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Premium Deer Zones and Hunts

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Applications for premium deer hunt tags awarded through the Big Game Drawing must be submitted to any CDFW license sales office, license agent, online or telephone sales before midnight on June 2, 2018. You must use your First-Deer Tag Drawing Application to apply for a premium deer hunt tag. Exception: junior hunters may use a Second-Deer Tag Drawing Application to apply for Apprentice Deer Hunts, but only one application may be used to apply for Apprentice Deer Hunts.

– Tag quota filled in the 2017 Big Game Drawing conducted on June 11, 2017.

Preference Point Only

Hunt Code

Hunt Title

2017 Estimated Hunter Success (%)

2018 Tag Quota

Date Quota Filled

2018 Archery Season Dates

2018 General Season Dates

PD

Preference Point Only – Deer

To earn a preference point, appliations must be submitted before midnight on June 2, 2018

General Zones

Hunt Code

Hunt Title

2017 Estimated Hunter Success (%)

2018 Tag Quota

Date Quota Filled

2018 Archery Season Dates

2018 General Season Dates

C

General Season Buck in Zones C1-C4

24

8,150

Hunt A1

See C Zone Below

C1

See Hunt A1

Sep 15-Oct 14

C2

See Hunt A1

Sep 15-Oct 21

C3

See Hunt A1

Sep 15-Oct 21

C4

See Hunt A1

Sep 15-30

D9

Zone D9 Archery And General Seasons Buck

11

2,000

Aug 18-Sep 9

Sep 22-Oct 21

D12

Zone D12 Archery And General Seasons Buck

14

950

Oct 6-28

Nov 3-25

D17

Zone D17 Archery And General Seasons Buck

39

500

Sep 1-23

Oct 13-Nov 4

X Zones

Hunt Code

Hunt Title

2017 Estimated Hunter Success (%)

2018 Tag Quota

Date Quota Filled

2018 Archery Season Dates

2018 General Season Dates

X1

Zone X1 General Season Buck

45

760

See Hunt A-3

Oct 6-21

X2

Zone X2 General Season Buck

65

189

See Hunt A-4

Oct 6-21

X3a

Zone X3a General Season Buck

53

354

See Hunt A-5

Oct 6-21

X3b

Zone X3b General Season Buck

37

794

See Hunt A-6

Oct 6-21

X4

Zone X4 General Season Buck

53

479

See Hunt A-7

Oct 6-21

X5a

Zone X5a General Season Buck

47

75

See Hunt A-8

Oct 6-21

X5b

Zone X5b General Season Buck

82

50

See Hunt A-9

Oct 6-21

X6a

Zone X6a General Season Buck

61

329

See Hunt A-11

Oct 6-21

X6b

Zone X6b General Season Buck

49

309

See Hunt A-12

Oct 6-21

X7a

Zone X7a General Season Buck

40

229

See Hunt A-13

Oct 6-21

X7b

Zone X7b General Season Buck

43

134

See Hunt A-14

Oct 6-21

X8

Zone X8 General Season Buck

36

210

See Hunt A-15

Sep 22-Oct 7

X9a

Zone X9a General Season Buck

59

269

See Hunt A-16

Sep 15-Oct 8

X9b

Zone X9b General Season Buck

38

230

See Hunt A-17

Sep 15-Oct 8

X9c

Zone X9c General Season Buck

44

325

See Hunt A-18

Oct 20-Nov 11

X10

Zone X10 General Season Buck

14

400

See Hunt A-19

Sep 29-Oct 14

X12

Zone X12 General Season Buck

44

349

See Hunt A-20

Sep 15-Oct 8

General Method Hunts

Hunt Code

Hunt Title

2017 Estimated Hunter Success (%)

2018 Tag Quota

Date Quota Filled

2018 Archery Season Dates

2018 General Season Dates

G1

Late Season Buck in zone C4

31

2,710

N/A

Oct 27-Nov 4

G3

Goodale Buck

100

25

N/A

Dec 1-16

G6

Kern River Deer Herd Buck

61

50

N/A

Dec 1-9

G8

Fort Hunter Liggett Antlerless

74

10

N/A

Oct 6-8,13-14

G9

Camp Roberts Antlerless

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2018 hunt cancelled due to base operations

