Mother Lode Field Office

Target Shooting and Hunting:  Closures, Restrictions and Rules

All California game species are regulated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFG)

Rules, regulations, and seasons are controlled by DFG, and it is the hunter’s responsibility to verify and comply with proper species, seasons, zones, regulations, and legal location if hunting the public lands.

FGC 3004 – It is unlawful for any person to hunt or discharge while hunting, any firearm or other deadly weapon within 150 yards of any occupied dwelling house, residence, or other building or any barn or other outbuilding used in connection therewith. The 150 yard area is a "Safety Zone." 

man shooting a rifle  Public Land Closures and Restrictions

Campo Seco

All public lands in MDM, T. 4 N., R. 10 E., Sec. 3 NE 1/4 and MDM, T. 5 N., R. 10 E., Sec. 34 SE 1/4, near Campo Seco, are closed to target shooting.

Consumnes River Preserve ACEC

  • Special scheduled hunts available by permit
  • Youth and mobility-impaired hunters contact CRP @ (916) 684-2816
  • Closed to hunting and target shooting

Kanaka Valley  No Hunting Zone .kml file (Requires Google Earth

Hunting is allowed only with the following:

  • Bow and arrows
  • Smoothbore shotguns
  • Muzzle loaders - only after fire season is declared over by BLM
  • Air guns of .22 caliber or less

Hunting in general:

  • Target shooting, plinking, and similar activities are not allowed
  • Hunting for bear, squirrels, rabbits, jackrabbits, waterfowl, furbearers, or non-game species is not allowed.
  • Hunting is restricted to deer and turkey in the fall season, deer during the summer archery-only season, quail and mourning doves in the fall season, and turkey under a special spring lottery hunt.
  • BLM anticipates the first special spring turkey lottery hunt in 2014

Ione Manzanita ACEC

The Ione Manzanita ACEC is closed to all public entry, unless written permission from the BLM has been obtained, to prevent the spread of the plant disease Phytophthora cinnamomi.

Merced River SRMA     Merced River Recreation Area Map

  • No target shooting
  • Archery is permissible for hunting
  • NO DISCHARGE OF FIRE ARMS

Mokelumne River

All public lands in MDM, T. 7 N., R. 13 E., Sec. 27, Sec. 34 (north of the Mokelumne River), Sec. 26 (north of the Mokelumne River) and Sec. 23 (north of the Mokelumne River) are closed to target shooting.

North Fork American River SRMA

Target shooting is allowed, in accordance with State law, unless a specific area is signed closed by the BLM. All public lands located in MDM, T. 15 N., R. 9 E., Sec. 26 are closed to target shooting.

Pine Hill Preserve ACEC

  • No target shooting
  • No closure, but we discourage hunting because of minimal public access and the high density of people and homes surrounding the parcels (Lotus & Cameron Park parcels)

Red Hills ACEC     General Location Map

  • Target shooting is not allowed
  • Discharge of firearms if prohibited except in the course of licensed, in-season hunting activities

Round Mountain Forest Management Area - Target shooting is not allowed

South Fork American River SRMA     General Location Map

Cronan Ranch  (1,400 acres – Zone D 5)   Cronan Ranch Hunting Map 2013

  • No target shooting
  • Hunting weapons limited to bow and arrows, smooth bore shotguns and muzzleloaders
    Muzzleloaders allowed only after fire season is declared over
  • No hunting for bear, squirrels, rabbits, jackrabbits, waterfowl, furbearers, or non game species
  • Quail and Dove hunting during correct season

    Deer Hunting:

  • Fall season w/smooth bore shotgun & slugs only
  • Summer season - archery only

Turkey Hunting:

  • Fall season w/smooth bore shotgun & shot shells only
  • No SPRING SEASON turkey hunting

Dave Moore Nature Area - Closed to all hunting and target shooting

Ponderosa Parcel - Closed to all hunting and target shooting
(small parcel on Marshall Grade east of Coloma club)

Parcel C - Closed to all hunting and target shooting
(parcel between Hwy 49 bridge & Lotus Park)

South Yuba River SRMA    South Yuba Wild & Scenic River and National Trail Map

  • No target shooting
  • Archery is permissible for hunting except at Hoyt, Purdon, and Edwards Crossings
  • NO DISCHARGE OF FIRE ARMS

Sunrise Blvd & Douglas Road - Closed to all hunting and target shooting
(within Rancho Cordova City limits)

 

man shooting a rifle   Where to Shoot - National Shooting Sports Foundation

BLM Surface Management Maps  - for locating public lands

Final Supplementary Rules for Public Lands

 

Terms to know:

  • ACEC - Area of Critical Environmental Concern
  • SRMA - Special Recreation Management Area