California National Wildlife Refuge Hunting

National Wildlife Refuges, California Rules for California hunting seasons, California National Wildlife Refuge Hunting, Rules for California Type A Wildlife Areas.

On this menu, you’ll find hunting info for California National Wildlife Refuge hunting. There over 40 National Wildlife Refuges located in California. Over half allow hunting, but often restrict it to certain birds and mammals. The hunting programs are administered either by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service or California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW). We have them organized by six regions of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). Follow the links for refuge contact info, maps, and driving directions. You’ll find local rules and procedures, species that you can hunt, and restrictions related to things like bicycles, camping, dogs, firearms, ammo, hunting areas, shooting hours, and more.

Warning shot!!!  In general, these refuge-specific rules either add to or further restrict general use rules for visitors, the Migratory Bird Treat Act, and/or those hunting birds and mammals.


Region 1

Northern Cal.

  1. California National Wildlife Refuges in CDFW Region 1 for California hunting seasonsClear Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  2. Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  3. Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge
  4. Modoc National Wildlife Refuge
  5. Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge

 

Region 2

North Central Cal.

  1. California National Wildlife Refuges in CDFW Region 2 for California hunting seasons.Colusa National Wildlife Refuge
  2. Delevan National Wildlife Refuge
  3. Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
  4. Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge
  5. Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
  6. Sutter National Wildlife Refuge

 

Region 3

Bay Delta

  1. California National Wildlife Refuges in CDFW Region 3 for California hunting seasonsDon Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  2. San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Region 4

Central Cal.

  1. California National Wildlife Refuges in CDFW Region 4 for California hunting seasonsKern National Wildlife Refuge
  2. Merced National Wildlife Refuge
  3. San Luis National Wildlife Refuge
  4. Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge

Region 5

South Coast

California National Wildlife Refuges in CDFW Region 5 for California hunting seasonsNone


Region 6

Inland Deserts

  1. California National Wildlife Refuges in CDFW Region 6 for California hunting seasonsCibola National Wildlife Refuge  *
  2. Havasu National Wildlife Refuge *
  3. Imperial National Wildlife Refuge *
  4. Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge

* Cibola, Havasu and Imperial are partially located in Arizona

[Ref. 50 CFR § 32.24 and  14 CCR § 551(c) and (d)]


State-Administered National Wildlife Refuges

The following is a list of National Wildlife Refuges classified in California as “Wildlife Areas” and are operated by the CDFW:

  1. Colusa National Wildlife Refuge
  2. Delevan National Wildlife Refuge
  3. Kern National Wildlife Refuge
  4. Merced National Wildlife Refuge
  5. Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
  6. Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge
  7. San Luis National Wildlife Refuge
  8. Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge
  9. Sutter National Wildlife Refuge

[Ref. 14 CCR § 551(c) and (d)]


No Hunting

The following are National Wildlife Refuges that do NOT allow hunting: Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge, Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Blue Ridge National Wildlife Refuge, Butte Sink WMA, Castle Rock National Wildlife Refuge, Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Farallon National Wildlife Refuge, Grasslands WMA, Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge, Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, Marin Islands National Wildlife Refuge, North Central Valley WMA, Pixley National Wildlife Refuge, San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge, Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, and Tulare Basin WMA and Willow Creek-Lurline WMA

[Ref. 14 CCR § 552(a)]