California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season, Laws and Locations for Public and Private Hunts

California pronghorn antelope hunting seasons

Here, we fetch up laws and locations for the California pronghorn antelope hunting season.


Topics

  1. General & Archery Seasons.
  2. Special Hunts.
  3. Shooting hours.
  4. Bag limits.
  5. Forum.
  6. Methods of Take.
  7. Hunting tags.
  8. Hunting areas.
  9. License requirements.
  10. Species of Pronghorn Antelope.
  11. Purchase and Sales.
  12. Potential Violations.

Species for California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season

Species for California pronghorn antelope hunting season.
Species for California pronghorn antelope hunting season.

There is a California pronghorn antelope hunting season but only for the genus Antilocarpa. You’ll find rules specific to “Pronghorn Antelope” and the broader categories for “big game” and “mammals.” These rules and laws are located at Fish & Game Code FGC § 3950 and Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations, Section 350 (14 CCR § 350“).

Warning shot!!! A buck is defined as an antelope with horns longer than the ears. A doe is defined as an antelope with horns shorter than the ears. This hunting rule is located at 14 CCR § 363(l)(2).

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Hunting License for California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season

A hunting license from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) is required and must be carried to hunt Pronghorn Antelope. Click here for info about purchasing and fees, including reduced fees for disabled veterans and recovering service members. This pronghorn license tag rule is located at 14 CCR § 708.10(b)(2) and 708.14(a)(4)(C).

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California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season and Limits

Hunt zone map for California pronghorn antelope hunting season.
Hunt zone map for California pronghorn antelope hunting season.

California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season and bag limits vary by hunting zone and for special hunts for youth and fundraisers. In this section, you’ll find California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season for general hunting and archery, plus daily bag limits, the number of tags authorized to be issued, hunt codes, and any special conditions that apply.

These antelope laws are located at 14 CCR § 363.Top

General and Archery California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season

Lava Beds National Monument, Zone 1 (Mount Dome), Zone 2 (Clear Lake), Zone 3 (Likely Tables), Zone 4 (Lassen), Zone 5 (Big Valley), Zone 6 (Surprise Valley)

Special Hunts for California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season

Likely Tables Apprentice Hunt, Lassen Apprentice Hunt, Big Valley Apprentice Hunt, Surprise Valley Apprentice Hunt, Fundraising Hunt


Lava Beds National Monument

In general, there are no California Pronghorn Antelope hunting seasons in the Lava Beds National Monument. However, the Hayden Hill (1S) game refuge in Lassen County is open (Zone 4). For more info, contact the Hayden Hill Planning Unit of the Bureau of Land Management. This law is located at 14 CCR § 363.

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Zone 1 (Mount Dome)

For a legal description of this California antelope hunting zone, link to 14 CCR § 363.

California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season

General

The general season for this Zone 3 hunt was 8/20 – 8/28, 2016. The hunt code is 710.

Archery

For 2015, there were no archery California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season in Zone 1 (the same as last year). The hunt code is 712.

Bag and Possession Limit

The daily bag and possession limits in California is one (1) Pronghorn Antelope in a license year.

Number of Tags

General Season

For 2015, there were no general California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season in Zone 1 (the same as last year).

Archery Season

For 2015, there were no archery California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season in Zone 1 (the same as last year).

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Zone 2 (Clear Lake)

For a legal description of this California antelope hunting zone, link to 14 CCR § 363.

California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season

General

The proposed 2015 general California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season for this Zone 2 hunt was 8/20 – 8/28, 2016. The hunt code is 720.

Archery

The proposed 2015 archery season for this Zone 2 hunt is 8/20 – 8/28, 2016. The hunt code is 728.

Bag and Possession Limit

The daily bag and possession limits in California is one (1) Pronghorn Antelope in a license year.

Number of Tags

General Season

The proposed number of archery-only tags is fifteen (15) buck tag and zero doe tags, up five from last year.

Archery Season

The proposed number of archery-only tags is one (1) buck tag and zero doe tags, the same as last year.

Special Conditions

Antelope on public (Modoc National Forest– (530) 233-5811; BLM – (530) 233-4666) and private land. Private access may be restricted or fee required. Tag holders may submit an application for hunting access to Peninsula “U” portion of Clear Lake NWR. CDFW contact: (530) 233-3581.

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Zone 3 (Likely Tables)

For a legal description of this California antelope hunting zone, link to 14 CCR § 363.

California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season

General (Period 1)

The proposed 2015 general season for this Zone 3 hunt was 8/20 – 8/28, 2016. The hunt code is 730.

