Morro Bay Wildlife Area

Black Brant Hunting in California

Opens with Black Brant Season

On this page, you’ll find area-specific regulations that supplement and/or supersede general use regulations, both of which are a condition for use and incorporated by reference into the entry permit. You’ll also find links to supporting law, websites, directions, hunt maps, and a suggestion box.

Warning shot!!! Remember, federal law also applies (link to our summary of the Migratory Bird Treat Act.) and additional may be located at the Wildlife Area that you can’t find anywhere else (e.g. check station, information kiosks, permits, reservations, road signs, etc.)

A. General Info

  • Authorized activities: even though Morro Bay is a State Marine Recreational Management Areas, hunting is allowed unless otherwise restricted in Sections 502, 550, 551, and 552 [14 CFR § 632(b)(91)(C)]
  1. Waterfowl hunting: geese (brant) and ducks
  • CDFW symbols:

California Department of Fish & Wildlife waterfowl symbol for hunting migratory game birds, waterfowl, ducks, geese, brant, scaup, snipe, coot, and moorhen.California Department of Fish & Wildlife archery symbol for hunting migratory game birds, waterfowl, ducks, geese, brant, scaup, snipe, coot, and moorhen with a bow and arrow.California Department of Fish and Wildlife symbol indicating that sport fishing is authorized on a State wildlife area.

  • City: Morro Bay

  • County: San Luis Obispo County
  • Habitat: saltwater bay
  • Location: that portion of the western part of Morro Bay under lease to the CDFW (see our Google map)
  • Phone: (831) 649-2870
  • Recreational use: Type C
  • Region 4: map
  • Size: __
  • Special Management Area: pic. right
  • Waterfowl Zone: Balance of State Brant
  • Website: Morro Bay WLA

B. Waterfowl Season

Hunt zone map for the Morro Bay wildlife area (special management area) in Califoria.

Hunt Zone Map

  • Access: only by boat
  • Boat Ramps: see our Google map
  • Closed: from the day after the end of waterfowl season [Ref. § 551(o)(37)]
  • Hunt days: DAILY but ONLY from the opening day of brant season – the end waterfowl season
  • Hunt map: pic. right
  • Hunter capacity: NO limit
  • Limits: waterfowl is the same as the Balance of State waterfowl zone, but the daily bag limit is two (2)brant and the possession limit is triple the daily bag limit

  • Season: opens concurrently with the balance of State brant zone (Nov. 8)
  • Shoot time: 7 a.m. to sunset (link to sunset time table) [Ref. § 551(q)(12)]
  • Shotguns:
  1. Shells: 25 max while in the field
  2. Shot: ONLY steel or other non-toxic shot approved by the USFWS
  • Special Management Area:  link to our Google map.
  • Weapons: No pistols or rifles [Ref. § 551(r)(34)]

C. State Regulations

California rules and regulations for the use of boats while on national wildlife refuges, California state wildlife areas, and California ecological reserves while hunting for ducks and geese (scaup, brant, Canada geese, dark geese, snow geese, white-fronted geese, specklebellies, white geese); migratory game birds (doves, pigeon, snipe, waterfowl) resident small game birds (grouse, pheasant, ptarmigan, quail, turkey), resident small game (jackrabbit, rabbit, squirrel), big game (antelope, bear, deer, elk, pig, sheep), non-game (coyotes, crow, fox, raccoon) and fishing (bullfrogging, commercial fishing, crayfishing, crawfishing and sport fishing)

CA. Hunting Rules & Regulations

(64) Morro Bay Wildlife Area

Type C Area

Location: That portion of the western part of Morro Bay under lease to the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Daily Hunter Capacity: No limit. For information call (831) 649-2870. Please Note: In areas open to hunting on, over, or adjacent to the waters of Morro Bay, the shooting times shall be 7 a.m. to sunset (see section 506, page B-1).

(A) Ammunition Restrictions: Hunters shall not possess in the field more than 25 shot shells.

(B) Hunt Days: Waterfowl may be taken only from the opening day of brant season through the remainder of the waterfowl season.


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