The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) deadline to apply for the 2015 Big Game Drawing is just 6 weeks away. Sales transactions must be completed before midnight on June 2, 2015. Applications for elk, antelope, bighorn sheep, premium deer tags and fundraising drawing tags may be submitted at any CDFW license agent, CDFW license sales office, by telephone sales or online.
All hunt tags for premium deer, elk, antelope and bighorn sheep are awarded through CDFW’s Big Game Drawing. Successful applicants will receive a receipt to show their hunt choices have been entered in the drawing. CDFW expects the drawing results to be available online in mid-June. Hunters may also contact a CDFW license sales office to check the results.
The following resources are available to assist hunters:
Past season, tag drawing application instructions and drawing statistics can be found in the 2014 California Big Game Hunting Digest. The book is available at www.dfg.ca.gov/publications/digest/. The 2015 Digest will be available in April, so check back.
To submit drawing applications by telephone, please contact the license sales line at (800) 565-1458.
Fund-raising Drawing Opportunities are almost all over, to check and see what is still available look here. As it stands right now there are two open deer, one Grizzly Island Elk and two Golden Opportunity deer auctions left. March 21, 28, April 11 and 25th.
Interested in applying to auction a fund-raising tag for the 2016 season? Applications will be available August 2015.
Open Zone Deer Tag
An Open Zone deer tag allows the hunter to hunt during the authorized season dates of any hunt, using the specific method and meeting any special conditions of the tag for that hunt.
Multiple Zone Elk Tag
The fund-raising random drawing elk tag allows the hunter to hunt in any of the following zones: Northwestern, Northeastern, Marble Mountains, Siskiyou and La Panza. Hunters may use any legal method of take. All three subspecies of elk may be hunted, although only one elk may be harvested. The hunt dates open one week prior to the earliest season in that zone and run through the end of the regular season.
Northeastern California Pronghorn Antelope Tag
The fund-raising random drawing antelope tag allows the hunter to hunt in any of the Northeastern antelope zones (Mount Dome, Clear Lake, Likely Tables, Lassen, Big Valley and Surprise Valley) with any legal method.