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lOB Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Bicycles are considered conveyances fron00 Hunting from bike Question: I will soon be taking off to the mountains to do some mountain quail and tree squirrel hunting. In past years, after arriving at hunting camp, most of my hunting was done on foot and so I couldn't cover much ground in a day. Last year I took my grandson with me to start teaching him a little about gun safety, hunting and camping in the wild. After walking for a while he got tired and wanted to rest. We CALIFORNIA OUTDOORS CARRIE WILSON California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife were walking along a logging road and he told me he wished he had his bicycle with him. This got me to thinking that with a bike I could cover a lot more area, be basically silent, use no fossil fuel and get some much needed exercise to boot. So, for my hunting trip this year I purchased a mountain bicycle and got it geared up with saddle bags and a handlebar gun rack for my shotgun. Now I'm all ready to go but can't fmd any hunting laws, rules or regulations concerning guns and bicycles on logging roads. Here are my questions: Can I legally shoot from my bicycle while stopped with my feet on the ground or do I have to completely dismount the bicycle to shoot? Can I have a shotgun shell in the chamber while on my bicycle (like while walking) or must I have the chamber empty and action open like when in a motor vehicle? Can I carry a holstered six-shot black-powder pistol with five rounds capped on my bicycle or do all the nipples have to be uncapped, as in a motor vehicle? I don't want to do anything illegal or get into any trouble, so I would appreciate any help with Events Around Plumas County' Portola: Annual Book Fair, 2:45- 6 p.m., C. Roy Carmichael Elementary School library. Books, gifts sold at nonprofit event raise money to support CRC library. Hamilton Branch: Ceremonial Christmas tree lighting, 7 p.m., Hamilton Branch Fire Protection District. All Hamilton Branch kids welcome for Santa meet and greet, cookies, punch, holiday treats. Portola: Eastern Plumas Health Care Rummage Sale of the Century, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., EPHC Portola Campus Education Center (behind hospital). Hot cider, refreshments, Santa Claus hosted by EPHC Gives Back. For information: Regina, 832-6510. Tree Lighting and Light Parade, 6 - 9 p.m., downtown Commercial Street. Craft fair in Commercial Street parking lot, bonfire, holiday refreshments, photos with Santa, family fun. For information, to participate in parade: Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce, 836-6811. Quincy: Artist's opening reception, 5 - 7 p.m., Plumas Arts Gallery. Sally Yost presents paintings created at Black Mountain Lookout retreat. For information: Plumas Arts, 283-3402. Sparkle, 5 - 8 p.m., downtown. Includes open studio by Rebecca Glaspy at 34 Harbison St. Entertainment on courthouse steps includes choir, dance pedormances; ugly sweater contest; poetry reading; "Silent Night" on harmonica. Tree lighting at 7 p.m.; business open houses. Mandarin orange fundraiser; starts during Sparkle, continues until sold out. 10 pounds of Sumatra mandarins for $10. Fundraiser for lOth grade at Quincy Junior-Senior High School (Class of 2017). Limited quantities. For information, to order: Grace-Ann, 283-3302. Westwood: Seventh annual Christmas in the Mountains, 6 - 9 p.m., Westwood Community Center at Birch and Third streets. Includes vendor booths, tree lighting ceremony, Christmas light parade (late entries accepted), food, free crafts and books for kids, visits and photos with Santa. Hosted by Westwood Chamber of Commerce. For information: WEE, 256-2456. Graeagle: Graeagle Holiday Festival, 1 - 5 p.m., downtown. Free old-fashioned Christmas festival includes tree lighting, refreshments, photos with Santa, rides in decorated horse-drawn trolley, carolers. For information: Portola: Free Pancake Breakfast With Santa, 9 a.m. - noon, Calpine Elks Lodge at 71292 Highway 70 3.5 miles west of Portola next to Chalet View Lodge. Open to kids up to 12; adults required to accompany. Bring food item to donate to local food bank. Free photos with Santa. Santa Train, 5 - 8 p.m., Western Pacific Railroad Museum at 700 Western Pacific Way near Old Town. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy Christmas decorations, complimentary holiday refreshments. Admission $5 plus three cans nonperishable food per carload, $10 without food. For information:; Debra Baer, 832-0819. Quincy: 39th annual Eta Alpha Holiday Craft Faire, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Commercial Building at Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Handmade items, home-baked treats, food, door prizes, 50/50 drawing. Photos with Santa 10 a.m. - noon, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. For table information: Sally, 283-2668. Open house, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Carey Candy Co. Featuring caramel apples, store specials, Mary Kay product demonstrations. Chester: Winter Concert; 7 p.m. Sat, 4 p.m. Sun; United Methodist Church at Highway 36 and Glenwood Drive. Chester Community Chorus, Lake Almanor Handbell Ensemble offer show with "All Around the World" theme. Donations welcome at the door. For information:, 284-7334. Taylorsville: Mt. Jura Gem and Museum Society Christmas party, 6 p.m., Indian Valley Museum. Includes feast of homemade dishes. All are welcome; bring toy for Toys for Tots. Quincy: Speaker presentation, 6 p.m., Plumas Arts Gallery. The Common Good Community Foundation presents Sally Yost on lookout artist retreat. Doors open 5:30 p.m. for treats. Quincy: Plumas Community School field trip fundraiser, Safeway parking lot. Students offer die-dyed T-shirts, gloves, hats; bake sale.  