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Unlawful Acts

California Bird Hunting

It Is unlawful to:

  • Trespass while hunting. (FGC 2016)
  • Litter in or within 150 feet of state waters or place the litter where it can pass into state waters. This includes empty shotgun shells going into state waters and not retrieved. (FGC 5652)
  • Hunt or discharge a firearm within 150 yards of a dwelling (safety zone) without permission of the owner or the person in control of the property. (FGC 3004)
  • Take waterfowl or resident small game with a shotgun capable of holding more than 3 shells. (CCR T14-311(a), 507)
  • Transport game birds without fully feathered head or wing attached. (CCR T14-251.7)
  • Waste the carcass of any game bird or mammal. (FGC 4304)
  • Hunt over bait. (CCR T14-257.5, 509)
  • Shoot unauthorized nongame birds. (FGC 3800)
  • Hunt on a state or federal wildlife area without the proper permit when required. (CCR T14-550, 551)
  • Use an electronic calling device when taking waterfowl. (CCR T14-507)
  • Use live decoys when hunting waterfowl. (CCR T14-507)
  • Use any mammal (except a dog) or an imitation of a mammal as a blind in approaching or taking game birds. (FGC 3502)
  • Transfer any license, tag, stamp, permit, application or reservation to another person. (FGC 1052)
  • Use or possess any license, tag, stamp, permit, application or reservation that was not lawfully issued to the user; or alter, mutilate deface, duplicate or counterfeit any license, tag, stamp, permit, application or reservation. (FGC 1052)
  • Fail to exhibit upon demand to any peace officer, all licenses, tags, and wildlife and devices capable of being used to take wildlife. (FGC 2012)
  • Prohibit a Warden from inspecting any boat, market, or receptacle where fish or wildlife may be found. (FGC 1006)
  • Hunt without your hunting license in possession. (CCR T14-700)
  • Use a fishing or hunting license that is not completely filled out.
  • Possess fish or wildlife taken unlawfully. (FGC 2002)
  • Take fish or wildlife in violation of any section of law. (FGC 2000)

Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

The Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact (IWVC) is an agreement between 44 states, which allows for the reciprocal recognition of hunting, fishing and trapping license suspensions. If your license privileges have been suspended by another state, the suspension may be recognized here in California. For example, if your sport fishing, hunting or trapping privileges have been suspended in Colorado for five years, your privileges may also be suspended for five years in California or any of the states participating in the IWVC. The purchase of licenses or tags during the term of the suspension is a violation of the law and may result in prosecution.