Phase 2 of Nonlead Ammunition in California Starts July 1, 2016

Print Friendly, PDF & Email


Phase 2 of California’s nonlead ammunition police takes effect on July 1, 2016. If you hunt in California you must now use nonlead ammunition for all game harvests. There is an exception for game birds taken on the property of licensed game bird clubs.

Failure to follow this will result in fines or worse if you are stopped by a game warden. Make sure you remove all lead ammunition from your game bags, coat pockets and other places before going hunting. See the DFG notice below.


From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife:

Phase 2 – Effective July 1, 2016, nonlead shot will be required when taking upland game birds with a shotgun, except for dove, quail, snipe, and any game birds taken on licensed game bird clubs. In addition, nonlead shot will be required when using a shotgun to take resident small game mammals, furbearing mammals, nongame mammals, nongame birds, and any wildlife for depredation purposes.

With the exception of ammunition for concealable firearms possessed for personal protection, hunters may not possess lead ammunition along with a firearm capable of firing that ammunition in locations where nonlead ammunition is required.

There are many nonlead ammunition options now available. Stay safe!

This entry was posted in Hunting. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *