Outdoors

Television broadcast pioneer Bel Lange set the bar high

Bel Lange was a household fixture from the mid 1950s through the early 1980s. Those fortunate enough to have a television in those early years tuned in to then-Stockton-based KOVR ...

Archery clinic for kids to be held April 27 in Roseville

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will co-sponsor an archery clinic for youngsters from ages of 8-17. The Youth Archery Spring Fling will be held Saturday, April 27, f ...

Ocean salmon season to open Saturday, April 6

The opening of the ocean salmon fishery is something party boats owners and operators up and down the coast look forward to. There’s just not much ocean fishing during the wi ...

Crappie are fun to catch — and eat

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to be successful fishing for crappie, and it’s probably the one reason many anglers essentially thumb their noses in even trying for ...

SMUD trout fishing derby at Rancho Seco is fun for all

Twice a year, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District sponsors a trout fishing derby at Rancho Seco Lake, 25 miles south of Sacramento. The lake is small by any standards. The p ...

Spring pig hunts offered in Yolo County; turkey season opens March 30

Yolo County is just across the river so you can go pig hunting at Bobcat Ranch on a single tank of gas. The hunts, eight of them, will be offered by the California Department of F ...

Time to get the boat ready for spring use

Most boats have done nothing but sit on the trailer all winter — some in garages or driveways, some covered and others open to nature’s elements. Some users religiousl ...

Check the wildlife code before you sell or trade that trophy mount

Mounted deer heads. Moose. Elk. A largemouth bass appearing to be in its natural habitat. Two quail or ducks, geese, pheasants and so many others can be beautifully mounted and pro ...

Now is the time to replace — and properly dispose of — your fishing line

For as long as there’s been fishing line, it has been discarded along the waterways. Before the invention of monofilament lines, anglers used cotton-type line. It didn&rsquo ...

If you want to hunt spring turkey, a clinic might be just the thing

Wild turkeys have been in California for a good 10,000 years. Their skeletal remains have been found in Southern California’s La Brea Tar Pits along with various dinosaurs th ...

Sterile trout being planted in state waters

The Department of Fish and Wildlife has had numerous lawsuits filed against it over the years challenging the policy of its trout-planting program. The focal point of most suits i ...

Waterfowl hunting season mostly over in north state — with disappointing results

Last year’s waterfowl season found hunters scratching their heads wondering what happened to the weather. It was tough hunting due to the lack of foul weather that can make w ...

Oink, oink: Wild pig-hunting opportunity at Joice Island

Joice Island is in the Delta, inside the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area, which is owned, operated and controlled by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. And, there just h ...

Drifting is a means to hunt waterfowl, and it works

Most hunters know it’s illegal to use a motor to sneak up on a raft of ducks. However, using a boat can be a tremendous method for a successful waterfowl hunt. And, with all ...

Name change removes ‘game’: It’s now Department of Fish and Wildlife

For several years, it was the Department of Fish and Game. However, “game” has a connotation of something hunted, and the DFG handles much more than fish and hunted cri ...