California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Hunting and Fishing Regulations

Find additional regulatory information on the Fish and Game Commission website


Freshwater Fishing

regulations for taking fish, amphibians and reptiles

Ocean Fishing

regulations for taking fish, crustaceans, mollusks and marine plants

Mammal Hunting

regulations for taking big and small game mammals, furbearers, nongame

Upland Game Bird Hunting

regulations for taking upland game birds

Waterfowl Hunting

regulations for taking ducks, geese and other waterfowl
Effective March 2014 Effective March 2014      
Effective July 2013
  • 13-14 Mammal Hunting (PDF)
    big and small game only
  • 13-14 Mammal Hunting (HTML)
    includes regulations for
    • hunting deer, bear, elk, pronghorn, sheep, wild pig and small game
    • hunting / trapping furbearers like fox, badger, beaver and raccoon, etc.
    • hunting nongame animals like bobcat, coyote, weasel, etc.
Effective September 2013

Most California fishing and hunting regulations are contained in the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 14 (Natural Resources). To obtain the CCR in print, contact the State's official publisher, Barclays Official California Code of Regulations: (800) 888-3600 /

There are additional local, state and federal laws that may apply to fishing, hunting, and the use of firearms, including the California Penal Code and California Fish and Game Code, and many local ordinances. It is your responsibility to know and follow the law when participating in these activities.