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Outdoors Q&A: Ocean Fishing in the Dark

Not being able to see well enough to distinguish the species is no excuse for violating restrictions

Published on 10.27.2010 3:40 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: When Screeching Owls Move In

A fake owl can help discourage a family of real owls from overstaying their welcome

Published on 10.21.2010 9:50 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Will Painting My Kayak Spook White Sharks?

While the concept is intriguing, an orca-appearing structure may not prevent an attack

Published on 09.21.2010 5:59 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Are Liquid/Spray Scents Considered Bait?

Attractants can be used, but hunters are advised to be cautious in the selection and use of a product

Published on 09.03.2010 6:59 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Dog Training with Live and Dead Birds

It's OK to use domestically raised avian species, as long as no wild birds are captured, injured or killed

Published on 08.23.2010 11:19 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Is It Legal to Take Extra Game to Give Away?

The recipient must be present to take possession in order to legally gift abalone

Published on 08.17.2010 9:00 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Is There a Limit on Rods for Ocean Fishing?

Two roads and lines or two hand lines are allowed from a public pier or jetty

Published on 08.06.2010 9:44 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Can I Hunt on My Own Land?

The wildlife belong to the state of California and not to the landowner

Published on 07.31.2010 1:40 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: How Common Is Trichinosis in Wild Game?

Food hygiene and care of a carcass pose the greater risk to human health

Published on 07.23.2010 9:30 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: If the Fish Will Die Anyway, Shouldn’t I Keep It?

The bottom line is, undersized fish must be released immediately

Published on 07.19.2010 11:30 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Night Fishing with Submerged Lights

It is legal in most circumstances, but there are exceptions for trout and salmon

Published on 07.09.2010 11:35 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Catch-and-Release Fishing in No-Take Waters

Zero-take areas allow angling opportunities without the retention of any fish

Published on 07.07.2010 11:54 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Using Scuba Gear to Photograph Abalone Divers

Taking such pictures is legal, as long as a couple of regulations are followed

Published on 06.21.2010 11:59 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Fishing with a Beach Net

There are specific regulations governing the use of beach or throw nets

Published on 06.11.2010 6:45 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Carrying a Gun While Fishing

Law allows anglers to have firearms while fishing and while hiking to and from the site

Published on 06.02.2010 11:10 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Will Controlling Sacramento Pikeminnow Help Salmonids?

There have been efforts to remove them as a non-native predator because they were illegally introduced

Published on 05.21.2010 6:40 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: A Glowing Phenomenon

Red tide is the best time to create illuminated footprints on the beach

Published on 05.14.2010 3:30 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Humanely Wrangling Halibut

A well-placed shot with a spear is usually most effective, but be careful with a knife

Published on 05.07.2010 3:30 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Do Wild Turkeys Hybridize?

Hybrids are possible but unlikely, and natural color abnormalities often lead to misidentification

Published on 04.29.2010 9:25 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Beards and Spurs Don’t Tell It All

There is no exact standard for identifying a wild turkey’s age

Published on 04.16.2010 9:05 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: How Are Fish Stocking Decisions Made?

Tale of Lake Oroville explains why it's planted with only coho salmon

Published on 04.09.2010 8:20 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Why Not Dive for Abalone Year-Round?

The abalone season works in conjunction with other regulations to limit the overall take

Published on 04.02.2010 6:35 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Are White-Tailed Deer Coming to California?

Introducing white-tailed deer — which carry diseases and parasites and would compete for limited habitat — would put native deer at risk

Published on 03.25.2010 8:39 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: When Dogs Become Hunters

Dogs may be used to locate, retrieve and even take live game

Published on 03.19.2010 8:05 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Some Organic Fishing Methods Not Legal

The use of chemicals of any type, such as plant roots used by Native Americans, is a violation of state fishing regulations

Published on 03.11.2010 11:40 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Baiting Crab Traps with Rockfish Carcasses

Generally, parts normally discarded after cleaning don't count toward a possession limit

Published on 03.05.2010 3:52 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Can Wild Turkeys Be Planted on Private Property?

Only turkeys trapped from the wild by the DFG may be released into the wild

Published on 02.26.2010 7:39 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Parting with Treasured Game Mounts

It's unlawful to sell, trade or purchase trophies of deer or elk found in the wild in California

Published on 02.19.2010 3:40 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Caught Without a Fishing License

What should you do if you lose your license while fishing?

Published on 02.12.2010 7:06 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: How Does Managed Hunting Benefit Deer Herds?

Regulated sport hunting minimizes adverse effects of 'boom or bust' deer population cycles

Published on 02.03.2010 7:21 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Lobster Diving Is Not a Team Sport

Each diver may take and possess only his or her own limit

Published on 01.21.2010 8:13 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Is It Legal to Refuse a Search?

Hunting equipment and 'containers' are subject to inspection by wardens

Published on 01.18.2010 10:15 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Can I Fish for Free to Feed My Family?

Subsistence fishing without a license is allowed only in certain locations

Published on 01.11.2010 8:48 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Hunting Coyotes at Night with Lights?

Night hunting is banned in areas where general deer season is open

Published on 01.04.2010 11:04 p.m.

 

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Outdoors Q&A: Toss Back Dead Fish to Stay Legal?

Heed weather forecasts when planning multiday trips to avoid surprise conditions

Published on 12.28.2009 9:20 p.m.

 

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