20 California Archery Regulations Every Archer Should Know About Bows and Crossbows

California archery hunting regulations.
California archery hunting regulations.

Here, we fetch up major California archery regulations to hunt birds and mammals with a bow and arrow or crossbow. In addition to hunting public and private land, we retrieve regulations relating to boats, injuries, lights, permits, roads, safety zones, tags, injuries, lights, residential, vehicles, and much more. We retrieve them from the Fish and Game Code and Title 14 of the Code of Regulations, organize them by Topic and Regulation, and include summaries and links to the text and our pages with definitions, maps, and other resources.

CDFW California archery regulations
CDFW California archery regulations

Warning shots!! Always confirm California archery regulations with the Fish and Game Commission and search other codes and local rules,  like the Penal Code and county ordinances. While the contents of this page is not legal advice, feel free to contact our Legal Labrador for assistance. Meanwhile, you might also wish to review our pages for Archery Seasons, Laws, and Locations and use of Firearms.


Topics, Definitions, and Laws Related to California Archery Regulations

Here, we fetch up topics for California archery regulations, including those for a bows, crossbows, birds, mammals, equipment, and activities. For each one, we retrieve the regulations, and drop links to our pages with additional hunting rules and definitions. Also, see list of regulations below with summaries and links to regulations.

California archery regulations for equipment, including blades.
California archery regulations for equipment, including blades.
  1. Alcohol, see FGC § 3001.
  2. Archery equipment, see 14 CCR § 354(a), Arrows, Blades, Bows, Crossbows, and Nocks.
  3. Archery seasons, see FGC § 4370 and 14 CCR § 311(e) and (k), and 354(g)-(h), and Archery-only tags.
  4. Archery-only tags, see 14 CCR § 354(h).
  5. Arrows, see 14 CCR § 354, Bows, and Crossbows.
  6. Blades, see 14 CCR § 35r(c), Bows, and Crossbows.
  7. Bear, see FGC § 4750.
  8. Big Game, see 14 CCR § 353354(c), Bear, and Deer.
  9. Boats, kayaks, and canoes, see 14 CCR § 507.
  10. Bows, see 14 CCR § 354(a), Archery equipment, Arrows, Blades, Casting distance, Crossbows, Definitions, Explosive heads, Flu-flu fletching, Nocks, Poison, and Tranquilizers.
  11. Casting distance, see 14 CCR § 354(f).
  12. Crossbow bolts, see 14 CCR § 354 and Crossbows.
  13. Crossbows (specifically), see FGC § 3001300410500 and 1050614 CCR § 311(n), 353354, and 507; and Archery equipment, Arrows, Blades, Casting distance, Crossbows, Definitions, Explosive heads, Flu-flu fletching, Nocks, Poison, and Tranquilizers.
  14. Crow (American), see 14 CCR § 472(d)(2).
  15. Deer, see FGC § 4370; 14 CCR § 353 and 354(a); and Big Game.
  16. Definitions, see 14 CCR § 354(a)-(b).
  17. Disabled Persons Motor Vehicle License, see 14 CCR § 251.
  18. Disabled Archer’s Permit, see 354(b), (j) and (k).
  19. Explosive heads, see 14 CCR § 354(d).
  20. Firearm possession, see FGC § 437014 CCR 311(e) and (k) and 354(h); and Archery Seasons and Archery-Only tags.
  21. Flu-flu fletching, see 14 CCR § 354(d) and 507, and Arrows, Casing distances, Crossbow Bolts, Pheasant, and Migratory game birds.
  22. Furbearing mammals, see FGC § 4002, and 14 CCR § 354 and 465.
  23. Game refuges, see FGC § 10500 and 10506.
  24. Injuries, see FGC § 3009.
  25. Lights, Headlights, Spotlights, see FGC § 2005(b), 14 CCR § 353, and Nocks.
  26. Methods of take, see big game [14 CCR § 353], crow [472(d)(2)], furbearers [FGC § 4002 and 14 CCR § 354 and 465], migratory game birds [14 CCR § 354 per Section 507], nongame birds and nongame mammals [14 CCR § 354], resident small game birds and mammals [14 CCR § 311 and 354].
  27. Migratory game birds, see 14 CCR § 354(c) and (d)507, Boats, kayaks, and canoes, Bows, Crossbows, Firearms, Waterfowl, Waterfowl refuges and Flu-flu fletching.
  28. Nocks, see 14 CCR § 354(c) and (i), Arrows, and Crossbow bolts.
  29. Nongame birds, see 14 CCR § 354(c) and Crow.
  30. Nongame mammals, see 14 CCR § 354(c).
  31. Online shooting, see FGC § 3003.
  32. Parks and Recreation Areas (State), see 14 CCR § 4313.
  33. Poison, see 14 CCR § 354(d).
  34. Pheasant, see 14 CCR § 354(d) and Flu-flu fletching.
  35. Pigs, see 14 CCR § 353.
  36. Public roads and ways, FGC § 300414 CCR § 354(e), and Vehicles.
  37. Resident small game birds, see 14 CCR § 311(e) and (k) and 354(c), and Pheasant.
  38. Resident small game mammals, see 14 CCR § 311(e) and (k)354(c), and Tree squirrels.
  39. Residential homes and buildings, see FGC § 3004.
  40. Small game, see Resident small game and Tree squirrels.
  41. Tags, see 14 CCR § 353.
  42. Tranquilizers, see 14 CCR § 354(d).
  43. Tree squirrels, see 14 CCR § 307.
  44. Upland game birds, see Resident small game birds above.
  45. Vehicles, see 14 CCR § 251354(i)4313 [State Recreation Areas], and Disabled Persons Motor Vehicle License, and Public roads and ways.
  46. Waterfowl, see 14 CCR § 507 and Waterfowl refuges.
  47. Waterfowl refuges, see FGC § 10500.
  48. Wildlife Areas, see 14 CCR § 550(cc)(4) and 551(u) [Los Banos Wildlife Area].

