California residents may purchase a lifetime hunting license. You can find information about the lifetime license application process online at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/lifetime or any CDFW license sales office.
There is no minimum age requirement for purchasing a hunting license if the applicant can show proof of hunter education. However, hunter education instructors generally ask that students be at least 10 years of age. Students must be able to read, write and understand the questions given on the written test required to complete the course. Check with a Hunter Education Instructor in your area for his/her minimum age requirement.
An annual hunting license is valid from July 1 through the following June 30. If the license is purchased after July 1 it is valid for the remainder of the license year.
To receive a license:
Resident, nonresident, and junior hunters must present ONE of the following when applying for an Annual California Hunting License or Two-Day Nonresident Hunting License as proof of meeting California's hunter education requirements:Evidence of an Annual California Hunting License issued in any prior year;
A Two-Day Nonresident California Hunting License issued after the 1999/2000 license year;
A California certificate of hunter education completion or equivalency with a unique number imprinted on it (for example: AA00000) or a California hunter education certificate with no unique number imprinted and a California hunter education validation stamp affixed;
A certificate of successful completion of a California-approved hunter education course from any state or province; or
Evidence of a current hunting license or a hunting license being issued in either of the two previous years from any state, province, European Country or South Africa.
A California hunting license is required for any person taking birds or mammals. Hunters must carry licenses and be prepared to show them on request.
Fish and Game Code, Section 86 defines “taking” as hunt, pursue, catch, capture, or kill, or attempt to hunt, pursue, catch, capture, or kill.