36 Laws for California Landowner Hunting Tags and Permits to Protect People and Property from Wildlife

California landowner hunting tags.
California landowner hunting tags.

Here, we fetch up major regulations for California landowner hunting tags and depredation permits to protect people and property from wildlife. In addition to landowners, the regulations also apply to tenants, employees, airports, hunter education instructors. We retrieve them from the Fish and Game Code and Title 14 of the Code of Regulations, organize them by Topic and Regulation, and include summaries and links to the text and our pages with definitions, maps, and other resources.

Warning shots!! Always confirm with the Fish and Game Commission and search other codes and local rules,  like the Penal Code and county ordinances. While the contents of this page is not legal advice, feel free to contact our Legal Labrador for assistance. Meanwhile, you might also wish to review our page for Depredation Permits or report an incident to the Department of Fish and Wildlife.


Topics for California Landowner Hunting Tags

Here, we fetch up topics for California landowner hunting tags and depredation permits, including those for a places, people, birds and mammals. For each one, we retrieve the regulations, and drop links to our pages with additional hunting rules and definitions. Also, see list of rules below with brief summaries and links to regulations.

California landowner hunting tags for mammals.
Topics for California landowner hunting tags and depredation permits.
  1. Airplanes, see Permits below.
  2. Airports, see FGC §§ 34713472, and 3472.2, and 14 CCR  § 503.
  3. Bears, see FGC §§ 3960.2, 3960.641814181.1, 4185, and 14 CCR § 401.
  4. Beaver, see FGC § 4181 and 14 CCR § 401.
  5. Birds, see FGC §§ 3005 and 3472.
  6. Boats, see Permits.
  7. Bobcat, see FGC § 3960.2 and 3960.6, and 14 CCR § 401.
  8. Bounties, see FGC § 2019.
  9. Crows, see 14 CCR § 472.
  10. Deer, see FGC §§ 1575, 39614181.5, 4188, 4341, and 14 CCR §§ 400, 401, and 554.
  11. Dogs, see FGC §§ 3960.6 [guarding against bear and bobcat] and 3961 [injuring deer, elk, or antelope].
  12. Elk, see FGC §§ 15753961, and 4181, and 14 CCR § 401.
  13. Furbearing mammals, see FGC § 4180 and 14 CCR § 264.5.
  14. Geese (Canada), see 14 CCR  § 503.
  15. Gray Squirrel, see FGC § 4181 and 14 CCR § 401
  16. Hunter Education Instructors, see FGC § 3051.
  17. Jackrabbits, see , see FGC § 4152.
  18. Livestock, see FGC § 3961.
  19. Lights, see FGC § 2005.
  20. Mammals, see FGC §§ 3005, 30513051, and 4180.1.
  21. Migratory birds, see FGC § 3806 and 14 CCR  § 503
  22. Mountain Lion, see FGC § 48024803, 4804, 4805, 4806, 4807, and 14 CCR § 402.
  23. Nongame mammals, see FGC § 4152 and 14 CCR § 264.5.
  24. Night hunting, see 14 CCR § 264.5.
  25. Permits, see 14 CCR § 251.2 [permit to use vehicles, boats, and planes].
  26. Pigs, see FGC §§ 41814181.1, 4188, and 4651, and 14 CCR § 401.
  27. Private property damage, see FGC § 3960.6 and 14 CCR § 264.5.
  28. Pronghorn antelope, see FGC § 3961.
  29. Rabbits, see FGC § 4186.
  30. Red fox (subspecies only), see FGC § 4152.
  31. Red Fox Squirrels, see FGC § 4152.
  32. Sparrows, see FGC § 3801.
  33. Starlings, see FGC § 3801.
  34. Turkey, see FGC §§ 4181 and 4188, and 14 CCR § 401.
  35. Waterfowl, see FGC § 3806.
  36. Vehicles, see Permits.
  37. Wildlife, see FGC §§ 3471 and 3472.2.
  38. Wolves, click here.

Regulations for California Landowner Hunting Tags

Here, we fetch up a list of rules for California landowner hunting tags and depredation permits, including links to regulations, brief summaries, and our pages with related hunting rules. Also, see list of topics above with brief summaries and links to regulations.

