California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Forest Fire Closures and Additional Information

Due to current fire conditions, fire closures and/or restrictions on public lands are expected for the 2014/15 hunting season. If you plan to hunt USFS or BLM lands this year, it is important that you monitor the individual forest and/or resource area websites for updates on potential closures.

For your convenience, we have provided links to the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Incident Information System (which lists all fires).

Deer tag fees are nonrefundable, regardless of closures due to fire, weather or any other conditions (CCR T14-708.5). Conditions for tag exchanges are stated below:

Premium deer hunt tags cannot be exchanged.

Restricted and Unrestricted deer hunt tags may be exchanged if all of the following conditions are met:

  • The earliest season for the tag being exchanged has not yet opened (In most cases this is archery season; however check season dates for confirmation);
  • The tag quota for the tag being exchanged has not filled;
  • Tags are still available for the zone being requested; and
  • The exchange fee of $9.79 for the exchange tag accompanies your request.

Deer tag exchanges are only processed at CDFW license sales offices.