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Cape Mendocino, Humboldt County
Heading offshore at dawn with a calm sea is the wish of every saltwater angler and skipper.


North State Rivers - It'll be a while
by Gary Heffley, JANUARY 16, 2017

Releases from Oroville and Shasta dams make the popular fishing rivers of the Central Valley and most all points south, unfishable, as regulators struggle to manage reservoir levels to a point where future rainfall and the inevitable snowpack melt can be retained without “uncontrolled flooding”. At this time of year, Shasta should be, at max, 40 feet below full pool. With...
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Any hunter who purchased 2016 big game or turkey tags needs to report their hunt results by the deadline, which is Jan. 31, 2017 for most tags. Hunters are required to report on each deer, elk, cougar, bear, pronghorn and turkey tag purchased—even if they were not successful or did not hunt. Sports Pac license holders need to report on each...
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Wildlife Officer Foundation have announced the winner of the annual “Passing on the Tradition” Hunting Heritage essay contest. Tyler Benedetti, a 17-year-old youth hunter from Morgan Hill, was awarded the top prize, a lifetime hunting license donated by the Wildlife Officer Foundation. Tyler won second place in the 2015 essay...
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Snow melt raises rivers to flood stage
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, JANUARY 14, 2017

Chetco River

What happened last week to northern California and southern Oregon rivers was somewhat similar to Isaac Newton's supposed gravitational quotation where he's been loosely quoted to say, "Whatever comes up must come down." Tada! The law of gravity was explained. Only the phenomenon that happened in the last seven days to local-area rivers like the lower Rogue, Chetco and Smith, which...
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Bird Feeders May Lure Other Unwanted Wildlife Visitors
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, JANUARY 13, 2017

Question: Is it okay in California to put bird feeders out to feed wild birds? Assuming it is, if we observe deer eating the seeds intended for birds, are we obligated to remove the bird seed and stop feeding the birds or can we continue to put out seeds for the birds even if the deer are also coming in...
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Fishing Report Cards Due Soon
by CDFW, JANUARY 13, 2017
Trinity River

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds anglers and divers that Jan. 31, 2017 is the due date for turning in steelhead, sturgeon, abalone and north coast salmon report card data. Information collected from sport fishing report cards provides CDFW biologists with important data necessary to monitor and manage California’s diverse recreational fisheries, including preparing recommendations for sport fishing...
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