California Junior Hunting Laws


FGC § 4751

(a) Any resident of this state, 12 years of age or over, who possesses a valid hunting license, may procure the number of bear tags corresponding to the number of bear that may legally be taken by one person during the current license year, upon payment of a base fee of fifteen dollars ($15), as adjusted under Section 713, for each bear tag. Fee revenues pursuant to this subdivision shall be deposited in the Big Game Management Account established in Section 3953 and, upon appropriation by the Legislature, shall be expended as set forth in that section.

(b) Any nonresident of this state, 12 years of age or over, who possesses a valid California hunting license, may procure the number of bear tags corresponding to the number of bear that may be legally taken by one person during the current license year upon payment of the base fee of one hundred five dollars ($105), as adjusted under Section 713, for each bear tag. Fee revenues pursuant to this subdivision shall be deposited in the Big Game Management Account established in Section 3953 and, upon appropriation by the Legislature, shall be expended as set forth in that section.


14 CCR § 708.9

Bighorn Sheep License Tags, Application, Distribution and Reporting Procedures.

(a) Fund-raising Nelson bighorn ram license tags:

Fund-raising license tags for the taking of mature Nelson bighorn rams shall be sold for the purpose of raising funds to manage bighorn sheep. The department may designate a nonprofit organization to sell this fund-raising tag. The department may conduct a random drawing to distribute fund-raising tags. Any resident or nonresident is eligible to buy the tag. The sale price of a fund-raising license tag shall include the fee for processing and issuing an annual hunting license for the purchaser or any person designated by the purchaser. A fund-raising license tag distributed through a department random drawing does not include the fee for processing and issuing an annual hunting license. The purchasers of fund-raising license tags shall complete a required hunter orientation program conducted by the department and meet the hunter education requirements for a hunting license. The fund-raising license tags are defined in subsection 362(b).

(b) General Nelson bighorn ram license tags:

(1) The general Nelson bighorn ram license tags shall be issued by drawing, as described in Section 708.14.
(2) Applicants shall apply, and pay a nonrefundable processing fee as specified in Section 702, through the department’s Automated License Data System terminals at any department license agent or department license sales office on or before June 2 each year.
(3) Applicants shall be California residents or nonresidents, at least 16 years of age on or before July 1 of the license year for which they are applying
(4) Applicants shall possess an annual California hunting license that is valid during the bighorn ram season for which they are applying.
(5) Applicants shall not have been awarded a Nelson bighorn ram license tag in the department’s big game drawing.
(6) Applicants shall apply for only one designated zone.
(7) No applicant shall submit more than one application per license year.
(8) Incomplete, late and ineligible applications and applications submitted without the appropriate processing fee will not be included in the drawing and the applicant will not earn a preference point.
(9) Successful applicants and a list of alternates for each zone shall be determined by drawing within 10 business days following the application deadline date. If the drawing is delayed due to circumstances beyond the department’s control, the department shall conduct the drawing at the earliest date possible.
(10) Not more than ten percent (10%) of general license tags shall be awarded to nonresidents each year.
(11) Unsuccessful applicants shall not be notified by mail. Successful applicants will be mailed notification as soon as practical. Upon receipt of the notification, the applicant shall submit the appropriate tag fee, as specified in Section 702, through the department’s Automated License Data System terminals at the department’s License and Revenue Branch. The tag fee shall be received by the department by 5:00 p.m. on July 15 each year. If the deadline to submit the fee falls on a weekend or holiday payment will be accepted until the close of business on the first state business day following the deadline to submit payment.
(12) Should the quota for each zone remain unfilled after that date, the alternate lists shall be used. Successful applicants shall be issued tags only after successfully completing the required hunter orientation program conducted by the department.
(c) Tagholder Responsibilities:
(1) Only persons possessing valid Nelson bighorn sheep license tags are entitled to hunt bighorn sheep. Tags shall not be transferable and are valid only in the zone or zones specified.
(2) Individuals awarded a fund-raising license tag and all successful applicants for general license tags shall attend and successfully complete a mandatory hunter orientation program. Licensed guides employed by successful applicants and the fund-raising license tag buyer shall accompany their clients to this orientation program.
(3) All successful bighorn sheep tag holders shall have their tags validated. All tags shall be returned to the department within 10 days after the close of the season, even though the tagholder may not have killed a Nelson bighorn ram.
(4) Upon the killing of any bighorn sheep, the tag holder shall immediately fill out all portions of the tag including the report card completely, legibly, and permanently, and cut out or punch out and completely remove notches or punch holes for the month and date of the kill. License tags shall be attached to the carcass of a bighorn ram immediately after the animal is killed.
(5) All tag holders will be notified by mail as to whether they will be required to report to the department before hunting and upon completion of hunting. The notification shall contain procedures for reporting, including appropriate methods of contacting the department.
(6) The tagholder shall surrender his tag to an employee of the department for any or all of the following reasons:
(A) Any act on the part of the tagholder which violates any of the provisions of the Fish and Game Code, or any regulations of the commission.
(B) Any act on the part of the tagholder which endangers the person or property of others. The decision of the department in such respects shall be final and binding upon the tagholder.

