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Newsom Signs Changes To Free Hunting Days

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Sacramento, CA — California typically allows two free hunting days per year, one in the fall and another in the winter, but you must be accompanied by a licensed hunter.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill authored by Republican Assemblymember Megan Dahle that loosens the regulations. It directs the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to issue a registration for free hunting on those days to anyone who can meet the requirements of getting a hunting license, such as completing a course in hunter education. Those eligible will no longer be required to be with a licensed hunter. The bill also specifies the type of game that the unlicensed hunter can take.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is directed to provide a plan detailing how it will implement the changes before July of next year.