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Deadline to apply for 2010 big-game tag drawing is Wednesday

May 31, 2010 | 10:29 am

Mule deer in a field.

Hunters who want to pursue deer, elk, pronghorn antelope or bighorn sheep in California have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to submit applications to the Department of Fish and Game's License and Revenue Branch in Sacramento.

With the deadline near, those interested in applying might want to print forms from the website and fax them to (916) 419-7586. Drawing results will be available by phone and online on June 23.

This year’s big-game hunt drawing features a dramatic change in the way tags are allocated for certain deer hunting zones. Due to high demand, tags for zones C, D-12 and D-17 will now be issued through the DFG’s drawing system and will no longer be available over the counter on a first-come, first-served basis. Hunters may apply for one of these zone tags by submitting a First-Deer Tag application into the big-game drawing.

The big-game drawing also awards tags for X zone and special deer hunts, as well as for all elk, pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep hunting. Deer tags for zones A and B, and for the remaining D zones, are available through DFG offices until they are sold out.

Any licensed hunter older than 12 is eligible to apply for the chance to participate in big-game hunts statewide (those applying for bighorn sheep tags must be 16 or older).

Information about the drawing, hunting regulations and how to apply for special deer hunts, and antelope, elk and bighorn sheep hunting applications can be found in the DFG’s 2010 Big Game Hunting Digest. For questions regarding big-game tags or pertaining to the changes for deer tag zones C, D-12 and D-17, call the DFG’s License and Revenue Branch at (916) 928-5805.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Mule deer in a field. Credit: Gary Zahm / U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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