PICACHO STATE RECREATION AREA
GENERAL HUNTING INFORMATION
This is a synopsis for general information only. All sportsmen are encouraged to read the complete California Hunting
Regulations Booklets available where hunting licenses are sold or from the Calif. Dept. of Fish & Game (520) 783-2866.
This sheet is hunting specific information only. Ask for a list of the California State Recreation Area general rules and
regulations. Picacho has specific requirements for payment of fees, vehicle usage and other restrictions to help us protect all
aspects of the fragile desert environment.
NO HUNTING IS PERMITTED WITHIN THE ONE SQUARE MILE area centering on the
Picacho main campground. No hunting is permitted within 150 yards of any occupied campsite.
CALIFORNIA HUNTING LICENSE IS REQUIRED. Federal and state duck stamps are required to take
migratory waterfowl. An upland game stamp is required to take dove or quail.
ARIZONA HUNTING LICENSE REQUIRED to hunt the AZ side of the Colorado River and its backwaters.
Check Arizona State requirements. For AZ and federal information call the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge at
HUNTING HOURS: In season, one half hour before sunrise to sunset, California time.
METHODS AUTHORIZED: Shotguns 10 gauge or smaller, plugged to hold no more than THREE shells in
the magazine and chamber combined.
ONLY migratory game birds and quail, in season, may be taken in Picacho SRA. NO other hunting is permitted
within our boundaries. (deer, rabbit, coyote, rattlesnake etc.) It is unlawful to place any bird carcasses within
150 feet of any water source.
WITHIN PICACHO SRA, IT IS UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS ANY LOADED RIFLE OR HANDGUN.
These weapons may be possessed in the park only when encased, unloaded and taken apart. Shotguns may be
possessed loaded while hunting with a valid license only. Unload all shotguns before entering the campground
area. Store your weapons safely and discreetly.
STATEWIDE CALIFORNIA WEAPONS LAW
It is unlawful to hunt while intoxicated.
It is unlawful to shoot from a vehicle. (Some exceptions for the disabled – see regulations.)
It is unlawful to shoot from or near any road.
It is unlawful to shoot within 150 yards of any occupied dwelling, residence or occupied campsite.
It is unlawful to possess any loaded weapon in a motor vehicle or its attachments.
ADDITIONAL INFO FOR HUNTERS
NONTOXIC SHOT IS REQUIRED for waterfowl, American Coot and Common Moorhen hunting. DO NOT have lead shot anywhere
in your blind or in your boat!!!
Lead shot is banned against pheasants.
Lead shot can still be used against quail and doves until July 1 st, 2019.
Rifle ammo must be steel shot when hunting for fur bearers.
It is unlawful to hunt while your scull boat or similar is under motorized power. This does not prohibit using motorized power to retrieve