California Hunting Seasons Dates (Updated)

Welcome to the California Hunting Seasons page. Updated US Hunting Seasons for 2019-2020.

"As part of our comprehensive guide to US Hunting Seasons By State on this page you will find out "When Is Hunting Season for California?" 

There is also general information on the different hunting seasons for a wide range of wild game species. You will find links to the relevant State Authority so you can make sure you have all the correct legal obligations in place before you start your hunt.

The California hunting season offers opportunities to hunt Black Bear, Deer, Elk, Pronghorn Antelope, Bighorn sheep, Wild Boar and a variety of small game and game birds.

Beginning July 1, 2019, nonlead ammunition will be required when taking any wildlife with a firearm anywhere in California.

IMPORTANT. All care has been taking in preparing this hunting season information for you. Please check the relevant State Authority's Website for further information and any changes to current US Hunting Season Regulations. We have provided a link to each States hunting season website for your convenience.

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Black Bear Hunting Season

California Deer & Elk Hunting Season

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2019-2020*

Deer General firearms

Aug 10-Nov 10

Bow

July 13-Oct 27

Elk General Firearms

Aug 3-Dec 1

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

California Bear Hunting Season

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2019-2020*

General Firearms

Aug 10-Dec 29

Bow

Aug 17-Sept 8

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

California Pronghorn, Bighorn & Hog Hunting Seasons

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2019-2020*

Pronghorn (General)

Aug 10-Sept 15

Pronghorn (Apprentice)

Aug 24-Sept 1

Bighorn Sheep

Aug 17-Sept 22 & Dec 7-Feb 2

Hogs

Open All Year

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

California Game Bird Hunting Season

California offers a wide range of bird and waterfowl hunting throughout the hunting season. Listed below are several species, please check the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for a full list of game bird hunting opportunities. Falconry is also available for several species of wild game bird hunting.

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2019-2020*

Turkey

Nov 9 - Dec 8 & Mar 28 - May 3

Turkey (Bow)

May 4 - May 17

Pheasant

Nov 9 - Dec 22

Pheasant (Bow)

Oct 12 - Nov 3 & Dec 23 - Jan 19

Quail

Oct 19 - Jan 26

Quail (Bow)

Aug 17 - Sep 6

Sooty (Blue) / Ruffed Grouse

Sep 14 - Oct 14

Sooty (Blue) / Ruffed Grouse (Bow)

Aug 17 - Sep 6

Ducks

Oct 5 - Jan 31

 Canada Geese

Oct 5 - Jan 31

White Front Geese

Oct 5 - Dec 1, Jan 4-17, Feb 7-Mar 10

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

California Small Game  Hunting Season

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2019-2020*

Rabbits & Hare

July 1-Jan 26

Jackrabbit

Open All Year

Tree Squirrel (General firearms)

July 1-Jan 26

Bobcat

Oct 15 - Feb 28

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

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Good Luck!!

Paul

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