Hunting is a popular activity on the Sequoia National Forest. Hunting is a seasonal activity, and the rules are simple: Follow the state laws and regulations pertaining to hunting, including seasons, dates, and licensing, bearing in mind that Forests and grasslands may designate some areas off limits to hunting, so check in with your local Forest Service office 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.

Shooting Rules & Safety

  • Although hunting is allowed, target shooting is prohibited in Wilderness Areas.
  • Do not shoot in any area that has been closed to the use of firearms
  • Do not use bottles or other glass objects as targets
  • Do shoot only at targets with a safe backdrop
  • Do not use incendiary or tracer ammunition 36 CFR 261.5(b)
  • Do not shoot at, injure, remove, or destroy any natural feature or any federal property 36 CFR 261.9(a).  This includes rock features, trees, and signs.
  •  Do not use a firearm or any other implement capable of taking life, causing injury or damage to property 36 CFR 261.10(d)
    • within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site, or occupied area
    • across, on, or adjacent to a road or body of water
    • in a place where people may be injured or property damaged
    • into or within any mine or cave

This applies to all firearms, pellet guns, slingshots, and bows and arrows.  Even if a person is shooting in accordance with these restrictions, they may be asked to stop if they are causing alarm by shooting within earshot of a campground or occupied area. 

Please keep your Forest clean!  Pack out and remove all target materials, shells, and boxes.  Failure to observe these regulations can result in a citation by a Forest Officer or any Peace Officer.  These fines are punishable by up to a $5000 fine and/or up to 6 months in jail. 

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities