California Outdoors Q&A



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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California Camp Meat Act?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, MARCH 9, 2017

Monterey Bay

Question: I wonder if you could settle the subject of a discussion. Recently, I mentioned in camp that it was legal in California to kill “camp meat” under certain prescribed rules. For instance, if there were 10 men in camp for 11 days or more (perhaps 11 men, 10 days), then they could kill any one deer for “camp meat.” Such...
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Cow Decoy for Big Game and Turkey Hunting?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, MARCH 2, 2017



Question: There is a manufacturer of decoys that attach to the front of a bow gun for hunting big game and turkeys. They are similar to the Montana style decoys but with a frontal profile blocking the hunter’s profile while he aims and shoots though the large center hole. The decoys come in the frontal shape of a bovine cow, a...
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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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