California Deer Seasons for Bucks, Does and Specific Firearms, People and Places

California Deer Hunting Seasons and California Deer Hunting Laws.

Here, we fetch up California deer seasons and bring them back for each kind of hunt, like general, archerybuckeither-sex, late, and fundraising hunts. For each kind, we bring you the hunting zones, and drop links hunting methods, definitions, and other important laws. For hunter-friendly summaries of deer hunting rules, also see our pages for Deer Hunting Seasons, Laws, and Locations, as well as Deer Hunting Public Land, and Deer Tags.

Season Descriptions

California Deer Seasons by hunting Zone, archery, muzzleloader, shotgun, buck, doe, juniors, military, archery, bow and arrow, etc.
California Deer Seasons.

Use this menu to find California deer seasons and special hunts based on the hunting method, sex of the deer, age and status of the hunter, and timing and purpose of the hunt. Follow the links to find hunt descriptions, zones, and tag numbers.

    1. General Seasons
    2. General & Archery Seasons
    3. Antlerless Hunts
    4. Archery-Only Seasons
    5. Buck Hunts
    6. Fundraising Hunts
    7. Either-Sex Hunts
    8. Junior Apprentice Hunts
    9. Late Season Hunts
    10. Military and/or Public Hunts
    11. Muzzleloading Hunts
    12. Muzzleloading or Archery Hunts
    13. Shotgun Hunts

General California Deer Seasons

Here, we fetch hunt zones for the General California Deer Seasons, which means the regulations allow all legal hunting methods (see definition). Warning shot!!! There are tag restrictions relating to hunt areas and method of take (e.g. archery-only tags). For current seasons, limits, and zone descriptions, also see our page for Deer Hunting Laws and CDFW’s Approved 2016 Deer Seasons by Zones.

Hunt Zones

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    • Zone X-1
    • Zone X-2
    • Zone X-3a
    • Zone X-3b
    • Zone X-4
    • Zone X-5a
    • Zone X-5b
    • Zone X-6a
    • Zone X-6b
    • Zone X-7a
    • Zone X-7b
    • Zone X-8
    • Zone X-9a
    • Zone X-9b
    • Zone X-9c
    • Zone X-10
    • Zone X-12

General & Archery California Deer Seasons

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Here, we fetch hunt zones for the General & Archery California Deer seasons. For current bag and possession limits, tag quota, and special instructions, also see our page for Deer Hunting Laws and CDFW’s Approved 2016 Deer Seasons by ZonesWarning shots!!! When using a bow with a general deer zone tag, you can only hunt during the archery season. If you don’t have an archery-only tag, you can only hunt in the zone(s) or areas for which you have a general tag or an area-specific archery tag. Crossbows aren’t allowed during any archery season. Crossbows are also illegal during the General California Deer Seasons when using an archery-only tag. Also, see our pages Archery Laws and Deer Tags.

Hunt Zones

    • Zone A.
    • Zone B-1
    • Zone B-2
    • Zone B-3
    • Zone B-4
    • Zone B-5
    • Zone B-6
    • Zone C-1
    • Zone C-2
    • Zone C-3
    • Zone C-4
    • Zone D-3
    • Zone D-4
    • Zone D-5
    • Zone D-6
    • Zone D-7
    • Zone D-8
    • Zone D-9
    • Zone D-10
    • Zone D-11
    • Zone D-12
    • Zone D-13
    • Zone D-14
    • Zone D-15
    • Zone D-16
    • Zone D-17
    • Zone D-19

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Archery-Only California Deer Seasons

Here, we fetch up California deer seasons archery-only hunts, which are in Zone C and Zone X, and for bucks, either-sex, and archery-only tags. Warning shot!!! If you don’t have an “archery-only” tag, you can only hunt in the zone, zones, or areas for which you have a general tag or an area-specific archery tag. For current seasons, limits, and zone descriptions, see our page for Deer Hunting Laws and CDFW’s Area-Specific Archery Hunts. Also see the next section for archery seasons where muzzleloaders are also allowed. Also, see our page for Archery Laws.

