California hunting is supervised by the California Department of Fish and Game. An applicant for a California hunting license must hold a Hunter Education Certificate. Residents of the state can receive a license after the age of 16. The fee for license applications is set for the 2009/2010 season at $41.20. Non-residents of the state can obtain a California hunting license for $143.35. Junior hunting licenses are also offered for $10.75.
The DFG reserves the right of deciding which previous areas of residence can provide California hunting certification. In addition to other American states, outside sources for California hunting certification include South Africa and most European countries. Registration for short-term California hunting is offered through Two-Day Non-resident Hunting Licenses or One-Day Non-resident Hunting Licenses.
There are no formal age restrictions on California hunting. Hunters simply have to show some kind of California hunting license. The requirement that hunters demonstrate a level of hunter education provides an informal age restriction. Instructors who provide hunting education services generally require students to be at least 10 years old. Passage of the Hunter Education exam will require basic reading and writing proficiency levels.