Hunting and Fishing Licenses Make Fine Gifts for Father’s Day

Father and daughter showing off their catchMedia Contacts: Carol Singleton, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8962

Are you or someone you know hunting for a gift for Father’s Day? The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) thinks giving dad a hunting or fishing license would make his day great.

“The gift of these licenses provides the recipient with a bounty of opportunities to enjoy hunting and fishing in California,” said Charlton H. Bonham, director of CDFW.

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.

Licenses can be purchased online via CDFW’s Automated License Data System (ALDS), which allows licenses to be instantly purchased and generated. 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. In addition, licenses are available from more than 1,400 license agents throughout the state.

A 2014-2015 California resident hunting license costs $46.44 and is valid from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. A 2014 California resident sport fishing license is $46.44 and is valid January 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2014.

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