You do not need a hunting license to target practice.
You will need permission from someone to use their land for target practice.
With permission, the owner of the land will tell you where you can shoot and when to shoot so that you won't bother anyone hunting.
I'm not familiar with California but I can assure you there is a gun range with at least 100 yard range somewhere relatively close to you. That would be a far better choice for you.
Last edited by Jonesee; 01-07-2013 at 21:13..