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Illegal Drugs at California Wildlife Areas

In general, it’s illegal to use, be under the influence of, or possess illegal drugs at California Wildlife Areas. On this page, you’ll find: (1) general rules and exceptions, (2) definitions of controlled substances, (3) consequences for a violation, and (4) specific controlled substances like codeine, hydrocodone, methamphetamine, morphine, and oxycodone. You’ll also find links to definitions, supporting law, and other useful information. Continue reading “Illegal Drugs at California Wildlife Areas”

California Hunting Gun Laws Every Hunter Should Know

What’s a “firearm” for the purpose of hunting in California? They include everything from shotguns to slingshots, depending on the hunter, hunting method, and location! On this page are over 60 topics about 30+ firearms every hunter should know about California hunting gun laws. You can take a “shot” at “hunting” for them yourself or let us “guide” you with hunter-friendly summaries that “target” federal, State, and local laws. If you still need more “ammo,” just “shoot” us a question or comment.

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Air Rifles at California Wildlife Areas

Ever wonder if you can use air rifles at California Wildlife Areas that allow firearms to hunt resident small game, like turkey and rabbits? If you ask game wardens, some are likely to say you can only use firearms. It appears the regulations for Type C wildlife areas always allow hunting for resident small game using “air rifle pellet guns,” subject to a few exceptions that relate to area closures, special permits, and conflicts with other laws. Admittedly, you practically need a law degree and years of experience in the field to understand the regulations—that’s where we come in. Warning shot!!! This is not legal advice and some area managers and local game wardens might disagree, especially since “firearm” restrictions appear to exclude other methods of take like air rifles, falconry, crossbows, and traps. Continue reading “Air Rifles at California Wildlife Areas”

Clear Lake Wildlife Refuge Hunting Rules and Tips

In this blog, you’ll find practically everything you need for hunting ducksgeesesnipe, and pronghorn antelope at the Clear Lake Wildlife Refuge, as well as fishing and crawfishing (e.g. rules, maps, and tips). In addition to federal, State, and local rules for hunting areas, days, hours, passes, permits, reservations, and stamps, we also cover the use of bicycles, boats, blinds, campers, shotguns, and vehicles. You’ll also find photos of the area and hunting maps (e.g. waterfowl hunting areas and zone). Finally, use our custom map for locating the visitor center, and for navigating within the refuge to places like hunting areas. You’ll also find hunting maps, permit requirements, and everything else you need to know about hunting here. Continue reading “Clear Lake Wildlife Refuge Hunting Rules and Tips”

Tule Lake Wildlife Refuge Hunting Rules and Tips

In this blog, you’ll find practically everything you need for hunting for geeseduckssnipe, and pheasant at the Tule Lake Wildlife Refuge (e.g. rules, maps, and tips). In addition to federal, State, and local rules for hunting areas, days, hours, passes, permits, reservations, and stamps, we also cover the use of bicycles, boats, blinds, campers, decoys, shotguns, and vehicles. You’ll also find photos of the area and hunting maps (e.g. water level, waterfowl zone, hunting areas). Finally, use our custom map for locating the visitor center, and for navigating within the refuge to places like the check station, parking lots, and hunting areas like the Tule Lake Marsh, Spaced-Blind Fields, League of Nations. Continue reading “Tule Lake Wildlife Refuge Hunting Rules and Tips”

Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge Hunting Rules and Tips

In this blog, you’ll find practically everything you need for hunting for geese, ducks, snipe, and pheasant at the Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge (e.g. rules, maps, and tips). In addition to federal, State, and local rules for hunting areas, days, hours, passes, permits, reservations, and stamps, we also cover the use of bicycles, boats, blinds, campers, decoys, shotguns, and vehicles. You’ll also find photos of the area and hunting maps (e.g. water level, waterfowl zone, hunting areas). Finally, use our custom map for locating the visitor center, and for navigating within the refuge to places like the kiosk, boat launches, Stearns pit blinds, and other hunting units. Continue reading “Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge Hunting Rules and Tips”

Colusa Wildlife Refuge Hunting Rules and Tips

In this blog, you’ll find practically everything you need for hunting ducks, geese, snipe, pheasant, coots and moorhen at the Colusa Wildlife Refuge, which is State wildlife area. You’ll also find general info about the refuge, plus custom maps, hunting for juniors and disabled hunters, and rules related to bikes, camping, check stations, dogs, firearms, decoys, reservations, lotteries, shooting hours, hunt days, and more. Continue reading “Colusa Wildlife Refuge Hunting Rules and Tips”

Central California Waterfowl Opening Weekend

In this blog, you’ll find hunting tips for the Central California Waterfowl Opening Weekend. We cover news from the meeting last August of the Central Region, California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Topics include quotas for opening weekend of duck and goose seasons, plus general news related to watergrass plantings, levee repairs, flood schedules, and more. Continue reading “Central California Waterfowl Opening Weekend”

35 California Wildlife Area Camping Spots For Hunting

Ever wonder where to camp and hunt on public land? In this blog, you’ll find 35 California Wildlife Area camping spots for tents, camper trailers, motorhomes, and RV’s. Wildlife Areas include some National Wildlife Refuges. We identify general rules for camping on public land, plus any restrictions for when, where, and how you can do it. Use our custom maps to find camping locations for waterfowl season, places for primitive camping, as well as driving directions, checking stations, and parking lots. Continue reading “35 California Wildlife Area Camping Spots For Hunting”

Don’t be misled by CDFW webpage hunting symbols!

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) says what we can hunt–and how we can do it. One way CDFW lets us know is through its website. On its pages for State wildlife areas, they use little black and white symbols to represent hunting opportunities. Don’t be misled by CDFW webpage hunting symbols!!! Continue reading “Don’t be misled by CDFW webpage hunting symbols!”