CDFW offers veteran-specific hunting and fishing resources and discounted hunting and fishing licenses for veterans with disabilities
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) thanks California veterans for their service and sacrifice to our country.
Since the 1990s, CDFW has offered discounted hunting and fishing licenses to resident and non-resident disabled veterans in accordance with Section 7150 of the Fish and Game Code. hunting birds or mammals or going fishing in California is eligible. The cost of the 2023 Disabled Veteran or Recovering Service Member Sport Fishing License and 2023 Disabled Veteran or Recovering Service Member Hunting License will be $9.46 when purchased from a licensing agent CDFW. To prequalify for a Disabled Veterans Hunting or Fishing License, customers must submit a letter from the Veterans Administration to a CDFW licensing sales office. The following licenses can be purchased online or from a licensing agent.
Throughout the year, many California-based organizations and nonprofit groups provide special hunting and fishing opportunities for veterans. A list of organizations and groups offering programs can be found on the Recruit, Retain, Reactivate webpage (wildlife.ca.gov/R3) under the Hunting and Fishing tabs. Please note that these lists are not complete and specific opportunities are not endorsed by CDFW.
For veterans located in the Stockton area, CDFW will participate in the Assembly District 13 Veterans Stand Down event on November 22, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Martin Luther King Plaza in Stockton, CA. CDFW staff will be on hand to answer questions regarding the discounted licenses mentioned above, job opportunities and additional hunting and angling related questions. This event is open to the public and more information can be found here: https://a13.asmdc.org/event/20221122-2022-veterans-stand-down-event
Additional information on reduced fee fishing licenses can be found here: Wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Fishing#44521417-free–reduced-fee
Additional information on reduced fee hunting licenses can be found here: Wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Hunting#994193-reduced-fee
Fishing and hunting regulations and more licensing information can be found on the CDFW website: Wildlife.ca.gov/Regulations
To learn more about becoming a hunter or angler, or additional hunting and angling resources, visit our Recruit, Retain, Reactivate webpage at: wildlife.ca.gov/R3
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Taylor Williams, CDFW R3 Manager, (916) 203-1362