General (Period 2)

The proposed 2015 general season for this Zone 3 hunt was 9/3 – 9/11, 2016. The hunt code is 732.

Archery

The proposed 2015 season for this Zone 3 hunt was 8/6 – 8/14, 2016. The hunt code is 738.

Bag and Possession Limit

The daily bag and possession limits in California is one (1) Pronghorn Antelope in a license year.

Number of Tags

General Season (Period 1)

The proposed number of archery-only tags is forty (40) buck tags and zero doe tags, the same as last year.

General Season (Period 2)

The proposed number of archery-only tags is forty (40) buck tags and zero doe tags, the same as last year.

Archery Season

The proposed number of archery-only tags is ten (10) buck tag and zero doe tags, down 25 from last 2014.

Special Conditions

Antelope on public (Modoc National Forest– (530) 233-5811; BLM– (530) 233-4666) and private land. Private access may be restricted or fee required. CDFW contact: (530) 233-3581.

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Zone 4 (Lassen)

For a legal description of this California antelope hunting zone, link to 14 CCR § 363.

California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season

General (Period 1)

The proposed 2015 general season for this Zone 3 hunt was 8/20 – 8/28, 2016. The hunt code is 740.

General (Period 2)

The proposed 2015 general season for this Zone 3 hunt was 9/3 – 9/11, 2016. The hunt code is 742.

Archery

The proposed 2015 season for this Zone 4 hunt is from 8/6 – 8/14, 2016. The hunt code is 745.

Bag and Possession Limit

The daily bag and possession limits in California is one (1) Pronghorn Antelope in a license year.

Number of Tags

General Season (Period 1)

The proposed number of archery-only tags is forty-five (45) buck tags and zero doe tags, up 15 from last year.

General Season (Period 2)

The proposed number of archery-only tags is forty-five (45) buck tags and zero doe tags, up 35 from last year.

Archery Season

The proposed number of archery-only tags is ten (10) buck tags and zero doe tags, down 20 from last 2014.

Special Conditions

Antelope on public (Lassen NF – (530) 257-2151; BLM – (530) 257-0456) and private land. Private access may be restricted or fee required. CDFW contact: (530) 254-6808.

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Zone 5 (Big Valley)

For a legal description of this California antelope hunting zone, link to 14 CCR § 363.

California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season

General

The proposed 2015 general season for this Zone 5 hunt was 8/20 – 8/28, 2016. The hunt code is 750.

Archery

The proposed 2015 season for this Zone 5 hunt is from 8/6 – 8/14, 2016. The hunt code is 755.

Bag and Possession Limit

The daily bag and possession limits in California is one (1) Pronghorn Antelope in a license year.

Number of Tags

General Season

The proposed number of archery-only tags is twenty (20) buck tags and zero doe tags, up 10 from last year.

Archery Season

The proposed number of archery-only tags is one (1) buck tag and zero doe tags, the same as in 2014.

Special Conditions

Antelope on public (Modoc National Forest – (530) 233-5811; Lassen National Forest– (530) 257-2151; BLM – (530) 233-4666) and private land. Private access may be restricted or fee required. CDFW contact: (530) 254-6808.

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Zone 6 (Surprise Valley)

For a legal description of this California antelope hunting zone, link to 14 CCR § 363.

California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season

General

The proposed 2015 general season for this Zone 6 hunt was 8/20 – 8/28, 2016. The hunt code is 760.

Archery

The proposed 2015 season for this Zone 6 hunt was 8/6 – 8/14, 2016. The hunt code is 765.

Bag and Possession Limit

The daily bag and possession limits in California is one (1) Pronghorn Antelope in a license year.

Number of Tags

General Season

The proposed number of archery-only tags is ten (10) buck tags and zero doe tags, the same as last year.

Archery Season

The proposed number of archery-only tags is one (1) buck tag and zero doe tags, the same as in 2014.

Special Conditions

Antelope on public (Modoc National Forest – (530) 233-5811; BLM – (530) 279-6101) and private land. Private access may be restricted or fee required. CDFW contact: (530) 233-3581.

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Big Valley Pronghorn Antelope Apprentice Hunt

For a legal description of this California antelope hunting zone, link to 14 CCR § 363.

California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season

The proposed 2015 season for this Zone 5 hunt was 8/20 – 8/28, 2016.

Hunt Code

The hunt code for this apprentice pronghorn antelope hunt was 780.

