Hunting, Target Shooting, and Firearm Use & Safety

Hunting and Target Shooting is a popular activity on the Sierra National Forest and in adjacent areas. Before hunting of any type on the Forest, you will need to have the proper state hunting license.

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 different species that can be hunted include deer, bear, rabbit, quail, turkey, and squirrels.

If you have obtained a D7 tag you may be entering a wilderness area. If you are staying overnight, wilderness camping requires a wilderness permit, these are available at your local ranger stations.

If you plan on having a stove or a open fire in the Sierra National Forest you must obtain a California campfire permit.

These public lands are enjoyed by tens of thousands of people each year in a variety of activities. Regulations for safe shooting are to provide for safety, protection, and enjoyment of all forest visitors and for the natural surroundings. FIREARM USE and SAFETY

Hunting and the Use of Firearms ( pdf)

Areas & Activities