In California, Big Game includes hunting seasons for Deer, Elk, Black Bear, Bighorn Sheep, Pronghorn Antelope, and Wild Pig. In general, a license tag from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is required to hunt these species of mammals. There’s a quota for the number of tags available to California residents and non-residents. The tag quota is filled through a random drawing, commonly referred to as the lottery. The tags are awarded first to successful applicants and then, if necessary, to alternates in the order drawn. The application deadline for the Big Game Drawing before midnight on June 2, 2016.
California hunting rules, regulations, and procedures for big game mammals can be overwhelming and difficult to locate. Follow the links above for hunter-friendly summaries for each species, including license requirements, proposed seasons and quotas, tagging and reporting procedures, shooting hours, approved hunting methods, public and private hunting opportunities, forums, hunting tips, and much, much more.