MyOutdoorBuddy Hunting News Regional Directory
New Feature

Click on Columnists  to access travelogues, field reports, advice, humorous tales and answers to your Q’s! 





Products-Services


Website of the Week

                                




CA F&C WRC Meeting Agenda for 9/17

Bill Gaines author photo for myoutdoorbuddy.com

By Bill Gaines
09/15/14 -- With the 2013/2014 Session of the California State Legislature now history, the focus of activity relating to wildlife conservation policy has shifted back over the California Fish and Game Commission which is currently considering several issues of interest and extreme concern to the hunting and conservation community. Gaines & Associates has compiled this “Special Report – California Fish and Game Commission/Wildlife Resources Committee Update” in order to provide MyOutdoorBuddy readers with a briefing on important agenda items to be considered at the upcoming meeting of the California Fish and Game Commission’s Wildlife Resources Committee (WRC). Like all Commission and WRC meetings, this will be a public meeting, with all who are interested invited to attend. Unlike full Commission meetings, however, WRC meetings are held in an open “interactive” forum where all in attendance have an equal voice in discussing issues. The time and location of next week’s WRC meeting is: September 17, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Department of Consumer Affairs – Hearing Room 1747 Market Blvd., Sacramento.

Gaines & Associates will be in attendance at this meeting to protect the interests of our clients in the hunting and wildlife conservation community. For more information on any of the below issues of concern, please contact Gaines & Associates.

Falconry
In 2013, in order to transition the federal falconry program to the state, California had to promulgate a full set of falconry regulations by a federally mandated January 1, 2014 deadline. Due to time constraints in the transition process, some recommended amendments had to be held for future rulemaking. This agenda item will begin the discussion of possible future changes and/or clean-up to the recently adopted regulations.

Predator Hunting Contests
This agenda item will continue the WRC public discussion of possible changes to the 2015 mammal regulations. With the possible prohibition of predator hunting contests already fast-tracked to the full Commission level, among other things, this discussion could include possible recommendations from animal-rights interests to prohibit remaining non-predator mammal hunting contests, such as “big buck” competitions.

Implementation of the Bobcat Protection Mandate of AB 1213 AB 1213, the Bobcat Protection Act, was passed into law in 2013. For starters, the bill made it illegal to trap any bobcat in the area surrounding Joshua Tree National Park. But the measure also requires the Commission to consider similar prohibitions within, and adjacent to, preserves, state conservancies, and any other public or private conservation areas. Further, the bill urged the Commission to consider additional restrictions and/or prohibitions on the taking of bobcats. This item will include discussion of possible closure areas.

Implementation of Non-Lead Ammunition Requirements
In October 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 711, legislation that outlaws the use of lead for the hunting of all species statewide. Although the bill mandates that lead ammunition be prohibited, it leaves the details of the bill’s implementation largely up to the Commission – simply calling for the non-lead requirements to be fully implemented no later than July 1, 2019. In addition, AB 711 requires the Commission to adopt regulations by July 1, 2015 that phase-in the requirements of the bill.

This agenda item will include a presentation by Scott Scherbinski of Pinnacles National Park and Ben Smith of the Institute for Wildlife Studies entitled “Reducing Impacts of Lead Ammunition: Challenges and Solutions.” To view the presentation to be given by Mr. Scherbinski and Mr. Smith, click Reducing Impacts of Lead.

Possible Changes to Predator Management Policies and Regulations
Last year, in response to severe pressure from animal-rights advocates, the Commission initiated a re-evaluation of all predator management policies and procedures. Last fall, to start the detailed review, the Commission released a summary of all existing predator management policies and asked for public input on suggested changes. Seizing the opportunity, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Project Coyote both submitted detailed recommendations to the WRC for consideration. Among other things, these recommendations currently call for a complete prohibition on the hunting of all wildlife by dogs. These organizations also make numerous other recommendations related to the management of bobcats, raccoons and all other predatory mammals.

