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Elk, Pronghorn & Bighorn Sheep Hunting

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Elk, Pronghorn & bighorn sheep hunting Information

For the 2018 Big Game Drawing, 16 is the maximum number of preference points for any species a hunter can have. To look up your preference points totals log on to your customer profile at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales and click on ‘View My Draw Application/Preference Points’ at the top of the page.

By law, you may only submit one application for each species. Any person submitting multiple applications for the same species will be rejected from the drawing and may be prosecuted. All applicants must submit the $8.13 nonrefundable processing fee for their application.

Elk and Pronghorn Tag Application Restrictions

Applicants must be 12 years of age or older on or before July 1, 2018, and possess a valid 2018-19 California hunting license. Only one nonresident may be drawn for an elk or pronghorn tag annually.

Apprentice Elk & Pronghorn Hunts

Applicants must possess a valid 2018-19 California Junior Hunting License. If drawn, junior hunters must be accompanied when hunting, by a licensed adult chaperone at least 18 years of age.

Bighorn Sheep Tag Application Restrictions

Applicants must be at least 16 years of age or older on or before July 1, 2018, and possess a valid 2018-19 California hunting license and must not have been awarded in the drawing a California bighorn sheep tag in any prior year.

Not more than 10 percent of the Bighorn sheep tags shall be awarded to nonresidents each year.

Applicants cannot apply as a party for a Bighorn sheep tag.

Mandatory Bighorn Sheep Hunt Orientation

Successfully drawn applicants and recipients of fund-raising tags must complete the hunter orientation requirement.

Applying as a Party

Up to two residents may apply as a party. Nonresidents cannot apply as a party for elk or pronghorn tags. See Big Game Drawing Information for instructions on applying as a party.

If your party is drawn for the last available tag, the party leader will be awarded the tag and the party member will become the first alternate for that hunt. Parties drawn as alternates will be awarded unclaimed tags on an individual basis, in the order drawn.

Bighorn sheep applicants may not apply as a party.

Check Your Big Game Drawing Receipt Carefully!

All applicants will receive a Drawing Receipt containing the applicants name, hunt choice, accumulated preference points and a Party Number. Applicants should verify the information on their Drawing Receipt before leaving the sales counter. If any of the information is incorrect, the sales clerk must cancel the Drawing Receipt document and ‘re-sell’ the application with the correct information. License agents have only four hours to cancel a sale. If the transaction has exceeded the four hour limit when the discrepancy is found, the applicant must contact CDFW’s License and Revenue Branch prior to the June 2 deadline at LRB@wildlife.ca.gov.

Drawing Results

CDFW has 10 business days to conduct the drawing. Applicants may look up their drawing results on or around June 19, 2018 by entering their customer information on CDFW’s website at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales and click on ‘View My Draw Application/Preference Points’ at the top of the page. Applicants will also see their new preference point totals by clicking on the tab ‘Preference Point.’ On the same day, drawing results will be available by phone during regular business hours from CDFW license sales offices.

Notifying Applicants

Successful applicants and alternates should receive notices in the mail by July 2, 2018. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified by mail.

It is not necessary to have the successful tag letter to claim your tag; hunters may go to any CDFW license sales office or online to purchase your elk or pronghorn tag.

Successful bighorn sheep tag applicants must submit their payments to the License and Revenue Branch in Sacramento.

Tag Fees & Payment Deadline

Fee payments from successful applicants for elk and pronghorn tags must be received by the designated CDFW license sales office or purchased online by 5 p.m. on July 16, 2018. Fee payments for Bighorn sheep tags must be received by CDFW’s License and Revenue Branch in Sacramento by 5 p.m. on July 16, 2018. Should there be unclaimed tags for any hunt after that date; the alternate list for that hunt shall be used. Tags will be awarded on an individual basis in the order drawn.

Elk Tag Fee:

Resident – $459.25

Nonresident – $1,404.55

Pronghorn Tag Fee:

Resident – $154.18

Nonresident – $472.90

Bighorn Sheep Tag Fee:

Resident – $420.25

Nonresident – $1,555.50

Definitions

Antlerless Elk

Any elk, with the exception of spotted calves, with antlers less than four inches in length as measured from the top of the skull CCR T14-364(l)(3).

Bull Elk

Any elk having an antler or antlers at least four inches in length as measured from the top of the skull CCR T14-364(l)(1).

Either-Sex Elk

Bull elk, spike elk, or antlerless elk. CCR T14-364(l)(4).

Spike Bull Elk

A bull elk having no more than one point on each antler. An antler point is a projection of the antler at least one inch long and longer than the width of its base. CCR T14-364(l)(2).

Buck Pronghorn

Pronghorn with horns longer than the ears. CCR T14-363(k)(2).

Doe Pronghorn

Pronghorn with horns shorter than the ears. CCR T14-363(k)(2).

Either-Sex Pronghorn

Buck or doe pronghorn. CCR T14-363(k)(2).