Hunting Seasons in California 2022-2023

Hunting in California is a long-time tradition, but decreasing habitat and increasing hunting regulations chip away the numbers of resident hunters in this state.

However, despite those issues, there are still enough game species to hunt in California, like bighorn sheep, pronghorn, three species of elk, and multiple species of waterfowl, among the more widespread deer and black bear.

Deer

General

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 13 – Nov. 27 2022A (South Unit 110 and North Unit 160), B1 – B6, C1 – C4, D3 – D19, X1 – X12Dates may vary by Zones

General Additional Hunts

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 24 – Dec. 31 2022C4 Late Season, Goodale, Kern River, Gray Lodge, San Diego, Sutter-Yuba, Ventana, Anderson Flat, X10 Late Season, Round ValleyBuck or Either Sex Deer may vary by Zones

Archery

DatesZonesNotes
Jul. 9 – Aug. 14 2022A (South Unit 110 and North Unit 160), B4Dates may vary by Zones
Aug. 20 – Dec. 31 2022B1 – B3, B5, B6, C1 – C4, D3 – D19, X1 – X12, Anderson Flat, Bass Hill, Devil’s Garder, Covelo, and San Louis Obispo, San Diego, Monterey, Lake Sonoma, Los Angeles, Ventura/Los Angeles Late Season, Fort Hunter Logget Late Season, and Santa Barbara HuntsDates may vary by Zones, Buck or Either Sex may vary by Zone

Muzzleloader

DatesZonesNotes
Oct. 22 – Dec. 31 2022Doyle, Horse Lake, East Lassen, Bass Hill, Devil’s Garden, Northwestern California, and Santa Barbara Hunts, Sand Diego, Ventura, and San Louis Obispo HuntsDates may vary by Zones, Buck or Either Sex may vary by Zone

Apprentice General

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 24 – Oct. 30 2022Fort Hunter, Bucks Mountain/Nevada City, Blue Canyon, Pacific/Grizzly Flat, Zone X7a and 7b, East TahemaEither Sex Deer
Nov. 5 – Dec. 31 2022Lake Sonoma, Tahema Wildlife Area, Shasta/Trinity, Daugherty Hill Wildlife Area, San Bernardino, Round Valley, Riverside, Anderson FlatEither Sex Deer

Apprentice Shotgun

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 17 – Sep. 25 2022Little Dry CreekEither Sex Deer

Military

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 20 – Dec. 4 2022Beale, Fort Hunter Liggett, Camp PendletonDates may vary by Zones, Either Sex or Antlerless Deer may vary by Zones

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Elk

Apprentice

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 16 – Aug. 21 2022Grizzly IslandOnly Tule Elk, Antlerless or Spike Bull may vary by Dates
Sep. 7 – Sep. 25 2022Marble Mountains, Northeastern CaliforniaEither Sex Elk, Roosvelt or Rocky Mountain Elk may vary by Zones
Oct. 8 – Oct. 30 2022La Panza, Cache CreekTule Elk Only, Bull or Antlerless may vary by Zones
Dec. 20 2022 – Jan. 1 2023Fort Hunter LiggettTule Elk Only, Bull or Antlerless

Archery

DatesZonesNotes
Jul. 30 – Aug. 7 2022For Hunter LiggettTule Elk Only, Either Sex
Aug. 13 – Aug. 21 2022Owens Valley Multiple ZoneTule Elk Only, Bull
Aug. 31 – Sep. 25 2022Lone Pine, Northeastern CaliforniaTule or Rocky Mountain Elk may vary by Zones, Entlerless or Either Sex may vary by Zones
Oct. 29 – Nov. 13 2022Fort Hunter Liggett, Marble MountainsTule Elk or Roosvelt may vary by Zones, Antlerless or Either Sex may vary by Zones

Muzzleloader

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 10 – Sep. 25 2022IndependenceOnly Tule Elk, Bull
Oct. 29 – Nov. 6 2022Marble MountainsOnly Roosvelt Elk, Either Sex

