California Outdoors Q&A



Catching Crabs with a Chicken Leg?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, FEBRUARY 23, 2017



Question: California regulations stipulate that taking crustaceans by “hook and line” is not a legal method of take. So what about a baited line with no hook (e.g. a chicken leg) with a hand line tied to it? As long as I use my hands to take the crab and not a net, is a baited line allowed to lure the...
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When to Use a Crossbow?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, FEBRUARY 16, 2017



Question: With turkey season coming up soon and deer season right around the corner, can you please clarify when crossbows may be used for hunting big game and turkeys in California? As I understand it, you can use a crossbow instead of a rifle during rifle season. Is this correct? Can we use crossbows for taking wild turkeys? (Jesse J.) Answer: It is...
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Hoop netting for crabs off California piers
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, FEBRUARY 9, 2017



Question: Is it legal to use hoop nets to catch crab off piers in California this time of the year? I thought that I read crab season runs through June. However, the hoop net is a net that people use for catching California spiny lobster too, so do I need the California Spiny Lobster Report Card even though I’m not fishing...
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Why Not a Split Season for California Waterfowl?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, FEBRUARY 2, 2017



Question: Global warming and climate change seem to have seriously affected waterfowl migration patterns. Last year we saw the effects exacerbated as birds delayed migrations from summer nesting grounds until late into the year. So, why do we ignore this change in California and persist in starting our waterfowl season so early in the year? My native state of Texas...
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Scuba Diving through MPAs with Lobsters in Possession
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, JANUARY 26, 2017



Question: If a scuba diver legally enters an area for lobster, proceeds to catch lobster in that area but then is unable to exit the water safely, could they surface swim through a Marine Protected Area (MPA) zone with their catch and exit legally? (Tom) Answer: Yes, the diver can swim through but should make sure they are clearly not actively hunting for...
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“Butterflying” a Legal Alternative to Traditional Filleting?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, JANUARY 20, 2017



Question: As an alternative to traditional filleting, some people will do what they call “butterflying.” This is where fish are filleted but the cut is not completed leaving the fillet connected to the skin and the skin attached to the carcass. Is that technique legal for striped bass and sharks? I believe it’s not permissible to fillet greenlings and cabezon at...
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