I live not too far from you, maybe 40 miles, and I used to hunt in the Lake LA area, along the backside of Edwards. I’m not sure on the regs now for that area. You can’t hunt at night (1/2 hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset) or use bait, but you can call them in with e callers or whatever. Some areas in the desert are rimfire only, so you will have to use something like a 22mag or a 17HMR and check the DFG map. I have a 17 and they will drop like a sack of potato’s when hit in the vitals, otherwise it’s one or two steps and a faceplant. How large an area is populated it is depends a lot on how dry it has been in the winter. Not too much in the way of Rabbits or Quail this season, in fact it was a pretty bleak year, since all the rain we got seemed to be too late in the season to help bump up the populations.