General bear season opens concurrently with general deer season in the A, B, C, D, X8, X9A, X9B, X10 and X12 deer hunting zones. In the remaining deer hunting X zones, bear season begins October 14, 2017.
General bear season closes on December 31, 2017, or earlier, if the Department determines that 1,700 bears have been reported taken.
The 2017 bear season is closed and the reported harvest, as of 4/13/2018, is: 1,417
A weekly bear harvest update is also available by calling (888) 277-6398 (toll-free).
August 19, 2017 - September 10, 2017
One adult bear per hunting license year. Cubs and females accompanied by cubs may not be taken.
Regulations for taking big and small game mammals, furbearers and nongame
2017-2018 Mammal Hunting Regulations
includes regulations for
• hunting small and big game mammals
• trapping furbearers (fox, badger, beaver and raccoon, etc.)
• hunting nongame animals (bobcat, coyote, weasel, etc.)
Effective July 2017
Purchase licenses and tags ONLINE or at a local AGENT.
Valid JULY 1, 2016 through JUNE 30, 2017
Wildlife Branch - Game Management
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811