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List of California Archery Regulations with Summaries

Here, we fetch up major lists of California archery regulations from the Fish and Game Code and Title 14 of the Code of Regulations.

Fish and Game Code (California Archery Regulations)

In this section, we retrieve a list of major California archery regulations from the Fish and Game Code (FGC §).

California archery regulations for bow and crossbows.
California archery regulations for bow and crossbows.
  1. FGC § 2005(b) generally prohibits spotlights, headlights, and other lights for night hunting while in possession of a weapon (e.g. bow and arrows) a hunter could use to kill any game mammal, furbearing mammal, or nongame mammal.
  2. FGC § 3001 prohibits taking bird or mammals with bow and arrows while under the influence of alcohol.
  3. FGC § 3003 prohibits “online shooting” of any bird or mammal with a bow and arrow.
  4. FGC § 3004 prohibits (a) discharge of any deadly weapon (e.g. bow and arrow) within a 150-yard safety zone of a residence or its buildings (e.g. barn) except with written permission from the owner or occupant and (b) the intentional discharge of an arrow or crossbow bolt over public roads or ways in an unsafe or reckless manner.
  5. FGC § 3009 makes it a felony for an archer to knowingly abandon or fail to help someone he or she kills or injures with a bow and arrow while hunting any bird or mammal.
  6. FGC § 4002 allows furbearing mammals hunting with a bow and arrow.
  7. FGC § 4370 both establishes an archery season during general deer seasons and requires the Fish and Game Commission to extend the archery seasons at least three days prior, and generally prohibits possession of a firearm during archery-only seasons.
  8. FGC § 4750 requires a bear tag from the CDFW to hunt with bow and arrows.
  9. FGC § 10500 generally prohibits (a) possession of a crossbow or bow and arrow in a game refuge and (b) release of an arrow or crossbow bolt within or into a waterfowl refuge.
  10. FGC § 10506 generally allows possession of bows and crossbows when traveling through a game refuge, but only if unstrung or stored separately from any arrows or bolts.

