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2022-2024 News Releases

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  • May 23, 2022
view of oak hills in merced county

CDFW is now accepting applications for a limited number of deer and pig hunting permits for opening weekend of the A Zone general season, August 13-14.

Categories: Hunting
  • April 26, 2022
Stock photo of a tule elk in a field

California hunters can now purchase hunting licenses for the 2022-23 season, as well as apply for the Big Game Drawing online. Californians have many options to bring home wild game for their dinner table, and at this time, the current COVID-19 pandemic is not expected to lead to the closure or delay of any hunting seasons.

Categories: Big Game, Deer, Hunting, Lands, R3, Wildlife
  • April 21, 2022
Two 2021 deer tags rest on a tree stump along with assorted big game hunting gear.

Many California deer, elk and pronghorn hunters whose 2021 seasons were cut short or eliminated as a result of wildfires and public land closures are now able to seek a reinstatement of their preference points and receive refunds of their tag fees in some cases.

Categories: Big Game, Deer, Fire, Hunting
  • April 15, 2022
Five youth hunters kneeling in front of a CDFW Hunter Education van

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is bringing back in-person instruction as an option for prospective hunters to take the required hunter education course.

Categories: Education, Hunting, Licensing
  • March 28, 2022
A wild, male ring-necked pheasant emerges from heavy cover at the Little Dry Creek Unit, Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area.

State legislation to incentivize the creation of upland nesting habitat for ducks and other ground-nesting game birds in California will result in a $10 surcharge on the price of both the California Duck Validation and the Upland Game Bird Validation next hunting season.

Categories: Drought, Habitat Restoration, Hunting, Lands, Licensing, Waterfowl, Wildlife

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