Bag and Possession Limit

The daily bag and possession limits in California is one (1) Pronghorn Antelope in a license year.

Number of Tags

The proposed number of tags is one (1) either sex tag, the same as in 2014.

Special Conditions

Tagholders wishing to hunt the Ash Creek Wildlife Area may contact Ash Creek Wildlife Area by telephone at (530) 294-5824, and shall attend an orientation meeting before hunting. Only persons possessing valid junior hunting licenses and apprentice hunt license tags may hunt during the pronghorn antelope apprentice hunt season in the Ash Creek Wildlife Area. Tagholders shall be accompanied by a nonhunting, licensed adult chaperon 18 years of age or older while hunting.

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Lassen Pronghorn Antelope Apprentice Hunt

For a legal description of this California antelope hunting zone, link to 14 CCR § 363.

California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season

The proposed 2015 season for this Zone 4 hunt was 8/20 – 8/28, 2016.

Hunt Code

The hunt code for this apprentice pronghorn antelope hunt was 790.

Bag and Possession Limit

The daily bag and possession limits in California is one (1) Pronghorn Antelope in a license year.

Number of Tags

The proposed number of tags is five (5) either sex tags, up one from 2014.

Special Conditions

Tagholders must possess valid junior hunting licenses and apprentice hunt license tags. Tagholders shall be accompanied by a nonhunting, licensed adult chaperon 18 years of age or older while hunting.

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Surprise Valley Pronghorn Antelope Apprentice Hunt

For a legal description of this California antelope hunting zone, link to 14 CCR § 363.

California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season

The proposed 2015 season for this Zone 6 hunt is from 8/20 – 8/28, 2016.

Hunt Code

The hunt code for this apprentice pronghorn antelope hunt was 766.

Bag and Possession Limit

The daily bag and possession limits in California is one (1) Pronghorn Antelope in a license year.

Number of Tags

The proposed number of tags is four (4) either sex tags, down one from 2014.

Special Conditions

Tagholders must possess valid junior hunting licenses and apprentice hunt license tags. Tagholders shall be accompanied by a nonhunting, licensed adult chaperon 18 years of age or older while hunting.

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Likely Tables Apprentice Hunt

For a legal description of this California antelope hunting zone, link to 14 CCR § 363.

California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season

The season for this Zone 3 hunt was 8/20 – 8/28, 2016.

Hunt Code

The hunt code for this apprentice pronghorn antelope hunt was 734.

Bag and Possession Limit

The daily bag and possession limits in California is one (1) Pronghorn Antelope in a license year.

Number of Tags

The proposed number of tags available for this hunt is five (5) either sex tags, the same as in 2014.

Special Conditions

Tagholders must possess valid junior hunting licenses and apprentice hunt license tags. Tagholders shall be accompanied by a nonhunting, licensed adult chaperon 18 years of age or older while hunting.

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Fundraising Hunt

Northeastern California

The area includes the Mount Dome, Clear Lake, Likely Tables, Lassen, Big Valley, and Surprise Valley hunting zones. The legal description of the hunting area for the Northeastern California fundraising hunting is “Those portions of Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, and Siskiyou counties described as zones 1 through 6 in subsections 363(a) through (f).”

This fundraising antelope hunt rule is located at 14 CCR § 363.

California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season

The proposed season is from 8/1 – 9/20, 2016.

Bag and Possession Limit

The daily bag and possession limits in California is one (1) Pronghorn Antelope in a license year.

Number of Tags

In 2015, the proposed number of tags for hunting pronghorn antelope in California was one (2) buck tag and zero doe tags, down one from last year.

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Tags for California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season

In this section, you’ll find information about hunting tags. In addition to a hunting license, a tag is required to hunt during the California Pronghorn Antelope hunting season. Tags are issued through the CDFW Big Game Drawing for bighorn sheep, elk, and antelope tags. For more info, follow the links below.

    1. Applications
    2. Drawings
    3. Fundraising tags
    4. Preference points
    5. Quotas
    6. Tagging requirements
    7. Reporting requirements
    8. Revocation

These tag laws are located at 14 CCR §§ 708.10(b)(2), 708.10(b)(7), and 708.15(d). For additional information, link to CDFW’s hunting digest for big game mammals, pages 20, 40 and 51-52.

Applications

Warning shots!!! Applicants for Pronghorn Antelope tags are allowed to give only one application per license year. This antelope tag rule is located at 14 CCR § 708.10(b)(5).

