BRAWLEY — As ‘Opening Day’ is upon us for the 2022-2023 hunting season, here are this session’s upland-game rules and summary, according to the California Fish and Wildlife website for hunting regulations (found at

According to California wildlife rules, the first order of business is that NONLEAD AMMUNITION REQUIRED STATEWIDE WHEN TAKING ANY WILDLIFE IN CA. 

As per, upland game bird is an American term which refers to non-water fowl game birds in ground cover-rich terrestrial ecosystems above wetlands and riparian zones (i.e. "uplands"), which are commonly hunted with gun dogs (pointing breeds, flushing spaniels and retrievers).

Locally, the more commonly hunted upland game species sought after in Imperial County and surrounding areas are Dove, Quail, and Pheasant.

DOVES — Mourning and white-winged doves: Sept. 1-Sept. 15 and Nov. 12- Dec. 26, 2022.

Bag Limit: Mourning and white-winged dove, 15 per day in aggregate, of which no more than 10 may be white-winged dove. 


Possession Limit: Mourning dove and white-winged dove triple the daily bag limit.

Eurasian collared dove: year-round with no bag or possession limit.

Shoot Time: one half hour before sunrise to sunset. 

QUAIL — Oct. 15, 2022 - Jan. 29, 2023. 


Bag Limit: 10 quail in any combination of species per day. Possession Limit: triple the daily bag limit. 

PHEASANT — Nov. 12 - Dec. 25, 2022 


Bag limit: 2 males per day for first two days of season; 3 males per day after the first two days of season. Possession: Triple the daily bag.

Shoot Time: 8 a.m. - sunset 

Below are a list of technicalities that must also be followed in order to be in compliance with state and federal law:

  • Doves must have a fully feathered wing attached. All game birds must have a fully feathered wing or head attached while in possession & while transporting.
  • Bag Limit applies to individual hunter.
  • A valid California hunting license is required to take all waterfowl, upland game, fur
    bearers, and mammals.
  • A valid Upland Game Bird Stamp (validation) is required to hunt any upland game birds (except Junior License Holders).
  • Shotguns must be plugged to hold no more than three shells in the magazine and chamber combined.
  • There is no open hunting season for common ground-dove, ruddy ground-dove or Inca dove.

**SAFETY: It is always unlawful to: Hunt while intoxicated (FGC 3001); Shoot at any game from a powerboat, sailboat, motor vehicle, or aircraft while under power or still moving from use of sail or motor (CCR T14-251); Shoot any firearm from or across a public road (PC 374(c)). 

It is unlawful for any person to hunt on private property without having the express written permission of the owner to do so. 

It is unlawful to hunt or discharge a firearm within 150 yards of a dwelling without the person in control of the property's permission. (FGC 3004)

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Dove opener this year was remarkable! North of Niland, limited by 06:30.

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