California has six antelope units – Mount Dome, Clear Lake, Likely Tables, Lassen, Big Valley, and Surprise Valley, which are all located in the northeast corner of the state. All of these units, except Big Valley, have plenty of public land for a good hunt. Both the Likely Tables and Lassen units have a second rifle hunt that has the same amount of permits and good harvest success. They have been getting more popular lately as far as applicants, but they still have less applicants than the Period One hunts. Likely Tables is a great hunt and can produce high quality bucks, but the population has been dwindling the last few years. You can see the reduction of tags in the tables to address this issue. Likely Tables, neighboring the Lassen unit, is one of the best options, but know that a big buck can still come out of Likely Tables. Another unit that can produce a good buck is the Surprise Valley hunt. You will be faced with less permits but also less total applicants. Remember, only one antelope permit is available to non-residents. With only one permit, there is no reason to worry about the draw odds, so you may as well apply for the best unit in the state.
As a whole, antelope in California will be a good hunt with mid-70s bucks available with the potential for an 80"+ buck. At the end of the day, it’s in the same boat as Oregon where you can build points for years for a good hunt or you can go on good hunts in other states and hunt the same caliber of antelope on a more regular basis. If you are already buying the license, you might as well spend the $8.13 and apply for antelope.
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|Adult Hunting License||$188.74|
|Junior Hunting License (under 16)||$14.30|
|Application Fee per Species (sheep, elk, and antelope)||$8.13|
|Deer Permit (refundable if unsuccessful)||$317|
|Bighorn Sheep Permit||$1,736.75|
|Wild Pig Permit (OTC)||$86.97|
|Bear Permit (OTC)||$334.05|
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