Frequently Asked Questions
VAFB Hunting - Last updated 14 AUG 18
With the new iSportsman web-based mobile device service, hunting zones have been eliminated. The iSportsman service will list current hunting districts available to hunt in. Hunting registration and fee payment will no longer be accepted at the LE Conservation Office.
Conservation Office: Customer Service Hours: 0900-1000 & 1500-1600 hours
Suspension of Hunting Privileges:
"It is the Base Commanders position to suspend your hunting privileges for breaking base hunting rules, state, or federal law. Which means you will not be able to hunt until your case has been heard."
Eligible hunters must have on their person California Hunting License, authorized deer tag, and a printed Vandenberg iSportsman Hunting Permit.
Outdoor Locator Card must be completed and visibly displayed on the vehicles dashboard.
Outdoor Locator Cards can be picked up at the Conservation Law Enforcement Office foyer, B13848
Hunters must check-in and check-out of the hunting areas using the Vandenberg iSportsman service.
Deer Harvest Reporting & Tag Countersign:
Please bring the head with tag attached to the antler/tag attached to the ear on females, to the Conservation Office during regular business hours to record your kill. (0900-1000 & 1500-1600 hrs.)
Hunters must record your harvest on iSportsman .
Hunters must report your harvest with the state via mail or CDFW website.
Keys are issued on a first come first serve basis from the Conservation office during business hours, 0900-1000 & 1500-1600 hours.
Road Closures: (under News Tab on iSportsman)
Adhere to all posted road closures to include those roads identified on Sudden Ranch and Hunting Area Cl.
Hunting Area Closures:
Reference your map for area closures and posted signs. This includes the UXO areas. Hunters actively hunting will lose their hunting privileges.
Baited Areas:(under News tab on iSportsman)
VAFB is actively baiting and trapping pigs. Hunters must not hunt over bait or traps. Must be 400 yards away.
All Use fees paid on the old system expired on 30 June 2017. To hunt VAFB, you must register via iSportsman and pay the $75.
Configure/transport your firearms accordingly.
30SW131-218 12 MARCH 2015 49 Chapter 7
TRANSPORTATION OF PRIVATELY OWNED FIREARMS
7.1. General Considerations.
7.1.1. Transporting of all firearms on the installation is prohibited except to and from authorized storage or shooting areas to include hunting areas. Firearms must be cleared, safe and placed in a locked container. The term "locked container" means a secure container which is fully enclosed and locked by a padlock, key lock, combination lock, or similar locking device. This includes the trunk of a motor vehicle, but does not include the utility or glove compartment or center console. *** 3rd year rule has been in place, after 2018 Deer season, no more grace period. Rule will be enforced starting 1 October 2018.
7.1.2. Transporting firearms on bicycles, motorcycles, or any two or three-wheeled vehicle is prohibited. Firearms will not be stowed in such a manner as to appear to be a concealed weapon. Examples of concealment: hiding a firearm or dangerous weapon on one's person; transporting a firearm or dangerous weapon in a privately owned vehicle hidden from view, unless secured in a locked, enclosed container to include the trunk, not the center console or utility or glove compartment.
7.1.3. Ammunition may be transported in the same area as the firearm but no ammunition may be inside any part of the firearm (ex: inserted magazine, round not chambered); transporting a loaded, secured firearm is prohibited.
NO G11 TAGS WILL BE ISSUED IN 2019
NO G11 TAGS WILL BE ISSUED IN 2019
Vandenberg AFB Exchange
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Active duty/reserve/retired military members and authorized VAFB DoD employee may have a maximum of 5 visitors in the field at any given time. The visitor must have all required state hunting license and shall register as a vistor hunter and pay the annual VAFB fee with the iSportsman web-based app.
Big Game Hunters must wear blaze orange cap/hat and vest or outer garment in all hunting areas with the exception of Archery areas. This rule is year around. Blaze orange broken up with camouflage is acceptable.
Vandenberg AFB WILL ALLOW lead ammunition to take dove, quail, and snipe this season.
Phase 2 Now – Effective July 1, 2016, nonlead shot will be required when taking upland game birds with a shotgun, except for dove, quail, snipe, and any game birds taken on licensed game bird clubs. In addition, nonlead shot will be required when using a shotgun to take resident small game mammals, furbearing mammals, nongame mammals, nongame birds, and any wildlife for depredation purposes.
Phase 3 – Effective July 1, 2019, nonlead ammunition will be required when taking any wildlife with a firearm anywhere in California.
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