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California Bird Hunting

Seasons Span September 10 – 
January 29, 2017

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 12 – December 25, 2016

 Limits: 2-3 per day 6-9 possession

*depending on area

Blue Grouse

California Blue Grouse Season

September 10 – October 10, 2016

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

Ruffed Grouse

California Ruffed Grouse Season

September 10 – October 10, 2016

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

Sage Grouse

California Sage Grouse Season

September 10 -September 11, 2016

Limits: 1 per season 

*by permit in select areas

Chukar

California Chukar Season

October 15 -January 29, 2017

Limits: 6 per day, 18 possession

White-Tailed Ptarmigan

California White-Tailed Ptarmigan Season

September 10 – September 18, 2016

Limits: 2 per season

 
 
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