California Outdoors Q&A



Properly Catching and Releasing Fish while Taking Photos?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, APRIL 20, 2017



Question: My friends and I are all fly fishermen who promote catch and release fishing rather than taking fish for consumption. Many other fishermen, fishing guides and lodges, as well as most fly fishing magazines also claim to share this philosophy but then publish untold numbers of photos of people holding the fish they’ve caught. Typically these photos reveal the fish...
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Collecting Moon Jellyfish for Home Aquarium?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, APRIL 13, 2017



Question: I would love to introduce moon jellies into my home saltwater aquarium. Can I collect them myself or do I need to try to buy them? I would not sell or trade them afterwards for something else. If this would be legal, can I collect them under a basic fishing license or would I be required to have a...
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Where and When Do Turkeys Nest?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, APRIL 6, 2017



Question: I know that turkeys roost in trees at night and that this is their courtship and nesting season, but where do they nest and for how long? We’re seeing lots of toms running around right now but not many hens. I’ve not found any sitting on nests. When can we expect the newly hatched chicks to be out and on...
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Are Green Lobsters Safe to Eat?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, MARCH 30, 2017



Question: A buddy of mine got two lobsters in San Diego Bay right before the season closed. While he was cleaning them, he noticed green algae on their shells and then found the meat to be white, looking like it was already cooked. Both lobsters were still alive when detailing them. Have you heard any other stories like this? Would they...
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When and where is nonlead ammunition required?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, MARCH 23, 2017



Question: I have a question about airguns. With the new lead ban going into effect, can I still hunt turkeys with lead airgun pellets? Are pellet rifles included in the nonlead ammunition ban? (Bill K., Placerville) Answer: Since pellet rifles are not firearms, the use of lead projectiles in pellet rifles is not prohibited. Was there a federal reversal of the ban on lead...
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Moving crab pots that have become navigational hazards?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, MARCH 16, 2017



Question: Can I pick up and remove a crab pot that is a navigational hazard and/or has significant line floating on the surface? (Daniel) Answer: No, it is unlawful to “disturb, move or damage any trap that belongs to another person that is marked with a buoy identification number or unless the person has written permission in possession from the owner of the...
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