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California Bird Hunting

2016-2017 Updated Seasons Available Soon.

Seasons Span September 12 – 
January 31, 2016

California Bird Hunting

 

Resident License Fees:
$47.01

Non-Resident License Fees:
$163.65
1-Day $22.42
2-Day $47.01

Special Permits:
Upland Game $9.46 

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*prior to hunting, always verify all local rules and regulations with the appropriate state agencies because these laws are continually changing and are often area specific
California Quail

California Quail Season

September – January dates

*depending on area

Limits: 10 per day, 30 possession (in aggregate with other quail)

Gambel's Quail

California Gambel’s Quail Season

September – January dates

*depending on area

Limits: 10 per day, 30 possession (in aggregate with other quail)

Mountain Quail

California Mountain Quail Season

September – January dates

*depending on area

Limits: 10 per day, 30 possession (in aggregate with other quail)

Ring-Necked Pheasant

California Ring-Necked Pheasant Season

November 14 – December 27, 2015 

 Limits: 2-3 per day 6-9 possession

*depending on area

Blue Grouse

California Blue Grouse Season

September 12 – October 12, 2015

Limits: 2 per day, 6 possession (in aggregate with Ruffed)

Ruffed Grouse

California Ruffed Grouse Season

September 12 – October 12, 2015

Limits: 2 per day, 6 possession (in aggregate with Blue)

Sage Grouse

California Sage Grouse Season

September 12 -September 13, 2015

Limits: 1 per season 

*by permit in select areas

Chukar

California Chukar Season

October 17 -January 31, 2016

Limits: 6 per day, 18 possession

White-Tailed Ptarmigan

California White-Tailed Ptarmigan Season

September 12 – September 20, 2015

Limits: 2 per season

 
 

3000 Miles for One Bird

The sun is dipping into the horizon and the thermometer reads 19° when the dogs and I return to the truck after hunting the final day of upland season in Kansas. A quick check of the fitness band reveals I’ve hiked over 12 miles in eight inches of new snowfall. The dogs never stopped hunting … Read more

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Center of the Bird Hunting Universe

In our free time we tend to think in terms of upland birds, and this leads us down many paths, most of which are somewhat insane hence we don’t share. But, sometimes it’s just too good to ignore. This is one of those times, so follow along. The Breeding Bird Survey is a government collaboration … Read more

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