California landowner hunting tags for wildlife.
Regulations for California landowner hunting tags and depredation permits.
  1. FGC § 1575 allows cooperative hunts for deer and elk.
  2. FGC § 2005 allows use of lights at night with a CDFW permit.
  3. FGC § 2019 generally prohibits any person from authorize, offer, or pay a bounty for a bird or mammal except a landowner on his or her private property.
  4. FGC § 3003.5 generally prohibits use of motorized vehicle (e.g. truck, powerboatairplane) to pursue, drive, or herd a bird or mammal except (a) to prevent private property damage, (b) with a CDFW permit, or (c) in pursuit of agriculture.
  5. FGC 3005 allows limited use of traps, set lines, wires, or poison to kill certain birds and mammals with depredation permit.
  6. FGC § 3051 allows hunter education instructors to participate in cooperative hunts described in FGC § 4188.
  7. FGC § 3471 allows depredation permits for killing wildlife at airports.
  8. FGC § 3472 allows depredation permits for killing birds at airports.
  9. FGC § 3472.2 provides conditions for using a depredation permits to kill wildlife at airports.
  10. FGC § 3801 exempts permit holders from possessing a hunting license to kill sparrows and starlings.
  11. FGC § 3806 allows permit holders to feed waterfowl and other migratory birds in order to prevent crop damage.
  12. FGC § 3960.2 when pursuing bear or bobcat with depredation permits, generally (a) restricts use of hunting dogs, (b) requires submission of reports and bear skull to the CDFW, (c) prohibits compensation to third parties for performing depredation services, and (d) prohibits sale or purchase of the bear parts.
  13. FGC § 3960.6 generally allows guard dogs to protect their owner’s property (e.g. livestock and crops) from bear and bobcat, provided the dogs are either maintained with or in close proximity to the property.
  14. FGC § 3961 livestock grazing permit holders can capture or kill untagged dogs on their property if the dog is injuring or threatening to injure deerelk, or pronghorn antelope during the mammal’s closed season; otherwise, the permit holder can only kill the dog if its owner had been notified as described.
  15. FGC § 4152 allows nongame mammals and black-tailed jackrabbitsmuskratssubspecies of red fox, and red fox squirrels to be killed at any time and in any manner when injuring growing crops or other property.
  16. FGC § 4180 allows depredation permits for furbearing mammals causing property damage.
  17. FGC § 4180.1 prohibits use of snares, hooks, or barbed wire to remove from the den, or fire to kill in the den, any immature depredator mammal.
  18. FGC § 4181 (a) allows owners and tenants to apply to the CDFW for depredation permits to prevent property damage caused by elkbearbeaverwild pigswild turkeys, or gray squirrels; (b) identifies qualifying damage or threats and application procedures; (c) requires permit to include statements of facts, conditions, and violation penalties; (d) restricts carcass use, sale, and shipment; (e) for elk, requires CDFW to verify damage, evaluation potential impact on the herd, and develop longterm solution; (f) for bear, prohibits use of iron, steel or any metal-jawed traps; (g) for wild pigs, requires CDFW to provide written statement of control options–like special hunts; (h) for wild turkeys, prohibits use of poison; and (i) for grays squirrels, prohibits use of poison and allows CDFW to restrict use of traps and require capture and release.
  19. FGC § 4181.1 allows owners of livestock to immediately kill bears and wild pigs “molesting” or injuring livestock; requires (a) self-reporting to the CDFW and (b) the CDFW to make a report; and allows the CDFW to investigate.
  20. FGC § 4181.5 allows landowners to apply for depredation permits after deer cause property damage, but allows restrictions by the CDFW on use of weapons and ammo; and requires proper tagging and reports by the permit holder.
  21. FGC § 4185 allows fence traps to take bears near beehives in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties and requires only warning signs.
  22. FGC § 4186 allows owners to kill cottontail and brush rabbits any time of the year to prevent crop or forage damage.
  23. FGC § 4188 requires CDFW to inform permit holders of options to taking wild pigswild turkeys, or deer (per FGC § 4181.5) with a depredation permit.
  24. FGC § 4341 requires countersigning of landowner deer tags.
  25. FGC § 4651 requires CDFW to prepare wild pig management plan for hunting opportunities to prevent property damage, as well as live trapping and relocation.
  26. FGC § 4758 prohibits sale or purchase of bear meat, skin, hides, teeth, claws, or other parts, and establishes that possession of two or more gall bladders is proof of intent to sell.
  27. FGC § 4802 allows depredation permits to kill mountain lions causing damage to property (e.g. livestock).
  28. FGC § 4803 requires CDFW to confirm reports of killing mountain lions causing damage to people or property pursuant to FGC § 4802.
  29. FGC § 4804 provides conditions for mountain lion depredation permits, including duration and hunting area.
  30. FGC § 4805 allows verbal authorization from the CDFW to immediately kill a mountain lion, followed by written authorization.
  31. FGC § 4806 requires permit holders to report capture, injury, or kill of a mountain lion within 24 hours, and to surrender the carcass.
  32. FGC § 4807 allows landowners to immediately kill mountain lions pursuing, injuring, or killing livestock and domestic animals, and provides requirements relating to reports, surrender of the carcass, and CDFW investigation.
  33. 14 CCR § 250.1(c)(2)(F) prohibits use of shotguns capable of firing lead ammo when taking any wildlife with a depredation, even if issued per 14 CCR § 401 or 14 CCR § 402.
  34. 14 CCR § 251 generally prohibits use of motor-driven air, land, and water vehicles to pursue, drive, herd, or take a bird or mammal, except (a) boats that are driving, beached, moored, anchored, or being paddled, (b) landowners preventing private property damage, (c) with a CDFW permit, or (d) a mobility disabled persons motor vehicle license.
  35. 14 CCR § 251.1 generally prohibits animal harassment, as it definesherding, and driving game birdsgame mammalsfurbearing mammalsnongame birds, and nongame mammals., except for landowners driving birds or mammals to prevent property damage (e.g. crops).
  36. 14 CCR § 251.2 allows the CDFW to issue permit to landowners, subject to conditions, to pursue, drive, herd, and take birds and mammals with or from motor-driven vehicles (e.g. trucks, boats, and planes).
  37. 14 CCR § 264.5(d) allows landowner or tenant to designate, in writing, people who can use artificial lights in excess of 9 volts to help take furbearing or nongame mammals causing property damage (e.g. livestock).
  38. 14 CCR § 400 allows deer depredation hunts.
  39. 14 CCR § 401 allows depredation permits to prevent property damage by elkbearbobcatbeaverwild pigsdeerwild turkeys, or gray squirrels.
  40. 14 CCR § 402 allows CDFW to issue depredation permits to landowners that report property damage by mountain lions.
  41. 14 CCR § 472 allows American Crow to be taken with toxicants by the Department of Food and Agriculture for the specific purpose to prevent property damage.
  42. 14 CCR  § 503 allows (a) “herding” and take of migratory game birds to prevent crop depredation; (b) conditional trapping and relocation of Canada geese from airports; and (c) control of nests and eggs.
  43. 14 CCR  § 554 allows cooperate deer hunting permits to the public as an alternative for controlling private property damage.

Regulations for California Landowner Hunting Tags

Here, we fetch up major sections for California landowner hunting tags and depredation permits from the Fish and Game Code (“FGC §”).

FGC § 1575 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Cooperative Hunting Areas

California landowner hunting tags for deer and elk.
California landowner hunting tags and cooperative hunting areas.

To provide added protection for landowners from the depredation of trespassers and to provide additional hunting opportunities to public hunters and private landowners, the department may contract with landowners for the establishment of cooperative hunting areas according to terms as the respective parties may agree upon, subject to the following conditions:

(a) Cooperative deer and elk hunting areas shall be at least 5,000 acres in size, including the open, restricted, and portions thereof, and may consist of the adjoining lands of one or more owners.

(b) The boundaries of each area shall be posted by the department with a sign stating legal hunting may be allowed in the area if written permission is obtained from the owner or their duly authorized agent.

(c) The department shall enforce the trespass provisions of the Penal Code and the provisions of this code within these areas.

(d) The commission may establish regulations and set fees for the management and control of hunting in these areas.

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FGC § 3005 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Methods of Taking

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FGC § 3051 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Hunter’s Safety

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(f) In order to recruit and retain hunter education instructors, the department shall offer special hunting opportunities to qualified hunter education instructors by providing a limited number of existing tags and other hunting opportunities. The department may provide these tags and hunting opportunities through any of the following methods:

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(4) Entering into cooperative agreements with landowners or tenants seeking depredation permits for game mammals as described in Section 4188.

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FGC § 3471 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Management of Wildlife at Public Use Airports.

The Legislature recognizes that, in a public use airport’s ongoing efforts to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the traveling public in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, and specifically Section 337 of Part 139 of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, it is necessary to perform limited and authorized wildlife hazing, harassment, and depredation. The Legislature further recognizes that FAA certificated public use airports and their wildlife hazard management staff must harass, haze, or perform removal of species to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public when authorized by a current, valid federal fish and wildlife depredation permit.

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FGC § 3472 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Management of Wildlife at Public Use Airports.

The taking of birds by a public use airport certificated by the Federal Aviation Administration to operate in California that has obtained, and is in compliance with, a federal depredation permit that authorizes, under specified conditions, the lawful taking of birds, does not violate any provision of this code or regulations adopted pursuant to this code if the taking is in compliance with the federal depredation permit for the purposes specified in Section 3472.1 and all of the following conditions are met:

(a) The taking occurs on lands owned or leased by the airport.

