DO I NEED A HUNTING LICENSE TO HUNT WITHIN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA?
Yes. A Hunting License is different from a Hunter Education Certificate and is required for any person who hunts any game animal within the state. This includes both residents and non-residents. Varying licenses must be purchased and carried depending on the hunter’s age, residency, and the type of game being hunted. Certain exceptions may apply depending on the game animal being hunted. For more information on California, hunting licenses visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Licenses and Tag page.
WHAT ARE THE CALIFORNIA TAGGING REQUIREMENTS?
Certain game animals must be tagged after they’re taken, including big game animals such as deer, bear, and elk. It’s important for hunters to understand the tagging and/or harvest reporting requirements for the game animal they’re hunting, and to ensure that the animal is tagged and reported properly.
Tagging and Reporting Requirements
To hunt big game species such as deer and bear, the hunter must purchase a license and tag. Upon successfully harvesting big game species within the state, the hunter must immediately fill out all portions of the tag including the harvest report card. The following information must be complete:
- Effort-related questions
- Date and month of harvest (by cutting out or punching appropriate portions of the tag)
If the game animal has antlers, the antler portion of the license tag must then be securely attached to the antlers of the carcass.
Deer and elk tags must also be countersigned prior to the game animal being transported – except to take the animals to the nearest person or estate-agent who may countersign the license tag.