Hunting and Fishing Licenses Make Fine Gifts for Fathers Day

Media Contacts:
Richard Reyes, DFG License Branch, (916) 928-6899
Kyle Orr, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8958

Are you or someone you know hunting or fishing around for a gift for Father’s Day? Then the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) advises giving dad a hunting or fishing license.

“The gift of these licenses bestows on the recipient plentiful opportunities to enjoy wonderful hunting and fishing opportunities in California,” said John McCamman, Director of DFG.

California is the third-largest state in the nation and about half of its land is publicly owned. That translates into millions of acres of huntable public property. Fishing opportunities also abound in the more than 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, 4,172 lakes and reservoirs and 80 major rivers in California. The state also features more than 1,100 miles of coastline that is home to hundreds of native fish and shellfish species.

The purchase will be simplified this year by DFG’s new Automated License Data System (ALDS), which has streamlined the process of buying a fishing or hunting license. ALDS phased out the use of pre-printed licenses and electronically links license agents, DFG license sales offices and the Online License Sales service to a central database, from which license items can be instantly generated and purchased.

Licenses are available from more than 1,400 license agents or online. Via ALDS, purchasers of a hunting or fishing license are issued a “Get Outdoors” identification number (GO ID) that is printed on all license documents. The GO ID can be used to retrieve a customer’s information each time they purchase a license or apply for drawings in the future. 

If a fishing license purchaser does not have all of the licensee’s personal data, ALDS offers a sport fishing gift license voucher along with the ability to include a personalized message to the recipient. This voucher can be purchased and redeemed at any ALDS license agent location but cannot be purchased online. Hunting license gift vouchers are not available.

A 2011-2012 California resident hunting license costs $43.46 and is valid from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. A 2011 California resident sport fishing license is $43.46 and is valid January 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2011.

To find a license agent near you, to purchase items online or for more information on ALDS, please visit