California

California is a dream destination for hunters and anglers seeking diverse landscapes and wildlife. From the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains to the sandy beaches of the Pacific coast, the state offers an incredible range of outdoor experiences. The state’s rich wildlife populations include black bears, mountain lions, deer, and elk, which thrive in the high mountain ranges and the vast wilderness areas. Anglers can chase a mixed bag of species from trophy largemouth bass in southern California, to ocean run steelhead in the Klamath and Sacramento rivers. The Golden State’s stunning landscapes provide ample opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to explore while pursuing their passions, and iconic destinations include Mount Shasta, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite National Park.

For more information on the elected officials protecting and promoting the sportsmen’s traditions in California, please contact:


California State Caucus Fact Sheet

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus

Co-Chair: Representative Jimmy Panetta
Representative Ken Calvert
Representative Salud Carbajal
Representative Jim Costa
Representative John Duarte
Representative John Garamendi
Representative Jared Huffman
Representative Darrell Issa
Representative Doug LaMalfa
Representative Tom McClintock
Representative Eric Swalwell
Representative Mike Thompson
Representative David Valadao

California Outdoor Sporting Caucus

Senator Bill Dodd
Senator Brian Jones
Assembly Member Carlos Villapudua
Assembly Member Marie Waldron

News Alerts

Jan 22 2024 State Firearms and Ammunition Excise Taxes Proposed in WA & NM

Why It Matters: Law-abiding hunters and recreational shooters have long played a vital role...

Oct 17 2023 Governor Newsom Signs California Firearm and Ammunition Tax Bill into Law

Why It Matters: California’s law-abiding hunters and recreational shooters have long played a vital...

Oct 02 2023 Ninth Circuit Appellate Court Sides with CSF & Hunting Coalition in Lawsuit over California Youth Firearm Marketing Law

Why It Matters: California’s law-abiding hunters and shooters have long played a vital role...

Sep 25 2023 Firearm and Ammunition Tax Passes California Legislature, Awaiting Governor’s Signature

Why It Matters: California’s law-abiding hunters and recreational shooters have long played a vital...

Sep 05 2023 California Senate Could Vote on Firearm and Ammunition Tax Bill This Week

Why It Matters: California’s law-abiding hunters and recreational shooters have long played a vital...

Aug 21 2023 California Firearm and Ammunition Tax Could Soon Receive Senate Floor Vote

Why It Matters: California’s law-abiding hunters and recreational shooters have long played a vital...

Jul 17 2023 Firearm and Ammunition Tax Passes California Senate Public Safety Committee

Why It Matters: California’s law-abiding hunters and recreational shooters have long played a vital...

Jun 05 2023 Firearm and Ammunition Tax Passes California Assembly, Moves to Senate Chamber

Why It Matters: California’s law-abiding hunters and recreational shooters have long played a vital...

Apr 17 2023 California Firearm and Ammunition Tax Bill Resurfaces

Why It Matters: California’s law-abiding hunters and shooters have long played a vital role...

Oct 24 2022 Hunting Coalition Files Preliminary Injunction Over California Firearm Marketing Law

Why It Matters: California’s law-abiding hunters and shooters have long played a vital role...

Sep 20 2022 California Natural Resources Agency to Host 30x30 Partnership Event

Why It Matters: The Thirty by Thirty (30x30) Initiative is a global initiative started...

Sep 06 2022 California Firearm and Ammunition Tax Bill Fails As Legislative Session Adjourns

Contact: Keely Hopkins, Manager, Pacific States & Firearm PolicyWhy It Matters: California’s law-abiding hunters...

Aug 22 2022 California Firearm and Ammunition Tax Bill Once Again Poised for a Floor Vote

Contact: Keely Hopkins, Manager Pacific States and Firearm PolicyWhy It Matters: California’s law-abiding hunters...

Jul 05 2022 Caucus Co-Chair Senator Dodd Advancing Youth Hunting License Bill in California

Contact: Keely Hopkins, Manager, Pacific States & Firearm PolicyWhy It Matters: California’s hunting and...

May 02 2022 California Commission Unanimously Votes to Reject HSUS Petition to Ban Bear Hunting

Contact: Keely Hopkins, Manager, Pacific Region Why it matters: Hunting bears is a part of...

Feb 14 2022 California’s Bear Hunting Season in the Crosshairs as Animal Rights Activists Continue to Target Predator Management in the West

Contact: Keely Hopkins, Pacific States Assistant ManagerWhy It Matters: Hunting bears is a part...

Jan 28 2022 California Firearm and Ammunition Tax Bill Could Receive a Floor Vote on Monday

Contact: Keely Hopkins, Pacific States Assistant Manager Why it matters: California’s law-abiding hunters and shooters...

