California Archery Laws

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NOTE: This website exists as a reference only, and is not to be taken as legal advice. Always read the laws yourself. There may be other laws than the listed laws, and the interpretations here may not be correct.


California Archery Laws and Regulations

It seems that bows of all types are legal In California, but there is no rule stating that localities cannot pass harsher rules than the state, therefore it is possible that municipal and county rules may exist. Beware also that California law is convoluted and changes rapidly; therefore this information could easily be wrong or out of date. Beware also that there is likely case law which may have lead to strange readings of these codes that differ greatly from my own. This page is meant only as a starting place for future research of your own. Beware also that the courts in California sometimes interpret laws to be stricter than the wording of the law would indicate to the average reader. For instance, I have heard of cases regarding firearms laws where courts did not find that someone met an exception for private property because the court decided that private property is not private if it is open to the public.

Here are some California laws and a quick description of its relevance to archery (you can find the actual wording on this website: Ca Laws )

Penal Code

Fish and Game Code

Licenses are generally required to hunt, but even if you aren't hunting a lot of "hunting" rules may apply depending on the area.

Also, there is the California Code of Regulations

California Codes of Regulations Rules:

I recall an internet discussion recently where someone was saying there was a restriction against broad-head arrows in some areas. I'm not sure whether there is validity to that.

These are the laws and codes I was able to find searching the California law books. However, California also has many regulatory agencies, which may create further restrictions. Other agencies like those in charge of state parks may have their own rules. Localities may have their own rules. The most common rules that localities like counties and cities have is rules dictating where bows can be shot but in theory it is possible a locality may ban bows entirely.

California law is very complicated compared to the law in states like Nevada, so I apologize in advance for any outdated or missing information.