California Department of Fish and Game announces archery seasons for deer, bear

The California Department of Fish and Game has announced the archery deer season and archery bear season starts for the 2011 hunting season.

Archery deer season starts in the A zone on July 8, with archery bear seasons starting August 20. The A zone general deer season runs from August 13 to Sept. 25, with a 65,000 tag quota and an estimated 26 percent hunter success rate. Most of the A zone land is under private ownership, but access is available on Bureau of Land Management and national forest lands.

Archery bear season runs through Sept. 11, and general bear season opens concurrently with general deer season in most zones. The Department of Fish and Game will close the season earlier if 1,700 bears have been reported taken. For daily updates on reported bear harvest, call (888) 277-6398 or visit www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/bear/harvest.html.

-- Sun-Star staff