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2C Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter regulations for j ishing and hunting CALIFORNIA OUTDOORS CARRIE WILSON California Dept. of Fish & Game Special regulations Question: What are the bag limits for waters that have special regulations for trout? In some cases, specifi- cally the middle fork of the Stanislaus River, the river is broken down into sections. For example, from the Beard- sley Dam down to the Spring Gap Bridge there are certain restrictions and the bag limit is two fish of at least 14 inch- es. From the same bridge down to New Melones Lake there are no special restric- tions an d the bag limit is two fish. If you fish on one side of the bridge following the spe: cial restrictions (only artifi- cial lures and barbless hooks) and you keep two fish that are at least 14 inches, can you also be in possession of two fish from the other side of the bridge that allows any type of bait and hook? Meaning you would be in possession of four fish because they were caught essentially under the bag limit of the two different bodies of water based on the regulations. Also, how would you be ableto prove to a game warden if they ask about the additional two fish that you caught up river be- yond the bridge? --Larry G. Answer: You may not ex- ceed the daily bag or posses- sion limit for the location where you are currently fish- ing, regardless of where you caught the fish. In your ex- ample, the daily bag limit is two fish, and you cannot ex: ceed that limit on the same day even if you fish multiple segments of the river. For an alphabetical list of waters with special fishing regulations, see California Code of Regulations Title 14, section 7.50. In the current California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulation s booklet, they can be found beginning on page 30. Combo shotgun/rifles Question: I was told re- cently by my gunsmith that it's illegal to use a double gun -- a rifle/shotgun combo, like the Savage Model 24 -- when hunting birds in California. Do you have any knowledge of this or any idea of whom to ask? ---Dave and Jim M. Answer: Combination ri- fie/shotguns used to be fairly common and are making a bit of a comeback. According to Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Lt. Todd Tog- nazzini, they are legal to car- ry as long as the method matches the species being hunted. If the person is hunt- ing for a species where the use of the rifle or shotgun is restricted or not permitted, they may not have ammuni- tion for the restricted barrel. For example, if a person is hunting turkey with a 12- gauge shotgun using No. 2 shot, but they also have .22 caliber ammo in possession, this could result in a citation. Hunting with these combo guns also restricts the hunter to one shot. For example, if shooting turkeys with the shotgun barrel, the hunter would have to reload another shotgun shell if they missed or needed a backup shot. If the other barrel is being used for anything except small game, lead restrictions would apply. And if hunting in the Condor Zone, lead restric- tions would also apply. Fishing for mussels Question: What are the regulations for taking mus- sels? Can they be taken year- round or do they have a spe- cific season? --Tom W. Answer: Mussels may only legally be taken by hand and there is no size limit, but only 10 pounds of mussels in the shell may be taken each day. By law, mussels may be tak- en year-round, but the Cali- fornia Department of Public Health (CDPtt) monitors and annually quarantines the take of mussels for human consumption to prevent cases of paralytic shellfish poison- ing and domoic acid poison- ing. The quarantine is usual- ly in effect from May through October. Before you go, check with CDPH for daily updated information on quarantines and naturally occurring shellfish toxins by calling their Shellfish Biotoxin Infor- mation Line at (510) 412-4643 or toll-free a800) 553-4133 or by checking online at isory.asp. Dove decoys Question: Which dove de- coys are legal here in Califor- nia? Can I use the motorized dove decoy? --Kevin T. Answer: California hunt- ing regulations do not con- tain provisions specific to us- ing decoys to take doves. Mo- torized decoys may be used to take doves so long as they don't produce any bird calls or sounds. The use of live de- coys is prohibited. (Fish and Game Code, section 3012 and CCR Title 14 sections 311(1) and 505.) Carrie Wilson is a marine biolo- gist with tile California Depart- ment ofFish and Game. Contact her at !: Chester's Westley Ruffer maintains control over an opponent during a wrestling tournament in Reno last month. Photo by Julie Buchanan Wrestlers give a strong showing Shannon Morrow Sports Editor Wrestling against some of the toughest competition in the nation, the Chester High School wrestling team placed 34th out of 119 teams at the Reno Tournament of Cham- pions Dec. 16- 17. Chester wrestler Westiey Ruffer was not seeded, but earned second place in the 182-pound weight division. Ruffer upset the second, third and seventh seeded wrestlers on his way to the fi- nals. In the championship match, Ruffer lost to Kyle Cruthmer of Union High School in Tulsa, Okla. Cruth- mer is the fourth-ranked wrestler in the nation and was named MVP of the tournament. Chester wrestling coach Tom Maumoynier comment- ed that the tournament was so competitive that the top three placers in each weight class could be All-Americans. Maumoynier added that Ruffer was the first wrestler from Chester to be named a high school All-American. Chester's John Leal came within one match of placing at the Reno TOC, and Clay Buchanan came within two matches of placing. The weekend prior, the Chester Volcanoes traveled to Alturas to compete at the Northeast Invitational host- ed by Modoc High School. Chester had four wresters place. Leal won first, Rocklin Loranger and Buchanan took second, and Tyler Roberts claimed fifth. Awards ( iinner Judi Madden, center with microphone, speaks during the American Valley Speedway awards dinner at the fairgrounds Dec. 10. Trophies and checks were presented, and sponsors and volunteers were honored. Photo by Juliet Beer SEAMLESS GU00IRS Save decks & siding from water damage Downspouts water diverter Custom installation Adds value & appeal to your house 22 Different Colors FREE ESTIMA. 257-7875 CALC,OOo Kir'00li Michael Kirack, Owner/Builder CONSTRUCTION, INC / N Looking for a car or truck? 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