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Hunting in California: 3 Animals to Hunt Year-Round

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 12:56 PM

Whether you're looking for small game or larger prey, hunting in California has something to offer all year long.

Several species, many of which are non-native, are open to hunters year-round and everywhere in the state. All you need is a hunting license and you can legally hunt these animals, often with no limit on how many you can bag or possess.

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For avid hunters in California who want to practice their hunting skills in all four seasons, here are three animals to add to your list.

1. Eurasian Collared-Doves
According to the California Fish and Game Commission, you can hunt this bird year-round and with no limit. In addition, you can hunt it in anywhere in the state. An article in the Redding Record-Searchlight notes that this non-native dove species could potentially threaten native doves, and so allowing open hunting could keep the numbers down and preserve the numbers of California's native dove species. Eurasian collared-doves closely resemble ring-neck or mourning doves but are slightly larger.

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2. Wild Pigs
California allows hunting of wild pigs all year and does not impose a limit on how many hunters can bag a day or how many they can possess. SF Weekly notes that you can hunt wild pigs on any of the public lands managed by the federal, state, and local governments, but that you might have more success on private lands, which haven't been as heavily hunted. The paper also notes that you'll likely have better luck finding wild pigs early in the spring and fall seasons.

3. Jackrabbits
You can hunt both the white-tailed and black-tailed varieties of jackrabbit year-round all across the state. California has no limit on how many jackrabbits hunters can bag per day or how many they can possess. In addition, the state allows hunters to use dogs when hunting rabbits. There are, however, restrictions on the time of day when you can hunt resident small game, which includes the jackrabbit. Hunting is limited to a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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