(b) The taking does not occur on lands owned or leased by the airport that are reserved for habitat mitigation or conservation purposes of the species being taken, including lands in a habitat conservation plan, or a natural communities conservation plan.

(c) There is no taking of a fully protected, candidate, threatened, or endangered species.

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FGC § 3472.2 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Management of Wildlife at Public Use Airports.

A public use airport certificated by the Federal Aviation Administration shall provide to the department any federal depredation permit and all federal reports required pursuant to any federal depredation permit or wildlife hazard management plan, or both, and shall also provide reasonable access to the department for purposes of ensuring compliance with this article. The department shall seek reimbursement from the public use airport for any reasonable costs associated with activities resulting from any violations of this article.

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FGC § 3801 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Nongame Birds

Notwithstanding Section 3007 or any other provision of this code or regulations made pursuant thereto requiring the possession of a hunting license, a landowner or lessee or agent of either in immediate possession of written authority from the landowner or lessee, shall not be required to obtain a hunting license or a depredationpermit to take the following nongame birds on land owned or leased by the landowner or lessee. Hunters otherwise taking the following nongame birds shall be licensed pursuant to Section 3007. The following nongame birds taken in compliance with this section may be taken and possessed by any person at any time, except as provided in Section 3000:

(a) English sparrows (Passer domesticus).

(b) Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris).

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FGC § 3806 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Nongame Birds

California landowner hunting tags for waterfowl and other migratory birds.
California landowner hunting tags and crop damage from waterfowl.

In order to aid in relieving widespread waterfowl depredation of agricultural crops, the department may issue licenses under regulations which the commission may prescribe to permit the feeding of migratory game birds. The commission may prescribe an annual fee for the license


FGC § 3960.2 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Game Mammals

(a) As used in this section, the terms “bear” and “pursue” have the same meanings as defined in Section 3960.

(b) Notwithstanding Section 3960, not more than three dogs may be used to pursue bears or bobcats pursuant to a depredation permit issued by the department, if all of the following conditions are met:

California landowner hunting tags and permits for bobcat and bears.
California landowner hunting tags and permits for bobcat and bears.

(1) The applicant demonstrates, in writing, that nonlethal and avoidance measures were undertaken prior to requesting the depredation permit.

(2) The applicant demonstrates, in writing, the specific need for the use of dogs in carrying out the depredation permit.

(3) The depredation permit authorizing the use of dogs is valid for the take of one bear or one bobcat.

(4) The depredation permit authorizing the use of dogs is valid for a period not to exceed 20 consecutive days.

(5) The depredation permit specifies the name and address of any dog handler who will be utilized in the pursuit or taking.

(6) The dog handler has the depredation permit in his or her possession at all times during the pursuit or taking.

(7) The dog handler does not pursue a bear or bobcat more than one mile off the property on which the depredation activity occurred.

(c) After any taking of a bear, the applicant is required to submit the skull to the department as described in the department’s Black Bear Management Plan. No part of any bear taken pursuant to a depredation permit may be sold, purchased, or possessed for sale, as described in FGC § 4758.

(d) No holder of a depredation permit may solicit or receive compensation from any person in exchange for carrying out the terms of the permit. For these purposes, “compensation” means remuneration paid in money, property, or anything else of value.

(e) The holder of a depredation permit, within 30 days of its issuance, shall report to the department detailing the use of the permit and the results of any pursuits, including information about bear or bobcat pursued and whether the bear or bobcat was or was not harmed, but not killed.

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FGC § 4152 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Nongame Mammals

California landowner hunting tags and permits for nongame mammals, including black-tailed jackrabbits, muskrats, subspecies of red fox, and red fox squirrels
California landowner hunting tags and permits for nongame mammals.

(a) Except as provided in Section 4005, nongame mammals and black-tailed jackrabbits, muskrats, subspecies of red fox that are not the native Sierra Nevada red fox (Vulpes vulpes necator), and red fox squirrels that are found to be injuring growing crops or other property may be taken at any time or in any manner in accordance with this code and regulations adopted pursuant to this code by the owner or tenant of the premises or employees and agents in immediate possession of written permission from the owner or tenant thereof. They may also be taken by officers or employees of the Department of Food and Agriculture or by federal, county, or city officers or employees when acting in their official capacities pursuant to the Food and Agricultural Code pertaining to pests, or pursuant to Article 6 (commencing with Section 6021) of Chapter 9 of Part 1 of Division 4 of the Food and Agricultural Code. Persons taking mammals in accordance with this section are exempt from Section 3007, except when providing trapping services for a fee. Raw furs, as defined in Section 4005, that are taken under this section, shall not be sold.

(b) Traps used pursuant to this section shall be inspected and all animals in the traps shall be removed at least once daily. The inspection and removal shall be done by the person who sets the trap or the owner of the land where the trap is set or an agent of either.


FGC § 4180 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Depredators

(a) Except as provided for in Section 4005, fur-bearing mammals that are injuring property may be taken at any time and in any manner in accordance with this code or regulations made pursuant to this code. Raw furs, as defined in Section 4005, that are taken under this section, shall not be sold.

(b) Traps used pursuant to this section shall be inspected and all animals in the traps shall be removed at least once daily. The inspection and removal shall be done by the person who sets the trap or the owner of the land where the trap is set or an agent of either.

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FGC § 4181 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Depredators

California landowner hunting tags for elk, bear, beaver, wild pig, wild turkeys, or gray squirrels.
California landowner hunting tags and permits for depredators.

(a) Except as provided in Section 4181.1, any owner or tenant of land or property that is being damaged or destroyed or is in danger of being damaged or destroyed by elkbearbeaverwild pigwild turkeys, or gray squirrels, may apply to the department for a permit to kill the animals. Subject to the limitations in subdivisions (b) and (d), the department, upon satisfactory evidence of the damage or destruction, actual or immediately threatened, shall issue a revocable permit for the taking and disposition of the animals under regulations adopted by the commission. The permit shall include a statement of the penalties that may be imposed for a violation of the permit conditions. Animals so taken shall not be sold or shipped from the premises on which they are taken except under instructions from the department. No iron-jawed or steel-jawed or any type of metal-jawed trap shall be used to take any bear pursuant to this section. No poison of any type may be used to take any gray squirrel or wild turkey pursuant to this section. The department shall designate the type of trap to be used to ensure the most humane method is used to trap gray squirrels. The department may require trapped squirrels to be released in parks or other nonagricultural areas. It is unlawful for any person to violate the terms of any permit issued under this section.

(b) The permit issued for taking bears pursuant to subdivision (a) shall contain the following facts:

(1) Why the issuance of the permit was necessary.

