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Hunting is a seasonal activity, and the rules are simple: Follow the state laws and regulations pertaining to hunting, including seasons, dates and licensing. Forests and grasslands may place some areas as off limits to hunting. So check in with your local Forest Service ranger to be sure you are following all the rules.

Hunting is permitted during hunting seasons designated by the California State Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). Licenses are available Online, at any CDFW License Sales Office or License Agent.

The California Department of Fish and Game has primary responsibility for the management of wildlife in the State of California. State regulations control licensing requirements, hunting seasons, shooting hours, limits and other considerations. Copies of regulations are available from California State Fish and Game offices, local sporting goods stores and licensing agents. Remember, a California State Hunting License is required for hunting game in the National Forest.

Big Game:
Big game that can be found in the forest are: Deer, Black Bear and Wild Boar. Columbian Black-Tailed and California Mule Deer account for the majority of Big Game in the forest. Not all species are available in all areas.

Small Game:
Quail, Rabbits, Band-Tailed Pigeons, Dove, Turkey and Chukar are small game species that are present in the forest. Tree Squirrels may be hunted only in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties. Waterfowl populations are very limited in numbers and diversity.

Wild Pigs:
Some suggested hunting areas in the forest for Wild Pigs are: Chew’s Ridge, Upper San Antonio and the Arroyo Seco River drainages on the Monterey Ranger District. For more information about these areas, call: (831) 385-5434. The Pozo/La Panza area on the Santa Lucia Ranger District (805-925-9538) and the U.S. Army installation at Fort Hunter Liggett (831-386-2506) also offer good prospects for Wild Pig hunting.

Hunting Zones:

Zone A
Monterey Ranger District (831) 385-5434
Santa Lucia ranger District (805) 925-9538
Santa Barbara Ranger District (805) 967-3481

Zone D13
Ojai Ranger District (805) 646-4348
Mt. Pinos Ranger District (661) 245-3731


Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area Hunting Closure Map (1) 

Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area Hunting Closure Map (2) 



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