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Old 02-29-2012, 2:22 PM
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Im not originally from California. My question is about hunting in California, in general I do not understand the zones. As I understand zones A,B,C,D,X apply to deer hunting and you must draw tags for the specific zone your hunting. Which means I can hunt other game state wide regardless of zone. lf i get none premium general season deer tags what zone can I hunt? Also what is zone 1 & 2? Im not sure but can I carry a pistol while hunting? Im mostly hunting blm and know other rules apply. Reading the DFG book can be confusing.
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All deer tags are zone specific. I don't have the regs in front of me so, I have no idea what Zones 1&2 are right now. Yes, in most places you can carry a sidearm IF it's legal to carry one there and you are not hunting with a primitive weapons tag. After about the 100th read, you'll start to understand that you'll never understand the entire hunting regs. Over 20 years ago, I spent a day in the Commisioner's office asking questions at a round table meeting. It shocked me how DFG could not answer my questions about their regs.
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Im not originally from California. My question is about hunting in California, in general I do not understand the zones. As I understand zones A,B,C,D,X apply to deer hunting and you must draw tags for the specific zone your hunting. Correct, some zones are a lottery, others are what we call over the counter where you can walk in to a retailer and buy it.

Which means I can hunt other game state wide regardless of zone. correct, within season and regulations. Some animals have different seasons based upon where in the state they are. Elk, Antelope, and big horn sheep are all lottery draw tags.

If i get none premium general season deer tags what zone can I hunt? Premium (I'm assuming you mean lottery tags) are all X zones, special hunts typically, and any zone that sold out last year. Interestingly enough some B zones sold out last year so it remains to be seen if some B zones will go lottery this year

Also what is zone 1 & 2? Don't know what you are referring too

Im not sure but can I carry a pistol while hunting? In most instances yes, the only instances where I know you can't is during Archery season while archery hunting for big game, and other areas where there are weapon restrictions (maybe in shotgun only zones, muzzleloader, you would need to check for a specific area. Just giving you something to look for)

Im mostly hunting blm and know other rules apply. Reading the DFG book can be confusing.
Hi Steve - Welcome. I will attempt to answer as best I can based upon your questions and how I understand them.
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I think the numbered zones may be the quail areas.
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A, B, and most of the D zones are over the counter, or what you are calling "none premium general season deer tags". These zones can be hunted archery or rifle with the same tag(or both if you still have a tag when rifle season rolls around). BUT, these are zone specific tags, can't hunt B with an A tag. All X, C, M, G and a few southern D zones are all draw zones, or premium zones. These are weapon specific tags also. Each premium zone has a different "hunt code" for archery season.
Pig, bear and bobcat are all statewide tags.

There are a lot more regs out there you need to be familiar with, but this should get you started.
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Welcome Steve, Just three things you need to know here, as follows
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2, Lewdogg
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I laughed and then I was offended b/c I should be #1.
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I laughed and then I was offended b/c I should be #1.
Sorry, next time around.
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Do you mean Period 1 and 2 (and sometimes more)? Sometimes there are different hunts with different dates within the same geographic zone. Also some premium or special weapons hunts are lettered e.g. G3, a late season trophy hunt held in Zone X9 (if I recall correctly) Muzzle loader or archery hunts will be a number preceeded by M or A.
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Hahaha awesome thanks guys i appreciate yall's help answering my questions!!! It really clarifies the zones and how the tags work. Calguns is a cool and very useful website.
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WTF? Why throw my name in the mix? What did I ever do? I am just a student of the hunting world. My mild manner, studious, and ever lasting modesty are paralleled to none. I'm helpful, never demeaning and never show an ounce of sarcasm in the CG hunting forum.

I should no doubt be number 2! Lewdogg is number one! Heck, he has filled more jack rabbit tags than jacks I've seen in my whole life.

You Toby are the big hunting group organizer for such fine hunts in SoCal of the Grand jack rabbit hunting expedition for all calgunners.

What about Pie? And the famous Seacow? Let's not forget about Tony270 and Rusty Doe horn (lol)

How dare you place the nucular (). 223 so low on the list. I am truly amazed.

I'm done with my rant now! Mr. (Richard). Taperxz.

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I just went throug the Hunter Safety Course and they emphasized the you can carry a hand gun while hunting with a rifle. However, you cannot carry a handgun while bow hunting.
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steve jobs is it you... did you come back as a MAC computer?
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I just went throug the Hunter Safety Course and they emphasized the you can carry a hand gun while hunting with a rifle. However, you cannot carry a handgun while bow hunting.
While bow hunting in an archery only season or AO tag. You can carry a sidearm during the general season even if you have a bow.
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The zones for night hunting are referred to as 1 and 2 and the remainder of state, plus what taperzx wrote.
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Link to a map of the zones please

Edit: nevermind, judt used my google-fu to find it.
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hahaha it is me stevejob and im back from the dead. lol actually im a ipad 2... so what zone 1 and 2 are night hunting areas that sounds very interesting. anyone know where these areas actually are. idk iv tryed googling them but no luck. also nice to talk to yall sure does make someone feel welcome thanks again!!
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If you can't figure out the zone descriptions then let us know the area that you plan on hunting and we'll respond.
I don't know of a published zone map, we plot it out from the description below.

http://www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/cu...lregs.aspx#262

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263. Prohibition Against Night Hunting.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of these regulations, hunting wildlife from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise is prohibited in Monterey and San Benito counties east of Highway 101.