Tag Numbers & Hunt Zones

    1. A-1 (Zone C)
    2. A-3 (Zone X-1)
    3. A-4 (Zone X-2)
    4. A-5 (Zone X-3a)
    5. A-6 (Zone X-3b)
    6. A-7 (Zone X-4)
    7. A-8 (Zone X-5a)
    8. A-9 (Zone X-5b)
    9. A-11 (Zone X-6a)
    10. A-12 (Zone X-6b)
    11. A-13 (Zone X-7a)
    12. A-14 (Zone X-7b)
    13. A-15 (Zone X-8)
    14. A-16 (Zone X-9a)
    15. A-17 (Zone X-9b)
    16. A-18 (Zone X-9c)
    17. A-19 (Zone X-10)
    18. A-20 (Zone X-12 )
    19. A-21 (Anderson Flat Archery Buck Hunt)
    20. A-22 (San Diego Archery Either-Sex Deer Hunt)
    21. A-24 (Monterey Archery Either-Sex Deer Hunt)
    22. A-25 (Lake Sonoma Archery Either-Sex Deer Hunt)
    23. A-26 (Bass Hill Archery Buck Hunt)
    24. A-27 (Devil’s Garden Archery Buck Hunt)
    25. A-30 (Covelo Archery Buck Hunt)
    26. A-31 (Los Angeles Archery Either-Sex Deer Hunt)
    27. A-32 (Ventura/Los Angeles Late Season Archery Either-Sex Deer Hunt)
    28. A-33 (Fort Hunter Liggett Late Season Archery) Either-Sex Deer Hunt)
    29. AO (Archery Only Tags)

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California Deer Seasons Buck Hunts

Here, we fetch up California deer seasons buck hunts, which are in Zone C and Zone X, and also for the late season, juniors, and muzzleloaders. For current seasons, limits, and zone descriptions, see our page for Deer Hunting Laws and CDFW’s Approved 2016 Seasons for Additional Hunts.

Tag Numbers & Hunt Zones

    1. G Late Season Buck Hunt for Zone C-4
    2. G-3 Goodale Buck Hunt
    3. G-6 Kern River Deer Herd Buck Hunt
    4. G-21 Ventana Wilderness Buck Hunt
    5. G-37 Anderson Flat Buck Hunt
    6. G-38 X-10 Late Season Buck Hunt
    7. G-39 Round Valley Late Season Buck Hunt
    8. M-3 Doyle Muzzleloading Rifle Buck Hunt
    9. M-4 Horse Lake Muzzleloading Rifle Buck Hunt
    10. M-5 East Lassen Muzzleloading Rifle Buck Hunt
    11. M-8 Bass Hill Muzzleloading Rifle Buck Hunt
    12. M-9 Devil’s Garden Muzzleloading Rifle Buck Hunt
    13. M-11 Northwestern California Muzzleloading Rifle Buck Hunt
    14. MA-3 Santa Barbara Muzzleloading Rifle/Archery Buck Hunt
    15. J-3 Tehama Wildlife Area Apprentice Buck Hunt
    16. J-4 Shasta-Trinity Apprentice Buck Hunt
    17. J-12 Round Valley Apprentice Buck Hunt
    18. J-15 Anderson Flat Apprentice Buck Hunt

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California Deer Seasons Doe Hunts

Here, we fetch up California deer seasons for antlerless deer, which are either at a military base or in San Diego County. An “antlerless” deer is defined as:

[F]emale deer, fawns of either sex other than spotted fawns, and male deer with an unbranched antler on one or both sides which is not more than three inches in length.

For current seasons, limits, and zone descriptions, see our page for Deer Hunting Laws and CDFW’s Approved 2016 Seasons for Additional Hunts. Also, see our page for Recovering Service Members and Disabled Veterans.

