Big game tag drawing apps now available, California Department of Fish and Wildlife announces
April 27, 2022 – California hunters can now purchase hunting licenses for the 2022-23 season, as well as apply for the Big Game Drawing online. Californians have many options for bringing home wild game for their dinner table, and at this time the current COVID-19 pandemic is not expected to cause hunting seasons to be closed or delayed.
The deadline to apply for the Big Game Drawing is June 2, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. The 2022 California Big Game Hunting Digest (PDF)(opens in a new tab) includes information on hunts, tag quotas, season dates, and the Big Game Drawing. As part of a larger effort to go paperless, CDFW switched to a digital format for the California Big Game Hunting Digest last year. The hunt summary is no longer printed and mailed to license agents or customers, but the electronic version of the hunt summary continues to be available online. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife website is the most reliable source for the Big Game Digest.
CDFW would also like to remind hunters that lead-free ammunition is required for all hunting in California.
Due to changes in the criminal code regarding the purchase or transfer of ammunition, purchase ammunition well in advance of the hunt and practice with it to ensure firearms are properly aimed before heading into the field.
In some cases, California deer, elk, and pronghorn hunters whose 2021 seasons were cut short or eliminated due to wildfires and public land closures may apply to have their points reinstated. preferably and/or receive reimbursement of their label costs. Eligible hunters must send their uncompleted tags and written requests for reinstatement and/or refund of preference points to CDFW by April 30. Learn more about post-season tag returns on the CDFW website.
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