Question for owning quail in california

Discussion in 'Quail' started by jlehr25, Dec 12, 2014.

  1. jlehr25

    jlehr25 In the Brooder

    Dec 8, 2014
    So I emailed the department of fish and game for california and I don't think they quite understand what I'm saying but this is the response I got for my question on coturnix quail
    "Quail are game birds in California, and are considered wildlife. For this reason quail cannot be kept as personal pets in California. There is no license or permit that would allow one to do so. The closest thing would be a game breeder’s license for commercial game breeder operations.


    Illegally keeping wildlife as personal pets in California is a wildlife violation punishable by fines and the loss of hunting and fishing privileges."

    Is this right?
  2. 3ChickensNADuck

    3ChickensNADuck In the Brooder

    May 30, 2013
    Lakewood, CA
    That can't be right I live in la county and know a shop that sells quails as pets, along with other birds like ducks and chickens. I think the shop is close to bellflower, ca. I'm not sure what the breed is though.
  3. Sill

    Sill Songster

    Dec 30, 2013
    Tempe, AZ
  4. Sill

    Sill Songster

    Dec 30, 2013
    Tempe, AZ
    Ok I was curious and found this.

    According to the forms here -

    "This permit is only for species of birds and mammals
    which are game in California. Game is defined in Fish
    and Game Code (FGC) Sections 3500 and 3950. The
    FGC is available at
    Donot list species which are not California game birds
    or mammals."

    And their list of game birds found here is -

    "§3500. Resident and Migratory Game Birds Enumerated;
    “Game Birds”
    (a) Resident game birds are as follows:
    (1) Doves of the genus Streptopelia, including, but not
    limited to, spotted doves, ringed turtledoves, and Eur-
    asian collared-doves.
    (2) California quail and varieties thereof.
    (3) Gambel’s or desert quail.
    (4) Mountain quail and varieties thereof.
    (5) Sooty or blue grouse and varieties thereof.
    (6) Ruffed grouse.
    (7) Sage hens or sage grouse.
    (8) Hungarian partridges.
    (9) Red-legged partridges including the chukar and other
    (10) Ring-necked pheasants and varieties thereof.
    (11) Wild turkeys of the order Galliformes.
    (b) Migratory game birds are as follows:
    (1) Ducks and geese.
    (2) Coots and gallinules.
    (3) Jacksnipe.
    (4) Western mourning doves.
    (5) White-winged doves.
    (6) Band-tailed pigeons.
    (c) References in this code to “game birds” means both
    resident game
    birds and migratory game birds."

    Nowhere was it mentioned that you need a permit or license for coturnix in CA.
  5. jlehr25

    jlehr25 In the Brooder

    Dec 8, 2014
    You guys are awesome thank you for the information and response
  6. dc3085

    dc3085 Crowing

    You have to call the appropriate person at the fish and game office, you'll end up talking to her anyway. Just ask her to send you the forms you need, you may find you don't need one. It's an older lady, her name escapes me right now. Everyone else there doesn't know their *** from a hole in the ground. For coturnix you dont' need a lic at all as long as you aren't washing their feces down a city drain. For every other type of gamebird you only need a license if you plan to sell them or are keeping them for more than 30 days. It's like $75 for the license if I remember correctly. A state official will come look at your cages at some point too.
  7. Ntsees

    Ntsees Songster

    Jul 27, 2012
    Something kept bothering me and I couldn't figure it out. Now I know what it is. Thanks for the indirect reminder LOL. I got to renew mines pretty soon. It's $20.86 for the license. If want to keep more than 175 ringneck pheasants, then it'll be $103.77. Sill's post pretty much sums it up.

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