(2) What efforts were made to solve the problem without killing the bears.

(3) What corrective actions should be implemented to prevent reoccurrence.

(c) With respect to wild pigs, the department shall provide an applicant for a depredation permit to take wild pigs or a person who reports taking wild pigs pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 4181.1 with written information that sets forth available options for wild pig control, including, but not limited to, depredation permits, allowing periodic access to licensed hunters, and holding special hunts authorized pursuant to Section 4188. The department may maintain and make available to these persons lists of licensed hunters interested in wild pig hunting and lists of nonprofit organizations that are available to take possession of depredating wild pig carcasses.

(d) With respect to elk, the following procedures shall apply:

(1) Prior to issuing a depredation permit pursuant to subdivision (a), the department shall do all of the following:

(A) Verify the actual or immediately threatened damage or destruction.

(B) Provide a written summary of corrective measures necessary to immediately alleviate the problem.

(C) Determine the viability of the local herd, and determine the minimum population level needed to maintain the herd.

(D) Ensure the permit will not reduce the local herd below the minimum.

(E) Work with affected landowners to develop measures to achieve long-term resolution, while maintaining viability of the herd.

(2) After completing the statewide elk management plan pursuant to Section 3952, the department shall use the information and methods contained in the plan to meet the requirements of subparagraphs (C), (D), and (E) of paragraph (1).

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FGC § 4181.1 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Depredators

California landowner hunting tags for bear and wild pigs.
California landowner hunting tags and permits for bear and wild pigs.

(a) Any bear that is encountered while in the act of inflicting injury to, molesting, or killing, livestock may be taken immediately by the owner of the livestock or the owner’s employee if the taking is reported no later than the next working day to the department and the carcass is made available to the department.

(b) Notwithstanding Section 4652, any wild pig that is encountered while in the act of inflicting injury to, molesting, pursuing, worrying, or killing livestock or damaging or destroying, or threatening to immediately damage or destroy, land or other property, including, but not limited to, rare, threatened, or endangered native plants, wildlife, or aquatic species, may be taken immediately by the owner of the livestock, land, or property or the owner’s agent or employee, or by an agent or employee of any federal, state, county, or city entity when acting in his or her official capacity. The person taking the wild pig shall report the taking no later than the next working day to the department and shall make the carcass available to the department. Unless otherwise directed by the department and notwithstanding Section 4657, the person taking a wild pig pursuant to this subdivision, or to whom the carcass of a wild pig taken pursuant to this subdivision is transferred pursuant to subdivision (c), may possess the carcass of the wild pig. The person in possession of the carcass shall make use of the carcass, which may include an arrangement for the transfer of the carcass to another person or entity, such as a nonprofit organization, without compensation. The person who arranges this transfer shall be deemed to be in compliance with Section 4304. A violation of this subdivision is punishable pursuant to Section 12000. It is the intent of the Legislature that nothing in this subdivision shall be interpreted to authorize a person to take wild pigs pursuant to this subdivision in violation of a state statute or regulation or a local zoning or other ordinance that is adopted pursuant to other provisions of law and that restricts the discharge of firearms.

(c) The department shall make a record of each report made pursuant to subdivision (a) or (b) and may have an employee of the department investigate the taking or cause the taking to be investigated. The person taking a wild pig shall provide information as deemed necessary by the department. Upon completion of the investigation, the investigator may, upon a finding that the requirements of this section have been met with respect to the particular bear or wild pig taken under subdivision (a) or (b), issue a written statement to the person confirming that the requirements of this section have been met. The person who took the wild pig may transfer the carcass to another person without compensation.

(d) Notwithstanding Section 4763, any part of any bear lawfully possessed pursuant to this section is subject to FGC § 4758.

(e) Nothing in this section prohibits federal, state, or county trappers from killing or trapping bears when the bears are killing or molesting livestock, but no iron-jawed or steel-jawed or any type of metal-jawed trap shall be used to take the bear, and no person, including employees of the state, federal, or county government, shall take bear with iron-jawed or steel-jawed or any type of metal-jawed traps.

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FGC § 4181.5 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Depredators

California landowner hunting tags for deer.
California landowner hunting tags for deer.

(a) Any owner or tenant of land or property that is being damaged or destroyed or is in immediate danger of being damaged or destroyed by deer may apply to the department for a permit to kill those deer. The department, upon satisfactory evidence of that damage or destruction, actual or immediately threatened, shall issue a revocable permit for the taking and disposition of those deer for a designated period not to exceed 60 days under regulations promulgated by the commission.

(b) The regulations of the commission shall include provisions concerning the type of weapons to be used to kill the deer. The weapons shall be those as will ensure humane killing, but the regulations of the commission shall provide for the use of a sufficient variety of weapons to permit the designation of particular types to be used in any particular locality commensurate with the need to protect persons and property. Firearms using .22-caliber rimfire cartridges may be used only when authorized by the director or his designee. No pistols shall be used. The caliber and type of weapon to be used by each permittee shall be specified in each permit by the issuing officer who shall take into consideration the location of the area, the necessity for clean kills, the safety factor, local firearms ordinances, and other factors that apply. Rifle ammunition used shall have expanding bullets; shotgun ammunition shall have only single slugs, or, if authorized by the department, 0 or 00 buckshot.

(c) The department shall issue tags similar to those provided for in Section 4331 at the same time the permit is issued. A permittee under this section shall carry the tags while hunting deer, and upon the killing of any deer, shall immediately fill out both parts of the tag and punch out clearly the date of the kill. One part of the tag shall be immediately attached to the antlers of antlered deer or to the ear of any other deer and kept attached until 10 days after the permit has expired. The other part of the tag shall be immediately sent to the department after it has been countersigned by any person authorized by Section 4341.

(d) A permit issued pursuant to this section may be renewed only after a finding by the department that further damage has occurred or will occur unless that permit is renewed. A person seeking renewal of the permit shall account for all prior tags issued at the time he or she received any prior permits, and if any tags are unused, he or she shall show either that any deer killed could not reasonably be tagged or why the killing was not accomplished within the allotted time and why that killing would be accomplished under a new time period.

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FGC § 4185 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Depredators

California landowner hunting tags for bears.
California landowner hunting tags and permits for bears.

In any district or part of a district within San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, bears may be taken at any time with traps within a good and substantial fence, as such fence is described in Section 17121 of the Food and Agricultural Code, surrounding beehives, if no part of the fence is at a distance greater than 50 yards from a beehive, and if a conspicuous sign is posted and maintained at each entrance to the enclosed premises to give warning of the presence of the traps. No iron or steel-jawed or any type of metal-jawed trap shall be used to take bear under this section.

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FGC § 4186 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Depredators

California landowner hunting tags and permits for cottontail and brush rabbits.
California landowner hunting tags and permits for cottontail and brush rabbits.