General

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 16 – Aug. 21 2022Grizzly IslandOnly Tule Elk, Antlerless or Spike Bull may vary by Dates
Sep. 7 – Oct. 30 2022Marble Mountain, Northeastern California Roosvelt, Siskiyou, Mendocino, Bear Valley, Cache Creek, East Park Reservoir, Goodale, Grizzly Island, Independence, La Panza, Lake Pillsbury, San Louis Reservoir, West Tinemaha, WhitneyRoosvelt, Rocky Mountain or Tule Elk may vary by Zones, Bull, Spike bull, Antlerless or Either Sex may vary by Zones
Nov. 12 – Dec. 4 2022Fort Hunter Liggett, La Panza Only Tule Elk, Bull or Antlerless may vary by Zones
Dec. 20 2022 – Jan. 1 2023Fort Hunter LiggettOnly Tule Elk, Bull

Fundraising

DatesZonesNotes
Jul. 20 – Dec. 4 2022Multi-ZoneDates may vary by Zones, Only Bull Elk

Bear

General

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 13 – Dec. 25 2022A, B1 – B6, C1 – C4, D3 – D19, X1, X2, X3a, X4, X6a, X6b, X7a, X7b, X8, X9a, X9b, X10, X12Dates may vary by Zones, Any bear except cubs and sows with cubs, No bait allowed

Archery

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 27 – Sep. 19 2022All ZonesDates may vary by Zones, Any bear except cubs or sows with cubs, No bait allowed, No dogs allowed

Pronghorn

General

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 20 – Aug. 28 20221 Mount Dome, 2 Clear Lake, 3 Likely Tables, 4 Lassen, 5 Big Valley, 6 Surprise Valley, Buck Only, Dates may vary by Zones
Sep. 3 – Sep. 11 20223 Likely Tables, 4 LassenBuck Only, Dates may vary by Zones

Archery

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 6 – Aug. 14 20222 Clear Lake, 3 Likely Tables, 4 Lassen, 5 Big Valley, 6 Surprise ValleyBuck Only

Apprentice

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 20 – Aug. 28 20223 Likely Tables, 4 Lassen, 5 Big Valley, 6 Surprise ValleyEither Sex

Bighorn Sheep

General

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 20 – Sep. 25 20227Ram only
Dec. 3 2022 – Feb. 5 20231 – 4, 8 – 10Ram only

Fundraising

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 6 – Sep. 27 20227Ram only
Nov. 5 2022 – Feb. 5 20231-4, 8, 9Ram only

Wild Pig

DatesZonesNotes
Open SeasonAll ZonesNo limits

Wild Turkey

Fall

DatesZonesNotes
Nov. 12 – Dec. 11 2022All Zones (except Sand Diego)1 Either Sex Turkey

Spring General

DatesZonesNotes
Mar. 25 – Apr. 30 2023All Zones1 Bearded Turkey

Spring Archery

DatesZonesNotes
May 1 – May 14 2023All Zones1 Bearded Turkey

Spring Apprentice

DatesZonesNotes
Mar. 18 – Mar 19 2023All Zones1 Bearded Turkey
May 1 – May 14 2023All Zones1 Bearded Turkey

Pheasant

General

DatesZonesNotes
Nov. 12 – Dec. 25 2022All ZonesNo lead, 2 males per day during first two days, after that 3 males per day

Archery

DatesZonesNotes
Oct. 8 – Oct. 30 2022All Zones2 pheasants per day during first two days, after that 3 pheasants per day (only one female)
Dec. 26 2022 – Jan. 22 2023All Zones2 pheasants per day during first two days, after that 3 pheasants per day (only one female)

Falconry

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 20 2022 – Feb. 28 2023All Zones2 pheasants per day during first two days, after that 3 pheasants per day

Quail

General

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 10 2022 – Jan. 29 2023Q1, Q2, Q3Mountain Quail Only in Q1

Apprentice

DatesZonesNotes
Oct. 1 – Oct. 2 2022Mojave National PreserveDaily limit 10

Archery

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 20 – Sep. 9 2022All Zones

Falconry

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 20 2022 – Feb. 28 2023All Zones

