California Outdoors for the week of 10/3/2014

Carrie Wilson
California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Packing deer out

Question: I am preparing for my upcoming deer hunt and plan to hike 2-1/2 miles one way into a place to try to harvest my deer. If I am successful I will need to pack the animal back out by myself, and this may be an all-day sucker. If this animal is large enough, I am probably going to have to quarter it and hump it out. If this is the case, do I take the head and antlers out with the tag on them, then make successive trips back in, or how do people normally do this? I don’t want to take the head out and put it in the back of my truck, risking someone might take it, and then bring another load out and find I have no evidence. Do you have a suggested protocol I should follow? Thanks.

Rick L.

Answer: Most hunters in your situation like to bring a small saw to cut the antlers and skull cap from the head, as you are not required to keep the whole head of a deer you legally harvest. The law requires that upon taking a deer, you must immediately fill out the tag completely and attach it to the antlers (or ear if an antlerless hunt) and then keep it for 15 days after the close of the season. In your case, the antlers and skull cap could be placed in your locked car in a box or plastic bag until all your meat is hauled out. Depending upon the type of terrain and the size of the deer, many hunters either take out quarters of their deer, or elect to bone it out in the field.

You might also consider using a game-carrier with wheels so that you can keep your game with you at all times while packing it out. Any wildlife officer that contacts you during this process will likely want to check your tagged antlers, but wildlife officers understand that it isn’t always possible to carry the whole deer to your car in one trip.

Lobster opener

Question: I know that lobster season opens at 12:00:01 Sept. 27, 2014. If the hoop wet time is a maximum two hours, can I drop my hoops at 10:15 p.m. Sept. 26, 2014, and pull them after midnight?

George G.

Answer: No, attempting to take lobsters is “fishing” and so if you drop your hoop nets

fore the season officially opens, you will be fishing out of season. Lobster season officially opens during the first minute of the first day of the season (12:00:01 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 27). The two-hour wet time requirement is designed to require the net to be checked every two hours once it is legally in the water. So this means that even if you legally drop your hoop nets in the water a second after midnight, they must be serviced by 2:00:01 a.m.!

Ocean salmon loophole?

Question: There has been a lot of discrepancy recently due to a bit of a loophole in the ocean salmon regulations. I have been given different answers by a number of people and would like to have it clarified. I live in Santa Cruz, and in the past few weeks there have been a lot of incidental salmon catches in shallow water while targeting rockfish or lingcod. Because it is entirely incidental catch, I don’t see a problem keeping it even though it was caught on a barbed hook. As long as it was of legal size and landed with a net, it should be OK. Of course, if you choose to keep it you would have to switch to salmon-legal gear, but until you did keep one, you can’t prevent one from slamming an iron as you’re reeling up. So basically, if I am targeting rockfish using the appropriate gear, and I catch a salmon while doing so, could I land it using the required net, and if it was 24 inches, keep it and then resume fishing with salmon legal gear?

Azure C.

Santa Cruz

Answer: You are incorrect about a loophole. It is unlawful to take salmon (north of Point Conception) with a barbed hook, period. No more than two single-point, single-shank barbless hooks shall be used and no more than one rod per angler when fishing for salmon or fishing from a boat with salmon on board. If an angler hooks a salmon while fishing for rockfish using barbed hooks, the fish must be immediately released.

Auto hook setter

Question: I do a lot of fishing in lakes and the Delta. Can an auto hook-setter be used on local lakes and rivers? Please help!


Answer: Yes.

Carrie Wilson is a marine environmental scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. While she cannot personally answer everyone’s questions, she will select a few to answer each week in this column. Contact her at

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Portola dominates Weed in football home opener

Portola’s Edgar Cuevas tries to break a tackle from one of Weed’s players during last Friday’s game. Portola dominated the field to win 46-20. Photo by James Wilson
James Wilson
Sports Editor

In its home opener, Portola’s varsity football team racked up points in the first half, and kept its lead through the second for a 46-20 win against the Weed Cougars. The win brought Portola’s record up to 2-1.

“I thought we improved from the previous week in many areas,” said Portola coach Steve Heskett. “The offensive line played very well, and (quarterback) Evan Leal had a huge game because of their efforts.”

“The real heroes of the game were the kids from Weed who made a 10-hour round-trip bus ride after the devastating week they had,” Heskett added.
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Fishing Report for the week of 9/26/2014

Michael Condon
Staff Writer

Men and fish are alike. They both get into trouble when they open their mouths.

—Author unknown

Lake Almanor

Surface water temperatures continue to decline into the mid to high 60-degree range. Fish are feeding more actively as the water cools.

Trout are in the colder water but starting to scatter as the lake cools. Feeding trout are increasingly focusing on pond smelt.
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California Outdoors for the week of 9/26/2014

Carrie Wilson
California Fish and Wildlife

Question: I have a house on 5 acres in Northern California and have some really nice bucks on my land. Every day they come within a few feet of my house and graze on my garden and plants. If I purchase an A zone tag this year, can I legally shoot a deer on my land from my house or porch? My house is situated more than 200 yards from any other property or house and it is outside of the city limits. Thanks.
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Greenville routes Dunsmuir: Indians beat northern rival for first time since 2008

Greenville’s Logan Carmichael hightails it for the end zone during the Indians’ 36-14 win over Dunsmuir on Sept. 12. Photos by James Wilson
James Wilson
Sports Editor

There’s something to be said about home-field advantage. This was clearly evident in Greenville’s 36-14 win against Dunsmuir last Friday night.

The Indians took down the visiting team for the first time the two teams faced each other since 2008. For the last five years, Greenville was the team on the road, and for the last five years, Dunsmuir was the victor.

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