Title 14, Code of Regulations (California Archery Regulations)

Here, we retrieve a list of major California archery regulations from Title 14 of the Code of Regulations (14 CCR §).

  1. 14 CCR § 251 generally prohibits shooting birds or mammals from any vehicles (air, land or water) except with a Mobility Disabled Persons Motor Vehicle License.
  2. 14 CCR § 307 sets tree squirrel archery season and hunting zone, as well as daily bag and possession limits.
  3. 14 CCR § 311(e) and (k) allows resident small game hunting with (a) a bow and arrow per Section 354; (b) crossbows as restricted in 354(d) and (g); and (c) prohibits possession of a firearm during an archery season.
  4. 14 CCR § 353 (a) allows big game hunting with a bow and arrow per Section 354, (b) allows use of crossbows to take deer and wild pigs during the regular seasons, (c) allows archery equipment and/or muzzleloading rifles with appropriate tags; and (d) prohibits use of artificial light and electronic visibility devices (e.g. night vision scopes and infra-red) while hunting.
  5. 14 CCR § 354 (a) defines “bow” to include long, recurve, and compound bows; (b) defines “crossbow” and excludes it as “archery equipment” except with a Disabled Archer’s Permit, as it provides; (c) requires minimum 130-yard casting distance except arrows and crossbow bolts using flu-flu fletching, which it requires for pheasant and and generally requires migratory game birds per Sectio 507; (d) otherwise allows all arrows and crossbow bolts for migratory game birdsresident small game birdsresident small game mammalsfurbearers, and nongame mammals, and–as an exception to FGC § 2005–allows lighted nocks without directional beams of light; and (e) prohibits (1) crossbows during all archery seasons except with a Disabled Archer’s Permit, (2) possession of a firearm during (i) archery seasons and (ii) general hunting seasons using an archery-only tag, (3) broad head “type” blades smaller than 7/8 inch in diameter when hunting big game, (4) tranquilizers, (5) poison, (6) explosive heads, (7) shooting upon or across public roadways, and (8) being in or on vehicles while in the read-to-fire position.
  6. 14 CCR § 465 allows furbearing mammal hunting with a bow and arrows.
  7. 14 CCR § 472(d)(2) allows American crow hunting a bow and arrow.
  8. 14 CCR § 507 (a) allows migratory game bird hunting with bow and arrows and crossbows but only with flu-flu fletching arrows and bolts except when shooting waterfowl sitting on the water from scullboats and similar watercraft and (b) prohibits possession of a firearm while archery hunting.
  9. 14 CCR § 4313 generally prohibits possession or discharges of a bow and arrow in or into State Recreation Areas except (a) for legal bow hunting, (b) in temporary lodging, or (c) vehicles when stored to prevent ready use.

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Fish and Game Code (California Archery Regulations)

In this section, we retrieve California archery regulations from the Fish and Game Code (FGC §).

FGC § 3004 (California Archery Regulations)

Methods of Taking

(a) It is unlawful for a person, other than the owner, person in possession of the premises, or a person having the express permission of the owner or person in possession of the premises, while within 150 yards of an occupied dwelling house, residence, or other building, or within 150 yards of a barn or other outbuilding used in connection with an occupied dwelling house, residence, or other building, to either hunt or discharge a firearm or other deadly weapon while hunting. The 150-yard area is a “safety zone.”

California archery regulations for public roads, ways, and highways.
California archery regulations for public roads, ways, and highways.

(b) It is unlawful for a person to intentionally discharge a firearm or release an arrow or crossbow bolt over or across a public road or other established way open to the public in an unsafe and reckless manner.

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FGC § 4002 (California Archery Regulations)

Trapping Provisions

Fur-bearing mammals may be taken only with a trap, a firearm, bow and arrow, poison under a proper permit, or with the use of dogs.

