - Junior Required Quail Hunt, San Diego County - January 8, 2022 (0740)

Canada de San Vicente Ecological Reserve, San Diego Co. - Located northwest of the Barona Indian Reservation and northeast of the San Vicente Reservoir.
 
Hunt will take place on January 8, 2022 at 6:30am. 18 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters. All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. No walk-up’s or party members may be added after the drawings are complete. For additional information, contact the Wildlife Management section, at (562) 254-8969.
 

 

Canebrake Ecological Reserve - Junior Only Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - October 16, 2021 (1710)

Canebrake Ecological Reserve, Kern Co. - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.

Hunt will take place on October 16, 2021 at 6:30 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters. All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. No walk-up’s or party members may be added after the drawings are complete. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 132.

 

Canebrake Ecological Reserve - Family Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - October 17, 2021 (1010)

Canebrake Ecological Reserve, Kern Co. - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.

Hunt is on October 17, 2021 at 6:30 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters. All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. No walk-up’s or party members may be added after the drawings are complete. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 132.

 

Canebrake Ecological Reserve - Junior Required Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - December 4, 2021 (1720)

Canebrake Ecological Reserve, Kern Co. - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.

Hunt is on December 4, 2021 at 6:20 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters, with at least 1 junior hunter in the party. All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. No walk-up’s or party members may be added after the drawings are complete. For additional information, contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 132.

 

Canebrake Ecological Reserve - Family Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - December 5, 2021 (1020)

Canebrake Ecological Reserve, Kern Co. - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.

Hunt is on December 5, 2021 at 6:20 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters.  All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation.  No walk-up’s or party members may be added after the drawings are complete. For additional information, contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 132.

 

Canebrake Ecological Reserve - Family Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - January 8, 2022 (1030)

Canebrake Ecological Reserve, Kern Co. - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.

Hunt is on January 8, 2022 at 6:30 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters.  All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. No walk-up’s or party members may be added after the drawings are complete. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 132.

 

Canebrake Ecological Reserve - Family Quail and Chukar Hunt, Kern County - January 9, 2022 (1040)

Canebrake Ecological Reserve, Kern Co. - Located off Hwy 178. The Reserve is 10mi east of Lake Isabella on north side Hwy 178.

Hunt is on January 9, 2022 at 6:30 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters. All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. No walk-up’s or party members may be added after the drawings are complete. For additional information, contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 132.

 

Chimineas Junior Only Quail Hunt, Carrizo Plains ER, San Luis Obispo County - November 6, 2021 (2710)

Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve, San Luis Obispo Co. - Located off Hwy 166, 45 miles east of Santa Maria and 25 miles west of New Cuyama. Parking lot and entrance gate are at mile marker 45 on the north side of the highway.

Hunt is on November 6, 2021 8:00 AM. 15 hunters will be drawn.  Maximum hunting party size for this hunt is 3 hunters. This is a challenging hunt and is not recommended for first time hunters. Hunting dogs will be provided for this hunt. All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. No walk-up’s or party members may be added after the drawings are complete. For additional information, contact the CDFW Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 132.

 

Chimineas Mobility Impaired Upland Game Hunt, Carrizo Plains ER, San Luis Obispo County - January 8, 2022 (2910)

Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve, San Luis Obispo Co. - Located off Hwy 166, 45 miles east of Santa Maria and 25 miles west of New Cuyama. Parking lot and entrance gate are at mile marker 45 on the north side of the highway.

Hunt is on January 8, 2022 at 7:00 AM. Open to Quail and Rabbit hunting. Further information will be given to successful applicants. 9 hunters will be drawn. Max hunt party size of 3 hunters. All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. No walk-up’s or party members may be added after the drawings are complete. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (559) 243-4005, ext. 132.

 

Chimineas  Upland Game Hunt, Carrizo Plains ER, San Luis Obispo County - January 8, 2022 (2010)

Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve, San Luis Obispo Co. - Located off Hwy 166, 45 miles east of Santa Maria and 25 miles west of New Cuyama. Parking lot and entrance gate are at mile marker 45 on the north side of the highway.

Hunt is on January 8, 2022 at 7:00 AM. Open to Quail and Rabbit hunting (further information will be given to successful applicants). 40 hunters will be drawn. Maximum hunt party size of 3 hunters. All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. No walk-up’s or party members may be added after the drawings are complete. For additional information, contact the CDFW, Wildlife Management section, at (55) 243-4005, ext. 132

 

San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area - Oak Grove Unit Hunt, San Diego County - October 24, 2021 (4010)

San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area - Oak Grove Unit Hunt, San Diego Co. - Hunt is on October 24, 2021 at 6:30AM. This location is a sub-unit of San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area, located 1.7 miles South of Cleveland National Forest Oak Grove Camp Ground on Highway 79. Traveling from San Diego the entrance is approximately 12 miles North of Warner Springs. This hunt will accommodate 16 hunters. Applicants may apply in parties up to 3 hunters per party. All hunters must be on application at time of submittal.  All hunters a valid California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. No walk-up’s or party members may be added after the drawings are complete. Hunting dogs are allowed. All dogs must remain in the immediate control of the hunter at all times. For further questions please contact the Region 5 Wildlife Management section at (562) 254-8969.

 

 
 

Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area – Little Dry Creek Unit – Family Pheasant Hunt - November 21st 2021

There will be one morning hunt scheduled for Sunday, November 21st. This is a family hunt and can accommodate 30 hunters (maximum party size is 4 hunters). All hunters must possess a draw issued permit, a valid California hunting license, and all adult hunters must possess a valid upland game bird validation. The application deadline is Sunday October 31. To apply for this hunt, please visit our online sales site, sign into your account, select the “Purchase Licenses” link and select “2021 – Hunting” from the menu on the left side of the page. The hunt application item will be available under the “Drawings” section on the right side of the page.

 

 

Application

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 License 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 "2021 Hunting" (under menu on the left side).
  4. Scroll down to "Drawings", and click on "2021 (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 party 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

Drawing Results

  • 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.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Wild Bird Hunt Draw Procedures

  • After the application deadline, License and Revenue Branch uses a computer to assign each ‘application’ (or party) a unique random number. Hunters who apply as a party receive the same random number as the party leader.
  • The computer begins awarding first choices to applicants in random number order, starting with the lowest random number to the highest random number, until all quotas fill or until all applications have been processed.
  • If permit quotas remain unfilled after all first choices have been processed, this procedure is conducted again for second and third choices until all quotas fill or until all applications have been processed.
  • Note: Party applications are not split to meet the permit quota if the number of party members exceeds the number of available permits. Therefore, when there are fewer permits available than the number of members in a party, the computer bypasses the party and draws the applicant with the next lowest random number to fill the permit quota.

Painting of a sunlit mourning dove perched on a wire fence in frond of four doves in flight
2020/2021 Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest winning entry of mourning doves by artist Buck Spencer of Junction City, Oregon.