California Condor Range Hunting

California Condor Range hunting,

On this page, you’ll find info about California Condor Range hunting. We cover all birds and mammals you can only hunt with steel or other non-toxic ammo. We also include info on the Statewide ban being phased in on all wildlife by July 2019. We identify similar rules and exceptions for hunting at wildlife areas and refuges, personal property, and shooting clubs. Finally, we include exceptions for concealed weapons, violations, and maps.

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Definitions

The California Condor is a bird. It’s “fully protected” under the law. That means it’s illegal to hunt them. It’s also illegal to have one in your possession. The California Condor Range is a legally-defined area where California Condor tend to live (see Range Map below). In general, California Condor Range hunting is limited to steel or other Non-Toxic ammo.

Warning shot!!! The ban on lead ammo will remain in effect until no later than July 1, 2019. At that time, the restriction will apply to the entire State for all birds and mammals. See FGC § 3004.5(b)FGC § 3511(b)(5), and 14 CCR § 670.5(a)(5)(A).

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Ammo Restrictions

Shell shot requirements for California Condor Range huntingIn this section, you’ll find info about the “no lead” restriction for California Condor Range hunting. Topics relate to specific birds, mammals, public hunting areas, private property, and firearms. Warning shot!!! As of July 1, 2019, you can only use certified nonlead to Take wildlife for any purpose anywhere in California. The rules noted below for California Condor Range hunting will no longer be used at that time. See 14 CCR § 250.1(e) an (f)

Ammo

In general, California Condor Range hunting is limited to “nonlead ammunition.” It includes “any centerfire, shotgun, muzzleloading, or rimfire ammo containing projectiles. “Projectiles” include any bullet, ball, sabot, slug, buckshot, shot, pellet or other kind of ammo that can be shot from a firearm. Nonlead projectiles can’t have more than 1% lead by weight. Your ammo has to be “certified” as nonlead. Shotgun ammo with “Non-Toxic Shot” approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is an example of being “certified.” Follow this link for a list of Certified Non-lead Ammunition Manufacturers.

Warning shot!!! In the California Condor Range, you can’t even be in possession of lead ammo when you also have a firearm capable of shooting it. See FGC § 3004.5(c)(2) [shotgun ammo], 14 CCR § 250.1(b) [definitions] and 14 CCR § 250.1(c)(2) [possession].

Big Game

California Condor Range hunting for big game, including black bear.The “no lead” restriction for California Condor Rage hunting applies to Big Game. Those mammals include Pronghorn AntelopeBlack BearDeerElkWild Pigs, and Bighorn Sheep. When hunting Big Game with a rifle or pistol, you can only use non-lead centerfire ammo. See FGC § 3004.5(a)(1) and (j) [big game, nongame birds and mammals, and coyote] and 14 CCR § 353(h) [big game].

Deer Zones

 

California Condor Range hunting for big game, including deer.The California Condor Range includes Deer hunting zones D7, D8, D9, D10, D11, ad D13. It also includes zone “A South” except for Santa Cruz, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, and San Joaquin Counties, plus areas west of Hwy 101 within Santa Clara County and areas between Hwy 5 and Hwy 99 within Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Kern Counties (see Range Maps below). See FGC § 3004.5(a)(2).

Sheep

 

California Condor Range hunting for big game, including nelson bighorn sheep.When hunting Bighorn Sheep, you can only shoot ammo certified as nonlead. It’s also illegal to carry a firearm while in possession lead ammo. These rules apply Statewide, including the California Condor Range. These rules became effective on July 1, 2015. See 14 CCR § 250.1(d)(1)(A).

Concealed Weapon

In California, you can usually carry lead ammo for a legally concealed weapon. It can only be intended for personal protection. It cannot be used for hunting or killing a wounded animal. Warning shot!!! There is an exception for California Condor Range hunting. You cannot carry lead ammo when hunting Big Game, Nongame Birds, and Nongame Mammals. See 14 CCR § 250.1(c)(3) and (e).

Coots & Moorhens

In California, you can only use steel or other Non-Toxic Shot to hunt Coot & Moorhens. The same is true for California Condor Range hunting. See 14 CCR § 507.1.

Ecological Reserves

 

California condor range hunting on California ecological reserves.In California, you can only you can only use steel or other Non-Toxic Shot to hunt on Ecological Reserves. It’s also illegal to carry a firearm while in possession of lead ammo.  The same is true for California Condor Range hunting. These rules became effective on July 1, 2015. See 14 CCR § 250.1(d)(1)(B).