Nothing in this code prohibits the owner or tenant of land, or any person authorized in writing by that owner or tenant, from taking cottontail or brush rabbits during any time of the year when damage to crops or forage is being experienced on that land. Any person other than the owner or tenant of the land shall have in possession when transporting rabbits from the property, written authority from the owner or tenant of land where those rabbits were taken. Rabbits taken under this section shall not be sold.

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FGC § 4188 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Depredators

California landowner hunting tags for turkey, pig, and deer.
California landowner hunting tags and permits for turkey, pig, and deer.

(a) If a landowner or tenant applies for a permit under Section 4181 for wild pigs or wild turkeys, or under Section 4181.5 for deer, the department shall notify the landowner or tenant about available options for allowing access by licensed hunters, including, but not limited to, access authorized pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section 1570) of Chapter 5 of Division 2 to control wild pigs, wild turkeys, and deer.

(b) The commission, in lieu of a permit as described in subdivision (a), and with the consent of, or upon the request of, the landowner or tenant, under appropriate regulations, may authorize the issuance of permits to persons holding valid hunting licenses to take wild pigs, wild turkeys, or deer in sufficient numbers to stop the damage or threatened damage. Before issuing permits to licensed hunters, the department shall investigate and determine the number of permits necessary, the territory involved, the dates of the proposed hunt, the manner of issuing the permits, and the fee for the permit.

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FGC § 4341 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

License Tags

California landowner hunting tags, permits, and deer tagging requirements.
California landowner hunting tags, permits, and deer tagging requirements.

Any person legally killing a deer in this state shall have the tag countersigned by a person employed in the department, a person designated for this purpose by the commission, or by a notary public, postmaster, postmistress, peace officer, or an officer authorized to administer oaths, before transporting such deer, except for the purpose of taking it to the nearest person authorized to countersign the tag, on the route being followed from the point where the deer is taken.

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FGC § 4651 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Wild Pigs

California landowner hunting tags for wild pigs.
California landowner hunting tags and permits for wild pigs.

(a) The department shall prepare a plan for the management of wild pigs. Under the plan, the status and trend of wild pig populations shall be determined and management units shall be designated within the state. The plan may establish pig management zones to address regional needs and opportunities. In preparing the plan, the department shall consider available, existing information and literature relative to wild pigs.

(b) The plan may include all of the following:

(1) The distribution and abundance of wild pigs, as described in Section 3950.

(2) A survey of range conditions.

(3) Recommendations for investigations and utilization of wild pigs.

(4) Encouraging mitigation of depredation by sport hunting pursuant to this chapter.

(5) Live trapping and relocation of wild pigs to areas suitable and accessible to mitigation of depredation, with the consent of the landowner and after prior consultation with adjacent landowners who, in the department’s opinion may be impacted, pursuant to this chapter.

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FGC § 4802 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Mountain Lions

California landowner hunting tags for mountain lion.
California landowner hunting tags and permits for mountain lion.

Any person, or the employee or agent of a person, whose livestock or other property is being or has been injured, damaged, or destroyed by a mountain lion may report that fact to the department and request a permit to take the mountain lion


FGC § 4803 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Mountain Lions

Upon receipt of a report pursuant to Section 4802, the department, or any animal damage control officer specifically authorized by the department to carry out this responsibility, shall immediately take the action necessary to confirm that there has been depredation by a mountain lion as reported. The confirmation process shall be completed as quickly as possible, but in no event more than 48 hours after receiving the report. If satisfied that there has been depredation by a mountain lion as reported, the department shall promptly issue a permit to take the depredating mountain lion.

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FGC § 4804 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Mountain Lions

In order to ensure that only the depredating mountain lion will be taken, the department shall issue the permit pursuant to Section 4803 with the following conditions attached:

(a) The permit shall expire 10 days after issuance.

(b) The permit shall authorize the holder to begin pursuit not more than one mile from the depredation site.

(c) The permit shall limit the pursuit of the depredating mountain lion to within a 10-mile radius from the location of the reported damage or destruction.

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FGC § 4805 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Mountain Lions

Whenever immediate authorization will materially assist in the pursuit of the particular mountain lion believed to be responsible for the depredation reported pursuant to Section 4802, the department or the animal damage control officer may orally authorize the pursuit and taking of the depredating mountain lion, and the department shall issue a written permit for the period previously authorized as soon as practicable after the oral authorization.

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FGC § 4806 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Mountain Lions

Any person issued a permit pursuant to Section 4803 or 4805 shall report, by telephone within 24 hours, the capturing, injuring, or killing of any mountain lion to an office of the department or, if telephoning is not practicable, in writing within five days after the capturing, injuring, or killing of the mountain lion. At the time of making the report of the capturing, injuring, or killing, the holder of the permit shall make arrangements to turn over the mountain lion or the entire carcass of the mountain lion which has been recovered to a representative of the department and shall do so in a timely manner.

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FGC § 4807 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Mountain Lions

(a) Any mountain lion that is encountered while in the act of pursuing, inflicting injury to, or killing livestock, or domestic animals, may be taken immediately by the owner of the property or the owner’s employee or agent. The taking shall be reported within 72 hours to the department. The department shall investigate the depredation, and, if the mountain lion was captured, injured, or killed, the mountain lion or the entire carcass of the mountain lion which has been recovered shall be turned over to the department. Upon satisfactorily completing the investigation and receiving the mountain lion or the carcass, if recovered, the department shall issue a permit confirming that the requirements of this section have been met with respect to the particular mountain lion taken under these circumstances.

(b) The department shall undertake a complete necropsy on any returned mountain lion carcass and report the findings to the commission. The commission shall compile the reported findings and prepare an annual written report that shall be submitted to the Legislature not later than the January 15 next following the year in which the mountain lion was taken.

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14 CCR § 251.2 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Permits to Pursue, Drive, Herd, or Take Birds and Mammals.

Permits to pursue, drive, herd, or take birds and mammals with or from motorized water, land, or air vehicles may be issued by the department under and subject to the following conditions:

(a) To Whom Issued.

Permits may be issued to landowners, tenants, or lessees suffering damage, actual or immediately threatened, to land or property by birds or mammals. Permits may not be issued to any person less than 18 years of age. The privilege granted in a permit entitles only the permittee, members of his family, his employees or contractors to pursue, drive, herd, or take birds and mammals in accordance with the provisions of the permit. No permittee shall allow any person under 16 years of age to take, pursue, drive, or herd birds or mammals under a permit. No permit may be transferred to another person.

(b) Exemption from Permit.

