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KEN BARNES: Updates for the 2020 upland game seasons

Wow! Where does time go?

After being cooped up for five months doing the same daily routine I almost forgot that hunting seasons were almost upon us. It’s hard to believe that it’s been just a year since I was sitting on a stool with my son Mark, and grandsons Grayson and Connor, looking for doves.

So, here we go. Below is a listing of the 2020 upland game seasons:

DOVES: Mourning and white winged hunts statewide will take place from Sept. 1 through Sept. 15 and Nov. 14 through Dec. 28. There is a daily bag limit of 15 and ten of which can be white winged. The possession limit is triple the daily bag. There is no limit on the spotted dove and ringed neck turtle dove. The eurasian collared dove has no limit and its season is year-round.

QUAIL: Mountain quail only hunting season in zone Q1 is Sept. 12 through Oct. 16 with a bag limit of 10 and and a possession limit of triple the daily bag. Zone Q1 opens the hunt for all quail on Oct. 17 through Jan. 31 with a bag limit of ten and a possession limit of triple the daily bag. Zone Q2 will open hunting for all quail on Sept. 26 through Jan. 31. Zone Q3 will open hunting for all quail on Oct. 17 through Jan. 31. The early season for hunters with junior hunting licences in the Mojave National Preserve starts is on Oct. 3 and 4. The archery is open from Aug. 15 through Sept. 4 and falconry is open from Aug. 15 through Feb. 28.

CHUKAR: The general statewide season lasts from Oct. 17 through Jan. 31. The daily bag limit is six and the possession limit is triple the daily bag. Archery only lasts from Aug. 15 through Sept. 4 and falconry lasts from Aug. 15 through Feb. 28.

GREATER SAGE GROUSE: The season is closed statewide. Hunting at the North Mono Zone general archery and falconry is by permit only.

SOOTY (BLUE) & RUFFED GROUSE: The general season is Sept. 12 through Oct. 12. The daily bag limit is two, all of one species or mixed. The possession limit is triple the daily bag. Archery only lasts from Aug. 15 through Sept. 4 and falconry lasts from Aug. 15 through Feb. 28.

WHITE TAILED PTARMIGAN: General and archery season opens statewide on Sept. 12 through Sept. 20. The daily bag limit is two and the possession limit is two per season. Falconry opens statewide on Aug. 15 through Feb. 28.

WILD TURKEY: The fall season lasts from Nov. 14 through Dec. 13. The daily bag limit is one of either gender. The possession limit is two per season. The spring general season lasts from March 27 through May 2. The daily bag limit is one bearded. The possession limit is three per season combined. Archery only lasts from May 3 through May 16. Additional junior seasons open on March 20 and 21 and May 3 through May 16.

BAND TAILED PIGEONS: The north season lasts from Sept. 19 through 26 and the south season lasts from Dec. 19-26. The daily bag limit is two per day and the possession limit is triple the daily bag.

SNIPE: The general statewide season lasts from Oct. 17 through Jan. 31. The daily bag limit is eight and the possession limit is triple the daily bag.

PHEASANT: The general statewide season lasts from Nov. 14 through Dec. 27. The daily bag limit is two males per day for the first two days of the season and three males per day afterwards. The possession limit is triple the daily bag. Archery only lasts from Oct. 10 through Nov. 1 and Dec. 28 through Jan. 24. The daily bag limit is two pheasants per day for the first two days and three pheasants afterwards and may not contain more than one female. The possession limit is triple the daily bag. Falconry lasts from Aug. 15 through Feb. 28. The daily bag limit is two pheasants per day for the first two days and three pheasants afterwards. The falconry bag may contain birds of either sex. Hawking hours are sunrise to sunset. The possession limit is triple the daily bag.

ONE FINAL NOTE: Non-Lead ammunition requirements are currently in effect. It requires hunters to use certified non-lead shot when taking any upland game anywhere in the state.

Ken Barnes is a record setting shooter and longtime outdoorsman from Kern County. Email him at ken.barnes@aol.com with comments or column ideas.

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