California Hunting Seasons for Birds and Mammals

California hunting seasons for birds and mammals.
California hunting seasons.

Here, we fetch up California hunting seasons for six categories of birds and mammals. For each categories, we retrieve seasons for individual species. To see what’s open on a particular date, you can also use our hunting calendars. If you still have questions, ask our “Legal Labrador” to fetch it up.


Categories of Birds and Mammals

    1. Big Game
    2. Waterfowl
    3. Upland Game Birds
    4. Small Game Mammals
    5. Furbearing Mammals
    6. Nongame Birds & Mammals

Big Game Mammal Seasons

California Hunting Seasons for big game, including species of deer, elk, black bear, wild pig, pronghorn antelope, and bighorn sheep.
Big game hunting seasons.

There are hunting seasons for six big game mammals, but regulations restrict them to certain species. For the species below, you’ll links to hunting seasons, plus hunter-friendly summaries of relevant laws and hundreds of public and private hunting locations. You might also wish to search quickly for deer tags, deer hunting locationsbag limitsshooting hours, hunting methodspublic land, private land, and special hunts.

Big Game Species

    1. Deer Seasons
    2. Elk Seasons
    3. Black Bear Seasons
    4. Wild Pig Seasons
    5. Pronghorn Antelope Seasons
    6. Bighorn Sheep Seasons

Nongame Deer

In addition to big game deer, there are “big nongame deer”(e.g. Sika deer). For those species, see Nongame Birds and Mammals below.

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Furbearing Mammal Seasons

California Hunting Seasons for furbearing mammals, including mink.
California hunting seasons for furbearing mammals.

In California, there are hunting and trapping seasons for six furbearing mammals, but only authorized species and methods of take. Link to the species below, and you’ll find the season for firearms and archery equipment, as well as other hunting methods (e.g. dogs and traps). In addition, you’ll find practically everything else you need, like bag limitsshooting hourspublic hunting locations, and much more.

Species of Furbearing Mammals

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Small Game Mammal Seasons

California Hunting Seasons for small game mammals, including tree squirrels.
California hunting seasons for small game mammals.

In California, there are hunting seasons for small game mammals, but only authorized species and methods of take. Link to the species below, and you’ll find seasons for firearms and archery equipment, as well as other hunting methods (e.g. air rifles, dogs, and traps). In addition, you’ll find practically everything else you need, like bag limitsshooting hourspublic hunting locations, hunting zones, and much more.

Species of Small Game Mammals

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Upland Game Bird Seasons

California Hunting Seasons for upland game birds, including grouse.
California hunting seasons for upland game birds.

In California, there are hunting seasons for nine upland game birds, but only authorized species and methods of take. Link to the species below, and you’ll find the season for firearms and archery equipment, as well as other hunting methods (e.g. air rifles and dogs). In addition, you’ll find practically everything else you need, like bag limitsshooting hours, public hunting locations, and much more.

Species of Upland Game Birds

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Waterfowl Seasons

California Hunting Seasons for waterfowl, including ducks and geese.
California hunting seasons for waterfowl.

In California, there are hunting seasons for ducks and geese, but only authorized species and methods of take. Link to the species below, and you’ll find seasons for firearms and archery equipment, as well as for juniors and other hunting methods (e.g. falconry and boats). In addition, you’ll find practically everything else you need, like waterfowl zonesbag limitsshooting hourspublic hunting locations, and much more.

Species of Waterfowl

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Nongame Birds & Mammals

California Hunting Seasons for nongame birds and mammals, including bobcat.
California hunting seasons for nongame birds and nongame mammals.

In California, there are hunting seasons for nongame birds and nongame mammals, but only authorized species and methods of take. Link to the species below, and you’ll find seasons for firearms and archery equipment, as well as other hunting methods (e.g. dogs and traps). In addition, you’ll find practically everything else you need, like bag limitsshooting hourspublic hunting locations, and much more.

Species of Nongame

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While we do our best to fetch up all California hunting seasons and summarize them accurately, we might leave one out or make a typo. If we miss something, though, please leave a reply in the comment box below.

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