14 CCR § 708.14

(a) General Conditions
(1) Except as otherwise provided, the department shall award license tags for premium deer, bighorn sheep, elk and pronghorn antelope hunts, as described in sections 360(b) and (c), 361, 362, 364 and 363, using a Modified-Preference Point drawing system.
(2) Except as otherwise provided, the Modified-Preference Point drawing system shall award proportions of hunt tag quotas, as specified for each species, using the following drawing methods:
(A) Preference Point Drawings. Tags are awarded based on the following order of priority: an applicant’s hunt choice (first choice only for deer), accumulated point totals by species (highest to lowest), and computer-generated random number (lowest to highest).
(B) Draw-By-Choice Drawings. Tags are awarded according to an applicant’s hunt choice and computer-generated random number (lowest to highest), without consideration of accumulated points.
(3) Except as otherwise provided, applicants unsuccessful in receiving a tag for premium deer (based on first choice selection), bighorn sheep, elk or pronghorn antelope hunts shall earn one (1) preference point for use in future Big Game Drawings.
(4) To earn and accumulate a point for any species, a person shall comply with all application requirements for that species as specified in sections 708.1, 708.9, 708.10 and 708.11 including the following conditions:
(A) Applicants for premium deer license tags, pronghorn antelope license tags, or elk license tags shall be at least 12 years of age on or before July 1 of the license year for which they are applying.
(B) Applicants for Nelson big horn sheep license tags shall be at least 16 years of age on or before July 1 of the license year for which they are applying.
(C) Applicants shall possess a valid annual California hunting license valid for the hunting season requested.
(D) Applications for bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope and elk hunts shall include the appropriate nonrefundable processing fees as specified in Section 702.
(E) Any applicant shall apply for a premium deer license tag, bighorn sheep license tag, pronghorn antelope license tag and elk license tag through the department’s Automated License Data System terminals at any department license agent or department license sales office by June 2 each year.
(F) Each applicant who submits a premium license tag, as noted in (E) above, through the department’s Automated License Data System terminals at department license agents and department license sales offices shall receive a “big game drawing receipt” printed from the terminal. The receipt shall contain the customer’s name and permanent identification number, proof of entry into the big game drawing for the license year, hunt choices for each species, accumulated preference points for each species, and Party Identification Number.
(G) Except for apprentice deer hunt applicants, applicants shall not submit more than one drawing application for each species during the same license year.
(b) Party Applications, Residency
(1) No more than six persons shall apply together as a party for premium deer license tags. Applicants for premium deer license tags may be residents or nonresidents.
(2) No more than two residents shall apply together as a party for elk license tags. Nonresidents shall not apply as a party for elk license tags.
(3) No more than two residents shall apply together as a party for pronghorn antelope license tags. Nonresidents shall not apply as a party for pronghorn antelope license tags.
(4) Applicants shall not apply as a party for bighorn sheep license tags.
(5) Each year upon application, each applicant shall specify if the applicant is applying as an individual, a party leader or joining an existing party.
(6) Applicants applying as an individual or as a party leader shall be assigned a Party Identification Number from the department’s Automated License Data System terminal at the time of application each year. Applicants shall be assigned a Party Identification Number for each species.
(7) To apply as a party, the party leader shall apply first and provide his/her assigned Party Identification Number to the other party members.
(8) Applicants joining an existing party shall provide the Party Identification Number of the party leader when he/she applies to join the party.
(9) Applicants joining a party shall be assigned the same tag choices in the same order of preference as the party leader.
(10) All party members shall be awarded tags according to the choices selected by the party leader.
(c) No applicant shall earn more than one (1) preference point per species, per drawing, for use in future drawings. Preference points are accumulated by species and shall not be transferred to another species or another person. Preference points are not zone or hunt specific.
(d) Except as otherwise provided, successful applicants receiving tags for their first choice premium deer, bighorn sheep, elk or pronghorn antelope hunts shall lose all preference points for that species.
(e) For party applications, the department shall use the average preference point value of all party members (total preference points for the party divided by number of party members) as the basis for consideration in the drawing for that species. Point averages shall not be rounded.
(f) Except as otherwise provided, persons who do not wish to apply for an antelope, elk, bighorn sheep or premium deer tags, may earn one (1) preference point for any or all of these species, by submitting the appropriate application(s), as specified in sections 708.1, 708.9, 708.10 and 708.11, and selecting the point code number for that species, as defined by the department, as the hunt choice (first choice only for deer) through the department’s Automated License Data System terminals at any department license agent or department license sales office. Persons applying for a preference point in this manner shall be subject to the same application requirements as regular drawing applicants as specified in subsection 708.14.
(g) The department shall maintain records of preference points earned by individual applicants based on the identification number assigned to each customer by the department’s Automated License Data System. The customer’s identification number, Get Outdoors ID (GO ID) will be printed on each drawing receipt issued by the Automated License Data System. Applicants shall notify the department’s License and Revenue Branch in Sacramento in writing, of any changes or corrections regarding name, mailing address, or date of birth.
(h) Persons not applying for premium deer, bighorn sheep, elk, or pronghorn antelope hunts through the department’s Big Game Drawings for five (5) consecutive years shall have their preference points for that species reduced to zero (0). For the purposes of this subsection, persons whose applications are disqualified from drawing shall be considered the same as persons not applying. Applying for preference points as described in (f) above, will keep an applicant’s file active.
(i) Any person may appeal incomplete, late and ineligible applications or applications submitted without the appropriate processing fee that were not included in the department’s big game drawing and the hunter did not earn a preference point. The appeal shall be in writing and describe the basis for the appeal. The appeal shall be received by the department’s License and Revenue Branch in Sacramento, or if mailed, postmarked on or before May 31 of the following year. The department, upon consideration of the appeal, may grant the appeal and award one preference point to the appellant. If the department grants the appeal for a preference point, the appellant shall pay all the applicable fees. The department shall not award a preference point unless the appellant pays all the applicable fees.
(j) Any applicant who was drawn for the applicant’s first deer tag choice in the big game drawing and can not hunt for any reason may submit a written request to retain the accumulated preference point total and earn one preference point for deer for that year. Applicants shall return the tag to the department’s License and Revenue Branch before the season starts for which the tag is valid for the department to consider the request. If the request is granted the applicant shall retain the preference point total the applicant accumulated prior to the big game drawing and earn one preference point for deer. The department shall not refund the fees paid for a resident deer tag application. The department may refund the difference between the fee paid for a nonresident deer tag application and a resident deer tag application for any nonresident.