Further, these groups are seeking a complete revamping of the long-standing depredation permit procedure. Lacking any common sense or on-the-ground experience in predator management, these groups are not only calling for a depredation permit to be required for the taking of each individual animal, they recommend requiring that the damage be done before the permit can be issued.

This item of concern was first discussed at the January 15 the meeting of the WRC, and again at the July 28th meeting of the WRC. On Wednesday, in addition to providing an opportunity to continue that dialogue, Commission staff will give a presentation on inconsistencies within predator management code and regulations.

If you have any questions regarding the recommendations being brought forth to the WRC by HSUS/Project Coyote or any other interests to the WRC, or those recommendations submitted by Gaines &Associates clients, please contact us at info@gainesandassociates.net, For more information or any questions pertaining to the WRC, or the agenda for the upcoming meeting, contact Gaines & Associates at info@gainesandassociates.net The next meeting of the full California Fish and Game Commission is scheduled for October 8th in Mount Shasta. The agenda for that meeting has not yet been released.

Gaines & Associates is active wherever decisions are being made which may impact wildlife conservation, your outdoor traditions, your outdoor investment or your rural lifestyle. Gaines and Associates keeps clients current on all issues of concern at all political levels via their “Issues and Status Reports” which are released to clients on a regular “as necessary” basis. For more information on other issues, or how Gaines and Associates can also help you protect your outdoor investment and interests, contact them at info@gainesandassociates.net

More Hunting News

Conservation Key to Future of Hunting

11/14/16 -- At its core, conservation seeks sustainability of wildlife and wild places. Ethical hunters want wild animals to flourish in their natural habitat as much as possible, and will act on their behalf in order to protect and conserve... Full Story

​I Was an Indoor (Outdoor) Slave

Don Webster, author badge, myoutdoorbuddy.com
04/07/16 -- I wish to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to all those kind folks who sent me "get well" cards and flowers during my recent, self-imposed stay at the Broken Antlers Rehabilitation Clinic. I'm especially indebted... Full Story

Nash Buckingham

Don Webster, author badge, myoutdoorbuddy.com
Theophilus Nash Buckingham (1880-1971) was an American author and conservationist from Tennessee. He is known for being an avid shotgunner and wingshot, and a best-loved outdoor writer of his time... Full Story

How much venison do hunters harvest?

Venison Bourguignon (Venison Stew), photo by Daniel Bledsoe, Food.com
06/17/15 -- The Dallas Safari Club (DSC) intends to find out. A study launching in 2015 will measure the actual amounts of venison and other wild protein harvested annually in North America. Researchers will assess the nutritional... Full Story

Pups & Partridges on the Calapooia Prairie

Liesl, 11 month old pudelpointer, photo by Gary Lewis
By Gary Lewis
02/18/15 -- They say a great pointing dog only comes along once or twice in a hunter's lifetime. Some dogs don't have the heart or the desire. Others don't seem to have the nose or the brain. We brought home our pudelpointer in... Full Story

DSC convention goers raise $1M in 1 minute

01/19/15 -- Responding to a heartfelt appeal for youth outdoor education, DSC convention goers on Saturday night raised $1 million in about 60 seconds. The fast flurry of fundraising was a highlight of the 2015 DSC convention and expo... Full Story

It’s Not over Till the Lady Sings

mountain lion on rocky edge, photo courtesy of UDWR and Carrie Wilson, CA DFW
By Gary Lewis
01/19/15 -- If you want to avoid being attacked by a mountain lion, conventional wisdom says, you should travel in groups. If you encounter a mountain lion by yourself or with children, stop and make yourself look as big as possible... Full Story

The buck we didn’t get and two we did

Tyler Low with his 3x4 buck shot at 100 yards with a Weatherby Vanguard .300 Winchester Magnum. Photo by Kyler Olson
By Tyler Low
08/10/14 -- “Can you see him? He is just below the sky line to the left of the big live oak.” The respectable three-point stood only 500 yards away, but my hunting partner, Kyler Olson, couldn’t quite get an eye on him... Full Story

Where Are All the Pheasants?