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FGC § 4370 (California Archery Regulations)

Archery Deer Hunting

California archery regulations for deer seasons.
California archery regulations for deer seasons.

(a) In every area in which deer may lawfully be taken during the general open season there is an archery season for the taking of deer with bow and arrow. The season for each area shall be as the commission may prescribe, with a minimum interposing interval of three days immediately preceding the regular open season on deer in that area. Except as provided in subdivision (b), a person taking or attempting to take deer during such archery season shall neither carry, nor have under his or her immediate control, any firearm of any kind.

(b) A peace officer listed in Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 830) of Title 3 of Part 2 of the Penal Code, whether active or honorably retired, may carry a firearm capable of being concealed on his or her person while engaged in the taking of deer with bow and arrow in accordance with subdivision (a), but shall not take or attempt to take deer with the firearm.

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FGC § 4750 (California Archery Regulations)

Bear

California archery regulations for bear seasons.
California archery regulations for bear seasons.

It is unlawful to take any bear with firearm, trap, or bow and arrow without first procuring a tag authorizing the taking of that bear in accordance with this chapter, but no iron or steel-jawed or any type of metal-jawed trap shall be used to take any bear.

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FGC § 10500 (California Archery Regulations)

General Provisions

Except under a permit or specific authorization, it is unlawful to do any of the following:

(a) To take or possess a bird or mammal in a game refuge.

(b) To use or have in possession in a game refuge, a firearm, BB device as defined in Section 16250 of the Penal Code, crossbow, bow and arrow, or a trap or other contrivance designed to be, or capable of being, used to take birds or mammals, or to discharge a firearm or BB device or to release an arrow or crossbow bolt into a game refuge.

(c) To take or possess a fish or amphibian in a fish refuge, or to use or have in possession in that refuge a contrivance designed to be used for catching fish.

(d) To take or possess a bird, discharge a firearm or BB device, or release an arrow or crossbow bolt, within or into a waterfowl refuge.

(e) To take or possess a quail in a quail refuge.

(f) To take or possess an invertebrate or specimen of marine plant life in a marine life refuge.

(g) To take or possess a clam or an instrument or apparatus capable of being used to dig clams in a clam refuge.

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FGC § 10506 (California Archery Regulations)

General Provisions

Nothing in this code prohibits the possession of firearms, BB devices as defined in Section 16250 of the Penal Code, crossbows and bolts, or bows and arrows by persons when traveling through any game refuges when the firearms are taken apart or encased and unloaded and the bows are unstrung or stored separately from any arrow or bolt. When the traveling is done on a route other than a public highway or other public thoroughfare or right of way, notice shall be given to the department at least 24 hours before that traveling. The notice shall give the name and address of the person intending to travel through the refuge, the name of the refuge, the approximate route, and the approximate time when that person intends to travel through the refuge.

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14 CCR § 307 (California Archery Regulations)

Tree Squirrels

Tree squirrels may be taken only as follows:

California archery regulations for tree squirrels, including gray and red fox squirrels.
California archery regulations for tree squirrels.

(a) General Season and Areas: The general season in the counties of Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo, Yuba, and that portion of Kern County lying east of Interstate 5 shall open on the second Saturday in September extending through the last Sunday in January.

(b) Archery and Falconry Tree Squirrel Season and Area: Tree squirrels may be taken with bow and arrow or raptors only during the general tree squirrel season and as follows: 3

(1) The season in the counties of Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, and Yuba; and that portion of Kern County lying east of Interstate 5 shall open on the first Saturday in August extending through the day before the general tree squirrel season.

(c) Bag and Possession Limit: Four squirrels per day, four in possession.

(d) Except as provided herein, tree squirrels may not be taken at any time in the balance of the state.

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14 CCR § 311 (California Archery Regulations)

Methods Authorized for Taking Resident Small Game.

California archery regulations for resident small game birds and mammals.
California archery regulations for resident small game birds and mammals.

