California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Summary of 2013 - 2014 Upland and Small Game Hunting Seasons, Limits

This is a summary only. For complete regulations, see Upland Game Hunting Regulations (PDF).

Regulation changes for 2013-2014:

  • Possession limits have been increased from double to triple the daily bag for quail, sooty / ruffed grouse, chukar, pheasant, snipe, band-tailed pigeon, and doves.
  • An early pheasant archery season was established from October 12 – November 3, 2013.  Note that archery is not allowed on Type A and B Wildlife Areas during the pheasant and waterfowl seasons.
  • Eurasian collared-dove season has been opened year-round in Imperial County (starting Sept 1, 2013).
Species Season / Area Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit

Pheasant

General Nov 9 - Dec 22 2 males per day for first two days of the season;
3 males per day after the first two days of the season.
Triple the daily bag
Archery Oct 12 - Nov 3 2 pheasants per day for first two days of the season;
3 pheasants per day after the first two days of the season.
The daily archery bag may contain not more than 1 female pheasant.
Triple the daily bag
Falconry Aug 17 - Feb 28 2 pheasants per day for first two days of the season;
3 pheasants per day after the first two days of the season.
The daily falconry bag may contain birds of either sex.
Hawking hours are Sunrise to Sunset.
Triple the daily bag.
Species Season / Area Zone Map Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit

Quail

Zone Q1
(Mountain Quail Only)
Sep 14 - Oct 18 10 Triple the daily bag
Zone Q1 (All Quail) Oct 19 - Jan 26
Zone Q2 Sep 28 - Jan 26
Zone Q3 Oct 19 - Jan 26
Early Season for Hunters
with Junior Hunting Licenses
in Mojave National Preserve
October 5 - 6
Archery Only Aug 17 - Sep 6
Falconry Only Aug 17 - Feb 28
Species Season / Area Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit

Chukar

General Oct 19 - Jan 26 6 Triple the daily bag
Archery Only Aug 17 - Sep 6 
Falconry Aug 17 - Feb 28
Species Season / Area Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit

Sage Grouse

General / Archery (hunting by permit only) Sep 14 - 15 East Lassen Zones (2 per day, 2 per season), permit required
Mono Zones (1 per day, 1 per season), permit required
Falconry Only Nov 9 - Jan 7
Species Season / Area Zone Map Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit

Sooty (Blue) /
Ruffed Grouse

General Sep 14 - Oct 14 2; All of one species or mixed Triple the daily bag
Archery Only Aug 17 - Sep 6
Falconry Aug 17 - Feb 28
Species Season / Area Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit

Ptarmigan

General / Archery Sep 14 - 22 2 per day or season
Falconry Aug 17 - Feb 28
Species Season / Area Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit

Wild Turkey

Fall Nov 9 - Dec 8 1 either sex 2 per season
Spring General Mar 29 - May 4, 2014 1 bearded 3 per season, combined
Archery Only May 5 – May 18, 2014
Additional Junior Mar 22 – 23, 2014 &
May 5 – 18, 2014
Species Season / Area Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit

Mourning Dove
and White-winged Dove

All Sep 1 - 15 &
Nov 9 - Dec 23
10; All of one species or mixed Triple the daily bag

Spotted Dove,
Eurasian Collared Dove,
and Ringed Turtle Dove

No limit

Eurasian Collared Dove

Imperial County Only All Year No limit
Species Season / Area Zone Map Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit

Band-Tailed Pigeon

North Sep 21 - 29 2 Triple the daily bag
South Dec 21 - 29
Species Season / Area Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit

American Crow

All Dec 7 - April 9 24 Double the daily bag
Species Season / Area Zone Map Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit

Tree Squirrel

General Sep 14 - Jan 26 4 4
Archery / Falconry Only Aug 3 - Sep 13
Species Season / Area Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit

Rabbits & Varying Hare

General / Archery July 1 - Jan 26 5 10
Falconry Only Jan 27 - Mar 16
Species Season / Area Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit

Jackrabbit

All Open all year No limit
Species Season / Area Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit

Snipe

All Oct 19 - Feb 2 8 Triple the daily bag