San Francisco, CA asked in Consumer Law, Animal / Dog Law and Entertainment / Sports for California

Q: I was wondering about the carry legalities of Spears in CA. Do I need permits/certification/job necessity to carry them?

I’m planning on having a couple spears made (Heritage purposes). One as a family heirloom to pass down, and one for hunting/recreational purposes. Is it even legal to hunt with spears?

1 Lawyer Answer
William John Light
William John Light
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Hunting opportunities in this state with a spear and/or atlatl are limited. No big or small game species could legally be taken with one. However, animals that are classified as "non-game" species could be (coyotes, rodents, opossum, etc). You would first need to obtain a hunting license. Confirm with your local Fish and Game Warden, or a local attorney, and consult local city and county ordinances.


Mammal Hunting Regulations, sections 353-354 & 475:

There are no known state-wide restrictions on carrying a spear (there could be local ordinances at issue), but I assume that would attract some attention, so exercise some caution.

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