Federal or state animal control agencies and their employees or contractors, including other public employees supervised by such agencies, engaged in pursuing, driving, herding or taking birds or mammals in the performance of their regular duties are not required to obtain a permit pursuant to this section. This exemption shall not be effective unless the agencies or their employees or contractors are performing their required duties in accordance with applicable Federal regulations. Agencies taking depredating animals on or over private lands shall do so only through a written landowner agreement. Such agreement shall become valid only upon approval of the department. Federal or state animal control agencies engaged in the foregoing activities shall submit a report to the headquarters office of the Department of Fish and Game each calendar quarter showing the number and species of birds or mammals taken or herded; area where the activity occurred, and such other information the department may require.

(c) Application Requirements.

An applicant for a permit shall submit a written request to the department showing his name, address, location and size of the land where damage is occurring, and the names of all individuals and/or State or Federal agencies other than the applicant who may be employed or authorized by the applicant to pursue, drive, herd, or take the birds or mammals which are causing damage, actual or immediately threatened, to land or property; a description of the property, including livestock or other domestic animals being damaged; the species of birds or mammals causing damage; the proposed method of pursuing, driving, herding, or taking the offending animals; the period of time a permit is needed to alleviate damage; and such other information the department may require.

(d) Investigation of Damage.

Upon receiving a request for a permit, the department shall investigate the applicant’s claim of damage and shall be satisfied that damage has occurred or is immediately threatened before issuing a permit. The department may deny a request for a permit, and the applicant may appeal such decision before the commission.

(e) Permit Limitations.

A permit issued pursuant to these regulations shall not authorize the permittee to kill any game bird or game mammal. A permit shall be valid on public lands only if the permittee has permission from the agency controlling the lands to exercise the privileges of the permit on such lands, or if the permittee, by obtaining a permit under these regulations, has fulfilled applicable requirements set forth in Federal laws and regulations.

The department may impose any additional limitation or requirement in a permit as needed to prevent unnecessary harm to any species of wildlife or for public safety reasons.

(f) Reports.

The permittee shall submit a report within 15 days following expiration of the permit showing the number of birds or mammals taken under the permit, except that any permittee authorized to use any type of aircraft under such permit shall submit a report to the department each calendar quarter showing the number and species of animals taken.

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14 CCR § 400 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Deer Depredation Hunts

(a) A deer depredation hunt shall not be allowed where the number of deer involved numbers less than 25.

California landowner hunting tags for deer.
California landowner hunting tags and deer depredation hunts.

(b) Before applying for a depredation hunt the landowner or tenant shall consult with representatives of the department to determine the existence or threat of depredation. All applications shall be in writing, filed with the commission on forms supplied by the department, and shall recite on their face that the applicant grants to the holders of hunting permits free and unrestricted access to, and the use of his lands for the purpose of said hunt.

(c) Two or more landowners, or tenants, whose lands adjoin one another may apply jointly for a deer depredation hunt.

(d) Before a deer depredation hunt is allowed, the landowner or tenant concerned shall sign a statement holding the Department of Fish and Game, their agents, officers, and employees, free and harmless from all claims that may arise from permitees shooting over said area, and from all claims on account of any act or omission on the part of said state, department, or their agents, officers or employees when engaged solely in the discharge of their official duties and functions.

(e) Deer depredation hunts shall be confined to the lands owned or controlled by the applicant.

(f) Hunting permits shall be issued on a first-come, first-served basis by employees of the department only, at a time and place to be designated in the order authorizing the hunt.

(g) Applicants for hunting permits shall be 16 years of age or over.(h) Hunting permits shall be valid only for the area and the period of time designated on the permit.

(i) Shooting time shall be one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.

(j) Permits shall not be transferable.

(k) Permittees shall check in at a designated checking station each day before hunting and shall check out at such station each day after hunting is finished.

(l) Permit tag shall be attached to the antlers of antlered deer or to the ear of antlerless deer immediately after killing.

(m) The commission shall designate the methods that may be used for each hunt. In addition to regular methods of take, these may also include 12 gauge shotguns shooting buck shot of size No. 2 or larger, and bows and arrows.

(n) Deer meat held more than 15 days after close of the hunt shall be stamped in accordance with Section 3081 of the Fish and Game Code.

(o) Employees of the department shall not be eligible to purchase hunting permits.

(p) The department may refuse to issue a permit to anyone, may revoke any permit, and may eject the holder from the area for any reason when it appears that the safety or welfare of the area, or that of other permittees, is endangered. Decision of the authorized employee of the department in this respect shall be final.

(q) Prior to the acceptance or issuance of a hunting permit all permittees shall consent in writing to the terms and conditions of these rules and regulations.

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14 CCR § 401 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Issuance of Permit to Take Animals Causing Damage

(a) Application.

California landowner hunting tags for elk, bear, bobcat, beaver, wild pigs, deer, wild turkeys, or gray squirrels.
California landowner hunting tags and permits.

A person who is a property owner or tenant may apply to the department for a permit to take elk, bear, bobcat, beaver, wild pigs, deer, wild turkeys, or gray squirrels that are damaging or destroying, or immediately threatening to damage or destroy, land or property. A bobcat in the act of injuring or killing livestock may be taken immediately provided the property owner or tenant applies for a permit from the department the next working day following the take.

(b) Permit Period.

(1) Permits issued pursuant to this section for beaver, wild pigs, or gray squirrels shall be valid for a period not to exceed one year.

(2) Permits issued pursuant to this section for bobcat, elk, bear, wild turkey, or deer shall be valid for a period not to exceed 60 consecutive days.

(3) Permits issued pursuant to this section authorizing the use of dogs for bear or bobcat shall authorize no more than three dogs and shall be valid for a period not to exceed 20 consecutive days(4) Permits may be renewed if damage or threatened damage to land or property continues to exist.

(c) Required Information and Conditions of Permit.

(1) The department shall collect the following information before issuing a depredation permit:

(A) The name, mailing address, and contact information of the property owner, including telephone, facsimile, and email. If the owner is a business entity, contact information for the person acting on behalf of the business.

(B) The name, mailing address, and contact information of the tenant (if applicable), including telephone, facsimile, and email.

(C) The name, mailing address, and contact information of any dog handlers or agents as described in subdivision (e), including telephone, facsimile, and email.

(D) The county and address of the location of the damage caused by depredation, or the nearest landmark or cross streets.

(E) A full description of the land or property damaged, destroyed, or immediately threatened, and the date the damage or threat occurred.

(F) The species suspected of damaging, destroying, or threatening land or property, and the method of identifying the species.

(G) A description of all non-lethal or less-lethal measures undertaken to prevent damage caused by animals prior to requesting the permit.

(H) A description of corrective actions that will be implemented to prevent future occurrence of the damage.

(I) The proposed method of take.

(J) Whether dogs will be used to pursue or take the animal, and if so, why dogs are needed, and the number of dogs to be used.

(2) The department may add terms and conditions to the permit necessary to protect wildlife and ensure public safety. To be valid, the permit shall contain a statement signed by the applicant that he/she has read, understands, and agrees to be bound by all the terms of the permit.

(d) Methods of Take.