Chukar Partridge

General

DatesZonesNotes
Oct. 15 2022 – Jan. 29 2023All ZonesDaily limit 6

Archery

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 20 – Sep. 9 2022All Zones

Falconry

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 20 2022 – Feb. 28 2023All Zones

Sooty/Ruffed Grouse

General

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 10 – Oct. 10 2022Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, and Yuba.Daily limit 2

Archery

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 20 – Sep. 9 2022Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, and Yuba.Daily limit 2

Falconry

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 20 2022 – Feb. 28 2023Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, and Yuba.Daily limit 2

White-tailed Ptarmigan

General/Archery

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 10 – Sep. 18 2022All ZonesDaily limit 2

Falconry

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 20 2022 – Feb. 28 2023All ZonesDaily limit 2

Dove

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 1 – Sep. 15 2022All ZonesMourning, White-tailed, Spotted, and Turtle Dove
Nov. 12 – Dec. 26 2022All ZonesMourning, White-tailed, Spotted, and Turtle Dove
Open seasonAll ZonesEurasian Collared Dove

Band-tailed Pigeon

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 17 – Sep. 25 2022North Daily limit 2
Dec. 17 – Dec. 25 2022SouthDaily limit 2

Snipe

DatesZonesNotes
Oct. 15 2022 – Jan. 29 2023All ZonesDaily limit 8

Waterfowl

General

BirdDatesZonesNotes
DuckOct. 2 2022 – Jan. 31 2023Northeastern, Southern San Joaquim Valley, Southern California, Colorado River Zones, Balance of State ZoneDates may vary by Zones
Coot/MoorhenOct. 2 2022 – Jan. 31 2023All ZonesDaily limit 25
ScaupOct. 2 2022 – Jan. 31 2023Northeastern, Southern San Joaquim Valley, Southern California, Colorado River Zones, Balance of State ZoneDates may vary by Zones
GeeseOct. 2 2022 – Mar. 10 2023Northeastern, Southern San Joaquim Valley, Southern California, Colorado River Zones, Balance of State ZoneDates may vary by Zones, Canada, White-fronted or White Geese may vary by Zones

Youth

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 18 – Sep. 19 2022NortheasternSame species as regular seasons
Feb. 5 – Feb. 6 2023Southern San Joaquin Valley, Southern California, Colorado River, Balance of StateSame species as regular seasons

Falconry

DatesZonesNotes
Oct. 2 2022 – Jan. 31 2023Northeastern, Southern San Joaquim Valley, Southern California, Colorado River Zones, Balance of State ZoneDucks Only in Southern San Joaquin Valley and Colorado River, Dates may vary by Zones

Veterans and Active Military Personnel

DatesZonesNotes
Jan. 15 – Jan. 16 2023NortheasternDucks Only
Feb. 12 – Feb. 13 2023Balance of State, Southern San Joaquin Valley, Southern CaliforniaBalance of State Ducks Only, Other same as regular season

Small Game

AnimalDatesZonesNotes
Tree Squirrel: GeneralSep. 10 2022 – Jan. 29 2023Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo, Yuba, Kern County east of Interstate 5Daily limit 4
Archery/FalconryAug. 6 – Sep. 9Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, and Yuba, Kern County east of Interstate 5Daily limit 4
Rabbits and Hares: GeneralJul. 1 2022 – Jan. 29 2023All ZonesDaily limit 5
FalconryJan. 30 – Mar. 19 2023All ZonesDaily limit 5
JackrabbitOpen SeasonAll ZonesNo limit

Aoudad, mouflon, tahr, and feral goats

DatesZonesNotes
Open SeasonAll ZonesNo limit

Non Game Animals

excluding English sparrow, starling, domestic pigeon (Columba livia), coyote, weasels, skunks, opossum, moles and rodents (excluding tree and flying squirrels, and those listed as furbearers, endangered or threatened species).

DatesZonesNotes
Open SeasonAll ZonesNo limit

Fallow, sambar, sika, and axis deer, of either sex, may be taken concurrently with the general deer season.

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