Fish & Wildlife, Department of

Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW)

The mission of the Department of Fish and Wildlife is to manage California's diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment by the public.

General Information: 916-445-0411
Fax: 916-653-7387

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes and no. Online classes are offered in California, but to obtain a valid hunter education certificate, you will ALSO need to attend a 4-hour home study / online follow-up class with a certified hunter education instructor. The online course will not get you a certificate. The benefit of taking an online class is having the ability to study at your own pace, and that you only have to take a 4-hour follow-up classroom session (versus a 10+ hour class). See more about Online Classes.
Licenses are valid for a calendar year (January 1 through December 31) or for the remainder of the calendar year if purchased after January 1.
There is not a minimum age requirement to take the course, but young children may find the course demanding. A Hunter Education Instructor may be able help you decide whether your child is old enough.

Related Links

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Includes information on lands and facilities available, licenses, seasons, bag limits and regulations. https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/

Employment Opportunities

CA.gov · California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Search this site: Login · Home · Fishing · Hunting · Licenses & Permits · Conservation · Learning · Explore . https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Employment

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Starting January 1, 2017 the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will no longer accept cash at CDFW's License and Revenue Branch and ... https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Search this site: ... Fishing. Fish Planting Online Schedule ... Wildlife Areas and Ecological Reserves · Fish Hatcheries ... https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Regions/5

Contact or Locate Us

California Department of Fish and Wildlife ... Pursuant to Fish and Game Code 858 and Assembly Bill 206, CDFW provides information on its website regarding  ... https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/explore/contact-us

Hunting in California

California Department of Fish and Wildlife ... Declaration for entry into California with wild-caught game or fish (PDF) · Indian Game Transportation Tag Issuance ... https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife ... link to Ocean Sport Fishing information ... Declaration for entry into California with wild-caught game or fish ( PDF) ... https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife ... Renew lifetime sport fishing and hunting licenses, and privilege packages (proceed as if making a purchase) ... https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/online-sales