California Ecological Reserves Hunting

California hunting seasons for California ecological reserves, and general use regulations Ecological Reserves

On this menu, you’ll find California ecological reserves that allow hunting. The purpose of ecological reserves is to protect natural resources, like native plants and wildlife. They’re managed by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) to preserve land and/or water in its natural condition for things like wildlife viewing, hunting, and scientific research.

California ecological reserves in CDFW regions for California hunting seasons.

While there are about 140 ecological reserves, only about 40 allow hunting. Reserve-specific rules may restrict things like what species you can hunt, plus when and where you can hunt them. Most of the local rules are located in Title 14, Section 630__, of the California Code of Regulations. Follow the links below to ecological reserves, which we list by regions of the CDFW. You’ll be guided to our summaries for each reserve, including authorized species, driving directions, maps, and much more.

Warning shot!!! Reserve-specific regulations supplement or supersede general use regulations for ecological reserves. See FGC §§ 1580 and 1584.

CDFW Regions


CDFW Region 1. Northern California

Hunting is authorized on the ecological reserves listed below. Follow the link(s) for our summary of rules, regulations, and procedures, including general information, legal references, hunting restrictions, directions, and maps, if any.

  1. California ecological reserves with hunting in CDFW Region 1 for California hunting seasons.China Point Ecological Reserve.
  2. Dales Lake Ecological Reserve.

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CDFW Region 2. North Central California

Hunting is authorized on the ecological reserves listed below. Follow the link(s) for our summary of rules, regulations, and procedures, including general information, legal references, hunting restrictions, directions, and maps, if any.

  1. California ecological reserves with hunting in CDFW Region 2 for California hunting seasons.Cosumnes River Ecological Reserve.
  2. North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve.
  3. Vernalis Ecological Reserve.

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CDFW Region 3. Bay Delta

Hunting is authorized on the ecological reserves listed below. Follow the link(s) for our summary of rules, regulations, and procedures, including general information, legal references, hunting restrictions, directions, and maps, if any.

  1. California ecological reserves with hunting in CDFW Region 3 for California hunting seasonsBair Island Ecological Reserve.
  2. Calhoun Cut Ecological Reserve.
  3. Eden Landing Ecological Reserve.
  4. Quail Ridge Ecological Reserve.
  5. San Antonio Valley Ecological Reserve.
  6. Tomales Bay Ecological Reserve.

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CDFW Region 4. Central California

Hunting is authorized on the ecological reserves listed below. Follow the link(s) for our summary of rules, regulations, and procedures, including general information, legal references, hunting restrictions, directions, and maps, if any.

  1. California ecological reserves with hunting in CDFW Region 4 for California hunting seasonsAllensworth Ecological Reserve.
  2. Blue Ridge Ecological Reserve.
  3. Buttonwillow Ecological Reserve.
  4. Canebrake Ecological Reserve.
  5. Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve.
  6. Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve.
  7. Kaweah Ecological Reserve.
  8. Kerman Ecological Reserve.
  9. Lokern Ecological Reserve.
  10. Panoche Hills Ecological Reserve.
  11. Pleasant Valley Ecological Reserve.
  12. Stone Corral Ecological Reserve.

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CDFW Region 5. South Coast

Hunting is authorized on the ecological reserves listed below, Follow the link(s) for our summary of rules, regulations, and procedures, including general information, legal references, hunting restrictions, directions, and maps, if any.

  1. California ecological reserves with hunting in CDFW Region 5 for California hunting seasonsBoden Canyon Ecological Reserve.
  2. Coal Canyon Ecological Reserve.
  3. Otay Mountain Ecological Reserve.
  4. Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve.
  5. Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve.

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CDFW Region 6. Inland Deserts

Hunting is authorized on the ecological reserves listed below. Follow the link(s) for our summary of rules, regulations, and procedures, including general information, legal references, hunting restrictions, directions, and maps, if any.

  1. California ecological reserves with hunting in CDFW Region 6 for California hunting seasonsBaldwin Lake Ecological Reserve.
  2. Estelle Mountain Ecological Reserve.
  3. Fish Slough Ecological Reserve.
  4. Palo Verde Ecological Reserve.
  5. Peninsular Ranges Ecological Reserve.
  6. River Spring Lakes Ecological Reserve.
  7. San Felipe Creek Ecological Reserve.
  8. Sky Valley Ecological Reserve.

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