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Deer is without a doubt the most popular game target in Trinity County. The county is in the B-Zone, which covers the northwest portion of the state, including parts of seven counties. Trinity County is in zones B1 and B2.

The pursuit of the blacktail deer for which this county is famous begins when archery hunting seasons open in the third week in August. Rifle seasons generally begin about a month later and end in October or early November, just before the mating seasons begin.

To reach these trophy bucks you must get into the higher elevations or perhaps up and over some steep canyons. Some highways can get you close, and many hunters “road hunt,” but many others hike in for the day or pack in on horseback. Black Bear hunting is also popular in Trinity County. Bear season starts at the same time as deer season here and ends when the California Department of Fish & Game determines an allowed quota has been taken.

Archery bear season opens in August and runs through the first part of September. The general season for black bears opens with the general deer hunting seasons and extends through Dec. 29 or until 1,700 bears have been reported taken.

There are very few licensed guides and outfitters to help these days due to the rising cost of liability insurance and forest service permits.

Hunting for upland game, waterfowl and wild pig is limited but excellent if you are in the right spot at the right time.


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Private parties are free to saddle up their horses and pack stock for annual treks into the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area.

If you are interested in taking a guided trip into the Trinity Alps for fishing, hunting or a family outing, contact one of the following outfitters: