In this blog, you’ll find a quick summary of proposed regulatory changes for the 2016-2017 hunting seasons. The proposals effect archery, big game, concealed weapons, geese, hunting dogs, juniors & youth, migratory game birds, ptarmigan, turkey, and waterfowl. In addition to these, there are proposals that would affect hunting seasons, bag limits, tag quotas, and special hunts for Big Game and Waterfowl.
There’s a proposal to add an exception for certain people to carry a concealed weapon during archery season (e.g. permit holders, active and retired peace officers) and make it legal for the CDFW to suspend or revoke license and permit for violations. Keep your eyes on Section 311(k) and our summary of California Archery Laws. Also see “Turkey” below.
There’s a proposal to define “softnose” or “expanding” projectiles as a “bullet designed to increase from its original diameter, commonly referred to as “mushrooming”, and retain a significant part of its original weight upon impact with, or when passing through the tissues of an animal.” The proposal excludes “frangible” bullets, designed to disintegrate upon impact with, or when passing through the tissues of an animal, from the definition. Keep your eyes on Section 353(b) and our summary for California Hunting Methods for Big Game.
See “Archery” above.
See “Waterfowl” below.
There’s a proposal to legalize “tree switches” and “global positioning system equipment” for hunting dogs. Keep your eyes on Section 265(d) and our section for Hunting Dogs for Mammals: Tracking Devices.
See “Waterfowl” below.
Migratory Game Birds
There’s a proposal to open the season statewide by eliminating the hunting zone restriction. Keep your eyes on Section 300(a)(1)(F)(3) and our summary for California White-Tailed Ptarmigan Hunting Seasons.
For turkey hunting, there’s a proposal to that would require the use of arrows and crossbow bolts fitted with “a broad head type blade which will not pass through a hole seven- eighths inch in diameter. Mechanical/retractable broad heads shall be measured in the open position.” Keep your eyes on Section 311(e) and our summary for California Turkey Hunting Seasons: Hunting Methods.
There’s a third proposal that would increase the age limit from 15 to 17 to participate in youth-only hunts.
Finally, there’s a proposal that would make it legal for archers to carry a firearm during archery season.