Our Zone Chart (Rifle ONLY) for you to decide where to get your Buck




We list only the Unrestricted Zones. The premium zones are generally not available due to limited Tag quotas, and we do not include them on the map. See bottom of this page for list of Premium Zones.




* Zones C, D12, and D17 are premium zones for 2011

1) Premium" zone/hunt tags are only issued through the Big Game Drawing using a First-Deer Tag Drawing Application, except that junior hunters may use their Second-Deer Tag Drawing Application to apply for Apprentice (J) Hunts. Hunters will lose all accumulated deer preference points if drawn for their first choice in the Big Game Drawing.;

2)Restricted" zone/hunt tags are available upon application with a First-Deer Tag, or after August 1 when using a Second-Deer Tag.

             3) Restricted zone/hunt tags are available at any time using either a First- or Second-Deer Tag. 


Green Markers are Public Hunting Lands




Red Markers are Private Ranches either for Day Use or Hunting Clubs




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Public Lands for Deer Hunting Listed

 A Zone Blacktail Deer:


Cache Creek Wilderness Area. 70,000 acres of BLM managed lands and 4,700 acres of State and County lands. Click on the Marker near in Lake County to get link and detailed  info.
Jackson State Forest offers 48,000 acres located on Highway 20 between Willits and Fort Bragg.
Click on Markr in Mendocino County for detailed info.
Indian Valley Reservoir is located in eastern Lake County. 
Click on Marker in Lake County for detailed info.
Knoxville State Wildlife Area is located on the Lake and Napa County line.Click on Marker in Lake County for detailed info.

Cow Mtn. Recreation Area offers good hunting in northeastern Napa and Lake Counties on BLM land. Click on the marker in Lake County to  get detailed information.

Zone A Mendocino National Forest  holds large numbers of deer.
Click on the marker in Mendocino  County to  get detailed information.
Camp Roberts - Call (805-238-8167).

Fort Hunter Liggett - Call (831-386-2214).

B Zone Blacktail Deer:

There are six B zones:
Areas East of Covelo: (East of the Eel River Work Station to Hull Mountain) Click on the marker near Covelo in Mendocino County to get detailed info.
Salmon Trinity-Alps Primitive Area- Click on the marker in the Trinity County area to get detailed info.
Snow Mountain Wilderness Area- Click on the Marker in the Eastern part of Lake County to get detailed information.
King Range Natural Conservation area.
Located in the south end of the Yolla-Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness Area. An excellent choice for early season hunting. Click on the Marker above Covelo in Mendocino County for detailed information.
Marble Mountains area:Lover's Camp, Big Elk Lake, Marble Valley.Click on the Marker in the Northern Trinity County zone for detailed information.,
Lake Shasta area is very thick terrain, but holds large numbers of deer due to its tremendous cover and acorn crop. Hunt the ridges around the lake. Oak Run, Whitmore, Shingletown, & Mineral to Payes Creek offer good buck hunting areas also on public land.
Calaveras County is located east of Lodi and Stockton. Highway 49 is the main access route.





Top Late Season Deer Hunts:

1) Goodale Buck Hunt
2) Doyle Muzzleloader Buck Hunt
3) Bass Hill Archery Buck Hunt:
4) Kern River Deer Herd Buck Hunt
5) Anderson Flat Archery and General Buck Hunt
6) Covelo Archery Buck Hunt



The Public Lands are BLM and Military properties known to hold Deer, and we'll give you contact info so you can gain access.


Premium Deer Tags are:

C, D12 and D17; X1, X2, X3A, X3B, X4, X5A, X5B, X6A, X6B, X7A, X7B, X8, X9A, X9B, X9C, X10 and X12; G1, G3, G6, G8, G9, G12, G13, G19, G21, G37, G38 and G39; M3, M4, M5, M6, M7, M8, M9, M11, MA1 and MA3; A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, A9, A11, A12, A13, A14, A15, A16, A20, A21, A24, A25, A26, A27, A30 and A33; and J1, J3, J4, J7, J8, J9, J10, J11, J12, J13, J14, J15, J16, J17, J18, J19, J20 and J21.