(1) Animals taken pursuant to a permit may be taken in any legal manner except as herein provided and in accordance with the provisions of Section 465.5 of these regulations. Permits to take deer shall include conditions that comply with Fish and Game Code section 4181.5. Permits to take bear and bobcat with dogs shall include conditions that comply with Fish and Game Code Section 3960.2. No steel-jawed leghold traps may be used to take mammals, and no iron-jawed or any type of metal-jawed traps may be used to take squirrels or bears. No poison may be used. The department may specify the caliber and type of firearm and ammunition, archery equipment or crossbow to be used. The department may require that a permittee take animals alive by the use of live traps.

(2) The permittee and/or agent shall ensure that all animals are killed in a humane manner instantly and prevent any injured animal from escaping.

(e) Government Employees and Designated Agents.

(1) An employee of a federal, State, or local government agency or local district with responsibilities including but not limited to animal control, animal damage control, irrigation, flood, or natural resource reclamation, while acting in his/her official capacity may take depredating animals on the property designated in a permit issued pursuant to this section.

(2) The permittee may designate up to three other persons, including any dog handler who will be utilized in any pursuit, as his/her agents to take animals under the terms of the permit. A designated agent shall be any person who is acting under the direction and control of the permittee and who is 21 years of age or older. The designated agent(s) shall be named on the permit. The permittee may substitute designated agents with prior written approval of the department.

(f) Persons Prohibited from Taking Animals.

No person shall take animals pursuant to the permit if he/she has been convicted of a violation related to the take or possession of game or furbearing mammals in the past 24 months or if he/she is on probation and may not hunt or possess a firearm as part of the terms of probation. A landowner who is on probation and may not hunt or possess a firearm as part of the terms of probation shall designate a qualified agent to take animals under a permit.

(g) Reports Required.

(1) Holders of permits authorizing take of wild pigs shall provide a report listing the date and sex of each wild pig taken. A report shall be submitted whether or not any animals were taken. The reporting period shall be by calendar month. The permittee or designated agent shall complete and submit the report to the department on or before the 15th day of the following month. Reports shall be submitted to the address provided by the department.

(2) Holders of permits authorizing the use of dogs to take bear or bobcat shall comply with the requirements of Fish & Game Code section 3960.2 and shall submit a report to the department within 30 days of permit issuance. Reports shall be submitted to the address provided by the department. Reports shall include the following information:

(A) Date of kill and the sex of any bear or bobcat that was killed.

(B) Details regarding all pursuits, including any information about a pursued bear or bobcat, even if the animal was not killed.

(C) An explanation of why any pursued bear or bobcat was not killed, and whether such bear or bobcat was harmed.

(h) Tagging Animals.

All animals taken pursuant to a permit, except wild pigs, shall be immediately tagged with tags provided by the department. Wild pigs shall be tagged prior to being transported from the property designated in the permit. Tags for animals except wild pigs shall be completed at the time the animal is taken. Tags for wild pigs shall be completed before the wild pigs are removed from the property. Tags shall clearly show the permittee’s name, address, date and location the animal was taken and shall include the signature of the person taking the animal. The report portion of each tag shall be mailed to the department without delay. No tags are required for squirrels or beavers.

(i) Utilization of Carcass.

Animals taken pursuant to this permit must be disposed of as required in the permit. No animals, except wild pigs, may be utilized by the permittee or designated agent. The permittee or designated agent may leave the carcass of any wild pig where it was taken for reasons of high air temperatures, disease, parasites, or conditions which preclude use of the carcass. A person who makes every reasonable attempt to utilize the carcass of any wild pig as required in this subsection shall be deemed to be in compliance with Section 4304 of the Fish and Game Code.

(1) After any taking of bear, the permittee or agent shall comply with Section 367.5 of these regulations, except the skull shall not be returned to the permittee or agent.

(j) Suspension and Revocation of Permits.

(1) Permits may be suspended temporarily by the director for a breach or violation of the permit by the holders thereof, their agents, servants, employees or any person acting under their direction and control. The commission shall be notified of any such suspension and subsequently may revoke or reinstate the permit, or fix the period of its suspension, after written notice to the permittee and the permittee has been afforded an opportunity to be heard.

(2) Any person who has had his/her permit revoked or suspended by the commission shall be required, upon application for a new or subsequent permit, to appear before the commission and demonstrate to its satisfaction that the use of such a permit will be consistent with depredation control, with these regulations, and with the laws under which they are promulgated.

(k) It is unlawful for a permittee or agent to violate any of the terms or conditions of a permit issued pursuant to this section.

(l) The permit does not invalidate any city, county, or state firearm regulation.

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14 CCR § 402 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Issuance of Permits to Kill Mountain Lion Causing Damage

California landowner hunting tags for mountain lions.
California landowner hunting tags for mountain lions.

(a) Revocable permits may be issued by the department after receiving a report, from any owner or tenant or agent for them, of property being damaged or destroyed by mountain lion. The department shall conduct and complete an investigation within 48 hours of receiving such a report. Any mountain lion that is encountered in the act of inflicting injury to, molesting or killing livestock or domestic animals may be taken immediately if the taking is reported within 72 hours to the department and the carcass is made available to the department. Whenever immediate action will assist in the pursuit of the particular mountain lion believed to be responsible for damage to livestock or domestic animals, the department may orally authorize the pursuit and take of a mountain lion. The department shall investigate such incidents and, upon a finding that the requirements of this regulation have been met, issue a free permit for depredation purposes, and carcass tag to the person taking such mountain lion.

(b) Permittee may take mountain lion in the manner specified in the permit, except that no mountain lion shall be taken by means of poison, leg-hold or metal-jawed traps and snares.

(c) Both males and females may be taken during the period of the permit irrespective of hours or seasons.

(d) The privilege granted in the permit may not be transferred, and only entitles the permittee or the employee or agent of the permittee to take mountain lion. Such person must be 21 years of age or over and eligible to purchase a California hunting license.

(e) Any person issued a permit pursuant to this section shall report by telephone within 24 hours the capturing, injuring or killing of any mountain lion to an office of the department or, if telephoning is not practical, in writing within five days after capturing, injuring or killing of the mountain lion. Any mountain lion killed under the permit must be tagged with the special tag furnished with the permit; both tags must be completely filled out and the duplicate mailed to the Department of Fish and Game, Sacramento, within 5 days after taking any mountain lion.

(f) The entire carcass shall be transported within 5 days to a location agreed upon between the issuing officer and the permittee, but in no case will a permittee be required to deliver a carcass beyond the limits of his property unless he is willing to do so. The carcasses of mountain lions taken pursuant to this regulation shall become the property of the state.

(g) Animals shall be taken in a humane manner so as to prevent any undue suffering to the animals.

