Q: I read your answer to a recent question regarding whether trout can be shipped across state lines, and you said the answer was no. Are there similar restrictions on shipping abalone to friends in other states? (Kelly K.)
A: The possession limit for abalone is three, so you may not ship more than three abalone at any time. Neither the shipper nor the recipient may possess more than the legal limit at any given time. You also may not offer for transportation by common carrier more than one bag limit at a time, and the common carrier transporting the abalone may not legally receive for transportation more than the bag limit during any interval of time (CCR Title 14, Section 29.15).
The abalone must be shipped whole, in the shell, with the tags still attached. Abalone can be legally removed from the shell only once they are being prepared for immediate consumption. Abalone may not be shipped by parcel post.
Keep in mind that to send or give abalone to an out-of-state person, you also must abide by the importation laws of the state where the abalone will be going. Different states may have different importation regulations that prohibit or restrict such shipments. Check with the authorities of the state where you would like to ship for their requirements before trying to do so.
Bow Fishing in Local Lakes?
Q: I bought all of the bow fishing tackle to start bow fishing and went out to a local lake where I have seen a lot of carp. When I was putting my boat in, a park ranger stopped me and said bow fishing was illegal in our county. Is this correct? I didn’t see anything in the Department of Fish & Game regulations book about it. (Shawn C.)
A: While the DFG doesn’t prohibit bow fishing in certain waters, some local jurisdictions don’t allow it because the gear can be considered a weapon, raising public safety concerns. Local regulations also may prohibit bow fishing from public piers in the ocean. Bow and arrow fishing tackle also is authorized only for certain species and in certain areas of DFG regulations (CCR Title 14, Section 2.25).
Loaded Guns on Private Property Behind Locked Gates?
Q: When hunting on private property behind locked gates from the nearest public road, can hunters be cited for having a loaded rifle (unexpended cartridge in chamber) in a vehicle? While I always remove the cartridge from the chamber of my rifle when I get in my vehicle for safety reasons, I thought that from a legal perspective a loaded gun in a vehicle was unlawful only when “on or along a highway, or other way open to the public,” as specified in Section 2006 of the California Fish & Game Code. I don’t plan to change my habits of unloading a cartridge from the chamber when I get into a vehicle, but I want to make sure I am reading the code properly. (Christian K.)
A: You can legally have a loaded gun in a vehicle as long as you’re on private property behind locked gates with no public access. For obvious reasons, though, this practice is strongly discouraged because of safety concerns. Many hunter accidents have occurred because of loaded firearms in vehicles. Remember, despite the provision here allowing for a loaded gun, you’re still not allowed to take an animal by discharging the firearm from a vehicle — even if you are on private property.
Deer Hunting with a Dog?
Q: I know it’s not legal to use a dog during the archery seasons for deer and bear, but what about taking my dog out after archery deer season is closed? I have a lab that is a little gun shy and isn’t much into hunting, but I do like to take him with me into the outdoors. He isn’t a deer hunter of any sort, and more than likely he would hinder my ability to get one, but I’d still like to take him deer hunting with me. May I legally take him along as a companion? (Andrew H.)
A: You are correct that you may not have a dog in the field with you during archery season for deer and bear, but after the season closes you may take him with you. According to retired DFG Capt. Phil Nelms, the use of dogs for the pursuit or take of mammals or for dog training purposes is prohibited from the first Saturday in April through the day preceding the opening of the general deer season in many dog control zones throughout the state. During the general deer season, one dog per hunter is allowed in the field (CCR T14, Section 265).