Tag Numbers & Hunt Zones

    • G-8 Fort Hunter Liggett Antlerless Deer Hunt (Military and Public)
    • G-9 Camp Roberts Antlerless Deer Hunt (no hunt held in 2014 due to base construction)
    • G-13 San Diego Antlerless Deer Hunt

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California Deer Seasons Either-Sex Hunts

Here, we fetch up California deer seasons for either-sex deer hunts, including those for archers, juniors, muzzleloaders, and shotgun hunters. You’ll also find hunts at military bases, wildlife areas, and in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Sutter, Ventura, and Yuba counties. An “either-sex deer” is either:

An antlerless deer (see above) or legal bucks with two or more points in the upper two-thirds of either antler. Spike bucks may NOT be taken.

For current seasons, limits, and zone descriptions, see our page for Deer Hunting Laws and CDFW’s Approved 2016 Seasons for Additional Hunts.

Tag Numbers & Hunt Description

    1. G-7 Beale Either-Sex Deer Hunt (Military Only)
    2. G-10 Camp Pendleton Either-Sex Deer Hunt (Military Only)
    3. G-11 Vandenberg Either-Sex Deer Hunt (Military, DOD)
    4. G-12 Gray Lodge Shotgun Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    5. G-19 SutterYuba Wildlife Areas Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    6. M-6 San Diego Muzzleloading Rifle Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    7. M-7 Ventura Muzzleloading Rifle Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    8. MA-1 San Luis Obispo Muzzleloading Rifle/Archery Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    9. J-1 Lake Sonoma Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    10. J-7 Carson River Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    11. J-8 Daugherty Hill Wildlife Area Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    12. J-9 Little Dry Creek Apprentice Shotgun Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    13. J-10 Fort Hunter Liggett Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    14. J-11 San Bernardino Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    15. J-13 Los Angeles Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    16. J-14 Riverside Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    17. J-16 Bucks Mountain/Nevada City Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    18. J-17 Blue Canyon Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    19. J-18 Pacific/Grizzly Flat Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    20. J-19 Zone X-7a Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    21. J-20 Zone X-7b Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    22. J-21 East Tehama Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt

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California Deer Seasons Fundraising Hunts

Here, we fetch up California deer seasons fundraising hunts, which require an appropriate fundraising tags. For current seasons, limits, and zone descriptions, see our page for Deer Hunting Laws and CDFW’s Approved 2016 Seasons for Additional Hunts.

    • Golden Opportunity Tag
    • Open Zone Tag

California Deer Seasons Junior Apprentice Hunts

Here, we fetch up California deer seasons for junior and apprentice hunts. For current seasons, limits, and zone descriptions, see our page for Deer Hunting Laws and CDFW’s Approved 2016 Seasons for Additional Hunts. Also, see our page for Junior Hunting Seasons.

Tag Numbers & Hunt Description

California deer seasons for apprentice, juniors.
California Deer Seasons Junior Apprentice Hunts
    1. J-1 Lake Sonoma Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    2. J-3 Tehama Wildlife Area Apprentice Buck Hunt
    3. J-4 Shasta-Trinity Apprentice Buck Hunt
    4. J-7 Carson River Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    5. J-8 Daugherty Hill Wildlife Area Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    6. J-9 Little Dry Creek Apprentice Shotgun Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    7. J-10 Fort Hunter Liggett Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    8. J-11 San Bernardino Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    9. J-12 Round Valley Apprentice Buck Hunt
    10. J-13 Los Angeles Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    11. J-14 Riverside Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    12. J-15 Anderson Flat Apprentice Buck Hunt
    13. J-16 Bucks Mountain/Nevada City Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    14. J-17 Blue Canyon Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    15. J-18 Pacific/Grizzly Flat Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    16. J-19 Zone X-7a Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    17. J-20 Zone X-7b Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    18. J-21 East Tehama Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt

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California Deer Seasons Late Season Hunts

Here, we fetch up California deer seasons for the late season in Zone C, as well as Zone X. For current seasons, limits, and zone descriptions, see our page for Deer Hunting Laws and CDFW’s Approved 2016 Seasons for Additional Hunts.