(h) The permittee shall take every reasonable precaution to prevent the carcass from spoiling until disposed of in the manner agreed upon under subsection (f) of these regulations.

(i) The permit does not invalidate any city, county, or state firearm regulation.

(j) Permits shall be issued for a period of 10 days. Permits may be renewed only after a finding by the department that further damage has occurred or will occur unless such permits are renewed. The permittee may not begin pursuit of a lion more than one mile nor continue pursuit beyond a 10-mile radius from the location of the reported damage.

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14 CCR § 472 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

General Provisions.

Except as otherwise provided in Sections 478 and 485 and subsections (a) through (d) below, nongame birds and mammals may not be taken.

California landowner hunting tags and permits for English sparrow, starling, coyote, weasels, skunks, opossum, moles, rodents, nongame deer, goats, and crow.
California landowner hunting tags and permits for nongame birds and mammals, like skunks.

(a) The following nongame birds and mammals may be taken at any time of the year and in any number except as prohibited in Chapter 6: English sparrow, starling, coyote, weasels, skunks, opossum, moles and rodents (excluding tree and flying squirrels, and those listed as furbearers, endangered or threatened species).

(b) Fallow, sambar, sika, and axis deer may be taken only concurrently with the general deer season.

(c) Aoudad, mouflon, tahr, and feral goats may be taken all year.

(d) American crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

(1) May be taken only under the provisions of Section 485 and by landowners or tenants, or by persons authorized in writing by such landowners or tenants, when American crows are committing or about to commit depredations upon ornamental or shade trees, agricultural crops, livestock, or wildlife, or when concentrated in such numbers and manner as to constitute a health hazard or other nuisance. Persons authorized by landowners or tenants to take American crows shall keep such written authorization in their possession when taking, transporting or possessing American crows. American crows may be taken only on the lands where depredations are occurring or where they constitute a health hazard or nuisance. If required by Federal regulations, landowners or tenants shall obtain a Federal migratory bird depredation permit before taking any American crows or authorizing any other person to take them.

(2) American crows may be taken under the provisions of this subsection only by firearm, bow and arrow, falconry or by toxicants by the Department of Food and Agriculture for the specific purpose of taking depredating crows. Toxicants can be used for taking crows only under the supervision of employees or officers of the Department of Food and Agriculture or federal or county pest control officers or employees acting in their official capacities and possessing a qualified applicator certificate issued pursuant to sections 14151-14155 of the Food and Agriculture Code. Such toxicants must be applied according to their label requirements developed pursuant to sections 6151-6301, Title 3, California Code of Regulations.

(e) Pursuant to Fish and Game Code Section 2003, it is unlawful to offer any prize or other inducement as a reward for the taking of nongame mammals in an individual contest, tournament, or derby.

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14 CCR § 503 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Crop Damage and Nuisance Canada Geese

California landowner hunting tags and permits for Canada geese.
California landowner hunting tags and permits for Canada geese.

In accordance with the provisions of Section 355 of the Fish and Game Code and pursuant to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Fish and Game Commission does hereby approve the following federal orders and permits:

(a) all orders and permits by the federal government authorizing the herding or take of migratory game birds to alleviate crop depredation.

(b) the Airport Control Order (50 CFR 21.49) except trapping and relocation of Canada geese from airports may only occur under the terms and conditions of a permit issued by the Department.

(1) Requests for permits to trap and relocate Canada geese from airports shall be submitted to the department at 1812 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 in writing and shall include the following information:

(A) Name and address of applicant

(B) Location (airport) and number of geese to be trapped and relocated

(C) Location of, and proof of permission to use, release site

(c) the Nest and Egg Control Order (50 CFR 21.50) may occur under the terms and conditions of a permit issued by the Department (note: Registration is required by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at: https://epermits.fws.gov/eRCGR/geSI.aspx).

(1) Requests for permits to destroy nests and eggs of Canada geese from the counties not listed in subsection (c)(2) shall be submitted to the Department at 1812 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 in writing and shall include the following information:

(A) Name and address of applicant

(B) Location and number of nests and/or eggs to be destroyed

(2) Exception: Nests and eggs of Canada geese may be destroyed without a permit issued by the department only in the following counties: Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.

(d) the Public Health Order (50 CFR 21.52).

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14 CCR § 554 (California Landowner Hunting Tags)

Cooperative Deer Hunting Areas

California landowner hunting tags for deer.
California landowner hunting tags and permits for cooperative deer hunting areas.

To encourage the protection and enhancement of critical deer habitat, to provide added protection to landowners from depredations of trespassers and to provide greater access for the public to hunt on privately owned or controlled lands, the department may establish cooperative hunting areas and issue permits for the take of deer as specified subject to the following conditions:

(a) Definition and Scope.

A cooperative deer hunting area is an area of private land located within critical deer habitat as determined by the department in deer quota zones (see Section 360) which require public drawings. The cooperative hunting area shall encompass not less than a total of 5,000 acres, except that such area may consist of neighboring lands not less than 640 acres in size under the control of one or more owners.

(b) Application Process.

Application forms are available from the department’s headquarters and regional offices. The applicant for a cooperative deer hunting area permit shall be an owner of said land. The completed application form and a completed one deer tag application for the appropriate deer zone shall be submitted to one of the following offices of the Department of Fish and Game:

    • Region 1, 601 Locust Street, Redding 96001 (530) 225-2300
    • Region 2, 1701 Nimbus Road, Rancho Cordova 95670 (916) 358-2900
    • Region 3, 7329 Silverado Trail, Box 47, Yountville 94599 (707) 944-5500
    • Region 4, 1234 East Shaw Avenue, Fresno 93710 (559) 243-4005
    • Region 5, 4949 View Ridge Avenue, San Diego 92123 (858) 467-4201
    • Region 6, 4775 Bird Farm Road, Chino Hills 91709 (909) 597-9823

The completed applications must be received prior to the first Friday in August. No individual may submit more than one cooperative deer hunting area application or deer tag application per deer season nor may there be more than two cooperative deer hunting area applicants for a given parcel of land. The department shall review the cooperative deer hunting application, verify the content thereof and certify that the lands consist of critical deer habitat prior to the issuance of a cooperative deer hunting area permit and deer tag.

Only those applications that are filled out completely will be accepted. Incomplete applications will be returned within 15 days of receipt by the department. There shall be no fee for a cooperative hunting area permit.

(c) A deer tag issued pursuant to the provisions of this section is valid only during the open deer season for the deer zone specified on the tag and may only be used on the lands specified in the landowner’s application.

(d) All provisions of the Fish and Game Code relating to the take of birds and mammals shall be a condition of all permits and tags issued pursuant to this section.

(e) Any permit or tag issued pursuant to Section 554 may be cancelled or suspended at any time by the commission for cause after notice and opportunity to be heard, or without a hearing upon conviction of a violation of this regulation by a court of competent jurisdiction.

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