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14B Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter., C n 0 otten licenses, b lo hides, measuringfish, and rnore :. Shooting birds Question: Is it lawful to shoot a bird that is on the water, or if I'm field hunting, to shoot a bird that is standing on the ground? I do not consider it sporting, but I was with a group of hunters that took part in the above actions. Just curious what the official word is on this. --Nick V. Answer: It's not illegal, butit's certainly not sporting, as it violates the fair chase principle. "Fair chase" is the ethical, sportsman-like, lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an unfair advantage over such animals'. In addition, it can also be unsafe to shoot birds on the ground or on the water because nearby hunters might be in your line of fire. Fish caught in hoop nets Question: If I catch fish in a hoop net while lobster fishing, are they legal to keep provided they meet any size requirements? I have been throwing them back because I'm not sure it is legal to catch them that way. Someone told me they must be caught on fishing line only. What about sea snails and octopus that are caught in my hoops? Can other line-caught sporffish, such as tuna, be used as bait in lobster hoops? Please advise. --Steve G. Answer: You Were correct to return fish caught in your hoop nets because hoop nets are not a legal method of take. Finfish may only be caught by hook and line except in very specifiC circumstances listed under "Finfish Gear Restrictions" in the Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations booklet (California Code of Regulaflons Title 14, section 28.65). Taking sea snails and octopus caught incidentally .... ~,!, ~, : and Wildlife laws regulate this and bring a box of shells them. American buffalo hides for each gun they have but are not restricted by CDFW then find themselves in and so they may be imported violation of the 25-shell limit. or possessed as long as they Also required: each gun must were obtained legally, be plugged and not capable of CALIFORNIA However, the live holding more than three OUTDOORS importation 0f other species Shells in the magazine and CARmE WILSON of true buffalo (e.g. African chamber combined, and lots California Dept of Fish & Wildlife Cape buffalo, etc.) or their of times nothing larger than hides is restric,ted by law 10-gauge shells are allowed in (CCR Title 14, section 671). these areas. For more in your lobster hoop net is information, please check the not allowed (CCR Title 14, Catching fish by hand upland game bird section 29.10(a)). Any finfish Question: I recently read a regulations, available at that is legal to take or possess post from people saying they in California may be used as had caught carp by hand in a bait in your lobster hoop net. lake. Is this legal in Fishing guide with citation California? I have caught Question: I want to apply Forgotten license trout by hand in streamsfor a fishing guide's license Question: My son and Iwhen I was younger, but but am worried because I had fish from our private boat wasn't sure if that was legal a hunter trespass citation almost exclusively and keep either. Can you please many years ago that was our sport fishing licenses clarify? honestly unintentional. It aboard so they are always Nick was a case of poor mapping present. On rare occasions Answer: There are no and unmarked fence lines. I we will attempt to fish freshwater finfish species paid my fine and it never without the boat, and a few that can be legally taken by went any further. This was 12 times have forgotten to bring hand from any Californiayears ago and I have never our licenses. To prevent us lake waters within the state had any other convictions for from mistakenly being (only exception: a few fish any sort of law breaking. without our fishing licenses, species are allowed to be Does my single-hunter can we show a photocopy of caught by hand during trespass ticket exclude me our licenses or can the specific times in a few fromapplying for guide California Department of nonlake areas, as per CCR status in'this state? I am Fish and Wildlife issue more Title 14, sections 1.76 and seriously interested in than one copy to a sport 2.30). teaching others to care for fisherman? and respect our outdoor --MurrayC. Electronics and hunting privileges and would love to Answer: Good questions, Question: Is there any law apply for a guide's license. I but the answers to both are against mounting a camera don't want to go through the no. You must have a valid to the scope of a rifle to process and pay all the costs, fishing license in your record my hunting though, only to be denied at possession when fishing or experience? the time my application is attempting to take fish, and --BarryM.reviewed. Can you please tell you must present it to a game Answer: No, there is no me if my mistake from years warden upon request, law against this as long as ago will cause my application Additionally, only onethere is no light emitted from to be denied? license may be issued to a the camera. --Doug M. person per year. Answer: Because your Two shotguns in a blind citation was 12 years ago, it Buffalo hides and products Question: Is it legal for one was your only citation and Question: Are there any person to have two shotguns you took care of the fines, restrictions on importing in a duck blind? you should not have a buffalo hides or buffalo art --Bob G.problem getting a guide's productions into California? Answer: Yes, but while it's license. Applicants are --Anonymouslegal to have more than one evaluated mostly for recent Answer: No. American shotgun in your blind, keep activity (within five years), buffalo (Bison bison) are in mind there is a 25-shell or repetitive activity. And for considered a domestic breed limit on most public shooting applicants who api ly but are of bovine (like cattle, goats areas (state and federaldenied, any application fees and sheep) and thus no Fish refuges). Hunters often forget are refunded. Accurately measuring fish Question: What is the legal and proper way to measure a fish, particularly largemouth bass? Is it with an open mouth, closed mouth, fanned tail or pinched tail? I would appreciate some fish measuring guidelines to determine whether a catch, is legal. Thank you. --Rick B. Answer: The first rule when measuring fish is to lay the fish fiat on its side and always pinch the mouth closed. All freshwater fish, including largemouth bass, are measured to total length. This is the longest straight-line distance from the tip of the head to the end of the longest lobe of the tail (California Code of Regulations Title 14, Section 1.62). The most accurate method is to place the fish's snout against a perpendicular surface and then measure along the intersecting horizontal surface to the end of the tail. Don't measure using a flexible "tape" over the fish itself or you will be given a longer false reading. All freshwater fish with a minimum size limit are measured this way. On the ocean side, most saltwater fish with minimum size limits 'are measured to total length, but there are some that are measured to fork length instead (e.g., bonito, albacore, barracuda and yellowtail). Fork length is the straight-line distance from the tip of the head to the center of the tail fin (CCR Title 14, Section 1.62). So. ::: again, lie the fish flat on its :; side, pinch the mouth closed and take your measurement :; from the tip of the head to the center of the fork of the tail. These are the only t~wo i: measurements that you will .' : need to know for the :-' purposes of the regulations when measuring whole fish. :7 Giving pheasants away Question: Once I shoot my limit of pheasants, can I give