Chester: Community Supper, 5:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Hall. Hosted by Plumas Bank; supper hosted by different group every second, third Thursday. Chester: Santa book signing, 4 - 6 p.m., Books & Beyond. Santa signs old and new Christmas books, reads "A Visit From St. Nicholas." Refreshments served. Quincy: 50th annual Wassail Bowl, 5 p.m., Plumas County Museum. Includes awards of Person of the Year, Business of the Year; Holiday Cookie Contest. For information: Quincy Chamber of Commerce, 283-0188. a hunting standpoint these questions. --K. Broberg Answer: Shooting or taking game from a bicycle, whether on it or straddling it, is not specifically prohibited in California Fish and Game laws. However, section 374c of the Penal Code prohibits shooting a firearm from or upon a public road. A logging road is not a highway but it may be a public road depending on multiple factors, including who owns and/or maintains the road. But, in any case it is advisable to always be off any road before shooting even if it is not expressly prohibited by law. Loaded rifles or shotguns are prohibited in any vehicle or conveyance "while standing on... any way open to the public" (Fish and Game Code, section 2006). In your case the bicycle is a conveyance and the logging road is a way open to the public -- assuming it is open to travel by everyone and not just to those having specific permission from the owner. Bicycles may not be used in designated wilderness areas. California Department of Fish and Wildlife law does not prohibit carrying a holstered six-shot, even in a motor vehicle. The loaded-gun law applies only to rifles and shotguns (Fish and Game Code, section 2006). There are other law enforcement agencies that do have strict laws against carrying loaded guns in vehicles, though. Beach curfews Question: I happen to live on the beach and enjoy taking late evening beach walks but rarely do so due to the 10 p.m. beach curfew closing. I've heard that despite any beach curfews, you can be on the beach fishing at any hour as long as you have a fishing license anal are legally fishing. If this is true I could just bring a surf rod with me at night to walk and have some fun bouncing a lure in the surf. Does that sound reasonable? --Shane S. Answer: Local beach curfews are often imposed for public safety and they take precedence over state ocean fishing open hours. While there are no time limitations when fishing for finfish, you must abide by the beach curfew. Sorry! Roadkill is not food Question: A friend recently hit a deer, causing about $1,200 damage to the vehicle. He picked up the deer and put it in his truck to take home for food. He was stopped by a sheriffs deputy who told him to take the deer out of his vehicle or he would be cited. I heard that it is legal to pick up "roadkill." Can you please clarify this? --Sandy B. Answer: The officer was correct. It is illegal to pick up roadkill wildlife in California. No one may possess wildlife in any form unless the animal was legally taken by a licensed hunter during the hunting season for that species and while using approved harvest methods. Given this, even if the first criterion were true (your friend is a licensed hunter), motor vehicles are not a legal method of take. The next time your friend sees an animal killed on the roadway, he should not attempt to retrieve it for any purpose. Luring lobsters Question: Are you allowed to lure lobsters out of a hole with a piece of sardine in your hand? --Da rid C. Answer: Sure, you can give it a try, but I don't know how successful you'll be. The law says that skin and scuba divers may take crustaceans by the use of the hands only and may not possess any hooked device while diving or attempting to dive for them (CCR Title 14, section 29.80). There is no prohibition against waving snacks in front of them. Carrie Wilson is a marine evironmental 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 colunm. Contact her at "- "& - o: yo - " I MENU Beef stroganoff, noodles, I coleslaw, beets, whole grain I : roll, sliced oranges | Monday, Dec. 8 | *** Egg salad sandwich, split pea soup, leafy green | salad, mixed fruit | Tuesday, Dee. 9 | Sweet and sour chicken, stir fry vegetables, brown rice, | pineapple slices Thursday, Dee. 11 | Chicken salad, sliced | carrots, bran muffin, mixed fruit, ice cream II Friday, Dec. 12 | Pizza, mixed green salad, steamed swiss chard, mixed | fruit II :Vegetarian Meal' **Healthy Heart Meal I ii This item's menu may contain over 1,00o mg of Sodium Nutrition sites: Chester, 394-7636; Qumcy, 283-0643; Greenville, II 284-6608 (day before for reservation); Portola, 832-4173; Blairsden| open Wed. only, call 832-4173 Tuesday for reservations. Suggested- | donation $2.50 for 60 yrs & older. One guest may accompany each| senior, $6 mandatory charge. Menus may change. 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