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California Hunting Calendar of Events

CA HUNTING SEASON: Calendar of Dates and Limits

BY BILL KARR/Editor, Cal. Guns & HuntingPublished: Feb 22, 2013

UPDATED 2014 dates:
Link to 2014 Hunting Calendar http://www.wonews.com/t-CAHuntingCalendar_Staff_091913.aspx


2013/14  California Hunting Season Dates

SACRAMENTO — The following dates are taken from the regulations of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and all hunters are reminded to carefully read the regulations prior to taking to the field for hunting of any species. There are exemptions, prohibitions and sometimes closed areas that require study of the regulation booklet.

Wild pig season in California is open year-round, but purchase of a pig tag is required prior to hunting. Public lands hold few pigs, and access to private lands is difficult. Coyote and jackrabbits are fair game year-round, with no season or limits, but a hunting license is required.

DFG rules and handbooks can be found or downloaded on the DFG website at www.dfg.ca.gov/.

MARCH

March 30: Wild turkey spring season opens, 1 bearded turkey per day, 3 per season.

MAY

May 5: Wild turkey spring season closes.

JULY

July 13: Opening (tentative) A-zone archery deer season South Unit 110 and North Unit 160.
July 27: Opening (tentative) B-4 zone archery deer season.

AUGUST

Aug. 4: Closing (tentative) A-zone archery deer season South Unit 110 and North Unit 160.
Aug. 10: Opening (tentative) of general deer season in A zones South Unit 110 and North unit 160.
Aug. 17: Opening (tentative) archery deer zones B-1 through B3, B-5, B-6, D-3 through D-10.
Aug. 18: Closing (tentative) B-4 zone archery deer season.
Aug. 24: Opening (tentative) general deer season in zone B-4.

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 1: Opening dove season statewide.
Sept. 7: Opening (tentative) archery deer in zones D-11 through D-19.
Sept. 7: Opening day Early Mountain Quail Season, 10 quail per day, possession limit is double after the first day. Extending to opening regular quail season.
Sept. 7: Opening day of season for Sooty and Ruffed Grouse, 2 per day, or 4 in possession after opening day.
Sept. 7: Opening day for white-tailed ptarmigan, 2 per day, for 9 consecutive days.
Sept. 8: Closing (tentative) archery deer zones B-1 through B3, B-5, B-6, D-3 through D-10.
Sept. 15: Closing (tentative) of first half of dove season.
Sept. 21: Opening (tentative) Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days in Northeastern California Zone.
Sept. 22: Closing (tentative) Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days in Northeastern California Zone.
Sept. 21: Opening (tentative) general deer season in zones B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5, B-6, C-1 through C-4, D-6, D-7, X-9a, X-9b and X-12.
Sept. 21: Opening (tentative) general deer season in zones D-3, D-4, D-5, D-8, D-9, D-10 and X-8.
Sept. 22: Closing (tentative) archery deer zones D-11 through D-19, and General deer season A zones South Unit 110 and North Unit 160.
Sept. 28: Opening (tentative) general deer season in zone X-10.
Sept. 28: Opening day Early Coastal Quail Season.
Sept. 29: Closing (tentative) general deer season in zone B-4 and C-4.

OCTOBER

Oct. 5: Opening (tentative) of waterfowl season in the northeastern California Zone and the Southern San Joaquin Zone (split season).
Oct. 5: Opening (tentative) of early large Canada goose season in Balance of the State Zone except North Coast Special Management Area.
Oct. 5: Opening (tentative) archery deer zone D-12, opening (tentative) general deer seasons in zones D-19 and zones X-1 through X7b.
Oct. 6: Closing (tentative) general deer season in zone X-8.
Oct. 6: Closing (tentative) general deer season in zones X-9a, X-9b and X-12.
Oct. 9: Closing (tentative) of early large Canada goose season in Balance of the State Zone.
Oct. 12: Opening (tentative) general deer season zones D-11, D-13, D-14, D-15 and D-17.
Oct. 13: Closing (tentative) waterfowl season first half in the Southern San Joaquin Valley Zone.
Oct. 13: Closing (tentative) general deer season in zones B-6, C-1 and X-10.
Oct.18: Opening day (tentative) of waterfowl season in Colorado River Zone.
Oct. 19: Opening day General Quail and Chukar seasons.
Oct. 19: Opening day (tentative) of goose season the Southern San Joaquin Valley Zone.
Oct. 19: Opening day (tentative) of waterfowl season in Balance of the State zone and Southern California Zone.
Oct. 19: Opening (tentative) general deer season in zone X9c.
Oct. 20: Closing (tentative) general deer season in zone B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5, C-2, C-3, D-8, D-9, D-10 and X-1 through X-7b.
Oct 26: Opening (tentative) general deer season in zone D-16.
Oct. 26: Opening (tentative) Southern San Joaquin Valley Zone second half waterfowl season.
Oct. 27: Closing (tentative) archery deer zone D-12, closing (tentative) general deer season in zones D-3 through D-7.

NOVEMBER

Nov. 2: Opening (tentative) general deer season in zone D-12.
Nov. 3: Closing (tentative) general deer season in zones D-17 and D-19.
Nov. 3: Closing of season for Sooty and Ruffed grouse.
Nov. 9: Opening of Pheasant season. Two males per day first 2 days of the season, 3 males per day afterwards. Possession is double the daily bag limit.
Nov. 9:  Second dove season opens statewide.
Nov. 9: Opening day of fall turkey season, 2 either-sex turkey per day, 1 per season.
Nov. 10: Closing (tentative) general deer season in zones D-11, D-13, D-14, D-15 and X9c.
Nov 24: Closing (tentative) general deer season in zone D-12 and D-16.
Nov. 24: Closing day of fall turkey season.

DECEMBER

Dec. 22: Pheasant season closes.
Dec. 22: Closing (tentative) of speckled-belly goose season in the Sacramento Valley Special Management Area.
Dec. 25: Second dove season statewide closes.

JANUARY 2014

Jan. 19: Closing of waterfowl season (tentative) in the Northeastern California Zone.
Jan. 26: Closing of waterfowl season (tentative) in the Southern San Joaquin Valley Zone second half, Balance of the State Zone and Southern California Zone.
Jan. 26: Closing of tree squirrel and rabbit seasons.

FEBRUARY

Feb. 1: Opening (tentative) Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days in Southern San Joaquin Valley Zone, Balance of the State Zone, Southern California Zone and Colorado River Zone.
Feb. 2: Closing (tentative) Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days in Southern San Joaquin Valley Zone, Balance of the State Zone, Southern California Zone and Colorado River Zone.
Feb. 8: Special (tentative) special late white goose season in Imperial County.
Feb. 15: Opening (tentative) of special late season speckled-belly (white-fronted) and white geese season in Balance of the State Zone with the exception of Sacramento Valley Special Management Zone where only white geese may be taken.
Feb. 19: Closing (tentative) of special late season speckled-belly (white-fronted) and white geese season in Balance of the State Zone.
Feb. 23: Closing (tentative) of special late white goose season in Imperial Valley.