The take or attempted take of any resident small game with a firearm shall be in accordance with the use of nonlead projectiles and ammunition pursuant to Section 250.1. Only the following may be used to take resident small game:

(a) Shotguns 10 gauge or smaller using shot shells only and incapable of holding more than three shells in the magazine and chamber combined. If a plug is used to reduce the capacity of a magazine to fulfill the requirements of this section, the plug must be of one piece construction incapable of removal without disassembling the gun.

(b) Shotgun shells may not be used or possessed that contain shot size larger than No. BB, except that shot size larger than No. 2 may not be used or possessed when taking wild turkey. All shot shall be loose in the shell.

(c) Muzzle-loading shotguns.

(d) Falconry.

(e) Bow and arrow (see Section 354 for archery equipment regulations).

(f) Air rifles powered by compressed air or gas and used with any caliber of pellet, except that wild turkey may only be taken with a pellet that is at least 0.177 caliber.

(g) In addition to the methods listed in (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), and (f) above, firearm rifles and pistols may be used for taking rabbits and squirrels only; except in Los Angeles County where rifles and pistols may not be used.

(h) In San Diego and Orange counties only, rabbits may be taken at any time during the open season by means of box traps. Such traps shall not exceed 24 inches in any dimension, shall be tended at least once every 24 hours, and shall show the name and address of the trap owner. All rabbits taken under this section shall be immediately killed and become a part of the daily bag limit.

(i) Electronic or mechanically-operated calling or sound-reproducing devices are prohibited when attempting to take resident game birds.

(j) Coursing dogs may be used to take rabbits.

(k) Archers hunting during any archery season may not possess a firearm while in the field engaged in archery hunting during an archery season.

(l) The use of live decoys is prohibited when attempting to take resident game birds.

(m) Pistols and revolvers may be used to take sooty and ruffed grouse in those counties only and for the season described in Section 300(a)(1)(E).

(n) Crossbows, except for provisions of Section 354(d) and (g).

(o) Dogs may be used to take and retrieve resident small game.

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14 CCR § 354 (California Archery Regulations)

Archery Equipment and Crossbow Regulations.

California Archery Regulations for archery equipment, crossbows, permits, and restrictions.
California Archery Regulations, rules, restrictions, and procedures.

(a) Bow, as used in these regulations, means any device consisting of a flexible material having a string connecting its two ends and used to propel an arrow held in a firing position by hand only. Bow, includes long bow, recurve or compound bow.

(b) Crossbow, as used in these regulations means any device consisting of a bow or cured latex band or other flexible material (commonly referred to as a linear bow) affixed to a stock, or any bow that utilizes any device attached directly or indirectly to the bow for the purpose of keeping a crossbow bolt, an arrow or the string in a firing position. Except as provided in subsection 354(j), a crossbow is not archery equipment and cannot be used during the archery deer season.

(c) For the taking of big game, hunting arrows and crossbow bolts with a broad head type blade which will not pass through a hole seven-eighths inch in diameter shall be used. Mechanical/retractable broad heads shall be measured in the open position. For the taking of migratory game birds, resident small game, furbearers and nongame mammals and birds any arrow or crossbow bolt may be used except as prohibited by subsection (d) below. Notwithstanding the general prohibition of the use of lights in Fish and Game Code section 2005, arrows or crossbow bolts with lighted nocks that do not emit a directional beam of light may be used.

(d) No arrows or crossbow bolt with an explosive head or with any substance which would tranquilize or poison any animal may be used. No arrows or crossbow bolt without flu-flu fletching may be used for the take of pheasants and migratory game birds, except for provisions of Section 507(a)(2).

(e) No arrow or crossbow bolt may be released from a bow or crossbow upon or across any highway, road or other way open to vehicular traffic.

(f) No bow or crossbow may be used which will not cast a legal hunting arrow, except flu-flu arrows, a horizontal distance of 130 yards.

(g) Except as described in subsection 354(j), crossbows may not be used to take game birds and game mammals during archery seasons.

