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2022-2024 News Releases

Don’t Let Fall Upland Seasons Fly By!
  • October 26, 2022
A quail hunter, shotgun in hand, stands with his Labrador retriever overlooking the Cuyama Valley in Santa Barbara County.

Wild pheasant, fall turkey and the second dove season will open on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, putting California’s fall hunting season in full strut. Hunters can also chase chukar, snipe and quail statewide as these seasons opened in September and October.

CDFW is offering a family pheasant hunt to a maximum of 30 hunters at the Little Dry Creek Unit, Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area, on Sunday, Nov. 20. There is a $2.42 non-refundable application fee and the deadline to apply is Monday, Oct. 31. All hunters must apply through CDFW’s Online License Sales and Services website or at a license agent. Hunters can view their drawing results online approximately one week after the application deadline. For additional information on general drawing information, applications or instructions, please visit CDFW’s Upland Game Wild Bird Hunts webpage.

Hunters are responsible for knowing bag and possession limits and all regulations regarding species being pursued. Season dates also vary by species. To find more information on limits, regulations and season dates, please visit CDFW’s Upland Game Bird Hunting website.

Upland hunters are required to possess a valid California hunting license and a California Upland Game Bird Validation (not required for Junior Hunting License holders). Hunters pursuing migratory upland game bird species such as doves and snipe will also need a Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validation. To purchase a 2022 hunting license and validations, visit CDFW’s Online License Sales and Services web page or a nearby license agent.

Hunters are reminded nonlead ammunition is required for hunting wildlife anywhere in California with a firearm.

To get involved in upland game bird hunting or to learn more, visit CDFW’s R3 webpage for resources to get started. For additional information, CDFW’s Advanced Hunter Education program has video resources available as well.

Updates about wildlife area and refuge closures will be posted to CDFW’s Emergency Closures web page. For specific information, please contact the wildlife area or refuge directly.


Media Contacts:
Taylor Williams, CDFW R3 Manager (916) 203-1362
Matt Meshriy, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 373-8816

Categories: Hunting, Upland Game, Wildlife

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