What’s New for 2018?

California Bird Hunting


Lands Pass Program Update

By January 2018, the Lands Pass Program expanded to 41 of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) properties. Subsequently, the Program was suspended at 21 of those properties, at the request of other state agencies. CDFW is currently working to resolve this matter and expects that the lands pass requirement will go back into effect at certain properties. To see the current list of CDFW properties that require a lands pass, please go to www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-pass/. If you do not have access to the internet, please call 916-445-0411, and let the receptionist know you have a question regarding lands passes. There are also signs posted on the properties that require a lands pass.

Where required, a lands pass must be obtained and carried by each visitor, 16 years of age or older, unless they are carrying a valid hunting or fishing license in their own name. Instructions on how to purchase lands passes appear on Public Uses on State & Federal Lands. School groups and organized youth groups are exempt from the requirement, and are encouraged to contact CDFW to arrange group visits. Contact information is provided on each property’s webpage (www.wildlife.ca.gov/Lands/Places-to-Visit).

Primarily hunters and anglers fund the management of CDFW lands. The Lands Pass Program began in 1988, and expanded in 2017 to provide an opportunity for more visitors to contribute to the management of the lands that they enjoy.

Pintail Bag Limits

The pintail bag limit has increased to 2 per day for the 2018-2019 season.