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    • gigglemonk
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      Hi everyone. I recently learned that under CA F&G rules, landowners and anyone they authorize can take cottontails year round on their land if the cottontails are causing damage.

      For the most part, CA hunting regs are a bummer but this one is my silver lining. I got this one around 6:30 this morning from 12 yards.

    • shaneharley
      Post count: 118

      congrats that’s awesome. I can’t wait to hunt some bunnies. I killed many with hawks and shotguns but I am looking forward to the hunt with my longbow. Thanks again for the cool pic.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Well done!

      Hmmm….I was thinking about visiting family in Cali next month. I heard that in some counties, they’re considering having open season on turkeys and/or pigs as well?

    • Ptaylor
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      Steve,

      In California wild hogs, coyotes, and black-tailed jackrabbits are open all year. Turkeys definitely have a season, spring and fall. Cottontails have a season, but I did not know about that property damage exemption.

      preston

    • gigglemonk
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      preston is spot on.

      Heres the quote from the regs.

      CFGC 4186

      Nothing in this code prohibits the owner or tenant of land,

      or any person authorized in writing by such owner or tenant, from

      taking cottontail or brush rabbits during any time of the year when

      damage to crops or forage is being experienced on such land. Any

      person other than the owner or tenant of such land shall have in

      possession when transporting rabbits from such property written

      authority from the owner or tenant of land where such rabbits were

      taken. Rabbits taken under the provision of this code may not be

      sold.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Thanks! Pretty sure they’ve done a number on my parent’s garden…:wink:

    • Etter1
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      That’s great shooting and eating. I’ve been seeing them all over lately. They’re closed for us Ga boys though.

      I had long since thought that feral hogs were considered a game animal in CA. At least that’s the impression I got from that horrible show about game wardens.

    • Ben M.
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      I’m glad for ya’, Monk. Cottontails and Jackrabbits are fair game year round in Kansas (with a hunting license). Only Cottontails live here in Eastern KS, and their population is way, way down right now. I’m hoping for a rebound.

    • gigglemonk
      Post count: 146

      Pigs are game with open season. Tags and a license are needed for pigs. Depredation permits are available for pigs and turkey but it looks to me like the process to get one is a bit tough.

    • BuckyT
      Post count: 138

      I was stumping the other day around my yard when….a very plump cottontail emerged from the wood line 20yds from me……..

      It’s not rabbit season here in Ga unfortunately………..

      I employed my “whistling” technique and was able to creep up to 10yds of the rabbit……

      I was tempted….very, very tempted………But… older age and maybe a touch more wisdom floating around upstairs won out, and the cottontail hopped off unscathed..:lol:

    • BuckyT
      Post count: 138

      Etter1 wrote: That’s great shooting and eating. I’ve been seeing them all over lately. They’re closed for us Ga boys though.

      I had long since thought that feral hogs were considered a game animal in CA. At least that’s the impression I got from that horrible show about game wardens.

      I loved it when that brilliant Cali Warden gave the verbal lashing to the baiting bear hunter about how his bait site could spread EHD to the local deer population by the saliva on the bait………………………………….

      Wow…

    • lyagooshka
      Post count: 600

      Great shooting Monk. In PA we have a similar set of rules for crop damage. We even have a “summer” deer season. Only reg is that you have to have a valid PA hunting license. The crop damage deer season (known as the “red tag” program) has rules and dates, but it’s nice to get out that time of year. Be well.

      Alex

      😀

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