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3C Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 crew com They fight wildfires for a living, and run marathons for fun. Five crew members of Plumas Helitack 512: Matthew Meyerl, Jesse Frid, Adam .Nesbit, Travis Lopes and Branden Martin completed their first marathon Dec. 5. They completed the North Face Endurance Challenge in the Marin Headlands, just north of San Francisco. The 26.2 miles of trail included stunning views of Muir Beach and the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as a grueling 4,800 feet of elevation change. The North Face Endurance Challenge Championship Course is considered by some to be the toughest and largest trail racing series in the world. In the U.S., the courses are located in Washington D.C., New York, Wisconsin, Utah and California. Each two-day event includes a 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon relay, 50K and 50-mile run. , When they aren't fighting fire, their daffy work routine often includes at least two hours of physical training. The men finished their runs in the following times: Martin, 04:48:20; Meyerl. 04:53:59; Lopes, 05:15:32; Nesbit, 05:22:08; and Frid, 05:47:31. Chris Price, a Quincy High graduate, currently working as a nurse in Southern California, also competed in the event. Price, an avid ultra-marathon runner, finished the 50-mile race in a time of 07:01:40. He placed 5th in his age group 35-39, and 15th out of 497 overall. Five crew members of Plumas Helitack 512 from left: Matthew Meyerl, Jesse Frid, Adam Nesbit, Travis Lopes and Branden Martin celebrate after completing their first marathon Dec. 5. Photo by Danielle Frid It's legal to have a laser on your fishing bow, crossbow Question: When bow fishing for game fish, like carp, is it legal to have a green 5mW visible laser on your bow fishing bow or crossbow? I know that visible lasers on a bow or crossbow are prohibited for the use of hunting animals on land, but I'm just not sure about for fish in freshwater. Having a laser helps compensate for light refraction in the water because aiming at a fish that is not where it looks like it is can be quite tricky. Also, besides the regulations in section 1.23 and section 2.25, are there any special seasons or rules that I have to follow for using a crossbow? I ask because I heard that crossbows in California can only be used during rifle season for land game. Using a crossbow to bow fish is only mentioned one time in the freshwater regulation booklet; most of the text says "bow and arrow fishing." I want to be prepared to explain to a park ranger or wildlife officer (given I am in an area designated for bow fishing) that I can use a crossbow. What code sections should I cite or what should I say? --Alexander A. CALIFORNIA OUTDOORS CARRIE WILSON California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Answer: Yes, it legal to have a green 5mW visible laser on your bow fishing bow or crossbow. When bow fishing in freshwater, you need only follow the regulations in sections 1.23 and 2.25. What you say about crossbows for hunting being legal only during rifle season is correct, but as long as you're fishing and not hunting, this should not be an issue. The main difference between fishing and hunting is that a crossbow is not considered archery equipment for hunting purposes, but is considered legal bow and arrow equipment for those fish species that may be taken by bow and arrow In order to avoid unwanted attention from law enforcement, I discourage you from shining your laser on land. Using rockfish for bait hunt on government land?You can hunt on certain Some of these lands are Question: In a recent What are the costs? government-owned (public)open year-round with no column you stated that "Any --Cheri W.lands in California. Public access fees, but some lands finfish that is legal to take or lands in California are are open only certain times of possess in California may be Answer: You can find a list primarily owned, operatedthe year with an access fee. used as bait in your lobster of guides licensed through the and maintained by CDFW, the Moreo cer, some public lands hoop net." California Department of Fish U.S. Forest Service, the are entirely closed to all I assume this rule applies and Wildlife at Bureau of Land Management, public use, mostly for equally to using rockfish as the Department of Defense or protection of certain plant hook and line bait for lingcod, de (click on "Look up licensed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and animal species. but on my last party boat trip hunting and fishing guides"), Service. Generally speaking, most I was prohibited from using a but no recommendations in Each of these agencies has big game mammal hunting small gopher rockfish for bait support of any particular developed rules and occurs on CDFW, BLM, by a crewman who insisted guide or hunting service, regulations for the lands they Military or Forest Service that this would be illegal. Is it Hence, your best bet is to administer. They provide lands. Small mammal and legal to use a whole rockfish contact other hunters to ask details of which lands are open varmint hunting occurs on (or a slab cut from a whole about their experiences in to public access for outdoor BLM and Forest Service rockfish) for hook and line order to help you deciderecreational activities lands. Waterfowl and Upland bait? I understand that the which guide service to go (including hunting), and the game bird hunting occurs on baitfish would count toward with. time of year they are open. CDFW and USFWS lands. my limit. --Randy P. Answer: Yes, as long as the fish you're using is legal to catch and keep, and as long as you count it toward your daily bag limit, you can legally use it as bait to attract larger predator fish, such as lingcod, to your hook. If the fish YoU'll be using for bait has a size limit, you would need to be sure it was of legal size. How to fred a legitimate hunting guide? Question: Can you direct me to a legitimate site to book a hunting trip? How can we 287 by' or mail your order to: Lawrence St. PO Box B Quincy, CA 95971