California Hunting News

Deer Tags Still Available
The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) remind hunters to buy deer tags now before tag quotas fill. Due to a change in the start date for issuing second deer tags for certain zones - from Sept. 2 to Aug. 2 - hunters are applying for their first tags earlier this year. DFG reports an increase in the number of applications received for deer tags issued over-the-counter, up from 31,123 in 2001 to 34,585 in 2002.
DFG Set to Award Big Game Drawing Points
The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is gearing up to award California's first-ever big game drawing "points" to hunters who are not drawn in June for a premium deer hunt (on a first choice, one-deer tag application) or for one of the special pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep or elk hunts.
Expanded Elk and Black Bear Hunting Proposed
A few more tags and greatly expanded hunting areas will be available to elk hunters next fall in California's far north--if recommendations from the Department of Fish and Game are approved by the state Fish and Game Commission. The DFG also has proposed bumping the statewide quota trigger on bear season kill from 1,500 to 1,700. Bear hunting seasons have been cut short in recent years because the reported kill has hit the 1,500 mark before the scheduled season end.
Bear Season Closes Early
The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) closed the bear season on December 11th, because 1,500 bears had been harvested. Under state regulations, the DFG may close bear hunting when 1,500 bear tags have been filled. Last year the season was closed on November 30th. The season can run as long as December 30th to fill the 1,500 harvest.
Hunter Input on Hunting Regulations Sought
The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is asking hunters for their ideas and opinions on proposals being considered for next year's bird and mammal hunting regulations. Up for discussion are several proposals including additional either-sex junior hunts in many deer zones statewide, additional archery elk and buck deer hunts, an increase in the in-season closure quota for bear hunting, and several expanded bird hunts. You can voice your opinion at several public meetings throughout the state in November and December.