Sacramento Valley Pheasant, Steven T. Callan, Where Have All the Pheasants Gone
On Patrol by Steven T. Callan
The other day a neighbor stopped by my house after two days of hunting pheasants in the Orland area. He said that he and his golden retriever, Milo, had probably walked ten miles and only flushed three birds. Knowingthat I had grown up... Full Story

Ham on the Hoof

Article and photos by Gary Lewis
12/17/13 -- We were climbing a steep gravel ranch road in Charlie’s Toyota when we saw it, as big as a full-grown bear and on a dead run. Charlie hit the brakes and switched off the engine. There was no time to load the rifle. The shaggy, gray... Full Story

Never say never

Never say never, rifle buk, Francisco Garcia, MyOutdoorBuddy.com
By Francisco Garcia
Most of you have heard the saying, patience is a virtue, and I would say persistence is a virtue. If you want to fill your deer tag each season you have to put your time in. If you don’t give in and hunt hard you should be... Full Story

Hunting trip gone bad

Deer holding tight in cover during times of heavy hunting pressure as I was about to find out. Francisco Garcia hunting story. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
By Francisco Garcia
If you asked me what I’d rather be doing, most of the time I would emphatically say, deer hunting. For me nothing gets the juices flowing and the imagination spinning like the arrival of bow or rifle season for deer. When... Full Story

 

Your outdoor adventures have only just begun
Northern California Fishing News, Northern California Hunting Reports

Fishing News

Northern California and Southern Oregon offer superb fresh and saltwater fishing. Before you make a trip, make sure you have
up-to-date news about where the fish are biting!

Hunting News

This region is also famous for its world-class hunting opportunities. Make sure you are armed with the absolute latest news by checking
the reports being filed daily at MyOutdoorBuddy.com.

Northern California Outdoor News, Northern California Outdoor Reports Outdoor News 

If you like to explore the great outdoors your choices are essentially infinite in Northern California and Southern Oregon. Use our news pages to plan your next outing!

Northern California Destination News, Northern California Destination Reports

Destinations

So many places to visit and so little time, but if you scan
these pages you'll know in advance what lies ahead and what
not to miss in the almost-mythical State of Jefferson.
Buddy Photos

You are there! Towering mountains, vast valleys, unique shorelines. Land, water and air bursting with life. Opportunity presents itself. Llghting is right. Click! An image is captured for the ages.

Photo Galleries, MyOutdoorBuddy.com

Photo Galleries

A preview of coming attractions...if you are planning a trip to this area be forewarned: What photographers have captured will whet your appetite for what will be an outdoor journey filled with wonders.  

Product & Services Directory

Don't let anything come between you and a wonderful weekend, vacation or or auto tour in this region. The fine product and services providers listed here will have what you need to enjoy your visit.  

Come back to MyOutdoorBuddy.com for more Northern California and Southern Oregon fishing, hunting and outdoor news, reports, information, opinions and photos.

Facebook

A friend to all who love the outdoors since 2006

Website Design Photo Credits: MyOutdoorBuddy.com thanks the following individuals for contributing photographs for use on our Home and Section pages: Anders Tomlinson of Tule-Lake.com, Casey Allen of Bayside, CA; Jason Haley of Medford, OR; Steve Breth of Burney, CA; Tracy McCormack of Eureka, CA; Grant Thompson of Grand Junction, CO; Richard Bott of Shingletown, CA; Ron Loftus of Yreka, CA; Scott Caldwell of Montague, CA; Lorissa Soriano of Alturas, CA and the late Dave Menke, formerly with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Website Design by Anders Tomlinson

©Copyright 2005-2015 by Frank Galusha, Editor and Publisher. Articles and photos are copyright protected and are published exclusively on the Internet by the publisher and may not be copied, displayed, reproduced or published in any other form without the express written permission of same who reserves all rights. Material supplied by others is the copyrighted property of the respective authors. Re-use of any MyOutdoorBuddy content, graphics and photos without written permission by the author(s) for any purpose is strictly prohibited.