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anotherone
09-30-2006, 4:02 AM
Well it's almost 4am so I'll be out the door in a few minutes so I'm where I need to be to go after some game. Speaking of which I just wanted to take a moment and say I'm glad I'm a hunter in California. No slug guns, no hunter orange requirements, no snow and freezing weather for most of the hunting season...

Yep this is what crosses my mind when I see folks out east and in the mid-west slam us for not being able to own an AR-15 with a 100 round Beta-C mag. OK... fine... have your 100 round Beta-C and while you enjoy shooting holes in paper I'll be out hunting :D! I can only imagine how hard it must be to hunt turkey while wearing blaze orange... they scare easy enough as it is.

And oh yeah did I mention that because everyone out here is so anti-gun the amount of hunters in California have dwindled from 750,000 in 1970 to 238,000 in 2006? Less competition.

Pablo
10-01-2006, 7:22 PM
I know what you mean... California is a great place to go hunting. :)

http://www.hunt101.com/img/435840.jpg (http://www.hunt101.com/?p=435840&c=500&z=1)

This pictures are from 2 weeks ago. The weather was really nice. Not to cold, not to warm.

http://www.hunt101.com/img/435835.JPG (http://www.hunt101.com/?p=435835&c=500&z=1)
http://www.hunt101.com/img/435836.JPG (http://www.hunt101.com/?p=435836&c=500&z=1)

VeryCoolCat
10-01-2006, 7:49 PM
I hope to go hunting one day... gotta take that class, get the tags, and wake up way before dawn.... christ. the dawn bit is a little rough.

cnyankee
10-01-2006, 7:58 PM
i know you have to take an idiot test to buy a handgun but i didnt know you have to take a class to get a hunting licence. if so i need to take one right away because i was planning on going after pig for my first cali hunt in a month.

anotherone
10-01-2006, 8:24 PM
I'm still trying to find open meadows where I can lawfully hunt in Cali. Most of the places I hunt are all forest settings. Maybe we can swap some spots or something...

Anyhow I found a killer spot for pigs but the walk there is brutal. Over a mile straight up hill and then another two miles. My buddy and I could probably easily take 2 or 3 pigs there but the walk is so bad that you can only get one out so we usually only take one :(! Yeah, I know I need to get an ATV.

eckerph
10-01-2006, 10:43 PM
Yup gotta love Cali hunting, When my wife was stationed at Cannon AFB i thought,"cool, New Mexico will have tons of hunting"! WRONG! everywhere i looked it it was all fenced in ranch land, man i saw hundreds of antelope out their but you couldn't touch them. I wish i could get back into it again but with the kids its real hard, too bad too cause their are a ton of turkeys and deer in my area, last may i took the kids by the horse stables and we counted +20 deer. Thats not including the ones i couldn't see well in the trees. Then just the other day i counted 13 turkeys by the church and 9 by the visiting officers quarters.

wildcard
10-03-2006, 8:30 AM
i know you have to take an idiot test to buy a handgun but i didnt know you have to take a class to get a hunting licence. if so i need to take one right away because i was planning on going after pig for my first cali hunt in a month.

You will need to take a hunter safety course and take a test that follows it to get your hunter safety certificate before you may get your hunting license. The actual test is easy and takes about 10 mins if you read through the manual and/or pay attention in your hunter safety class. The only difficult part is slotting out 8 hours of your satuday to take the class. Of course you only have to take the class once in your lifetime. Your hunting license must me renewed annually.

gose
10-03-2006, 9:20 AM
The difficult part is finding a place to hunt... Are there any decent maps of land where you're allowed to hunt?

anotherted
10-03-2006, 5:24 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v321/TeddyJ/AspenCampground.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v321/TeddyJ/AspenCampground2copy.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v321/TeddyJ/GrantLake24.jpg

anotherone
10-03-2006, 7:39 PM
Do you ever use a bow to hunt Anotherted :)? j/k

BigMac
10-04-2006, 7:58 AM
I dont know about Anotherted, but I do ;)

Flat heads are safe (I'm not the hungry) but bucks with legal horns are anyting but safe for the entire A-zone season.

My hunting party got 4 this year. I saw some Mendocino buck photos that were FANTASTIC! A guy came and showed me 5 BIG bucks all taged in the back of a pickup.

Nice weekend of hunting.

