Panoche Hills Hunting
Chukar in the Panoche Hills (BLM photo, M. Westphal)
The Panoche and Tumey Hills are now under Fire Season Vehicle Restrictions. No motorized access is allowed from April 15 to October 17.
The Panoche Hills are a popular destination for upland game bird hunters. Opportunities for hunting varmints and small game can also be found. For maps and more information about this area you can call us at (831) 630-5000 for an area brochure.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife regulates the hunting seasons for different species and the types of firearms allowed for use. At this time, lead ammunition is illegal for use in big game hunting in this area. Not only is hunting with non-lead ammunition the law, but it is safer for you and the environment. Be sure to also check out our web page for frequently asked questions about pig hunting.
The BLM enforces laws meant to protect the safety of all users and beauty of the lands:
Do not shoot within 150 yards of residences, structures, or developed areas (i.e. day use areas)
Do not shoot onto private lands
Do not shoot across a roadway or trail
Do not cross onto private lands without land owner permission
Do not drive off of the road in the Wilderness Study Areas
To keep these lands wild and safe:
Park within 15 feet of the roadside
Stay on open, signed routes while driving
Routes are not considered open unless they are signed open