Big Game Hunting

Deer at Colusa NWR

Hunting of black-tailed deer and feral pigs is permitted on designated areas of the Sacramento River NWR in accordance with State regulations.


  • Attention: As of July 1, 2015, lead slugs are no longer permitted on Sacramento River NWR Units or on state wildlife areas for big game. For more information about non-lead ammunition in California, visit the CDFW's website (look under Frequently-Asked Questions).
  • See Sac River NWR Hunting Access Map/Hunting & Fishing Regulations
  • Dogs are no longer permitted to be used while deer hunting.
  • Shotguns and archery equipment are permitted during the hunting season in hunting areas only, but must be transported "unloaded" (meaning no ammunition in the chamber or magazine) through safety zones from the parking to hunting areas. 
  • Rifles, pistols, and crossbows are prohibited.

Visit the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife's website for the following information: 

  • Deer Hunting 
    • Map of zones on the CDFW's website
    • The Refuge Units fall in the following zones: C4 (north of Highway 162, Sul Norte Unit and north) and D3 (south of Highway 162, Codora Unit and south)
  • Feral Pig Hunting (including tag return map, guidelines, etc) (feral pigs have been confirmed on the Sacramento River NWR's northern and some central units)