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Apply for California Big Game Tags Starting April 15

Submitted by:  TBC Press
Posted on: 04/07/21
News # 14315
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Tag Information
In addition to an annual hunting license, tags are required to hunt big game species (deer, bear, wild pig, elk, pronghorn, and bighorn sheep).

To hunt big game (except for bighorn sheep), a hunter must be at least 12 years of age. For bighorn sheep, a hunter must be 16 years of age.

A person can obtain no more than:
  • Bear – one tag per year.
  • Bighorn Sheep – one tag per lifetime (excludes auction tags).
  • Deer – two tags per year. Refer to the Big Game Hunting Digest for restrictions.
  • Elk – one tag per year (excludes Private Lands Management Area tags).
  • Pronghorn Antelope - one per year (excludes Private Lands Management Area tags).
  • Wild Pig – there is no limit on the number of pig tags a person may purchase.

For more information see; Big Game Hunting Tags  AND/OR  2021 Big Game Hunting Digest


Publishers Notes: Our country is still battling COVID-19. To avoid the spread of this virus and continue to enjoy outdoor activities, ALL outdoor enthusiasts (man, woman, child) should follow the guidelines set by These guidelines include; social distancing, the Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy.
California 2021 tags for elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, and premium deer hunts are issued through the big game drawing. Applications for the big game drawing are available each year on April 15 through June 2.

Applications for premium deer, elk, antelope, and bighorn sheep tags must be submitted through the Automated License Data System (ALDS) online, at any CDFW License Sales Offices and License Agents or by telephone sales at (800) 565 - 1458. To qualify for the big game drawing, the application must be submitted and the sales transaction completed before midnight on June 2 of each license year.