Hunting event calendar September 2019
Following is an abbreviated listing of major hunting related events in September 2019. For detailed, complete information refer to the links to the hunting event of your interest. The California Hunting Post published numerous articles on hunting events in previous months and years.
Outdoor lovers find very brief listings of other wildlife and outdoor related activities in September which I will not explain here in detail. Just follow the corresponding link.
Whenever possible, I am listing the hunting event in chronological order. The defining calendar date is represented by the number at the very beginning of the paragraph.
Here we go starting with important season openers and opening dates:
1 — Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Spotted Dove and Ringed Turtle Dove early season. For more information on upland game bird hunting seasons and harvest limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
2 — Recreational Ocean Salmon Season from the Oregon-California State Line to Horse Mountain. Ocean salmon fishing remains open between Horse Mountain and Pigeon Point for recreational fishing. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/oceansalmon or call either the CDFW Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429 or the National Marine Fisheries Service Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (800) 662-9825.
14 — Sooty (Blue) and Ruffed Grouse General Season opening. It stays open through Oct. 14. Please go to www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds for more information.
14 — White-tailed Ptarmigan General and Archery Season statewide opening. It remains open until September 22, 2019. More information is at www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
14 — Mountain Quail Season Zone Q1 opening. The Season extends through Oct. 18, 2019.
The general season for Sooty (Blue) Grouse opens (extending through Oct. 14). The general and archery seasons for White-tailed Ptarmigan open (extending through Sept. 22). For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, peruse www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
14 —Tree Squirrel General Season. It opens on the fourteens and extends through Jan. 26, 2020. For more information on small game seasons and limits, check out www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/small-game.
21 — Band-tailed Pigeon Season in the North Zone opens and continues to September 29, 2019. More information on upland game bird seasons and limits is at www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
21 & 22 — Youth Waterfowl Hunt Days for Northeastern California Zone.
To participate, hunters must be 17 years of age or younger and accompanied by a non-hunting adult 18 years of age or older. People should contact the wildlife area or national wildlife refuge they wish to hunt for details. For more information, visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.
28 — Early Season for Large Canada Geese in the Balance of State Zone Opens. Season extends through Oct. 2. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.
28 — Quail Season Opens in Zone Q2 (all quail). Season stays open until January. 26, 2020. Hunters find detailed information on upland game bird seasons and limits at www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
29 — California Spiny Lobster Recreational Fishing season opener Statewide at 6 a.m. This long-awaited season is finally almost upon us much to the delight of lobster fishermen, divers, and other lobster lovers. With it also come, of course, very active, some would say oppressive, law enforcement activities. Visit wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/invertebrates/lobster for more information regarding lobster, lobster management and rules and regulations that apply to lobster fishing.
Generally speaking, lobster season runs from the Saturday preceding the first Wednesday in October through the first Wednesday after the 15th of March of a year. But, in your own interest, please check with CDFW to make sure you have the correct dates and know limits, gear restrictions, and other significant factors related to lobster fishing.
Hunting event big game
General Bear Season Opening in Select Deer Zones. General black bear season will open concurrently with the general deer hunting season in deer zones A, B, C, D, X8, X9A, X9B, X10 and X12 and extend through Dec. 29. Deer zones A, B, C, D, X8, X9A, X9B, X10 and X12 have different deer season opening dates depending upon the deer zone. General season for black bears opens in deer hunting zones X-1 through X-7b on Oct. 12, and extends through Dec. 29. CDFW shall close the season earlier if 1,700 bears have been reported taken.
For daily updates on reported bear harvest, read www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/bear or call toll free (888) 277-6398. Or go to www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/mammalregs.aspx for the current mammal hunting regulations.
21 — General Deer Season Opens. General deer season opens in the general zones D6-7, the restricted zones B1-B3 and B5-B6, and the premium zones C1-C4, X9a, X9b and X12. Check for area closures and restrictions before heading to your destination. Information on closures is available at www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/area-alerts. Tag reporting is required.
Visit www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales/customersearch/begin for information on reporting. Alternatively, you can submit reports by mail to CDFW Wildlife Branch, P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94299-0002. For general information on deer zones consult www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer#54774-zones–hunts.
28 — More General Deer Season Openers.
General deer season opens in the general zones D3-5, D8 and D10, and the premium zones D9 and X8. Hunters should check for area closures and restrictions before heading out to their hunting destination. To check on closures go to www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/area-alerts. Tag reporting is required. Read www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales/customersearch/begin for information. Or submit tag reports by mail at CDFW Wildlife Branch, P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94299-0002. For general information on deer zones, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer#54774-zones–hunts.
28 — And even more General Deer Season Openers.
General deer season opens in premium zone X10. Hunters should check www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/area-alerts for area closures and restrictions before going on a deer hunt. Tag reporting is required. See the above links for details on deer hunting Zone X10.
SHARE Access Permit Application
Last but not least, here is a summary of SHARE Access Permit Application deadlines and procedures for multiple hunting event opportunities.
Wild pig, deer, bear, turkey, dove and quail hunts are available through the SHARE program. A $11 non-refundable application fee (plus handling fees) is charged for each hunt choice. You can find additional detailed information on a SHARE hunting event at www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share. And, of course, in our articles on Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE).
This article summarizes hunting event dates in September 2019 primarily for those of us who like to murder Bambi. However, there is also a plethora of outdoor events and activities for non-hunters that take place in September. For readers interested in non-hunting outdoor activities, I have combined the September events as listed by CDFW in one convenient file. The list is linked here.
One last thought: Don’t forget to go hunting over sifting through the above materials. Nothing you can read or watch on a screen can ever replace the actual, live experience in the field.