Proposed Regulatory Changes for the 2016-2017 Hunting Seasons

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.

Archery

Proposed Regulatory Changes for the 2016-2017 Hunting Seasons for archery.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.

Big Game

Proposed Regulatory Changes for the 2016-2017 Hunting Seasons for Big Game, including antelope, black bear, deer, elk, wild pig, and bighorn sheep.

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.

Concealed Weapons

See “Archery” above.

Geese

See “Waterfowl” below.

Hunting Dogs

Proposed Regulatory Changes for the 2016-2017 Hunting Seasons for the use of dogs.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.

Juniors/Youth

See “Waterfowl” below.

Migratory Game Birds

There’s a proposal to make it legal for archers to carry a firearm during archery season. Keep your eyes on Section 507(a)(1) and our pages for each species of Migratory Game Bird.

Ptarmigan

Proposed Regulatory Changes for the 2016-2017 Hunting Seasons for White-Tailed PtarmiganThere’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.

Turkey

Proposed Regulatory Changes for the 2016-2017 Hunting Seasons for turkey.

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.

Waterfowl

Proposed Regulatory Changes for the 2016-2017 Hunting Seasons for waterfowl, including ducks and geese

In several waterfowl zones, there’s a proposal to increase the Daily Bag Limit for white geese by five.

There’s a second proposal to open the late goose season to hunting on Type C Wildlife Areas and on Navigable Waters.

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.

Keep your eyes on Sections 502(d)-(e) and 507(a)(1), and our summaries for Youth-Only Hunting Seasons by Waterfowl Zone, California Duck Hunting Seasons, and California Goose Hunting Seasons.

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Legal Labrador is an advocate for and defender of California hunters’ rights. We provide legal support to all interested parties within the hunting industry, including Legal Labrador members, individual hunters, fish and game authorities, hunting organizations, and service providers. Legal Labrador consolidates and summarizes federal, state, and local hunting laws. Our California hunters’ rights attorney is here to provide legal advice and, if necessary, representation to hunters cited with hunting violations.
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