Sep 13 2021 California Legislative Session Adjournment Marks the Defeat of Anti-Sportsmen Tax Bill

Contact: Keely Hopkins, Pacific States Assistant ManagerHighlightsWhy it Matters: California’s law-abiding hunters and recreational...

Jun 21 2021 California Firearm Tax Bill Fails on Assembly Floor; Revived by Procedural Maneuvers

Contact: Keely Hopkins, Assistant Manager, Pacific StatesHighlightsWhy it matters: California’s law-abiding hunters and shooters...

Jun 01 2021 ACTION ALERT! California Sportsmen and Women, Your Voices are Needed!

Ask your Assembly Member to vote “NO” on AB 1223!   AB 1223 is...

May 24 2021 California Firearm and Ammunition Tax Bill Headed to Assembly Floor

Contact: Keely Hopkins, Assistant Manager, Pacific StatesHighlightsWhy it matters: California’s law-abiding hunters and shooters...

Apr 12 2021 California Tax Bill Takes Aim at Recreational Shooters and Hunters

Contact: Keely Hopkins, Pacific States Assistant ManagerHighlightsWhy it matters: California’s law-abiding hunters and shooters...

Oct 13 2020 California Governor Newsom Issues 30x30 Executive Order

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorOn October 7, California Governor Gavin Newsom released a...

Sep 08 2020 African Species Importation Ban Bill Fails in California Legislature

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorAs the California legislative session ended at midnight on...

Aug 24 2020 AB 3030 Shelved for 2020 in California

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorThe sportsmen’s community is celebrating last week’s decision by...

Jun 22 2020 CSF Western States Coordinator, Aoibheann Cline, featured on Fish with JD TV

On June 17, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s Western States Coordinator Aoibheann Cline was featured on...

Jun 08 2020 California: Bad 30x30 Bill Will Lead to More Hunting and Fishing Closures

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorThe California legislature is considering a bill to protect...

May 26 2020 California: CDFW Authorizes Online Hunter Education Courses

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorThere has never been a better time to get...

Apr 27 2020 California: Ammunition Background Check Invalidated in Court

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorOn April 23, a federal court in California put...

Apr 20 2020 California: Conservation Partners Weigh-in on Fish and Game Commissions Strategic Plan Update

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States Coordinator On April 13, California’s conservation community stepped up to...

Mar 16 2020 California: Striped Bass Policy Adoption

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States Coordinator On February 21, the California Fish and Game Commission...

Jan 13 2020 California: Salvaging Game Meat from Road Kill Still Illegal in California

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorThe Wildlife Traffic Safety Act (SB 395) passed out...

Dec 23 2019 California: Action on the Delta Fisheries Management Policy and Striped Bass Policy Postponed Until February

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorOn December 11, proposed updates to California’s Delta Fisheries...

Oct 15 2019 California: Outdoor Sporting Caucus Hosts Legislative Staff Fishing Trip

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorOn October 2, the California Outdoor Sporting Caucus hosted...

Sep 09 2019 California: Bobcat Hunting Ban Looming

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorAB 1254 would ban bobcat hunting in California until...

Aug 26 2019 California Outdoor Sporting Caucus Hosts 13th Annual End of Session Reception

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorOn August 20, the California Legislature Outdoor Sporting Caucus...

Aug 19 2019 Attention Anglers: Striped Bass Policy Discussion Moved to December

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorOn August 7, the California Fish and Game Commission...

Aug 05 2019 Attention Anglers: Take Action to Save Striped Bass Fishing in the California Delta

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorOn Wednesday, August 7, the California Fish and Game...

Jul 15 2019 California Caucus Leaders Advocate for Sporting Community Input in Outdoor Recreation Management

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorDuring a recent committee hearing on legislation to establish...

Jul 01 2019 California Outdoor Sporting Caucus Draws Youth to Annual Trap Shoot

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorOn June 25, the California Outdoor Sporting Caucus hosted...

Jun 24 2019 California: Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Hosts 6th Annual Wine, Wings & Wildlife

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorOn June 20 – 21, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation...

Jun 10 2019 California: Legislature Declares State-wide Fishing and Boating Week

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorThe California Legislature officially proclaimed June 1-9, 2019 as...

May 28 2019 California Establishes New Caucus Leadership

Contact Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorCalifornia has selected four new Co-Chairs to lead the...

May 20 2019 California: Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Takes Action on Sportsmen’s Issues

Contact Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorThe Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) took action on eight...

Apr 15 2019 California: CSF Joins Wildlife Conservation Partners to Weigh-in on Legislation Impacting Sportsmen and Women

By Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorThe Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) has joined forces with...

