Article 2. Special Seasons of California Fish And Game Code >> Division 1. >> Chapter 3. >> Article 2.
Whenever after due investigation the commission finds that
game mammals, other than deer, and fur-bearing mammals and resident
game birds have increased in numbers in any areas, districts, or
portions thereof other than a refuge or preserve established by
statute, to such an extent that a surplus exists, or to such an
extent that the mammals or birds are damaging public or private
property, or are overgrazing their range, the commission may provide
by regulation, for a special hunting season for the mammals and
birds, additional to, or concurrent with any other open season
specified by law; or provide for increased bag limits; or remove sex
restrictions specified by law.
Before adopting a regulation pursuant to Section 325, the
commission at an open meeting shall publicly announce the contents of
the proposed regulation, and fix a time and place for a hearing on
the proposed regulation in each county that would be affected by the
regulation. The time for each hearing shall be at least 21 days after
the announcement, and the place shall be the county seat of the
Notice of the hearing shall be published at least once, and at
least 10 days prior to the hearing, in a newspaper of general
circulation in each of the counties in which the hearing is to be
held, or if no such newspaper is published in that county or counties
then in such a newspaper in an adjoining county. The hearing shall
be conducted by either (a) the commission, (b) a member of the
commission designated by it, or (c) the director if requested so to
do by the commission.
At least 10 days prior to the holding of any such hearing the
commission shall notify each member of the board of supervisors, at
his home address, of each county affected of the details of its
proposed order affecting such county and the time and date of the
Such employees of the department as may be necessary or are
requested by any interested group of persons, shall be present at the
hearing. After the hearing the commission may abandon the proposal
or make a final regulation, with any modifications it deems
appropriate, or without modification.
The regulation may fix a license fee for special hunting and
designate the number of special licenses to be issued, the area in
which such hunting will be permitted, the number and sex of animals
or birds that may be killed by each holder of a special license, and
the conditions and regulations to govern such hunting.
Cooperative hunting areas, as described in Section 1575, may
be established in connection with any area opened to hunting under
the provisions of this article.