A permit from the CDFW is required to offer a reward for killing game birds or mammals* in a tournament, derby, or other hunting contest unless the total value of the reward is less than $500.
* Since April 1, 2015, it’s been illegal to offer such a reward for killing furbearing mammals and nongame mammals. Furbearing mammals include: Badger, Beaver, Gray fox, Mink, Muskrat, and Raccoon. Nongame mammals include: Bobcat, Coyote, and Jackrabbits. See Fish & Game Code § 2003 and 14 CCR §§ 465(b) and 472(e).