Can I hunt at Whiskeytown?
Yes, there are many areas of the park that are open to hunting. The areas that are closed to hunting are shown on this map.
What hunting zones are in Whiskeytown?
Most of the park falls in Zone B5. Park lands north of Highway 299 fall in Zone B2.
What can I hunt at Whiskeytown?
Deer: Archery season for deer usually begins on the third Saturday in August and ends on the second Sunday in September; rifle season is from the third Saturday in September to the last Sunday in October.
What are the rules regarding my hunting weapons?
Before and after hunting, weapons must be unloaded, broken down, and cased. During hunting, weapons may be loaded but they must only be the type of weapon for their hunting license and the open season (for example, no rifles during archery deer season).
What other rules apply at Whiskeytown regarding hunting?
All California state hunting regulations apply, such as hours open to hunting, type of weapon that may be used, no baiting of wildlife, very limited use of hunting dogs, requirement to wear orange safety clothing, no shooting from roads, etc.
Where can I get more information?
Call the Redding office of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife at (530) 225-2300 or visit their office at 601 Locust Street. Visit their website.
Is duck hunting allowed on the lake?
Yes, it is. You may hunt from a boat on Whiskeytown Lake, if the motor isn’t running and the boat isn’t moving. You must follow California Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations and you may not hunt in any closed zones (see the hunting map).
Do I need a federal duck stamp to hunt at Whiskeytown?
Yes, waterfowl hunters 16 years of age or older are required to purchase a duck stamp. In addition to serving as a hunting license and conservation tool, a current federal duck stamp is also a free pass to any national wildlife refuge that charges an entry fee.
Where is hunting prohibited in the park?
The compendium of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area prohibits hunting on the following land areas. The hunting prohibitions are necessary for the safety of visitors and the protection of property and facilities. In all cases, hunting (as defined under 36 C.F.R.1.4 (a)) and/or discharge of any weapon within 300 feet of any structure, designated camping area of other developed recreation site is prohibited.
Exception to this closure: Hunting of Band-tailed Pigeons is permitted between 12:00 PM Fridays and 12:00 PM Mondays during the legal season as defined by California Department of Fish and Game within the area bounded by Paige Bar Road between the Mount Shasta Mine Trail and the intersection of NEED Camp Access Road; NEED Camp access road from Paige Bar Road to the Clear Creek Bridge; and Clear Creek between the NEED Camp access road bridge and the mouth of Salt Creek on the west, Salt Creek between Mule Town Road and Clear Creek on the south, Mule Town Road between the Mount Shasta Mine Trail and Salt Creek on the east and the Mount Shasta Mine Trail between Paige Bar and Mule Town Roads on the north.
Last updated: September 24, 2020