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Hunting in California?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by CMEPTb, Jul 3, 2002.

  1. Sorry, I'm new to hunting and this forum but maybe someone here can give me a little advice. My friend's dad wants to go hunting and he'd like to know if there are any places to hunt deer in Kalifornia? Or is he going to have to go outside the state (maybe even Mexico)?

    Would he need a license from the state? Are there guides who come along? How large is the area? Are there limitations on the license (either to several days of the year or number of deer)?
  2. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    There are deer opportunities, usually more in Mid-CA and Northern-Ca though. Friend of mine in L.A hunts all the time. If you're in the L.A area, call Rauhaage's (bird hunting place, they also have pigs I think) it's in the L.A suburbs (Ontario) they would know more about hunting around CA. I never hunted while living in CA (most of my life) but I know pig hunting and deer hunting is available within a two-hour drive of L.A both south and north of it.

  3. The Pontificator

    The Pontificator Angry Samoan

    Sep 18, 2000
    I thought hunting in CA was banned last week.

    It wasn't? Don't worry. It will be.
  4. Guest

    if you can live with a 3% success rate ,you can hunt deer in kali...
    the hunting gets worse every year,thanks to DFG's wonderful mismanagement of the herds...
    last i heard you could take up to 7!!! deer in a sh!thole like NJ, but in kali you should consider it an act of God if you even see a deer...;g
  5. How about hunting in Mexico? or nearby states (near California) ?
  6. The Pontificator

    The Pontificator Angry Samoan

    Sep 18, 2000
    Forget Mexico. They'll lock you up for having so much as an empty brass casing. DO NOT take any guns or ammo into Mexico!
  7. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    I always thought it ironic that guns are illegal in Mexico, and you'll get nailed for the smallest thing, yet at New Year's Eve in Ensenada, it sounds like a battalion-sized firefight for about five minutes.
  8. Weaps

    Weaps Drives A Jeep

    Aug 25, 2000
    Downingtown, PA, USA
    It has been more than 15 years, but long ago I hunted in california with my dad. You don't say which part of cali you are speaking of, but since you mention Mexico I will assume you are speaking of souther cal.

    We used to hunt (bow only mind you) on a mountain near Gorman called Mount Fraiser. Got to know that mountain VERY WELL. Anyway, it's up I-5 about 70 miles north of Los Angeles, up in the Los Padres National forest. The mountain is 8000 ft. or so high, and in fact my first memory there was of a single engine cessna plane crash which was being cleaned up while we were scouting it. I had one of the instruments left over from that site, and you can probably still pick up bits of charred aluminum to this day. At the time there were lots of blacktails, and between my dad, myself, and our hunting buddies we harvested about a dozen deer off that mountain. Killed my first buck there. If you do go up there, bonus points if you can find my dad's arrow stuck in a tree about 100ft off the ground. Every year we went there that arrow was still there. I'd be curious if it were there today. We found lots of other interesting things up there, like old timey soda cans that you used a can punch to open.

    Other places we hunted were up by Mt. Shasta, but we didn't see many (any deer) up there. (Lots of volcanic stuff, but didn't see any deer.)

    Don't know what it's like today, as I live on the other side of the country where hunters aren't viewed as evil.
  9. Cali-Glock

    Cali-Glock Mountain Man

    Feb 11, 2002
    California Sierra Mnts
    Wow!! LOL - that is funny!!! Deer are pests in California. People hire pest control companies to keep them out of their yards! No joke. Last night I watched the cutest pair of fawns running in circles around the base of an apple tree right outside my window while their mother lounged in the shade. Bucks are not quite as common, but all it takes is a little paitence.... not much...

    Even in urban areas deer are fairly common: I have seen deer in peoples yards inside urban California towns I have lived in such as Santa Barbara and Sacramento.... Get up into the hills and countryside where we can hunt deer and they are thick!
  10. Guest

    cali-glock , where in cali are you ? up here in the north end there is almost nothing left that the wets and viets haven't poached... 40 years ago they were as common as rats , now it's amajor effort to find anything legal to shoot...
  11. Yoshi


    Mar 11, 2002
    Beautiful California
    Fortunately, I've never had the "opportunity" to "hunt" deer in an air-conditioned hut 100 yards from an automatic feeder, like I've seen in South Carolina and Texas.

    As for deer, pig and turkey hunting, all 3 species are abundant all over Sonoma, Lake and Sierra counties.

    I drive to one of my properties in Clearlake every 3 weeks or so, and always see deer and turkeys up on the hills. The pigs usually have gone to sleep by sun up in the summertime.

    In California, "hunting" over bait (indeed within 500 yards of food) is prohibited. Perhaps this would explain why some of our more portly southern colleagus would appear to detest Californian hunting.
  12. Yoshi, is hunting legal in Sonoma, Lake, and Sierra counties? Is there a website or a phone number where I can get more info about hunting there?
  13. 9x45

    9x45 Millennium Member

    Jan 31, 1999
    Southern California
  14. You still might be able to get a bow tag but I'm pretty sure you needed to have your rifle apps. in by like now. And as far as the best areas you'll want to check out Modoc,Siskiyou and some of the north-eastern areas. Huge bucks up there. Nice area. Good Luck.

  15. devildog88


    May 27, 2002
    You can still get a tag for this season in the big zones(d7, d15). The premium tags are already gone.
  16. BKD in Texas

    BKD in Texas Millennium Member

    May 9, 1999

    Your post is totally untrue and I think - uncalled for! I've never seen a Texas deer blind with AC yet...

    But it's a good thought! I wonder what the quietest generators are... :>)

    Take Care,
  17. Yoshi


    Mar 11, 2002
    Beautiful California
    Just run a hose from the AC duct of the leather clad Suburban you parked directly underneath the blind....;)
  18. Tphipps


    May 12, 2001
    I spent my first 30 years in Calif., much of the time hunting and fishing. There is a lot of decent hunting in California, you just need to know where to look. Deer hunting is nothing like it is in the East, deer are few and far between and there are many hunters on the public hunting lands. I always concentrated on the private forest lands (with permission) and on private areas like apple orchards, where the deer concentrate in the fall. It is tough hunting, but it is available.

    The upland bird hunting is quite good, but I'll bet it is even more restricted than when I lived there (20 years ago).

    Hey, you could always move to West Virginia like I did! The hunting is great out here!