Applications for limited big game hunting tags must be completed no later than June 2. The application process can be completed at Department of Fish and Wildlife office, license agents, or on line through the DFW website. You can also call 800-565-1458 to complete the process over the telephone. Mail applications are no longer accepted.
All hunting tags for premium deer hunts, along with all elk, pronghorn, and bighorn sheep, tags are issued through the drawing process. Hunters who applied last year should have received the 2013 California Big Game Hunting booklet in the mail, but the application guide ñ which shows all hunts, tag quotas, drawing success rates, and has information on game harvest from last year for all hunts ñ is also available on the DFW’s website (www.dfg.ca.gov).
The DFW also has fund-raising random drawing hunting tags for deer, elk, pronghorn, and bighorn sheep. Hunters can purchases as many opportunities as he or she likes in these special fund-raisers, and these four tags generated over $300,000 for the DFW’s wildlife programs in the 2012 drawings. Each drawing entry costs $5.97 per entry.
All drawing results will be available June 21.