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Bishop, CA Hunting

Bishop, CA Hunting

Hunting in the Eastern Sierra

Bishop is the gate way to the surrounding lands and mountains of the Owens Valley. The biggest advantage of this area is the vast amounts of public lands. Access to hunting grounds is key to successful hunting. The Owens Valley offers deer, bear, elk, bighorn sheep, upland birds, waterfowl, rabbits and varmint hunting.

Deer hunting is very popular and the area is managed with zones that have a limited number of permits. The zones of X9A, X9B, and X9C sell out every year and generally require points to be drawn. The drawing is held in early June.

Hunting in these areas takes place in fall starting in September and ending in November. These areas lend them selves to spot and stalk hunts, road hunting and wilderness hunting. There are limited tags for hunting elk and big horn sheep in the Owens Valley area. If you get drawn contacting one of the local guides will ensure your best opportunity for success in the pursuit of these game animals. Bear hunting is allowed in Inyo County. It coincides with the opening of deer season.

There are lots of bird hunting opportunities around Bishop. Starting September 1 dove season is opened for 15 days. In Inyo County there is not much opportunity to hunt doves in the second season. Depending on feed conditions dove hunting can be fabulous to non existent.

Mountain quail and grouse (blue, ruffed) are the next to open after dove season. Then general quail season and chucker open in October.  For the hunter willing to put in the effort to hike and scout will have success. Waterfowl season starts in October with the balance of the state opener. Hunters will have success jump shooting, and decoying the ponds and rivers of the Owens Valley. Access to vast amounts of public lands makes it easy to hunt rabbits and varmints like coyotes. Before heading out to hunt a stop at one of the local sporting goods store will give you insight into where to pursue the game you want to hunt.

Make sure that you check CF&W regulations for seasons, bag limits and hunting zones.


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