(h) Except as provided in subsection 353(g) of these regulations and in Section 4370 of the Fish and Game Code, archers may not possess a firearm while hunting in the field during any archery season, or while hunting during a general season under the provisions of an archery only tag.

(i) No person may nock or fit the notch in the end of an arrow to a bowstring or crossbow string in a ready-to-fire position while in or on any vehicle.

(j) Upon application to the department, the department may issue a Disabled Archer Permit, free of any charge or fee, to any person with a physical disability, as defined in 354(k), which prevents him/her from being able to draw and hold a bow in a firing position. The Disabled Archer Permit authorizes the disabled archer to use a crossbow or device which holds a string and arrow in the firing position to assist in the taking of birds and mammals under the conditions of an archery tag or during archery season.

(1) Applications for a Disabled Archer Permit as specified in Section 702 shall be submitted to the department at the address specified on the application and shall include:

(A) Applicant’s name

(B) Applicant’s physical address

(C) Applicant’s date of birth

(D) Applicant’s Driver’s License or DMV Number

(E) Applicant’s telephone number

(F) Applicant’s signature

(G) Medical Physician’s name

(H) Medical Physician’s business address

(I) Medical Physician’s business telephone number

(J) Medical Physician’s State medical license number

(K) A description of the disabled archer’s disability. The physician shall designate if the disability is permanent or temporary. If the disability is temporary, shall provide date the disability is expected to end.

(L) Medical Physician’s signature

(M) [omitted]

(N) Signature of the authorizing department employee and date issued

(2) Proof of meeting eligibility requirements may be met by providing a previously issued Disabled Archer Permit when the disability is still in effect.

(3) The valid Disabled Archer Permit shall be in the archer’s immediate possession while hunting and shall be shown on demand to any person authorized to enforce this regulation.

(4) The Disabled Archer Permit is valid beginning July 1 through June 30 of the following year or if issued after July 1 of the license year, it is valid beginning on the date issued through to the following June 30. For any person with a permanent disability, the permit is valid through the end of the license year. A Disabled Archer Permit for a permit holder with a temporary disability that ends prior to the end of the license year is valid only through the date specified by his/her physician.

(k) For the purposes of this section a physical disability means, a person having a permanent loss, significant limitation, or diagnosed disease or disorder, which substantially impairs one or both upper extremities preventing a hunter to draw and hold a bow in a firing position

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14 CCR § 465 (California Archery Regulations)

California Archery Regulations for furbearers, including badger, beaver, mink, muskrat, gray fox, and raccoons.
California Archery Regulations for furbearing mammals.

(a) Furbearing mammals may be taken only with a firearm, bow and arrow, or with the use of dogs, or traps in accordance with the provisions of Section 465.5 of these regulations and Section 3003.1 of the Fish and Game Code. The take or attempted take of any furbearing mammal with a firearm shall be in accordance with the use of nonlead projectiles and ammunition pursuant to Section 250.1.

(b) Pursuant to Fish and Game Code Section 2003, it is unlawful to offer any prize or other inducement as a reward for the taking of furbearers in an individual contest, tournament, or derby.

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14 CCR § 472 (California Archery Regulations)

Except as otherwise provided in Sections 478 and 485 and subsections (a) through (d) below, nongame birds and mammals may not be taken.

California Archery Regulations for American crow.
California Archery Regulations for American crow.

(a) The following nongame birds and mammals may be taken at any time of the year and in any number except as prohibited in Chapter 6: English sparrow, starling, coyote, weasels, skunks, opossum, moles and rodents (excluding tree and flying squirrels, and those listed as furbearers, endangered or threatened species).

(b) Fallow, sambar, sika, and axis deer may be taken only concurrently with the general deer season.

(c) Aoudad, mouflon, tahr, and feral goats may be taken all year.