(k) Any applicant who was awarded an elk, antelope, or big horn sheep tag in the big game drawing and can not hunt for any reason may submit a written request to retain the accumulated preference point total and earn one preference point for elk, antelope or big horn sheep for that year. Applicants shall return the tag to the department’s License and Revenue Branch before the season starts for which the tag is valid for the department to consider the request. The applicant shall submit the nonrefundable processing fee specified in Section 702 with the request. If the request is granted the applicant shall retain the preference point total the applicant accumulated prior to the big game drawing and earn one preference point for elk, antelope or big horn sheep. The department may refund the tag fee.


14 CCR § 708.16

Fund-Raising Big Game License Tags, Random Drawing.
(a) General Conditions
(1) Commencing January 1, 2011, except as otherwise provided, the department may award license tags for fund-raising hunts for deer, bighorn sheep, elk and pronghorn antelope hunts, as described in sections 360, 361, 362, 363, and 364, using a random drawing system.
(A) Applicants for a deer, elk, or antelope license tag shall be 12 years of age on or before July 1 of the license year for which they are applying.
(B) Applicants for a big horn sheep license tag shall be 16 years of age on or before July 1 of the license year for which they are applying.
(C) Applicants for deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope and elk hunts shall include the appropriate nonrefundable fee in Section 702.
(D) Applicants shall apply through the department’s Automated License Data System terminals at any department license agent or department license sales office on or before June 2 each year.
(E) Any resident or nonresident applicant may submit one or more fund-raising tag random drawing applications for each species during the same license year.
(F) No applicant shall earn a preference point in any fund-raising tag random drawings.
(G) Accumulated preference points shall not be considered in any of the fund-raising tag random drawings.
(H) Fund-raising tags shall not be transferred to another person.
(I) Successful applicants and a list of alternates for each fund-raising license tag will be determined by drawing within 10 business days following the application deadline date. If the drawing is delayed due to circumstances beyond the department’s control, the department shall conduct the drawing at the earliest date possible.
(J) Unsuccessful applicants shall not be notified by mail.
(K) Successful applicants will be mailed notification as soon as practical.

(L) Upon receipt of the notification, the applicant shall claim the tag at the department’s License and Revenue Branch, 1740 N. Market Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95834 by 5:00 p.m. on July 15 each year. If the deadline to claim the tag falls on a weekend or holiday the applicant can claim the tag until the close of business on the first state business day following the deadline. Any tags unclaimed by successful applicants after that date shall be awarded to alternates for that license tag in the order drawn.


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