California Department of Fish and Wildlife

California Hunting Fees and Descriptions

Valid JULY 1, 2014 through JUNE 30, 2015

Fish and Game Code Section 70 defines "Resident" as any person who has resided continuously in the State of California for six months or more immediately prior to the date of their application for a license or permit, any person on active military duty with the Armed Forces of the United States or auxiliary branch thereof, or any person enrolled in the Job Corps established pursuant to Section 2883 of Title 29 of the United States Code.

Fish and Game Code Section 86 defines "Take" as hunt, pursue, catch, capture, or kill, or attempt to hunt, pursue, catch, capture or kill.

Fees for licenses that are available from license agents include 5% license agent handling fee.

Fees for licenses that are available from license agents and CDFW offices include 3% nonrefundable application fee $7.50 maximum per item.

Hunting Licenses Fee Description
Resident Hunting License $46.44 Required for any resident 16 years of age or older who takes birds or mammals
Nonresident Hunting License $161.49 Required for any nonresident 16 years of age or older who takes birds or mammals.
Junior Hunting License $12.14 Required for any resident or nonresident less than 16 years of age who takes birds or mammals. To qualify, hunter must be less than 16 years of age at the beginning of the license year (July 1).
One-Day Nonresident Hunting License $22.17 IMPORTANT! This license is only available for nonresidents taking resident and migratory game birds on Licensed Game Bird Clubs (Upland Game Bird Validation is also required) or Licensed Domesticated Migratory Game Bird Shooting Areas (Federal Duck Stamp and California Duck Validation are also required).
Two-Day Nonresident Hunting License $46.44 Allows a nonresident 16 years of age or older to take resident and migratory game birds, resident small game mammals, nongame mammals and furbearers for two consecutive days. Additional validations and tags may be required for certain species. IMPORTANT! This license is NOT valid for deer, bear, antelope, elk, bighorn sheep, bobcat, or pig.
Disabled Veteran Reduced Fee Hunting License $6.95 at CDFW Offices
$7.30 from License Agents
Available to any resident or nonresident honorably discharged disabled veteran with a 50 percent or greater service-connected disability who takes birds or mammals. Certification from the United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs is required at the time of application or a copy of a previous year’s California Disabled Veteran’s Hunting License. The first license must be purchased from a CDFW License Sales Office. Subsequent licenses may be purchased from any license agent or online.
Recovering Service Member Hunting License $6.95 Available to any recovering service member. A recovering service member is defined as a member of the armed forces, including a member of the National Guard or a Reserve, who is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation or therapy and is in an outpatient status while recovering from a serious injury or illness related to the member's military service. Information about this license is available at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/hunting/reducedfee.html. The license is only available at CDFW License Sales Offices.
Duplicate Hunting License $10.29 Available at CDFW License Sales Offices and license agents.
Big Game Applications Fee Description
Resident First-Deer Tag Application $30.81 Residents and nonresident licensed hunters, 12 years of age or older at the time of application or who turn 12 before July 1, may purchase one first-deer tag application and one second-deer tag application. Tags are nontransferable. Enter up to three tag choices (See the Big Game Hunting Digest for proposed zones and hunts). Up to six hunters may apply as a party by using the party number assigned to the party leader.
Resident Second-Deer Tag Application $38.06
Nonresident First-Deer Tag Application $272.65
Nonresident Second-Deer Tag Application $272.65
Antelope, Elk and Bighorn Sheep Tag Drawing Applications $8.13 per applicatio See the Big Game Hunting Digest for more information about the Big Game Drawing.
Open Zone Deer Tag $5.97 An Open Zone deer tag allows the hunter to hunt during the authorized season dates of any hunt, using the specific method and meeting any special conditions of the tag for that hunt.  Any resident or nonresident who will be age 12 or older as of July 1, 2014 may apply.  Hunters may apply multiple times, the fee is $5.97 per application and there is no additional tag fee for the successful tag holder.  More information at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/biggame/fundraising.html.