~DEVO~
10-04-2006, 5:40 PM
http://www.hunt101.com/img/435840.jpg (http://www.hunt101.com/?p=435840&c=500&z=1)
http://www.hunt101.com/img/435835.JPG (http://www.hunt101.com/?p=435835&c=500&z=1)
http://www.hunt101.com/img/435836.JPG (http://www.hunt101.com/?p=435836&c=500&z=1)

WoW! Where is this?!:eek:

Spiggy
10-07-2006, 11:31 PM
wow! even if you dont bag one, it still looks like it's worth the trip just for the scenery!

ldivinag
10-09-2006, 12:04 PM
lol...

sometimes when i leave work (cal state hayward) at late nites, i often see deers just wandering around...


and once in a while a group of wild turkeys can be seen crossing the street...

wildcard
10-09-2006, 1:04 PM
Just did some hunting in Zone D9/ Sequoia National Forest, saw two bucks and a bear. I had tags for both, but didn't get a shot :mad: Better luck in two weeks hopefully! And if you plan on going.. just know its COLD!

johnny_22
10-09-2006, 4:09 PM
You will need to take a hunter safety course and take a test that follows it to get your hunter safety certificate before you may get your hunting license. The actual test is easy and takes about 10 mins if you read through the manual and/or pay attention in your hunter safety class. The only difficult part is slotting out 8 hours of your satuday to take the class. Of course you only have to take the class once in your lifetime. Your hunting license must me renewed annually.

I got my Hunters Safety Certificate/card at Livermore Rod and Gun one Saturday morning. You take a pre-test on-line and then 4 hours of refresh and rifle/shotgun handling before the state test. Take a look at:

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/he_classes.html#homestudy

for a class near you as well as for the on-line courses.

IGOTDIRT4U
10-09-2006, 4:38 PM
Cal Fish and Game puts out a comprehnsive book onhunting regs and zones, times. I get mine at Turners every year. Usually it is free. I think Walmart has them too.

Pablo:

Are those pics from Central Cal area, around Paso Robles?

pieeater
10-10-2006, 7:35 PM
Passed up these bucks while hunting in B zone on a PLM tag.


http://www.fototime.com/A10E4A68627D6AE/standard.jpg


http://www.fototime.com/4F7DC821B333B7B/standard.jpg

wildcard
10-11-2006, 2:15 PM
Beautiful..

Whitesmoke
10-14-2006, 2:35 PM
Just did some hunting in Zone D9/ Sequoia National Forest, saw two bucks and a bear. I had tags for both, but didn't get a shot :mad: Better luck in two weeks hopefully! And if you plan on going.. just know its COLD!

My cabin is at alta sierra in D9...I've hunted there only a couple of times. If you don't mind saying....what part of D9 do you hunt? I've seen the most deer off of Sandy creek Fire rd. I saw 5 in one hour last time....most were Does and a couple spikes.

wildcard
10-16-2006, 9:03 AM
To tell you honestly, I was the passenger and was too busy looking for bucks to pay attention to where I was in terms of the roads/ area names. I know I was all the way up on Jawbone. As for the bear, I was actually grey squirrel hunting when I decided to follow some fresh deer tracks which then led me to some fresh bear tracks. When I saw the bear, I threw down my .22 and pulled out my .44.. tried to stalk down the bear but it was gone.

I'm going back this weekend for the last of deer season and I'll be sure to pay attention to the area names. I'll be going after that bear again with my rifle too!

I believe we're good for quail and/or dove now too.. i'm hunting everything and making use of those tags and stamps.

VeryCoolCat
10-16-2006, 11:37 AM
Its legal to hunt bear in this state?

wildcard
10-16-2006, 1:31 PM
It sure is! http://www.dfg.ca.gov/hunting/biggame.html

And I have the tag to prove it :)

FrankG
10-17-2006, 5:28 AM
these were taken many years ago on one weekend.....local east bay foothills nothing major but sure good eating...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v81/94caddy/1096788-deer1.jpg

Wyseguy
01-19-2007, 10:40 AM
Does anybody know where I can take a Hunter's Safety Course in the Ventura County area, or at least in the Ventura/L.A. area? I know of one that Turner's uses in Norco, but that's too far.
Thanks

Aluisious
01-19-2007, 10:42 AM
I'm still trying to find open meadows where I can lawfully hunt in Cali. Most of the places I hunt are all forest settings. Maybe we can swap some spots or something...

Anyhow I found a killer spot for pigs but the walk there is brutal. Over a mile straight up hill and then another two miles. My buddy and I could probably easily take 2 or 3 pigs there but the walk is so bad that you can only get one out so we usually only take one :(! Yeah, I know I need to get an ATV.
Oh noes, teh exarcize!

;)

Aluisious
01-19-2007, 10:43 AM
If I had a buddy to hunt with, I'd run out for a Rem 700 tomorrow.

arguy15
01-19-2007, 1:58 PM
Where are you at?