On this page, you’ll find just about everything you need to know about hunting at the French Valley Wildlife Area, including driving directions, legal boundaries, local rules, and links to general rules.
- About the Area.
- Authorized Species & Hunting Methods.
- General Hunting Rules.
- Area-Specific Rules and Restrictions.
- Other Activities
About the Area
The French Valley Wildlife Area is about 5 miles northeast of Temecula, south of Lake Skinner, in Riverside County, California. The telephone numbers are (760) 200-9174 and (760) 872-1171. The California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) webpage is https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Lands/Places-to-Visit/French-Valley-WA. Use our custom map to find the self-registration booth.
The French Valley Wildlife Area is a Type C area located within the CDFW Inland Deserts Region (Region 6). It’s about 700 acres of coastal sage scrub, southern willow scrub, grasslands, eucalyptus woodlands, and prior dry-land farming agricultural lands. It has rolling hills with elevations from 1,300-1,600 feet. See 14 CCR § 551(b)(37).
Authorized Species & Hunting Methods
The CDFW doesn’t show everything you can hunt or how you can hunt it. It only shows the symbols pictured below. For an explanation of CDFW symbols, see Don’t be misled by CDFW webpage hunting symbols!
All Legal Species
From the CDFW symbols, it would appear you can only hunt quail. The CDFW webpage mentions you can also hunt rabbits and doves. According to the regulations, though, you can hunt all legal species. See 14 CCR 551(e)(3). Follow the links below for topics like hunting seasons, shooting hours, hunting methods, and other places to hunt.
According to the regulations, all legal firearms and archery equipment is allowed unless restricted in Section 551(r). There are no restrictions in that Section for the French Valley Wildlife Area. However, the CDFW webpage restricts firearms to “Shotguns only.”
It’s unclear whether the CDFW is intending to restrict the use of archery equipment, falcons and traps, which are generally allowed at Type C Wildlife Areas. Warning shot!!! Contact the area before using those methods. Refer them to 14 CCR § 550(cc)(4)(B) [archery is not restricted in Section 551(r)], 14 CCR § 550(dd)(2) [falconry is allowed per general hunting and falconry regulations], and 14 CCR § 550(ee) [trap are not restriction in Sections 551(o) or 551(f)].
General Hunting Rules
For hunting in California, you must comply with all federal, State, and local hunting rules. In this Section, we cover those general hunting rules. For hunting on public land, each area can add and/or further restriction the general rules. For local rules, see Area-Specific Rules and Restrictions below.
State Hunting Rules
There are California hunting rules applicable to birds and mammals. Those rules relate to topics like seasons, bag limits, shooting hours, methods of hunting, and permits. To find those rules, go to our menu for All Hunting and select the bird or mammal you wish to hunt.
Federal Hunting Rules
There are federal hunting rules applicable to to all migratory birds, which are birds that tend to migrate across State lines. Migratory game birds include ducks, geese, doves (western mourning and white-winged), band-tailed pigeon, and snipe. To find those rules, use our summary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Topics relate to activities like field dressing, methods of hunting, and shooting hours.
Wildlife Area Hunt Rules
There are general State rules applicable to all Wildlife Area. For all Type C wildlife areas, like the French Valley Wildlife Area, there are general rules for activities like biking, camping, falconry, passes, permits, reservations, shotguns, target shooting, trapping, vehicles, and wood cutting. To find those rules, follow the links above.
Area-Specific Rules & Restrictions
In this Section, you’ll find additional rules and/or restrictions for hunting at the French Valley Wildlife Area. Warning shot!!! You also have to comply with any that are posted at the information booth and signs. Also see the Section above for Authorized Species and Hunting Methods.
In general, you can hunt daily on Type C Wildlife Areas. According to the CDFW webpage, though, the French Valley Wildlife Area is “Closed to hunting February 1 – August 31.” Also see 14 CCR § 551(q) [hunt days not restricted in Section 551(o)].
Permits & Fees
A permit is required to enter the French Valley Wildlife Area. Get it from the self-registration booth. Fill out the registration card and pay the fee, if required. Take your portion of the card with you into the field. When you’re finished hunting, complete the card and put it in the box.
According to the CDFW, you can also go to the French Valley Wildlife Area for wildlife viewing, birdwatching, and hiking.