Northeastern California Pronghorn Antelope Tag $5.97 The Fund-raising Random Drawing Antelope Tag allows the hunter to hunt in any of the Northeastern antelope zones, (Mount Dome, Clear Lake, Likely Tables, Lassen, Big Valley and Surprise Valley) with any legal method.  The hunt dates are from August 2, 2014 to September 21, 2014. Any resident or nonresident who will be age 12 or older as of July 1, 2014 may apply.  Hunters may apply multiple times, the fee is $5.97 per application and there is no additional tag fee for the successful tag holder.  More information at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/biggame/fundraising.html.
Multiple Zone Elk Tag $5.97 The Fund Raising Random Drawing Elk Tag allows the hunter to hunt in any of the following zones: Northwestern, Northeastern, Marble Mountains, Siskiyou, and La Panza.  All three subspecies of elk may be hunted – only one elk may be harvested.  The hunt dates open one week prior to the earliest season in that zone and run through the end of the regular season.  Any resident or nonresident who will be age 12 or older as of July 1, 2014 may apply.  Hunters may apply multiple times, the fee is $5.97 per application and there is no additional tag fee for the successful tag holder.  More information at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/biggame/fundraising.html.
Tags Fee Description
Resident Bear Tag $45.10 Resident and nonresident licensed hunters 12 years of age or older at the time of application may purchase one bear tag per license year. Tags are nontransferable and refundable only if the season has not opened.
Nonresident Bear Tag $287.05
Elk Tag $439.60 Resident
$1,343.65 Nonresident
Resident and nonresident licensed hunters, 12 years of age or older at the time of application or who turn 12 before July 1, may enter a drawing for this tag. Each person may submit only one Elk Tag Drawing Application per license year.Tags are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
Antelope Tag $147.70 Resident
$452.70 Nonresident
Resident and nonresident licensed hunters, 12 years of age or older at the time of application or who turn 12 before July 1, may enter a drawing for this tag. Each person may submit only one Antelope Tag Drawing Application per license year. Tags are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
Bighorn Sheep Tag $395.50 Resident
$507.50 Nonresident
Resident and nonresident licensed hunters, 16 years of age or older at the time of application or who turn 16 before July 1, may enter a drawing for this tag. Each person may submit only one Bighorn Sheep Tag Drawing Application per license year. Hunters can not apply as a party. Applicants can not apply if they have previously been issued a California Bighorn Sheep Tag. Tags are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
Bobcat Tags $3.24
(each, up to 5 tags)
Resident and nonresident licensed hunters may purchase one (1) book of five (5) Bobcat Tags per license year. Tags are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
Resident Wild Pig Tag $22.17 Resident and nonresident licensed hunters, 12 years of age or older at the time of application, may purchase an unlimited number of Wild Pig Tags. Tags are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
Nonresident Wild Pig Tag $74.26
Bird Hunting Validations Fee Description
California Duck Validation $20.26 Required for any person taking waterfowl, excluding juniors hunting under the authority of a Junior Hunting License.
Upland Game Bird Validations $9.46 Required for any person taking upland game bird species, excluding juniors hunting under the authority of a Junior Hunting License.
Federal Duck Stamp $15.00 Required for any person hunting waterfowl. Hunters under the age of 16 are exempt from the Federal Duck Stamp requirement. Federal Duck Stamps are not sold at CDFW offices. Federal Duck Stamps can be purchased at many post offices and some license agents. More information about the Federal Duck Stamp (USFWS)
Harvest Information Program  (HIP) Validation NO FEE Required for any person hunting ducks, dove, gallinules, geese, band-tailed pigeon, black brant, coots, and snipe. This validation is free to hunters who complete the Harvest Information Program (HIP) Survey. The validation is available where hunting licenses are sold.

The HIP Validation is imprinted on your hunting license document when you answer the HIP Survey questions. If you hunt migratory game birds, verify that a HIP Validation has been printed on your hunting license.

