Late reply. Don't get on Forum much anymore but I think Ca. Non Res fee's aren't as high as other states . Most likely because not many non res want to hunt here... Great black bear and blacktail up north but nothing compares to hunting the eastern and western Sierra's , as you know my friend. You have to do it only once to know what we are talking about. A noble idea to take your father's ashes there . I've already showed my son where to take my ashes and it wasn't in Ca. ... God speed your father to the happy hunting grounds.