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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
  • February 25, 2022
Man Holds Largemouth Bass

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now offering public fishing opportunities through the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program.

Categories: Fishing, Hunting
  • February 24, 2022
turkeys in natural environment

California’s general spring turkey season opens statewide March 26 and runs through May 1. With growing populations of wild turkeys in many parts of the state, spring turkey season has become one of the more anticipated opportunities on the hunting calendar.

Categories: General, Hunting, R3
  • January 27, 2022
hairy black pig in grassy field

CDFW is offering wild pig hunting opportunities in March, April and May at the Joice Island Unit of the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area in Solano County.

Categories: Big Game, General, Hunting, Lands
  • January 27, 2022
Two youngsters hide among snow geese decoys while hunting geese in the Sacramento Valley rice fields.

While most California duck and goose hunters will hang up their waders and stow their shotguns a final time following the close of waterfowl seasons Jan. 31, a few lucky groups get to extend their hunting seasons into February.

Categories: Duck Stamp, Hunting, Waterfowl
  • December 6, 2021
Image of poacher with buck

A Tehama County man has pleaded guilty to deer poaching charges stemming from an August 2020 poaching investigation. Kaden Pearce, 23, of Red Bluff, killed a large buck (male deer) in a local walnut orchard where he did not have legal permission to hunt. He then falsified the location information when he reported the deer harvest on his deer tag as required by hunting regulations.

Categories: Big Game, Deer, General, Hunting

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