Oct 15 2018 California: CSF Comments on Fish and Game Commission Strategic Planning Process

By Soren Nelson, Pacific Southwest States CoordinatorOn September 24, the California Fish and Game...

Oct 04 2018 California: Governor Brown Vetoes African Trophy Ban

 By Soren Nelson, Pacific Southwest States CoordinatorOn September 30, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed...

Sep 06 2018 Bill To Eliminate Drift Gill Nets in California Advances in Senate

On September 5, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation favorably reported S....

Aug 10 2018 California: CSF Opposes African Trophy Ban Bill

By Soren Nelson, Pacific Southwest States CoordinatorOn August 2, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF)...

Jun 01 2018 California: Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Supports Bills to Reduce Bycatch

By Soren Nelson, Pacific Southwest States CoordinatorOn May 21, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF)...

May 25 2018 California Outdoor Sporting Caucus Hosts Annual Trap & Skeet Event

By Soren Nelson, Pacific Southwest States CoordinatorOn May 22, the California Outdoor Sporting Caucus...

Apr 27 2018 California: Lead Tackle Ban to be Amended

By Soren Nelson, Pacific Southwest States CoordinatorOn April 24, the California Assembly Committee on...

Apr 06 2018 California: CSF Opposes State Lead Fishing Tackle Ban

By Soren Nelson, Pacific Southwest States CoordinatorOn April 2, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF)...

Mar 08 2018 California: Lead Fishing Tackle Ban Introduced

By Soren Nelson, Pacific Southwest States CoordinatorOn February 16, California Assembly Member Bill Quirk...

Feb 08 2018 California: Additional Funding Explored for Department of Fish and Wildlife

In recent years, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has grappled with...

Nov 09 2017 California: Hunting and Conservation Coalition Holds Fall Meeting

On November 2, the California Hunting and Conservation Coalition held its quarterly meeting in...

Sep 07 2017 California: Outdoor Sporting Caucus Hosts Annual Trap & Skeet Shoot

On August 30, the California Outdoor Sporting Caucus hosted its annual trap & skeet...

Jun 29 2017 California: Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Hosts Annual Wine, Wings & Wildlife Event

On June 22, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) hosted the 4th annual Wine, Wings...

Apr 27 2017 California: CSF Comments on 365-Day Fishing License Bill

On April 24, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) submitted comments in support of California...

Mar 09 2017 California: Recreational Fishing Bills Move Through Legislature

Several legislative proposals aimed at improving access for California’s recreational anglers are currently under...

Feb 23 2017 California, Hawaii Consider Firearm Suppressor Bills

Bills recently introduced in California and Hawaii would legalize the use of firearm suppressors...

Jan 12 2017 California: Water Bill Receives Mixed Reaction from Sportsmen’s Community

In the final weeks of 2016, President Obama signed into law the “Water Infrastructure...

Aug 25 2016 California: Anti-Sportfishing Proposal Withdrawn From Commission

On August 23, petitioners proposing to eradicate smallmouth, largemouth, and striped bass from the...

Aug 11 2016 California: Commission to Consider Anti-Sportfishing Measure

At their August 24-25 meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) will consider...

Jul 28 2016 California: Outdoor Sporting Caucus Holds Inaugural Offshore Fishing Trip

On July 14, sportsmen’s groups, industry leaders, and representatives of the California Legislative Outdoor...

Jul 14 2016 California: Outdoor Sporting Caucus to Host Capitol Hunter Education Course

On Friday, August 5, the California Outdoor Sporting Caucus will offer a Hunter Education...

Jun 30 2016 California Outdoor Sporting Caucus Hosts Annual Trap and Skeet Shoot

On June 22, California legislators, including members of the California Legislature Outdoor Sporting Caucus,...

Jun 30 2016 California Sportsmen’s Community Gathers at Annual Wine, Wings & Wildlife Regional Event

On June 23, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) traveled to Sonoma, California for the...

May 19 2016 California: Sportsman Appointed to California Fish and Game Commission

Following the request of several federal and state sportsmen-legislators, Governor Jerry Brown recently appointed...

May 19 2016 California: Outdoor Sporting Caucus Hosts Annual Reception

On April 26, members of the bipartisan California Legislature Outdoor Sporting Caucus joined with...

Apr 21 2016 California: Legislators Weigh-In On Fish and Game Commission Vacancies

On April 18, 11 members from the California Congressional Delegation, including seven bipartisan members...

Dec 03 2015 CSF Joins Angling Partners in Opposing California Fishing Tackle Restrictions Proposal

Earlier this week, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) joined the American Sportfishing Association (ASA)...

