Fort Bragg

State fires will affect some hunting opportunities

With storm systems coming from the south, lightning strikes have produced fire after fire throughout the north state this summer. Tens of thousands of acres have been affected.Whil ...

Choose your Labor Day campground carefully

Labor Day weekend is a week away, and fires in the north state are dominating the news. Some fires remain active while firefighters are containing others.Thousands of acres are bla ...

Fish and Game staff will prowl rivers checking salmon

There was all but a total collapse of salmon numbers a mere five years ago. Fishing for salmon in the ocean and river systems was closed.Salmon numbers have rebounded since then. S ...

Rattlesnake population is up, and so are bites

There’s a major problem lurking in the foothills and high country this year: Rattlesnakes.Last count I heard, there were nearly 150 reported rattlesnake bites in California.Y ...

Overall waterfowl population drops in California

There are waterfowl that find the conditions in California to their liking so they take up permanent residence. Others migrate to northern breeding grounds in Canada and Alaska.To ...

Boats: Blowing out gas fumes is a must; having a fire extinguisher is a must-have

The sky has cleared. We’ve had some breezy days, but those, too, have decreased.The honey-do list grows, the garden gets planted, the lawn mowed, and people are eager to get ...

Don’t wait; it’s time to apply for big-game hunting

If you hunted any of California’s big game last year, you should have received your copy of the “California Big Game Hunting” booklet for 2012 by now.The arrival ...

Mom touched by kindness

I went to the Loomis Post Office to mail a package to Fort Bragg, N.C., so it will be there to greet my son, Bobby, when he comes home from Iraq. While I was getting ready to pay ...

Pig hunts to be offered in Yolo County

California is home to many wild pigs, and farmers aren’t happy with the damage the porkers do in their rooting for foodstuffs. Essentially, wild pigs aren’t much more t ...

A lifejacket is required for each person aboard

There’s only one thing worse than not having a lifejacket aboard your boat, and that’s having a lifejacket that doesn’t fit properly.The law requires a lifejacket ...

DFG offers three types of wildlife areas to visit

Last week, in describing changes in the Department of Fish and Game’s check-in at the state’s Type-A wildlife areas, some people asked, “What are the different type of wildli ...

Check stations will change for 2011-12 waterfowl hunt

It’s hard to think about donning long johns, thick camo and raingear this time of year, when the temperature is back and forth around 100 degrees. And yes, it’s still some mont ...

Is that a girl trout or a boy trout?

Some people who hunt and fish have a real affinity for not taking or keeping female species.The catch-and release theory for females is more prevalent by bass fishing enthusiasts, ...

Salmon season dates are set for area rivers

It was reported in our last column that offshore salmon fishing season dates had been set and, without fail, the California Department of Fish and Game mirrored those set by the Pa ...

Fed sets final season dates for offshore salmon fishery

All fishing in offshore waters is totally controlled by the federal government, specifically, the Pacific Fisheries Management Council. This agency sets, for example, the season da ...