Tag Number & Hunt Description

    • G-1 Late Season Buck Hunt for Zone C-4
    • G-38 X-10 Late Season Buck Hunt
    • G-39 Round Valley Late Season Buck Hunt

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California Deer Seasons Military Base Hunts

Here, we fetch up California deer seasons at military bases, some of which are only for military personnel and others are open to the public. Warning shots!!! When hunting on military reservations or private lands, hunters must have in their possession a written permit signed by the landowner, which may specify where and when the permittee may hunt. When required, tagholders shall check in and check out of designated check stations. For current seasons, limits, and zone descriptions, see our page for Deer Hunting Laws and and CDFW’s Approved 2016 Seasons for Additional Hunts. Also, see our page for Recovering Service Members and Disabled Veterans.

    1. G-7 Beale Either-Sex Deer Hunt (Military Only)
    2. G-8 Fort Hunter Liggett Antlerless Deer Hunt (Military and Public)
    3. G-10 Camp Pendleton Either-Sex Deer Hunt (Military Only)
    4. G-11 Vandenberg Either-Sex Deer Hunt (Military and DOD)
    5. J-10 Fort Hunter Liggett Apprentice Either-Sex Deer Hunt

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California Deer Seasons Muzzleloading Rifle Hunts

California deer seasons for muzzleloaders
California Deer Seasons Muzzleloading Rifle Hunts

Here, we fetch up California deer seasons muzzleloading rifle hunts. There are hunts for bucks, does. In addition to other locations, there are hunts in Lassen, San Diego, and Ventura counties. Also see the next section for muzzleloading hunts where archery is also allowed. For current seasons, limits, and zone descriptions, see our page for Deer Hunting Laws and CDFW’s Approved 2016 Seasons for Additional Hunts. Also, see our page for Muzzleloader Rifles.

Tag Numbers & Hunt Descriptions

    1. M-3 Doyle Muzzleloading Rifle Buck Hunt
    2. M-4 Horse Lake Muzzleloading Rifle Buck Hunt
    3. M-5 East Lassen Muzzleloading Rifle Buck Hunt
    4. M-6 San Diego Muzzleloading Rifle Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    5. M-7 Ventura Muzzleloading Rifle Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    6. M-8 Bass Hill Muzzleloading Rifle Buck Hunt
    7. M-9 Devil’s Garden Muzzleloading Rifle Buck Hunt
    8. M-11 Northwestern California Muzzleloading Rifle Buck Hunt
    9. MA-1 San Luis Obispo Muzzleloading Rifle/Archery Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    10. MA-3 Santa Barbara Muzzleloading Rifle/Archery Buck Hunt

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California Deer Seasons Muzzleloading Rifles or Archery Hunts

Here, we fetch up California deer seasons muzzleloading rifle or archer hunts for Santa Barbara County, as well as San Luis Obispo County. For current seasons, limits, and zone descriptions, see our page for Deer Hunting Laws and CDFW’s Approved 2016 Seasons for Additional Hunts. Also, see our pages for Muzzleloader Rifles and Archery Laws.

    • MA-1 San Luis Obispo Muzzleloading Rifle/Archery Either-Sex Deer Hunt
    • MA-3 Santa Barbara Muzzleloading Rifle/Archery Buck Hunt

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California Deer Seasons Shotgun Hunts

California Deer Seasons for Shotgun Hunts
California Deer Seasons Shotgun Hunts

Here, we fetch up California deer seasons shotgun hunts for bucks, as well as antlerless deer. In addition, see the section above for general season hunts, where all legal hunting methods are allowed. Then, you might want to see our page for Deer Hunting Laws, plus CDFW’s Approved 2016 Seasons for Additional Hunts for current seasons, limits, and zone descriptions. Finally, see our page for Shotgun Laws.

Tag Number and Hunt Description

    • G-12 Gray Lodge Shotgun Either-Sex Deer Hunt

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