(d) American crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

(1) May be taken only under the provisions of Section 485 and by landowners or tenants, or by persons authorized in writing by such landowners or tenants, when American crows are committing or about to commit depredations upon ornamental or shade trees, agricultural crops, livestock, or wildlife, or when concentrated in such numbers and manner as to constitute a health hazard or other nuisance. Persons authorized by landowners or tenants to take American crows shall keep such written authorization in their possession when taking, transporting or possessing American crows. American crows may be taken only on the lands where depredations are occurring or where they constitute a health hazard or nuisance. If required by Federal regulations, landowners or tenants shall obtain a Federal migratory bird depredation permit before taking any American crows or authorizing any other person to take them.

(2) American crows may be taken under the provisions of this subsection only by firearm, bow and arrow, falconry or by toxicants by the Department of Food and Agriculture for the specific purpose of taking depredating crows. Toxicants can be used for taking crows only under the supervision of employees or officers of the Department of Food and Agriculture or federal or county pest control officers or employees acting in their official capacities and possessing a qualified applicator certificate issued pursuant to sections 14151-14155 of the Food and Agriculture Code. Such toxicants must be applied according to their label requirements developed pursuant to sections 6151-6301, Title 3, California Code of Regulations.

(e) Pursuant to Fish and Game Code Section 2003, it is unlawful to offer any prize or other inducement as a reward for the taking of nongame mammals in an individual contest, tournament, or derby.

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14 CCR § 507 (California Archery Regulations)

Provisions Related to the Taking of Migratory Game Birds.

(a) Authorized Methods. Only the following methods may be used to take migratory game birds:

(1) Falconry.

California Archery Regulations for migratory game birds, including geese, ducks, doves, etc.
California Archery Regulations for migratory game birds.

(2) Bow and Arrows or Crossbows. Only arrows or crossbows bolts with flu- flu fletching may be used except that conventionally fletched arrows may be used to take waterfowl sitting on the water from scullboats or similar watercraft. Archers hunting during any archery season may not possess a firearm while in the field engaged in archery hunting.

(3) Muzzle-loading Shotguns.

(4) Shotguns 10 Gauge or Smaller. Shotguns 10 gauge or smaller using shot shells only and incapable of holding more than three shells in the magazine and chamber combined may be used. except no shotgun larger than 12 gauge shall be used in areas open to hunting on, over or adjacent to the waters of Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo County. If a plug is used to reduce the capacity of a magazine to fulfill the requirements of this section, the plug must be of one piece construction incapable of removal without disassembling the gun. Shotgun shells may not be used or possessed that contain shot size larger than No. BB in lead or T shot in steel or other nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. All shot shall be loose in the shell.

(b) Use of Dogs. Dogs may be used to take and retrieve migratory game birds.

(c) Prohibition on Electronically or Mechanically-operated Devices. Electronic or mechanically-operated calling or sound-reproducing devices are prohibited when attempting to take migratory game birds. It is unlawful to use devices that are either electronically-powered, or activated by anything other than natural wind, to directly or indirectly cause rotation of decoy wings or blades that simulate wings, when attempting to take waterfowl between the start of the waterfowl season and November 30.

(d) Live Decoy Prohibition. The use of live decoys is prohibited when attempting to take migratory game birds.

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14 CCR § 4313 (California Archery Regulations for State Parks and Recreation Areas)

Weapons and Traps.

(a) No person shall carry, possess or discharge across, in or into any portion of any unit any weapon, firearm, spear, bow and arrow, trap, net, or device capable of injuring, or killing any person or animal, or capturing any animal, or damaging any public or private property, except in underwater parks or designated archery ranges where the Department of Parks and Recreation finds that it is in its best interests.

(b) Nothing herein contained shall be construed in derogation of the use of weapons permitted by law or regulation and to be used for hunting in any unit, or portion thereof, open to hunting.

(c) Firearms not having a cartridge in any portion of the mechanism, other unloaded weapons or devices such as traps, nets, and bows and arrows may be possessed within temporary lodging or mechanical mode of conveyance when such implements are rendered temporarily inoperable or are packed, cased, or stored in a manner that will prevent their ready use.

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