Jul 09 2015 California Outdoor Sporting Caucus Hosts Trap Shoot

On June 17, the California Outdoor Sporting Caucus hosted a trap shoot to celebrate...

Jul 09 2015 CSF Joins Angling Groups to Oppose California Fishing Tackle Restrictions

Recently, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) joined the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the Coastside...

Jul 01 2015 CSF Hosts 2nd Annual “California Wine, Wings & Wildlife” Event in Sonoma

On June 29, in the heart of California’s wine country, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation...

Apr 30 2015 California Caucus Hosts Reception in Sacramento

On April 29, Members of the California Outdoor Sporting Caucus joined a strong contingent...

Apr 16 2015 California Caucus Brings Hunter Ed to the Capitol

On March 27, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus Co-Chairs Senators Jean Fuller and Cathleen Galgiani...

Oct 02 2014 California Youth Hunting License Bill Signed Into Law

On September 19, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law California AB 1709, a...

Sep 04 2014 Ammo Registration Bill Dies in California Assembly

On Friday, August 29, in a win for sportsmen and women, the California Assembly...

Aug 21 2014 LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Anti-Sportsman Legislation Awaiting Vote in California

In June, the California Assembly's Public Safety Committee voted to pass SB 53, anti-sportsman...

Aug 14 2014 Anti-Sportsman Legislation Awaiting Vote in California

In June, the California Assembly’s Public Safety Committee voted to pass SB 53, anti-sportsman...

Jul 10 2014 2014 California State Caucus Trap Shoot Gathers Large Crowd

On June 25, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) Western States Manager Andy Treharne attended the...

Jun 05 2014 Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Celebrates California Sportsmen’s Heritage

Against the backdrop of Sonoma Valley, California, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) hosted the...

Apr 03 2014 California: Houndsmen Look to Restore Hunting Rights

In September of 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1221, legislation outlawing the...

Oct 17 2013 California Bans Lead Bullets - Some Gun Bills Signed, Others Vetoed

Last Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 711, legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony...

Sep 18 2013 California Legislature Passes Lead Ban, Heads to Governor’s Desk

Last week, the California Legislature voted to pass A 711, legislation sponsored by Assemblyman...

Sep 05 2013 California: Lead Ammunition Ban Advances

On Friday, August 30, the California Senate Appropriations Committee voted 5-2 to pass legislation...

May 29 2013 California: Assembly Passes Lead Ban

Last week, the California Assembly voted to pass A 711, legislation sponsored by Assemblyman...

Sep 17 2012 California Anti-Sportsmen Legislation Heads to Governor’s Desk

On August 27th, the California Senate voted to pass SB 1221, legislation that would...

Latest policy updates

Opportunities to expand angling access throughout the country have become increasingly limited...

Many sportsmen and women depend on federal lands managed by agencies such...

In recent years, Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) use has increased rapidly across...

Concerned about the uncertainty that 30x30 policies may pose for hunting and...

One important tool for protecting fish and wildlife habitat is a state-level...

Properly managed wildlife habitat is essential for supporting sustainable and healthy wildlife...

This term is used to describe a variety of conservation and management...

Funding mechanisms for search and rescue (SAR) operations vary by state, but...

The first residential hunting licenses were introduced in 1895 and were considered...

In most states, fish and wildlife agencies are the entities best equipped...

Established with the dedicated purpose of protecting and conserving wildlife, game commissions...

Certain states have sought to restrict the importation of legally harvested game...

A number of states restrict the ability of archers to carry a...

Anti dog-hunting groups oppose hunters’ use of dogs to both hunt and...

Knife industry and advocacy groups have successfully worked with the U.S. Congress...

The use of lead ammunition and lead tackle in hunting and angling...

Microstamping technology was developed with the goal of easier ballistics identification and...

Predator hunting and hunting tournaments, often referred to as “contests,” are time-honored...

Coming soon Introduction The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA)...

Though hunting, fishing, and harvesting wildlife (including by trapping) have long been...

A standard capacity magazine generally means any detachable ammunition feeding device that...

In an attempt to encourage novice hunter participation, many states now offer...

The vast majority of states throughout the nation offer an online component...

Opportunities exist across the country to enrich the lives of terminally ill...

Reports and Data

Jan 01 2022 California: American System of Conservation Funding Fact Sheet

California: American System of Conservation Funding Fact Sheet

Jan 01 2013 2013 Sportsmen's Economic Impact Report - California

2013 Sportsmen’s Economic Impact Report - California

Jan 01 2007 2006 Economic Impact Report — California

More California residents hunt and fish each year than attend the Sacramento Kings, San...

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