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Upland Game Bird Hunting

Regulations

Nonlead Regulations

  • As of July 1, 2016, nonlead shot is required when taking upland game birds with a shotgun, except for dove, quail, snipe, and any game birds taken on licensed game bird clubs. Please plan accordingly. See more on nonlead ammunition.
  • As of July 1, 2015, nonlead shot is required when taking all wildlife on CDFW wildlife areas and ecological reserves.

2016 - 2017 Seasons and Limits

Species Season / Area Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Pheasant General / Statewide Nov 12 - Dec 25 2 males per day for first two days of the season;
3 males per day after the first two days of the season.
Triple the daily bag
Archery Only Oct 8 - Oct 30
Dec 26 - Jan 22
2 pheasants per day for first two days of the season;
3 pheasants per day after the first two days of the season.
The daily archery bag may contain not more than 1 female pheasant.
Triple the daily bag
Falconry Aug 20 - Feb 28 2 pheasants per day for first two days of the season;
3 pheasants per day after the first two days of the season.
The daily falconry bag may contain birds of either sex.
Hawking hours are Sunrise to Sunset.
Triple the daily bag.
Species Season / Area (link opens in new windowZone Map) Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Quail Zone Q1
(Mountain Quail Only)
Sep 10 - Oct 14 10 Triple the daily bag
Zone Q1 (All Quail) Oct 15 - Jan 29
Zone Q2 (All Quail) Sep 24 - Jan 29
Zone Q3 (All Quail) Oct 15 - Jan 29
Early Season for Hunters
with Junior Hunting Licenses
in Mojave National Preserve
October 1 - 2
Archery Only Aug 20 - Sep 10
Falconry Aug 20 - Feb 28
Species Season / Area Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Chukar General / Statewide Oct 15 - Jan 29 6 Triple the daily bag
Archery Only Aug 20 - Sep 9
Falconry Aug 20 - Feb 28
Species Season / Area Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Greater Sage-grouse General, Archery / North Mono Zone only (hunting by permit only) Sep 10 - 11 1 either-sex sage-grouse per season.
Sage-grouse hunting for general, archery, and falconry seasons is by permit only. See instructions
Falconry Nov 5 - Jan 3
Species Season / Area (link opens in new windowZone Map) Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Sooty (Blue) / Ruffed Grouse General Sep 10 - Oct 10 2; All of one species or mixed Triple the daily bag
Archery Only Aug 20 - Sep 9
Falconry Aug 20 - Feb 28
Species Season / Area Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
White-tailed Ptarmigan General & Archery / Statewide Sep 10 - 18 2 per day 2 per season
Falconry / Statewide Aug 20 - Feb 28
Species Season / Area Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Wild Turkey Fall Nov 12 - Dec 11 1 either sex 2 per season
Spring General Mar 25 - April 30, 2017 1 bearded 3 per season, combined
Archery Only May 1 - May 14, 2017
Additional Junior Mar 18 - 19, 2017 &
May 1 - 14, 2017
Species Season / Area Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Mourning Dove and White-winged Dove Statewide Sep 1 - 15 &
Nov 12 - Dec 26
15, up to 10 of which may be white-winged doves Triple the daily bag
Spotted Dove, and Ringed Turtle Dove No limit
Eurasian Collared-dove All Year No limit
Species Season / Area (link opens in new windowZone Map) Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Band-tailed Pigeon North Sep 17 - 25 2per day Triple the daily bag
South Dec 17 - 25
Species Season / Area Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Snipe General / Statewide Oct 15 - Jan 29 8 Triple the daily bag

Requirements for Hunting Upland Game Birds

  • Hunting License
  • Upland Game Bird Validation, unless hunting under the authority of a Junior Hunting License
  • Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validation, if hunting for ducks, dove, gallinules, geese, band-tailed pigeon, black brant, coots, or snipe (no cost) - more information about HIP

Purchasing Licenses or Validations

Game Take Hunter Survey Reports

Reports will be added to this page as they become available.

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*The 2009 hunter survey was not performed due to state budget constraints.

**The 2011-2013 hunter surveys were not performed while CDFW developed methods for estimating harvest through the new Automated License Data System (ALDS).

For questions or further information please contact Levi.Souza@wildlife.ca.gov.



Wildlife Branch - Game Management
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-0411