Moss Landing Wildlife Area

California rules and regulations for hunting ducks, geese, scaup, brant, Canada geese, dark geese, snow geese, white-fronted geese, specklebellies, white geese, and migratory game birds on national wildlife refuges, California wildlife areas, and California ecological reserves
Waterfowl hunting

On this page, you’ll find area-specific regulations that supplement and/or supersede general use regulations, both of which are a condition for use and incorporated by reference into the entry permit. You’ll also find links to supporting law, websites, directions, hunt maps, and a suggestion box.

Warning shot!!! Remember, federal law also applies (link to our summary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.) and additional may be located at the Wildlife Area that you can’t find anywhere else (e.g. check station, information kiosks, permits, reservations, road signs, etc.)


A. General Info

  • Map of the Moss Landing wildlife area in California.
    Directions

    Authorized Activities:

  1. Waterfowl hunting: geese, ducks, coot & moorhen
  2. Warning shot!!! All other plants & animals are protected

[Ref. § 551(t)(25)]

  • City: Moss Landing (1 and 1/4 mi. north)
  • County: Monterey
  • Habitat: salt ponds and marshes
  • Location: see our Google map
  • Phone: (831) 649-2870
  • Recreational useType C
  • Region 4: map
  • Size: 728 – 783 acres (regs v. CDFW webpage)
  • Waterfowl Zone: Balance of State WF Zone
  • Website: Moss Landing WLA

B. Waterfowl Season:

  • Access: only by foot on trails
  • Camping & trailers: NOT allowed
  • Closures: NO hunting—
  1. New Years Day
  2. Salt Ponds

[Ref. § 551(o)(38)]

  • Dogs: ONLY hunting dogs are allowed–NO pets
  • Fires: NOT allowed
  • Hunt area: right

    Moss Landing wildlife area map with directions.
    Legal boundaries
  • Hunt days: Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays and ONLY during waterfowl season [Ref. § 551(x)(9)]
  • Hunter capacity: NO limit
  • Weapons: NO rifles or pistols may be possessed Warning shot!!! The CDFW webpage has no “shotgun” symbol. [Ref. § 551(r)(35)]

C.  Regulations

California rules and regulations for the use of boats while on national wildlife refuges, California state wildlife areas, and California ecological reserves while hunting for ducks and geese (scaup, brant, Canada geese, dark geese, snow geese, white-fronted geese, specklebellies, white geese); migratory game birds (doves, pigeon, snipe, waterfowl) resident small game birds (grouse, pheasant, ptarmigan, quail, turkey), resident small game (jackrabbit, rabbit, squirrel), big game (antelope, bear, deer, elk, pig, sheep), non-game (coyotes, crow, fox, raccoon) and fishing (bullfrogging, commercial fishing, crayfishing, crawfishing and sport fishing)
CA. Hunting Rules & Regulations

(65) Moss Landing Wildlife Area

Type C Area 783 acres

Location and Access: Access by boat only. Located adjacent to the north bank of Elkhorn Slough, approximately 1-1/4 miles north of the town of Moss Landing on Highway 1. Daily Hunter Capacity: No limit. For information call (831) 649-2870.

(A) Method of Take Restrictions: No rifles or pistols may be used or possessed.

(B) Hunt Days: Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during open seasons for authorized species. Campfires are prohibited.

(C) Authorized Species: Waterfowl, coots, and moorhens.

(D) Camping and Trailers: Not allowed.

(E) Special Restrictions: Closed to all hunting on New Years Day. The Salt Ponds are closed to hunting.

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