Age Requirements

Age requirements for California pronghorn antelope hunting season tags.
Age requirements for California pronghorn antelope hunting season tags.

Applicants in the Big Game Drawing for antelope, elk and deer tags must be at least 12 years of age on or before July 1 of the license year for which they are applying.

Warning shot!!! Applicants for youth Pronghorn Antelope hunts must be less than 16 years of age as of July 1 of the license year for which they are applying.

These antelope hunting age limit laws are located at 14 CCR §§ 708.10(b)(2) and 708.14(a)(4)(A).

Deadline

Applications for Pronghorn Antelope license tags must be filed by June 2 of each year. These antelope tag application deadline rules are located at 14 CCR §§ 708.10(b)(1) and 708.14(a)(4)(E).

Disqualification

Applicants for Pronghorn Antelope tags will NOT be included in the drawing or earn a preference point if the application is (a) incomplete, late and ineligible applications or (b) filed without the appropriate processing fee. (Also see “Drawings:Preference Points” below.)

This antelope eligibility rule is located at 14 CCR § 708.10(b)(6).

Fee

In 2015, the price for bighorn sheep, antelope, and elk tag drawing applications is $8.13 per hunter. Click here for current pricing.

Fundraising Tags

See below.

Hunting License

Applicants must have an annual California hunting license that is valid during the Pronghorn Antelope hunting season for which they are applying. In 2015, the standard hunting license fee was $47.01 for California residents and $163.65 for nonresidents. There are reduced fees for one and two day licenses, juniors, disabled veterans, and recovering service members. NOTE: The tw0-day license is NOT available to nonresidents wishing to hunt deer, bear, antelope, elk, bighorn sheep, bobcat, or pig. These antelope license rules are located at 14 CCR § 708.10(b)(2) and 708.14(a)(4)(C).

Party Applications

Up to two California residents may apply together as a party for a pronghorn antelope tag. Warning shot!!! Nonresidents may not apply as a party. This antelope rule is located at 14 CCR § 708.14(b)(3).

Preference Points

The maximum number of preference points for the 2015 Big Game Drawing is 13 points for any particular species. Also see “Disqualification” above.

Purchasing

Applications for pronghorn antelope tags through the Big Game Drawing may be purchased from the CDFW, either online, from a license office, license agent, or by telephone at (800) 565-1458.

NOTE: Page 16 of the CDFW Big Game Hunting Digest has a worksheet for applying with a license agent. These antelope application rules are located at 14 CCR § 708.10(b)(1) and 708.14(a)(4)(E).

Residency Requirements

Residents and nonresidents are allowed to apply for general and fundraising Pronghorn Antelope tags. Warning shot!!! Only one general license tag per year may be awarded to a nonresident. These antelope tag residency rules are located at 14 CCR §§ 708.10(a) and 708.10(b)(2).

Transferability

Pronghorn Antelope tags are nontransferable. This antelope tag transferability rule is located at 14 CCR § 708.10(c)(1).

Validity

Pronghorn Antelope tags are valid only in the area, season, and period specified on the tag. This antelope tag transferability rule is located at 14 CCR § 708.10(c)(1).

Zones

Applicants for pronghorn antelope tags may apply for only one designated hunting zone. This antelope hunting zone rule is located at 14 CCR § 708.10(b)(4).

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Drawings

General Pronghorn Antelope license tags are issued through a random drawings. This antelope law is located at 14 CCR § 708.14(a)(1). NOTE: Also see “Fundraising Tags” below; CDFW’s Big Game Hunting Digest, pages 20, 40 and 51-52; and pages 12 and 51 of CDFW’s Hunting Regulations for Mammals.

Deadline

Typically, the random drawing for Pronghorn Antelope tags is held within ten (10) business days after the application deadline of June 2. The drawing is held to determine successful applicants and a list of alternates for each hunting zone. There are two drawing rounds. The random round is conducted first, followed by the preference points round. This antelope drawing rule is located at 14 CCR § 708.10(b)(7).

Fundraising Tags

See below.

Notification

Only successful applicants will be mailed notification, which will be mailed around July 2 or as soon as practical for the CDFW. This antelope notice law is located at 14 CCR § 708.10(b)(9).

Orientation

Unlike Nelson Bighorn Sheep, there is no orientation requirement for hunting Pronghorn Antelope.

Preference Points

Applicants for Pronghorn Antelope tags will not receive Preference Points if the application is submitted without the appropriate “Processing Fee” (see below.) This Pronghorn Antelope preference point rule is located at 14 CCR § 708.10(b)(6).

