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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.

Most of the public land on the Tahoe National Forest is open to hunting. There are sections within the Forest boundaries that are privately owned land holdings and their owners often post their lands against hunting, fishing or trespass.

Firearms cannot be discharged from a road, across a road, across a body of water or within 150 yards of a campground or inhabited area. Always exercise proper caution when handling firearms.  Keep in mind that other visitors, loggers, private land owners or others with business in the Forest could be nearby, even if they are not visible.

Hunting licenses can be obtained at any California Department of Fish and Wildlife licensed sales office, online or by telephone sales at (800) 565-1458. (Proof of a hunter education course must be provided before purchasing online or by phone.)

All first time hunters, regardless of age, must complete a state-certified hunter education training course or pass a comprehensive equivalency test before obtaining a hunting license.

Hunters now have the capability to download the regulations to their smart phone or other device by going to

Remember that a few bad apples can cause problems for everyone.  If you observe poachers or polluters, please contact CalTip at 1-888-334-2258 or online at

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