Amendment of NOTE filed 5-13-81; designated effective 5-23-81.

264. Use of Lights While Hunting--Specific Areas.
(a) Lights of any size or voltage may be used to take furbearing or nongame mammals only in the areas described in subsections (b) and (c) below, and only under the following conditions:
(1) The use of lights for night hunting is prohibited in any area where the general deer season is open.
(2) Furbearing mammals and nongame mammals may be taken with the aid of a spotlight or other artificial light operated from a vehicle provided such vehicle is stopped and standing with the motor off. No spotlight may be used from a vehicle which is on a public road or highway.
(b) Zone 1. (Portions of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo and Yuba counties.)
Area: Within the boundary beginning at the junction of Interstate 880 and Interstate 5 near Sacramento; east on Interstate 880 to its junction with Interstate 80; north and east on Interstate 80 to its junction with Highway 65 near Roseville, along Highway 65 to its junction with Highway 20 at Marysville; west on Highway 20 to its junction with Highway 45; north on Highway 45 to its junction with Highway 162; east on Highway 162 to its junction with Highway 99; north on Highway 99 to South Avenue near the town of Corning; west on South Avenue to Interstate 5 in Corning; north on Interstate 5 to Corning Road; west on Corning Road to Paskenta Road; west on the Paskenta Road to the town of Paskenta; southwest on the Round Valley Road to the Garland Road; south on the Garland Road to the town of Newville; south on the Newville-Elk Creek Road to the town of Elk Creek; south on the Elk Creek-Stonyford Road to the town of Stonyford; south on the Stonyford-Leesville Road to the town of Ladoga; south on the Stonyford-Leesville Road to the town of Leesville; south from Leesville on the Bear Valley Road to its intersection with Highway 20; east on Highway 20 to its intersection with Highway 16; south and east on Highway 16 to its intersection with Interstate 5; east on Interstate 5 to Interstate 880 and the point of beginning.
(c) Zone 2. (Portions of Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Mono and San Bernardino counties and all of Imperial, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties.)
Area: Inyo, Mono and Kern counties south and east of a line beginning at the junction of Highway 182 and the California-Nevada state line; south on Highway 182 to its junction with Highway 395; south on Highway 395 to its intersection with Highway 168 at Bishop; west on Highway 168 to its intersection with the Inyo National Forest boundary; south on the Inyo National Forest boundary to its junction with County Highway J41; south and east on County Highway J41 to its junction with Highway 395; south on Highway 395 to its junction with Highway 14 near Inyokern; south on Highway 14 to its junction with Highway 178 at Freeman; west on Highway 178 to its junction with the Bodfish-Caliente Road at Isabella; south on the Bodfish-Caliente Road to its junction with Highway 58; east on Highway 58 to its junction with the Los Angeles Aqueduct; south and west on the Los Angeles Aqueduct Road to its junction with 265th Street West near Neenach; south on 265th Street West to its junction with the Elizabeth Lake-Pine Canyon Road at Three Points; east along the Elizabeth Lake-Pine Canyon Road to its junction with Highway 14 at Palmdale; south on Highway 14 to its intersection with the Angeles Forest Highway; south on the Angeles Forest Highway to the Mill Creek Summit Road; east and south on the Mill Creek Summit Road to its intersection with the Angeles Crest Highway (Highway 2) at Upper Chilao Campground; east on the Angeles Crest Highway to its intersection with the Los Angeles-San Bernardino county line; north on the Los Angeles-Kern-San Bernardino county line to its intersection with Highway 58; east on Highway 58 to its intersection with the range line between R3W and R4W; south along the range line between R3W and R4W to the southeast corner of T8N, R4W; east along T8N to its intersection with the west boundary of the U.S. Marine Corps Training Center; south and east on that boundary to its intersection with Giant Rock Road; east along Giant Rock Road to a point where it turns southeast and corresponding with a projected north extension of Sunfair Road; south on Sunfair Road and its projected extension to the San Bernardino-Riverside county line; and all of Imperial, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties.
Certificate of Compliance as to 6-24-85 order transmitted to OAL 9-30-85 and filed 11-1-85.

264.5. Use of Lights While Hunting--Remainder of State.
Lights may be used, in those portions of the state not listed in Section 264, to take furbearers and nongame mammals under the following conditions only:

(a) Only 9 volt lights or smaller, hand-held or worn on the head are permitted.
(b) Persons using such lights must be on foot.
(c) Lights may not be used in or from a vehicle and may not be attached or powered from any source other than self-contained batteries.
(d) A landowner or tenant suffering damage to livestock or other property by furbearing mammals or nongame mammals may designate, in writing, persons allowed by such landowner or tenant to use artificial lights in excess of 9 volts to assist in taking the depredating mammals. The landowner or tenants shall notify the closest fish and game office whenever furbearing or nongame mammals are taken under this authority.
No furbearing or nongame mammals including any threatened, endangered or fully protected species may be taken contrary to any other prohibition set forth in these regulations.

Certificate of Compliance as to 6-24-85 order transmitted to OAL 9-30-85 and filed 11-1-85.
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published zone map:

http://dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/d...emapsinfo.html
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You may also be able to get a paper copy of the zone map by calling your local DFG office and asking them to send you one.

That's how I got mine.
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daaang nice. your like the new helpful cub.
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daaang nice. your like the new helpful cub.
helpful lew or helpful dogg ?
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