Processing & Tag Fees

Upon receipt of notification, successful applicants for Pronghorn Antelope tags must pay a nonrefundable processing fee. These Pronghorn Antelope processing fee rules are located at 14 CCR §§ 708.10(b)(1) and 708.14(a)(4)(D).

DEADLINE

CDFW must receive the tag processing fee by 5:00 p.m. on July 15 (or the first business day after a weekend or holiday). This Pronghorn Antelope processing fee deadline rule is located at 14 CCR § 708.10(b)(9).

PAYMENT

The fee must be paid through CDFW’s Automated License Data System terminals at the License and Revenue Branch or, possibly, online, from a license office, or license agent.

RESIDENTS FEE

In 2015, the nonrefundable fee for Pronghorn Antelope tags for California residents was $149.61. Click here for current fees. This pronghorn processing fee law is located at 14 CCR § 702(c)(J).

NONRESIDENT FEE

In 2015, the nonrefundable fee for Pronghorn Antelope tags for California nonresidents was $458.50. This pronghorn processing fee rule is located at 14 CCR § 702(c)(K).

Private Wildlife Management Areas Fees

For private wildlife management areas, tag fees vary for Pronghorn antelope bucks and does. In 2011, the base fee was $199.75 per buck tag and $120.00 per doe tag.

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Fundraising Tags

The CDFW has discretion to sell Pronghorn Antelope tags for the purpose of raising funds for Pronghorn Antelope management. In 2015, there was a fundraising pronghorn antelope tag in the Northeastern California Area (see “California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Areas” above). In 2015, the application for the fundraising tag cost $5.97. If drawn, the tag will be issued at no additional charge. This and the following fundraising tag rules are located at 14 CCR § 708.10(a)(1) and 14 CCR § 708.16.

Age Limit

Applicants for antelope, deer, and elk fundraising tags must be 12 years of age on or before July 1 of the license year for which they are applying. See Section 708.16(a)(1)(A).

Applications

Applicants may submit one or more applications for antelope, deer, elk, and sheep fundraising tags. In 2015, the application fee was $5.97. See Section 708.16(a)(1)(E).

Deadline

As with general antelope license tags, the application deadline is June 2. See Section 708.16(a)(1)(D).

Drawing

As with general antelope license tags, there is a random drawing for fundraising tags that is held within ten (10) business days after the application deadline of June 2.

Only successful applicants will receive notice, which will come as soon as practicable for the CDFW.

The tag must be claimed at CDFW’s License and Revenue Branch in Sacramento by 5:00 p.m. on July 15 or, if that date falls on a non-business day, the first business day thereafter.

Unclaimed tags will be awarded to alternates in the order drawn.

See Sections 708.16(a)(1) and (a)(1)(I)-(L).

Education

Prior to receiving a fundraising tag, the hunter must have satisfied the hunter education requirements for a hunting license.

Hunting License

According to CDFW’s webpage, a hunting license is NOT required to apply, but must be purchased if drawn.

Preference Points

For antelope fundraising tags, preference points are NOT (1) awarded or (2) considered in the random drawing. See Section 708.16(a)(1)(F) and (G).

Purchasing

Antelope, deer, elk, and sheep fundraising tags may be sold by the CDFW or a nonprofit organization through a random drawing to California residents or nonresidents. NOTE: The sales price includes the processing fee and hunting license. See 14 CCR § 708.10 .

Residency Requirements

California residents and nonresidents can apply for antelope fundraising tags. See Section 708.16(a)(1)(E).

Tag Fee

The rules state that applicants for antelope, deer, elk, and sheep hunts must pay the appropriate nonrefundable tag processing fee. However, there is no processing fee for fundraising tags, just a nominal application fee. See Section 708.16(a)(1)(C) with reference to Section 702(c)(S).

Transferability

Fundraising antelope tags are NOT transferable. See Section 708.16(a)(1)(H).

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Preference Points

In general, unsuccessful applicants for an antelope, premium deer, elk, or sheep tag will earn one (1) preference point for use in future Big Game Drawing. This preference point law is located at 14 CCR § 708.14(a)(3).

Successful Applicants

In general, successful applicants receiving antelope, premium deer, elk, or sheep tags will lose all preference points. Warning shot!!! If for some reason you cannot hunt, your preference point and accumulated points may be lost. However, it is possible to retain them by (1) submitting a request to the CDFW, (2) return the tag to CDFW’s License and Revenue Branch before the season starts, and (3) submit the nonrefundable processing fee. If the request is granted, CDFW has discretion to refund the tag fee. This preference point law is located at 14 CCR § 708.14(d) and (k).

