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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.

As a result of recent fires, portions of the forest are closed to the public. These areas pose a significant health and safety risk and a Forest Closure Order has been issued. Certain hunting zones are affected by these closures, and entry to these closed forest lands is prohibited. To view the current Forest Closure Orders, please visit Hunters should also contact private land owners within hunting zones to ensure hunting access is permitted on these private lands.

Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts, should be extra cautious because of extreme fire danger conditions.

A valid California Campfire Permit is required outside designated campsites to use portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel. A campfire permit can be obtained at any Forest Service, BLM, CAL FIRE offices, or issued by Forest Service field personnel. Campfire permits are also available online by visiting Be advised you must print and sign the permit.

To find out more about what you can do to prevent human-caused wildfires, please visit to

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest has a variety of game species for hunters to test their skills against. Since the seasons and hunting requirements vary according to species, hunters are urged to check out California Department of Fish & Wildlife Regulations. A valid State of California hunting license is required.

Big Game Hunting

There is a variety of game species such as Deer, Black Bear, Elk, Antelope and Wild Pig. To get information on hunting license requirements, you will need to contact the California Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Hunting Courtesy

  • Respect the rights of private property owners.
  • Adhere to hunter safety regulations.
  • Do not shoot or deface public signs; they are expensive to maintain and replace.
  • Do not drive beyond gated Forest Service roads. These roads are closed to protect easily damaged road surfaces.
  • If you become lost, don’t wander off; stay put until help arrives.
  • Be careful with campfires and smoking. Smoke only in cleared areas; extinguish all fires.