Furbearing Mammals

California Condor Range hunting for furbearing mammals, including mink.As of July 1, 2016, you can only use certified nonlead to hunt Furbearing Mammals in California. Those mammals include BadgerBeaverGray FoxMinkMuskrat and RaccoonWarning shots!!! The same is true for California Condor Range hunting. You can’t even carry lead ammo with a firearm capable of shooting it. See 14 CCR § 250.1(d)(2)(C)14 CCR § 464 [raccoon], and 14 CCR § 465 [fur].

National Wildlife Refuges

 

California Condor Range hunting on National Wildlife RefugesWhen hunting at a National Wildlife Refuge, you can only shoot ammo certified as nonlead. It’s also illegal to carry a firearm while in possession lead ammo.  These rules apply everywhere in the State, including the California Condor Range. These rules became effective on July 1, 2015. See 14 CCR § 250.1(d)(1)(B).

Nongame Birds

California Condor Range hunting for Nongame Birds, including American crow.As of July 1, 2016, you can only use certified nonlead to hunt Nongame Birds anywhere in California. Those birds include the American crow, English sparrow, and starlings. Warning shot!!! You can’t even carry lead ammo with a firearm capable of shooting it. See 14 CCR § 250.1(d)(2)(E) and 14 CCR § 475(f) [nongame birds and nongame mammals].

Nongame Mammals

California Condor Range hunting for Nongame Mammals, including coyotes.As of July 1, 2016, you can only use certified nonlead to hunt Nongame Mammals anywhere in California. Those animals include predators like Bobcat and Coyote, plus non-native deer (Sika) and goats. Warning shot!!! You can’t even carry lead ammo with a firearm capable of shooting it. See 14 CCR § 250.1(d)(2)(D) and 14 CCR § 475(f) [nongame birds and nongame mammals].

Coyote

When hunting Coyote a rifle or pistol, you can only use non-lead centerfire ammunition.”

See FGC § 3004.5(a)(1) [big game and coyote] and 14 CCR § 475(f) [nongame birds and nongame mammals].

Property Damage

California Condor Range hunting with California depredation permits.As of July 1, 2016, you can only use certified nonlead to kill “depredators” anywhere in California. Those are animals causing property damage. Warning shots!!!  You  can’t even carry lead ammo with a firearm capable of shooting it. These rules apply even if you have a permit from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. See 14 CCR § 250.1(d)(2)(F)

Shotgun Ammo

Shotgun ammo with Non-Toxic Shot approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is an example of being “certified.” 14 CCR § 250.1(b)(3).

Small Game Mammals

California Condor Range hunting for small game mammals, including tree squirrels.As of July 1, 2016, you can only use certified nonlead to hunt Resident Small Game Mammals anywhere in California. Those mammals include Rabbits and Tree SquirrelsWarning shot!!! You can’t even carry lead ammo with a firearm capable of shooting it. See 14 CCR § 250.1(d)(2)(C) and 14 CCR § 311.

Upland Game Birds

 

California Condor Range hunting for upland game birds, including grouse.As of July 1, 2016, you can only use certified nonlead to hunt most Upland Game Birds anywhere in California. Until no later than July 1, 2019, there are exceptions for Dove, Quail, Snipe, and game birds at a Licensed Game Bird ClubWarning shot!!! You can’t even carry lead ammo with a firearm capable of shooting it. See 14 CCR § 250.1(d)(2)(A)

Waterfowl

 

California Condor Range hunting for waterfowl., including ducks and geese.Only steel or other non-toxic shot approved by the US Fish & Wildlife Service may be used to hunt waterfowl anywhere in California. Those birds include Ducks and Geese. See 14 CCR § 507.1.

Wildlife Areas

As of July 1, 2015, you can only use ammo certified as nonlead when hunting at State Wildlife Areas. It’s also illegal to carry a firearm while in possession lead ammo.  These rules apply everywhere in the State, including the California Condor Range. See 14 CCR § 250.1(d)(1)(B).

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Violations

If you violate any of these ammo restrictions, you could get charged with an infraction. The penalty is a fine up to $500 for the first one. After that, the fine is between $1,000 and $5,000.

If you get charged with a violation, contact our attorney immediately for a free consultation. See FGC § 3004.5(g).

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California Condor Range Map

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