Non-applicants

In general, preference points will be lost if the applicant fails to apply through, or is disqualified from, the Big Game Drawing for five (5) consecutive years. However, non-applicants can still earn a point by submitting the appropriate application to the CDFW either online, from a license office, or license agent, and selecting the point code number as the hunt choice. These preference point rule are located at 14 CCR §§ 708.14(f) and (h).

Transferability

Preference points are NOT transferable to another species or person. This preference point restriction is located at 14 CCR § 708.14(c).

Zones

Preference points are NOT zone or hunt specific. This preference point restriction is located at 14 CCR § 708.14(c).

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Quotas

There are a limited number of California Pronghorn Antelope tags for each hunt or hunt period. The limit is referred to as the “quota.” The method used for awarding tags varies by the quota and for party applications. The California antelope selection rules are located at 14 CCR § 708.15(d).

One Tag Quota

If the quota is only one tag, the tag is awarded using a “Draw-By-Choice” drawing.

Two Tag Quota

If the quota is two tags, one tag is awarded using a “Preference Point” drawing. The other tag is awarded using a “Draw-By-Choice” drawing.

Three Tag Quota

If the quota is three tags, two tags are awarded using a “Preference Point” drawing. The other tag is awarded using a “Draw-By-Choice” drawing.

Four or More Quota

For quotas of four or more, seventy-five percent (75%) of the quota shall be awarded using a Preference Point drawing. Any resulting fractional tag shall be rounded to the next higher whole number. The remaining portion of the quota shall be awarded using a Draw-By-Choice drawing.

Alternates

Alternates are selected for each hunt or hunt period using a Preference Point drawing. Warning shot!!! Alternate selection shall be limited to resident applicants.

Party Applications

If a party application is drawn for the last available tag, selection rules depend on whether it was drawn through the Preference Point or Draw-by-Choice drawing. For more information, see 14 CCR § 708.15(d).

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Tagging Requirements

Complete the Tag

Immediately after killing a Pronghorn Antelope, the tagholder must fill out all portions of the tag, including the report card. It must be filled out completely, legibly, and permanently.

Tag the Antelope

The tagholder must immediately cut out or punch out, and completely remove notches or punch holes, for the month and date of the kill. The tag portion must be immediately attached to a horn of buck pronghorn antelope or to an ear of doe pronghorn antelope. The tag must be kept attached for 15 days after the close of the open season.

These antelope tagging requirements are located at 14 CCR § 708.10(c)(1)(C).

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Reporting Requirements

Pronghorn Antelope tagholders must return the report card portion of their license tag to the CDFW. It must be returned within one week after the close of the Pronghorn Antelope hunting season. According to CDFW’s webpage, tagholders must report their harvest between July 1 through January 31. It can be submitted online except late reports must be mailed.

Warning shot!!! Report cards must be returned regardless of whether the tagholder killed a Pronghorn Antelope. There is NO countersigning requirement. These antelope reporting requirements are located at 14 CCR § 708.10(c)(1)(B).

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Revocation

Tagholders must surrender his or her license tag to an employee of the CDFW for any act which either–

    1. Violates any of the provisions of the Fish and Game Code,
    2. Violates any regulation of the Fish and Game Commission, or
    3. Endangers the person or property of others.

The decision of the CDFW will be final and binding upon the tagholder. These antelope revocation rules are located at 14 CCR § 708.10(c)(1)(D).

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Shooting Hours for California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season

Shooting hours for the California pronghorn antelope hunting season.
Shooting hours for the California pronghorn antelope hunting season.

The shooting hours for the California Pronghorn Antelope hunting season begins one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise. Shooting hours end one-half (1/2) hour after sunset. This antelope shooting hours rule is located at 14 CCR §§ 352 and 363(l)(3).

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Bag Limits for California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season

The bag and possession limit for the California Pronghorn Antelope hunting season is one in any license year. This hunting rule is located at 14 CCR § 363.

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Hunting Methods for California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season

Ammunition

By no later than July 1, 2019, there will be a Statewide ban on lead-based ammunition for hunting birds and mammals with a firearm, including Pronghorn Antelope. Pending final approval, non-lead is required for taking antelope of any State Wildlife Area or Ecological Reserve.

Click here for CDFW updates on the implementation of the lead ban. Click here a summary of rules for areas that presently require non-toxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. This law is located at FGC § 3004.5(c). Also see “California Condor Range” below.

