The Catalina Island Conservancy welcomes hunters as conservation partners in responsibly managing the island’s introduced mule deer population.   In partnership with California’s Fish and Wildlife under a Private Lands Management  (PLM) agreement, this program is an important tool in conservation efforts on Catalina Island.    



Wildlife West Inc., has been the island’s outfitter for many years and provides an exceptional and unique hunting experience for group hunts.  For pricing, dates and to book, please contact Ben Myhre at or call (530) 519-4902 or (805) 550-4204



Hunting opportunities are open to resident and non-resident hunters who successfully complete the application process noted below.  Please see below for Open Hunting information.


Note:  while non-resident hunters are eligible to hunt in the interior upon successful completion of application to hunt, they should be aware of the unique logistical considerations (limitations on interior transportation, firearms, harvest requirements, and boat transport of firearms harvest) associated with Catalina Express, City of Avalon, local lodging, and Conservancy regulations.  Please contact each agency directly with any questions prior to booking your travel to the island.


The Conservancy’s 2019 hunting season will begin July 15 and close December 26.


This year’s Hunting Season has two date ranges - SEE REVISED DATES BELOW:

July 15 through September 13, 2019

Hours: 30 minutes before Sunrise to 9:00 am, and 4:00 pm to 30 minutes after Sunset 

  • Bow, Crossbow Hunting in all zones
  • Rifle hunting in zone A only.

November 5 through December 26, 2019

Hours: 30 minutes before Sunrise to 30 minutes after Sunset

  • West End Only November 5 through November 26
  • Island Wide November 25 through December 26



To aid the Conservancy in its deer management objectives, hunters are required to take an antlerless doe first.  If a second deer is taken antlerless is preferred.  


Applying for a tag:
Tags will be issued starting on July 15, 2019 on a first come first served basis.    The online paperless system for obtaining your permits allows you to attach your documents in advance of coming to the WMBG to finalize your application.




If you have questions, please contact hunting at 310-510-2897 or come to the Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden (WMBG) booth.   WMBG Hunting Permit Hours are 9 am to 11 am and 2 pm to 4 pm, Monday through Sunday.


Receiving your tags:

All applicants must successfully complete the application process before a Private Lands Management (PLM) tag will be issued.  Applications for tag(s) are not considered complete until you have submitted all required documentation, signed all forms, paid all fees and deposits and completed the process to of exchanging deer tags for PLM tags


Residents receive a free antlerless PLM tag with Conservancy Membership

The Conservancy is once again offering a membership special for island residents.  Catalina residents can purchase a Conservancy membership at the Explorer level or above with a 25% resident discount off the price of membership and receive their first tag (antlerless) free.  A second tag can be purchased for only $100 (antlerless or either sex).  One free tag per resident/per membership.  A $100 deposit is required for each tag and will be returned upon successful completion of tag reporting once tags are completed and returned to the WMGB.


Non-residents must purchase a Conservancy membership at the Explorer level or above in order to hunt.  Non-residents can purchase their first (anterless) tag for $100.  A second tag can be purchased at $100 for antlerless or $200 for either sex.  A $100 deposit is required for each tag and will be returned upon successful completion of tag reporting once tags are completed and returned to the WMGB.  A PLM hunting tag is considered returned when it is physically in possession of Conservancy staff at the WMBG Booth. Deposits are refunded in the same manner as paid. 

Additional Notes for Hunters:

ALL Conservancy Rules and Regulations will be strictly enforced.  Hunters should pay special attention to transportation restrictions for traveling in the interior.  Only vehicles with approved Road Permits are permitted to access the interior and certain areas can only be accessed on foot or with a 4x4 vehicle.


Thank you for your assistance in protecting life, property, and habitat. Your cooperation will further help to ensure future approval of the PLM program on Catalina Island.


Zone Maps

Happy Hunting

Photo by T. Dvorak.

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