The HIP Survey provides wildlife biologists with data needed to make wildlife management decisions and formulate hunting seasons.

More information about HIP

Passes for State-Operated Hunting Areas Fee Description
Type A One-Day Pass $20.78 Allows a licensed hunter to hunt on a Type A State-operated Wildlife Area for one day if space is available. Junior hunters are exempt from permit requirements.
Type A Two-Day Pass $33.48 Allows a licensed hunter to hunt on a Type A State-operated Wildlife Area. This pass may be used as follows: 1) by one person for any two authorized shoot days; or 2) by two persons on any one authorized shoot day. Junior hunters are exempt from pass requirements.
Type A Season Pass $156.60 Allows a licensed hunter unlimited season access to Type A and Type B State-operated Wildlife Areas for one person if space is available. Junior hunters are exempt from permit requirements.
Type B Season Pass $52.10 Allows a licensed hunter unlimited season access to Type B State-operated Wildlife Areas for one person if space is available. Junior hunters are exempt from pass requirements.
Reservation Applications for State-Operated Hunting Areas Fee Description
Reservation Application $1.34 per application Allows a licensed hunter to apply for reservation drawings to hunt on State-operated Wildlife Areas.
Lifetime Hunting Licenses Fee Description
Ages 0-9 $510.25 Available to any resident showing proof of completion of hunter education training. Lifetime hunting licensees receive an annual hunting license each year for life. The license and privilege package are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
Lifetime License application and information
Ages 10-39 $833.50
Ages 40-61 $751.25
Ages 62+ $510.25
Lifetime Bird Hunting Privilege Package $297.00 Lifetime licensees who purchase the Lifetime Bird Hunting Privilege Package receive Upland Game Bird and California Duck Validations each year for life.
Lifetime Big Game Hunting Privilege Package $620.50 Lifetime licensees who purchase the Big Game Hunting Privilege Package receive a One-Deer Tag Application and five Wild Pig Tags each year for life.
Disabled Entitlements Fee Description
Mobility Impaired Disabled Persons Motor Vehicle Hunting License Application NO FEE Available to any resident or nonresident for mobility impaired disabled hunter who must use a motor vehicle to pursue game. A person must be either permanently or fully confined to a wheel chair, a single or double amputee above the knee or double amputee below the knee or depend upon the aid of a walker, crutches, etc. to walk. Certification from the hunter's physician is required. The license is only available from the CDFW's License and Revenue Branch.
Application and more information (PDF).
Visually Disabled Muzzleloader Scope Permit NO FEE Available to any resident or nonresident visually impaired hunter having a permanent loss, significant limitation, or diagnosed disease or disorder, which substantially impairs the vision of a hunter, preventing the hunter from viewing and aligning the sights of a muzzle-loading rifle with the target in order to hunt deer. A visually disabled hunter may use a scope of no more than one power while hunting under the conditions of a muzzle-loading deer hunt tag. Certification from the hunter's physician or optometrist is required annually, except if the physician or optometrist indicated on the initial application that the hunter's disability is permanent the hunter will be able to provide a copy of their previously issued Visually Disabled Muzzleloader Scope Permit to renew the permit. The permit is only available from the CDFW's License and Revenue Branch.
Application and more information (PDF).
Disabled Archer Permit NO FEE Available to any resident or nonresident hunter's having permanent loss, significant limitation, or diagnosed disease or disorder, which substantially impairs one or both upper extremities preventing a hunter to draw and hold a bow in a firing position. Allows the hunter to hunt with a crossbow or other device to draw and hold a bow in a firing position under the conditions of an archery tag or during archery season. Certification from the hunter's physician is required annually, except if the physician indicated on the initial application that the hunter's disability is permanent the hunter will be able to provide a copy of their previously issued Disabled Archer Permit to renew the permit. The permit is only available from the CDFW's License and Revenue Branch.
The application and information about applying for this permit is available at Application and more information (PDF).