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Bait

No person shall knowingly feed big game mammals, including Pronghorn Antelope. This California hunting rule is located at 14 CCR § 251.3.

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Bow and Arrow

Archery for the California pronghorn antelope hunting season.
Archery for the California pronghorn antelope hunting season.

In general, bow and arrows may be used in California for hunting Big Game, including Pronghorn Antelope. Warning shot!!! Link to our summary for archery equipment (tags, blades, casting distance, lights, disabilities, use of dogs, etc.).

These bow hunting restrictions are located at 14 CCR §§ 353(a) and 354(c).

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California Condor Range

California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season in the California Condor Range
California pronghorn antelope hunting season in the Condor Range.

When hunting Big Game in the California Condor Range, including Pronghorn Antelope, only non-lead centerfire rifle and pistol ammunition may be used. Link to our summary of the rules for the California Condor Range. These California antelope hunting rules are located at FGC § 3004.5 and 14 CCR § 353.

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Computers

It is illegal in California to hunt any mammal, including Pronghorn Antelope, with any computer-assisted or remotely controlled device, equipment, Internet site, web-based system, software, telemetry device, or other technology. This California antelope hunting law is located at 14 CCR §§ 251 and 251.9.

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Crossbows

Crossbows for the California pronghorn antelope hunting season.
Crossbows for the California pronghorn antelope hunting season.

In general, crossbows are NOT allowed for hunting Pronghorn Antelope. However, crossbows are allowed with a Disabled Archer Permit. This hunting rule is located at 14 CCR § 353(e).

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Dogs

Warning shot!!! Dogs are NOT allowed for hunting Pronghorn Antelope. Click here for California hunting dog laws.

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Harassment

It is illegal to harass, herd, or drive any game mammal, including Pronghorn Antelope, intentionally disrupting the mammal’s normal behavior patterns (e.g. breeding, feeding and sheltering). This California Pronghorn Antelope rule is located at 14 CCR § 251.1.

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Lights

In general, artificial light is NOT allowed for hunting any game mammal in California, including Pronghorn Antelope.

In addition, hunting any wildlife between one-half hours after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise is specifically prohibited in Monterey County and San Benito County east of Highway 101.

However, Pronghorn Antelope may be hunted at night with a depredation permit from the CDFW. These California antelope rules are located at 14 CCR §§ 250, 263, and 353. For more information, see our page for California Depredation Permits.

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Muzzleloaders

California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season for Muzzleloader and muzzleloading shotguns
Muzzleloaders for the California pronghorn antelope hunting season.

Big Game, including Pronghorn Antelope, may be hunted in California with a muzzleloader. Warning shots!!! Link to our summary for muzzleloader restrictions related to ammunition, caliber, sites, transportation and tags.* This antelope rule is located at 14 CCR §§ 353(a), (f), (g), (j) and (k).

* Proposed Regulation: there is a proposal to make it unlawful to hunting Big Game in violation of Sections 250.1 and 353 and to add the following definitions:

(1) A softnose or expanding projectile is a bullet designed to increase from its original diameter, commonly referred to as “mushrooming”, and retain a significant part of its original weight upon impact with, or when passing through the tissues of an animal.
(2) Projectiles commonly referred to as “frangible” bullets, designed to disintegrate upon impact with, or when passing through the tissues of an animal are not softnose or expanding projectiles.

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Pistols & Revolvers

In general, Big Game, including Pronghorn Antelope, may be hunted in California with pistols and revolvers. However, ammunition is restricted to centerfire cartridges with softnose or expanding projectiles.* Warning shot!!! Also see “Ammunition” and “California Condor Range” above. This California antelope season law is located at 14 CCR § 353(c).

* Proposed Regulation: there is a proposal to make it unlawful to hunting Big Game in violation of Sections 250.1 and 353 and to add the following definitions:

(1) A softnose or expanding projectile is a bullet designed to increase from its original diameter, commonly referred to as “mushrooming”, and retain a significant part of its original weight upon impact with, or when passing through the tissues of an animal.
(2) Projectiles commonly referred to as “frangible” bullets, designed to disintegrate upon impact with, or when passing through the tissues of an animal are not softnose or expanding projectiles.

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Rifles

In general, Big Game, including Pronghorn Antelope, may be hunted in California with a rifle. However, ammunition is restricted to only centerfire cartridges with softnose or expanding projectiles.* Warning shot!!! Also see “Ammunition” and “California Condor Range” above. This California antelope law is located at 14 CCR § 353(a).

