California airgun hunting: game and dates
Condor Range: Pellet guns exempted.
Fort Hunter Ligget weapons registration form:
Non-lead requirements in California: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/nonlead-ammunition
scroll down to the bottom in the FAQ for info on airguns...which are not included in the lead ban.
Do not take the below information as correct. It is for reference only. Study the actual regulations for yourself and make sure you are within the law!
For the hunting year 2017-2018
(a) The following nongame birds and mammals may be taken at any time of the year and in any number except as prohibited in Chapter 6: English sparrow, starling, coyote, weasels, skunks, opossum, moles and rodents (excluding tree and flying squirrels, and those listed as furbearers, endangered or threatened species).
(b) Fallow, sambar, sika, and axis deer may be taken only concurrently with the general deer season.
(c) Aoudad, mouflon, tahr, and feral goats may be taken all year.
257. RESIDENT SMALL GAME DEFINED.
“Resident small game” means the following resident game birds: Chinese spotted doves, Eurasian collared-doves, ringed turtle-doves of the family Columbidae, California quail and varieties thereof, Gambel’s or desert quail, mountain quail and varieties thereof, sooty (blue) grouse, ruffed grouse, sage grouse , white-tailed ptarmigan, Hungarian partridges, red-legged partridges, including the chukar and other varieties, ring- necked pheasants and varieties, and wild turkeys of the order Galliformes; and the following game mammals: jackrabbits and varying hares (genus Lepus), cottontail rabbits, brush rabbits, pigmy rabbits (genus Sylvilagus), and tree squirrels (genus Sciurus and Tamiasciurus).
Note: Mourning Dove, White winged dove, Bandtailed Pigeon, and Snipe are disallowed for air rifle as air rifle is not specified as a legal method of take. Air shotgun should be legal since the shotgun definition does not specify powder burner, so long as the shot is held in a shell.
310.5. SHOOTING HOURS FOR UPLAND GAME BIRDS.
The shooting hours for all upland game birds, except for pheasants and the spring wild turkey season, shall be from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. The shooting hours for pheasants shall be from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. The shooting hours for
the spring wild turkey season shall be from one-half hour before sunrise to 5:00 p.m.
311. METHODS AUTHORIZED FOR TAKING RESIDENT SMALL GAME.
(Refer to Section 507, page 21, for authorized methods of take for migratory game birds, i.e. MOURNING DOVES, WHITE-WINGED DOVES, BAND-TAILED PIGEON, AND SNIPE .)
The take or attempted take of any resident small game with a firearm shall be in accordance with the use of nonlead projectiles and ammunition persuant to Section 250.1.
Only the following may be used to take resident small game:
(f ) Air rifles powered by compressed air or gas and used with any caliber of pellet, except that wild turkey may only be taken with a pellet that is at least 0.177 caliber;