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hunting in california, southern...Mexico Border

Hello all,

 

I am new to hunting and i am very confused.

 

i understand that we need license to hunt and it can be bought at locals sport shops.  

what i am confused are:  zone, tag, drawing and all that good stuffs.

 

i have a rifle .30-06  remington 770.  despite what people think about it, i love it.  i grouped my shot to about 2 inches from 300 yards at the range.  i think it is good enough to hunt deer.

 

anyways, i know that we need to buy deer tags and each hunter can only buy two deer tag per year or something like that.  We also need to choose our zone.  I am confused when the book mentioned about drawing zone? Confused   

 

As you already decteted, English is not my first language and i just moved here 3 years ago.  I am having a hard time with reading.  Please keep it simple in your answer so i can understand.  Thank YOu.

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Ok, not too difficult.  Use this map:

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/deer/cazonemap.html

That map helps you figure out where the zones are.  

This has the rules and regulations for the drawing process if you decide to apply to a zone that has a low enough deer tag quota that it requires the tags to be given out in a lottery:

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/publications/digest/

There's also a Frequently Asked Questions portion in there and a description of the drawing process.

So, if you want to hunt along the Mexico Border, then you're looking at zones D16 or D12.  If you want to hunt D12, then you have to apply for the deer tag.  If you want to hunt D16, then the tag will be guaranteed.

Got it?

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thank you.   Basically, this

thank you.

 

Basically, this is what happening right?

 

1st I have to pick a a zone on the map.

2nd go buy a deer tag

3rd  go apply with deer tag for the zone i picked

4th wait for the government to do their lottery, if my got pick then i can hunt.  if my number was not pick, i cannot hunt?

5th  go hunt?

 

is that how it works?

  thank you

 

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first buy license, then pick zone, then apply for zone, wait for drawing, then go hunt your zone or buy one or two deer tags for units that are not on the drawing list, such as D12.

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one other thing

Take your hunter safety course in person which will allow you to ask questions of your instructor

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wait we have to take classes

wait we have to take classes for hunting too?  I know how to hunt and all.  I hunt alot in Asia.  i  just dont know the rule here.  the law required hunters to take courses every season?  

 

thanks

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sort of

Just once per lifetime.  Don't know if California will honor an out of country hunter safety course, you'll have to ask them.

And read the regulations brochure front to back, then read it again so you don't get caught doing something that's legal where you're from, but not legal in California.

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ic.  i will check it out.

ic.  i will check it out.  thank you

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Welcome HunterHunter!  I have

Welcome HunterHunter!  I have hunted the southern CA area for over 10 years, and my treestand is actually less than 10 miles from Mexico.

As Exbio posted, go to the DFG sites.  The draw deadline is usually June 2nd.  You can buy your license at a Big 5 or Sports Authority, but then you'll need to get a deer tag application too.

I would personally go to the DFG office on Viewridge Ave., and take care of it all there.  As for zones, the local zones are:

D-16 (San Diego County/rifle), D-12 (Imperial/Rifle).  Both can be had over the counter, but are becoming more and more popular, so you might as well apply through the lottery.  I know D-16 eventually sold out last year, so it's better to be safe than sorry.

If you want a meat hunt, then apply for a G-13 tag.  That's the antlerless hunt down here.  It's about a 75% chance of drawing a tag.  A-22 is the archery hunting, and M-6 is the local muzzleloader.

Let me know if you need any assistance.  As I said, I would stop by the office on Viewridge, if you are in the San Diego area.  They are very helpful.

Good luck!

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Thank you.  I will check it

Thank you.  I will check it out soon.

 

But i dont think i will be going this year though.  My little brother borrowed my riffle and somehow ran over it!!!

 

I need a new rifle now!!!

 

i was thinking of getting the cheap remington 770 model either .30-06 or .270.

 

I know many people dislike it but it is cheap i can hunt for one season and sell it back.  My broken rifle was weatherby vanguard it is gone now!!!

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first time hunter D16

I live in East county and looking for advice where to hunt, open areas, access points south or around I-8. purchased the clevland NF map, but still confused 

any input will be really appretiated

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