G12

Gray Lodge Shotgun Either-sex

33

30

N/A

Sep 15-23

G13

San Diego Antlerless

22

300

N/A

Oct 27-Nov 18

G19

Sutter-Yuba Wildlife Areas Either-sex

40

25

N/A

Sep 22-Dec 31

G21

Ventana Wilderness Buck

33

25

N/A

Nov 10-Dec 2

G37

Anderson Flat Buck

79

25

N/A

Nov 24-Dec 2

G38

Late season Buck in zone X10

9

300

N/A

Oct 20-Nov 4

G39

Round Valley Late Season Buck

100

2

N/A

Oct 27-Nov 11

Muzzleloading Hunts

Hunt Code

Hunt Title

2017 Estimated Hunter Success (%)

2018 Tag Quota

Date Quota Filled

2018 Archery Season Dates

2018 General Season Dates

M3

Doyle Muzzleloading Rifle Buck

75

20

N/A

Nov 17-25

M4

Horse Lake Muzzleloading Rifle Buck

60

10

N/A

Oct 27-Nov 4

M5

East Lassen Muzzleloading Rifle Buck

100

5

N/A

Oct 27-Nov 4

M6

San Diego Muzzleloading Rifle Either-sex

7

80

N/A

Dec 15-31

M7

Ventura Muzzleloading Rifle Either-sex

14

150

N/A

Nov 24-Dec 9

M8

Bass Hill Muzzleloading Rifle Buck

58

20

N/A

Oct 27-Nov 4

M9

Devil’s Garden Muzzleloading Rifle Buck

93

15

N/A

Oct 27-Nov 11

M11

Northwestern California Muzzleloading Rifle Buck

39

20

N/A

Nov 10-25

MA1

San Luis Obispo Muzzleloading Archery Either-sex

15

150

N/A

Nov 24-Dec 9

MA3

Santa Barbara Muzzleloading Archery Buck

8

150

N/A

Nov 24-Dec 9

Apprentice Hunts

Hunt Code

Hunt Title

2017 Estimated Hunter Success (%)

2018 Tag Quota

Date Quota Filled

2018 Archery Season Dates

2018 General Season Dates

J1

Lake Sonoma Apprentice Either-sex

22

25

N/A

Nov 3-4

J3

Tehama Wildlife Area Apprentice Buck

73

15

N/A

Nov 24-25

J4

Shasta-Trinity Apprentice Buck

71

15

N/A

Nov 24-Dec 2

J7

Carson River Apprentice Either-sex

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

No hunt for 2018 season

J8

Daugherty Hill Wildlife Area Apprentice Either-sex

36

15

N/A

Dec 1-31

J9

Little Dry Creek Apprentice Shotgun Either-sex

100

5

N/A

Sep 15-23

J10

Fort Hunter Liggett Apprentice Either-sex

58

15

N/A

Oct 6-8 and 13-14

J11

San Bernardino Apprentice Either-sex

45

40

N/A

Nov 17-25

J12

Round Valley Apprentice Buck

100

3

N/A

Dec 1-16

J13

Los Angeles Apprentice Either-sex

33

40

N/A

Nov 17-25

J14

Riverside Apprentice Either-sex

48

30

N/A

Nov 17-25

J15

Anderson Flat Apprentice Buck

67

10

N/A

Nov 24-Dec 2

J16

Bucks Mountain/Nevada City Apprentice Either-sex

51

75

N/A

Sep 22-Oct 28

J17

Blue Canyon Apprentice Either-sex

22

25

N/A

Sep 22-Oct 28

J18

Pacific/Grizzly Flat Apprentice Either-sex

39

75

N/A

Sep 22-Oct 28

J19

Zone X7A Apprentice Either-sex

50

25

N/A

Oct 6-21

J20

Zone X7B Apprentice Either-sex

74

20

N/A

Oct 6-21

J21

East Tehama Apprentice Either-sex

50

50

N/A

Sep 15-Oct 28

Area-Specific Hunts

Hunt Code

Hunt Title

2017 Estimated Hunter Success (%)

2018 Tag Quota

Date Quota Filled

2018 Archery Season Dates

2018 General Season Dates

A1

Archery Season Buck in Zones C1 – C4

15

1,945

See Zone Below

N/A

C1

Aug 18-Sep 2

N/A

C2

Aug 18-Sep 9

N/A

C3

Aug 18-Sep 9

N/A

C4

Aug 18-Sep 2

N/A

A3

Archery Buck in zone X1

44

100

Aug 18-Sep 9

N/A

A4

Archery Buck in zone X2

22

10

Aug 18-Sep 9

N/A

A5

Archery Buck in zone X3a

35

40

Aug 18-Sep 9

N/A

A6

Archery Buck in zone X3b

29

70

Aug 18-Sep 9

N/A

A7

Archery Buck in zone X4

46

120

Aug 18-Sep 9

N/A

A8

Archery Buck in zone X5a

0

10

Aug 18-Sep 9

N/A

A9

Archery Buck in zone X5b

33

5

Aug 18-Sep 9

N/A

A11

Archery Buck in zone X6a

53

50

Aug 18-Sep 9

N/A

A12

Archery Buck in zone X6b

45

90

Aug 18-Sep 9

N/A

A13

Archery Buck in zone X7a

21

45

Aug 18-Sep 9

N/A

A14

Archery Buck in zone X7b

26

25

Aug 18-Sep 9

N/A

A15

Archery Buck in zone X8

16

40

Aug 18-Sep 9

N/A

A16

Archery Buck in zone X9a

40

30

Aug 18-Sep 9

N/A

A17

Archery Buck in zone X9b

12

210

Aug 18-Sep 9

N/A

A18

Archery Buck in zone X9c

3

350

6/14/2017

Aug 18-Sep 9

N/A

A19

Archery Buck in zone X10

1

100

6/20/2017

Aug 18-Sep 2

N/A

A20

Archery Buck in zone X12

59

40

Aug 18-Sep 9

N/A

A21

Anderson Flat Archery Buck

13

25

Nov 10-23

N/A

A22

San Diego Archery Either-sex

6

1,000

6/15/2017

Sep 1-Oct 14 and Nov 17-Dec 31

N/A

A24

Monterey Archery Either-sex

23

100

Oct 13-Nov 11

N/A

A25

Lake Sonoma Archery Either-sex

19

35

Oct 6-29

N/A

A26

Bass Hill Archery Buck

75

30

Nov 17-Dec 9

N/A

A27

Devils Garden Archery Buck

67

10

Oct 27-Nov 11

N/A

A30

Covelo Archery Buck

37

40

Nov 10-Nov 25

N/A

A31

Los Angeles Archery Either-sex

7

1,000

Sep 22-Dec 31

N/A

A33

Fort Hunter Liggett Archery Late Season Either-sex

36

25

Oct 6-Nov 12

N/A

Failed to Report 2017 Deer Tags

Deer tag holders who failed to submit a harvest report for any 2017 deer tag by January 31, 2018, will be assessed a $21.60 non-reporting fee when purchasing a deer tag drawing application or deer tag in the 2018 license year.