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: Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 5 la It's good practice to notify officers of firearms Concealed weapon Question: A while back I was fly-fishing for steelhead on the Klamath River. While on the river I was approached by a boat of wildlife officers and asked to present my fishing license and steelhead punch card, an6 to show that my flies were not barbed. All was good and the officers were very friendly and professional. At the time, I was also carrying a concealed, unloaded pistol (with rounds : in the magazine but not the chamber) in my fishing vest (as allowed under California Penal Code, section 25640). I was not asked by the wardens whether I was carrying any firearms, nor did I disclose that I was. I do not have a concealed carry weapon permit, but do carry concealed in accordance with PC 25640. Here are my questions: 1. Am I required by law to notify the officers that I am CALIFORNIA OUTDOORS CARRIE WILSON California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife CalOutdoors@wildlife.ca.gov carrying a concealed weapon when stopped? 2. If I am required by law to notify an officer of a concealed weapon, is there a prqferable way for me to do so (e.g., immediately upon engagement)? 3. If I am not required to notify the warden(s) of my concealed fn'earm, is it just smart, regardless of the law, to do so anyway? I have a lot of respect for California Department of Fish ' and Wildlife officers and appreciate the important work they do. Thank you. --d. Wellington Answer: Although it is not required by law, it is always a good practice to notify any law enforcement officer verbally that you are carrying a firearm. This should be done with your hands visible. Tell the officer where the fn:earm is located and understand that the officer will likely remove it from you during the contact and return it to you when the contact is over. Never make any movement toward the firearm and never conceal your hands. Framed abalone shells Question: I've been diving for abalone for years. After I get them home, I clean and polish the whole red abalone shell, and they are absolutely beautiful once the process is done. I like to give them away as gifts to friends, family, neighbors and strangers. I know that I cannot profit from any California game/wildlife. I want to build frames out of old barn wood and driftwood and then put the abalone in the middle of the frame. Instead of a painting of a shell in a frame, it would be an actual shell. My question is whether I can sell the frames for money and then gift the shell to the buyer? If I can do this, how do I do it legally for both parties? Thank you for your time and services in the office and out in the field. ' --Tom M. Answer: Great question, but the answer is no. You cannot sell a framed abalone shell even if you say you are only selling the frame and not the attached shell. "Sell" includes offer or possess for sale, barter, exchange or trade (Fish and Game Code, section 75). According to CDFW Lt. Dennis McKiver, the only way you could sell the frames legally is if, when you are selling the frame, the person buying therame has no idea that you are offering an abalone shell to go with it. If the person has been made aware that if he buys a frame, you will give him an abalone shell to go with it, then you would be guilty of selling abalone shells. Ocean bass fishing Question: I live in Ventura County and do a lot of ocean fishing. I recently saw a fishing program on TV and the captain of the sport boat was throwing an Alabama rig. This rig had five lead head jigs on it and each one had a hook. He was fishing around kelp beds and catching calico bass with the rig. Is that type of rig legal in the ocean and how many hooks can you fish with? I know you can only use two hooks when fishing rockfish, but how many hooks can you use to fish for ocean bass? --Randy Answer: There is currently no limit on the number of hooks that ban be used to take kelp (calico) bass. The number of hooks that can be used in the ocean is restricted when rockfish and salmon fishing (see California Code of Regulations Title 14, section 28.65), or when salmon or rockfish are aboard. If you happen to catch a rockfish, greenling, cabezon or lingcod while fishing for calico bass, it would not be legal to keep it. If you already had any of these species on board, it would also not be legal to fish with more than two hooks. Carrie Wilson is a marine environmental scientist with the California Department ofFish and Wildlife. While she cannot personally answer everyone's questions, she will select a few to answer each week in this column. Contact her a t CalOutdoors@ wfldlife.ca.gov. : Full slate of activities set to honor Wilderness Act 50th anniversary Three days of local events will continue the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Beginning Sept. 19 and continuing through Sept. 24, the events include two distinguished wilderness advocate speakers, an all-day outdoor event at Bucks Lake, an awards dinner at Bucks Lake Lodge and, to cap it off, a wilderness film festival. All events, with the exception of the dinner, are free. The events are just a few of hundreds taking place across the country throughout 2014 to embrace and honor the benefits of America's wilderness. Alliance, will speak on the value and importance of wilderness today. