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California Deer Hunters Reminded to Report Deer Tags or Face Fee

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds all deer tag holders they must report their hunting results, even if they did not hunt or harvest a deer.

Hunters must report within 30 days of harvesting a deer or by Jan. 31, whichever date occurs first. Hunters who did not harvest a deer (this includes hunters who received a tag but did not hunt) must report by Jan. 31.

Starting in 2017, hunters who failed to a report for the 2016 season will be charged a $21.60 non-reporting fee when applying for a 2017 deer tag.

Harvest reports are one way hunters contribute to conservation efforts. The information provided by hunters is necessary to estimate deer populations and establish tag quotas for the coming hunting seasons.

Harvest reports may be submitted online or by mailing them to:

CDFW Wildlife Branch
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94299-0002