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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 21, 2012 3C Questions on regulations your game quickly so you can enjoy your.harvest. CALIFORNIA OUTDOORS CARRIE WILSON California Dept. of Fish & Game C No foul fowl Question: I hope you can answer my question about cleaning birds. My friends and I went quail hunting a few weeks ago, and it took us 45 minutes to hike into the area where we hunt. We flushed a large covey of birds, shot two and then continued to hunt singles for several hours. We picked up a few more birds for the day and hiked back out. By the time ! was able to clean my birds, several hours had passed. The birds had been in my vest. Are they still safe to eat after being shot several hours before and then not cleaned right away? If not. how do you clean a bird and continue to hunt when you are so far from the truck and any ice chests? My friend says you can also freeze the birds before cleaning them, then thaw and clean them all at once. Is this safe? Can I do this with all birds such as pheasants, too? --Jim L. Santa Maria Answer: As I'm sure you are aware, the most impor tant thing to do with game is to keep it clean and dry, and to cool it down ASAP. DFG Upland Game Bird Stamp Program Coordinator Karen R. Fothergill says she can't promise the birds are still safe to eat. She points out that most of us spend several hours in a day out hunting and by the time we get our birds home. many hours have passed. If you refrigerate them as soon as you return from the field, and it's the same day you are hunting, it is likely they will be fine and OK to consume. However, if they are left in the back of a truck in the heat, then you may be taking a chance. Small birds like quail will cool on their own (somewhat) much faster than a large goose will. Since ideal handling is not always an option, preparing for the worst situation is al- ways the best plan. Hunters should keep an ice chest with cold packs or sealed bags of ice handy to quickly cool down their game birds with- out adding moisture. Mois- ture and warm temperatures create the perfect environ- ment for bacteria to grow. If you are concerned about the birds spoiling, you can al- ways gut the birds immedi- ately upon taking possession of them. This will allow them to cool quickly. Remember that you are responsible for proper game care, and letting the birds go to waste is a vio- lation. DFG advises that you do everything you can to cool Dangerous fishing gear Question: Does DFG have any regulations restricting an- glers from placing their fish- ing gear in an unsafe manner? For example, a person throws their line out into the water and then places their fishing rod back in a position to where the line stretching to the water runs across an area where runners and walkers using the same beach could become entangled. Does DFG have jurisdiction over this? If not, can the practice of having active rods placed far back from the waterline be banned via a city ordinance, or is the region below the high tide line only covered by state regula- tions? ff someone is seriously hurt by such a fishing prac- tice, does the person fishing have any civil or criminal lia- bility? --Len N. Answer: DFG regulations do not address these issues. Duck stamps for collectors Question: I inherited two sets of California state duck stamps. This year, the DFG converted to plastic paper stamps and I purchased one for my hunting license. If a duck stamp for the state is still recognized, how does a stamp collector obtain one? Answer: Any person who purchases a California Duck Validation and/or Upland Game Bird Validation is enti- fled to receive a collectible California Duck Stamp and/or Upland Game Bird Stamp upon request. To have your collectible stamps mailed to you, please log into DFG's Automated License Da- ta System and submit a re- quest. Step-by-step instruc- tions and information are available at stamps. Collectible stamps will be at the bottom of the screen on the 2011 hunting li- cense selection page. Carrie Wilson is a marine biolo- gist with the California Depart- ment ofFish and Game. Contact her at |llll full |limm I||l|||it|l||l|| USmm$1nl~IRIRNliSiMIm :::::::::::::::::::::: ................ ltll Have you suffered a thigh bone/femur injury? Attention Recent studies have indicated that use of the osteoporosis medicine Fosamax~ can lead to fractures in the femur- the hip bone. These fractures can occur in low-impact situations, such as when stepping down stairs or even just falling from a standing height or less. This significant risk has been recently added to the Warnings and Precautions section of the label. H you or your loved one has suffered a HiP fracture after taking Fosamax~ it is your best interests to investigate your legal rights for possible compensation! 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