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic lunch, water and blanket or chair for the lawn. Sept. 20 Saturday, Sept. 20, brings an all-day tribute to wilderness at Sandy Point at Bucks Lake. This "still wild at 50" celebration will bring the Plumas National Forest together with many partners for a day of uniquely wild activities. The day starts out with a guided bird hike led by local wildlife biologist Colin Diningham. Interested parties should meet at Sandy Point at 8 a.m. Bring water, snacks, walking shoes and binoculars and dress for cool morning weather. At noon, festivities will continue at Sandy Point with booths and hands-on activities for the whole family. Events include an opening drum circle, leave no trace demonstrations by the Feather River College outdoor recreation leadership program, horse packing demonstrations by the Backcountry Horsemen, and crosscut saw demonstrations by the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Doug Scott will speak on "The Promise of Wilderness." Throughout the day, attendees will enjoy music by The Lost Sierra Ramblers, arts and crafts events for kids, and multiple displays on traditional plant use, traditional ecology, fu'e in the wilderness and more. Free drawings for wilderness paraphernaligwfll be ongoing. Bring a picnic lunch and plan to spend the day. Light snacks will be available. The event, bus sericeand parking are free to the pzblic. Bus service will be provkied from Dame Shirley Plaza on a Sports Editor wantedl': Feather Publishing has an immediate opening for a full-time sports editor. Qualified applicants should have strong writing and photography skills and be available to work nights and weekends. The sports editor is based in the Quincy office, but frequently travels to Chester, Indian Valley and Portola to cover events. The sports editor is in charge of designing the Sports and Recreation section. To apply for the position, send a resume and writing samples to: Managing Editor Dan McDonald at dmcdonald@plumasnews.com. , Sept. 19 Friday, Sept. 19, festivities kick off at noon with a brown bag lunchtime presentation at the Mt. Ho Ranger District (39696 Highway 70 0tttsid. e Quincy). Doug Scott, . chairman of the National Wilderness Stewardship first-come, first-served basis, leaving Dame Shirley at 11 a.m. and returning at 3 and 7 p.m. Also on Sept. 20, for serious hikers who want a true wilderness experience, watershed education project coordinator Rob Wade will lead a hike from Bucks Summit to Spanish Peak, ending at Sandy Point at noon. The hike will leave at 7 a.m. from the Bucks Summit trailhead and will cover 14 miles through the wilderness. This hike is for serious, physically fit hikers only; pack food and water for the journey. Transportation will be provided back to Bucks Summit at 3 p.m. At 4 p.m., the celebration moves to Bucks Lake Lodge for stories from local wilderness advocates, an awards ceremony honoring those involved in the establishment of the Bucks Lake Wilderness, and dinner (no .ost). The lodge will be decked out in wilderness artwork courtesy of Sally Yost and other local artisans. Sept. 24 Wednesday, Sept. 24, brings two activities, starting with Feather River College and the Plumas National Forest hosting speaker Rue Mapp at noon on the campus lawn above the student center. Mapp is the CEO of Outdoor Afro, an organization dedicated to inspiring African-American connections to nature. Her presentation is titled "Our Wild and Civil Rights," addressing the 50th anniversaries of two landmark pieces of legislation, the Wilderness Act and the Civil Rights Act. Finally, at 6 p.m. Sept. 24, Plumas National Forest will host a Wilderness Film Festival at the Town Hall Theatre in Quincy. The film festival will feature the movie "Forever Wild" along with three other short films. All events are free to the public. Contact Leslie Edlund at the Mt. Hough Ranger District for more information: 283-7650 or ledlund@fs.fed.us. Rocky Event: Big Game Banquet Date: Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 Time:. 5:00 pm Location: Plumas County Fairgrounds Information: Call Stephanie @ 258-7833 Prime Rib Dinner Door Prize 17HMR Early Bird Special ends Sat., Sept. 14th Call for more info Event proceeds benefit elk, other wildlife and their habitat BREAKING NEWS! umasnews.com