Another CA hunter here. I live in the Oakland/Bay area. I grew up hunting the d-3 zone, but gave up on it about 5 years ago. Used to be a great place to hunt, but not any more. Bear and Puma have taken over there. We also used two man drives with dogs, but it got to where you rarely got a single bark out of the dogs. That area will always be special to me, its where I got my hunting roots. My Grandpa started takin me up there when I was 7.
I am now 32, and hunt in B-6. Some nice bucks in that area (we never come home without at least 1 buck), but alot of hunters too. My daughter is 10 and just passed the hunters safety test. She went hunting with me the last couple seasons and really took to it. Season after next she will get to hunt with me. I cant wait! My boy is 6, and will be next. Hunting in CA can be difficult at times, but its the best sport in the world.