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What’s New for 2017

Hunting Regulations Icon California Hunting


As of January 1, 2017 CDFW offices no longer accept cash. Checks, money orders, or any debit or credit card with the Visa or Mastercard logo are accepted. Cash transactions are still accepted for all items sold at authorized local sales agents. Search for a license agent near you at

Deer Tag Classification Changes

For the 2017 deer hunting season, the following deer tags have changed classifications. Please refer to Proposed 2017 Deer Hunt Charts on page 30 for more information.

  • D6 changed from Restricted to Premium Deer Hunt (tag quota filled on July 4, 2016)
  • A18 changed from a Restricted to an Unrestricted Deer Hunt (tag quota did not fill in 2016)
  • A19 changed from a Restricted to an Unrestricted Deer Hunt (tag quota on August 31, 2016)


Starting this year, non-reporting fee will be assessed

Deer tag holders who failed to submit a harvest report for any 2016 deer tag by the January 31, 2017 deadline will be assessed a $21.60 non-reporting penalty fee when purchasing a 2017 deer tag drawing application or deer tag. You MUST report even if you did not hunt or you hunted unsuccessfully.

Help us get to 100% deer tag reporting!

For the 2016 season, 83% of deer tag holders submitted harvest reports. The Department thanks those of you who submitted your reports by the January 31st, 2017 deadline. This level of reporting improves the Department’s estimates of tag quotas for 2017. Avoid non-reporting fees; please take the extra few seconds to fill out all applicable fields on the harvest report card; and help us make it even better next year!

Antelope or Pronghorn?

The pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) is an ungulate (hoofed mammal) that is native to western and central North America. Though not an antelope, this species has been known commonly in California as pronghorn antelope, or simply antelope, because it closely resembles true antelopes from Eurasia and Africa. The Department is beginning the transition to using the biologically correct name of pronghorn in this issue of the Big Game Digest. Be assured that wherever you see the name pronghorn in this booklet, we are referring to the pronghorn antelope you are familiar with.

Elk Zone Split in the Owens Valley

Pending Fish and Game Commission approval, the Department is proposing to split the Independence Elk Zone in the Owens Valley into two distinct zones. The portion of the zone west of Highway 395 will be called the Goodale Zone, while the portion east of Highway 395 will continue to be called the Independence Zone.

SHARE Elk Hunts

SHARE will offer 24 elk hunts on 22 properties in Colusa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, and Siskiyou counties. Property and application information will be posted on the SHARE webpage on May 12th.

SHARE properties will offer access for:

  • *12 bull elk tags
  • *30 anterless elk tags
  • *4 junior-only anterless elk tags

For more information about these hunts or the SHARE Program please visit the SHARE website at:

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