* Proposed Regulation: there is a proposal to make it unlawful to hunting Big Game in violation of Sections 250.1 and 353 and to add the following definitions:

(1) A softnose or expanding projectile is a bullet designed to increase from its original diameter, commonly referred to as “mushrooming”, and retain a significant part of its original weight upon impact with, or when passing through the tissues of an animal.
(2) Projectiles commonly referred to as “frangible” bullets, designed to disintegrate upon impact with, or when passing through the tissues of an animal are not softnose or expanding projectiles.

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Shotguns

California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season for shotguns.
Shotguns for the California pronghorn antelope hunting season.

Warning shot!!! Shotguns are NOT allowed for hunting Pronghorn Antelope in California. This hunting rule is located at 14 CCR § 265(b).

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Vehicles

Aircraft

No motorized, hot-air, or un-powered aircraft capable of flight or earth orbiting imaging device may be used beginning 48 hours before until 48 hours after any Big Game hunting season, including Pronghorn Antelope. Warning shot!!! Flying slowly at low altitude, hovering, circling, and repeatedly flying over is evidence of a violation. See 14 CCR § 251.

Powered Vehicles

In general, motor vehicles may NOT be used to pursue, drive, herd, take, or kill a any mammal, including Pronghorn Antelope (e.g. motor-driven air or land vehicles, motorboat, airboat, sailboat, and snowmobile).

However, such vehicles may be used if (1) the motor has been shut off or the sails furled, (2) all forward progress has ceased, and (3) it is drifting, beached, moored, resting at anchor, or is being propelled by paddle, oar, or pole.

There are exceptions related to private property damage, depredation permits, and mobility impaired hunters with a Mobility Disabled Persons Motor Vehicle License (link to our summary of rules for California disabled hunters. For more information, see our page for California Depredation Permits.

Link to our summary for hunting in California on navigable waters. These California antelope hunting laws are located at 14 CCR § 251.

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Purchase and Sale of Pronghorn Antelope

Click here for our summary of rules related to buying and selling wild game, including Pronghorn Antelope.

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Potential Violations for California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season

Violations for California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season
Violations for the California pronghorn antelope hunting season.

If you kill an illegal trophy deer, elk, antelope, or bighorn sheep (e.g. outside of season, no hunting license, no tag), you could have to pay $5,000 t0 $40,000. You could even end up in jail for up to one year. This antelope hunting law is located at FGC § 12013.3.

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Hunting Areas for California Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Season

There are many areas in California for hunting Pronghorn Antelope, including private and public land.

Clubs

Click here for a list of commercial hunting clubs listed with the CDFW.

Fundraising Hunts

Click here for California Pronghorn Antelope hunts offered through the CDFW for the purpose of fundraising.

Private Land

Click here for Pronghorn Antelope hunting on private land through CDFW’s “SHARE” program.

Click here for antelope hunting on private land through CDFW’s Private Land Management Program (“PLM”).

Public Land

Following is a list of public hunting areas for California Pronghorn Antelope hunting season located in California on National Wildlife Refuges, State Wildlife and Recreation Areas, and Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) property.

National Wildlife Refuges

State Wildlife and Recreation Areas

    1. Ash Creek Wildlife Area: (Type B, Lassen and Modoc counties) allowed for Juniors with an Apprentice Zone 5 – Big Valley tag from the big game drawing. [14 CCR § 551(s)(1)]
    2. Butte Valley Wildlife Area: (Type B, Siskiyou County) allowed for Juniors with an apprentice tag from the big game drawing. [14 CCR § 551(s)(2)]
    3. Picacho State Recreation Area
    4. Pine Creek Wildlife Area (Type C, Modoc County)
    5. Silver Creek Wildlife Area (Type C, Lassen County)

National Forests

    1. Klamath National Forest
    2. Lassen National Forest
    3. Modoc National Forest

BLM Property

    1. Alturas (lands near Alturas)
    2. Chocolate Mountains (Southeast)
    3. Cinder Cone Planning Unit
    4. Hayden Hill Planning Unit
    5. Jawbone Canyon/Chuckwalla Mountains
    6. Little Chuckwall Mountains Wilderness
    7. Lower Colorado River Area
    8. Madeline Planning Unit
    9. Orocopia Mountains Wilderness
    10. Palo Verde Mountains Wilderness
    11. Picacho Peak Wilderness
    12. Surprise Valley Field Office
    13. Susanville (land northeast of Susanville)

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