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Bill Karr – EDITOR'S NOTES

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Friday, March 25, 2016
Land lockup forever
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Fight pollution!


Hunting tag draw
So, how did you fare in the California big game drawing?

Well, well, well, I truly was a little surprised that I was not drawn for anything this year from my hunting applications for deer, elk, antelope or bighorn sheep or extra fundraising drawing fundraising tags. Because I also wasn’t drawn for anything last year in 2015. Oh wait, I wasn’t drawn for anything in 2014, or 2013, either! Really? No, no really. I also wasn’t drawn for any big game animal in 2012, or 2011!


I didn’t remember being on a dry streak that long, but checking it out, that makes it 6 years that I haven’t drawn any of my choices for any big game species in California. I guess it’s not a good idea to be calling for the DFW Director to resign or be replaced and still expect to be drawn for a good tag, right? Nah, no way that could impact anything.


So now, I’ve got 14 points for bighorn, 13 points for pronghorn antelope, and 5 each for deer and elk. It’s no wonder that I, and other hunters, are hunting outside of California instead of in this state… chances of getting drawn for a good hunt are almost zilch already, and with the mind set of those running the DFW, we’re going to get fewer hunting opportunities in the state, not more.


Sure, we can always apply for the huge, non-productive A and D Zones, or the B Zones that have a lot of deer but also a lot of territory to cover, so any scouting requires living in the area or spending weeks on the road and scouting. Sorry, I don’t have the time, and many others don’t, either.


The good thing, is that I’m getting to know some of the D3-D5 areas really well, and with my new Polaris side-by-side crew cab, I’ll be able to take advantage of some of the ORV roads in the Sierra. Looking forward to that, but I also bought 4 doe whitetail deer tags in Wyoming at about $40 apiece, so my venison supply is guaranteed.


Fly Fishing in the National Parks 


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In celebration of the National Parks 100th anniversary, Terry and Wendy Gunn and Bennett Mintz researched, wrote and edited a new book entitled “25 Best National Parks to Fly Fish,” a how-to-do-it manual on fly fishing every park from Maine to Alaska, published by Stonefly Press.


The book’s foreword was written by Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service. “25 Best National Parks to Fly Fish” is dedicated to Lefty Kreh with the notation, “Lefty Kreh has touched more lives and converted more people to fly fishing than anyone ever has or ever likely will.”


Each park chapter contains driving directions, entry and access information, fish species, and recommended tackle, fly patterns and mile markers for river and lake entry along with detailed maps and photos. Accompanying each chapter is a “sidebar” of travel information including highways, airports nearest the park, fly shops, campgrounds, hotels, restaurants, lodges, outfitters, must-see attractions and nearby emergency medical services.


Each park consists of a single chapter with the exception of Yellowstone. Because of its size and number of fly-fishable waters extending beyond the park boundaries, Yellowstone Park is divided into four chapters primarily in Wyoming, but extending into Montana and Idaho.


For additional information or to purchase the book, contact Stonefly Press at www.stoneflypress.com; fax (877-609-3814); or e-mail inquiries@stoneflypress.com.


Reader Comments
Mr. Karr. Since you are talking big game, what have you heard about the return of the Eastern cougar in California. I was told a report was on the Weather Channel ( why there is beyond me) that they have shown up, after being extinct, and are killing deer at a high rate. Any substance to this or just rumor/talk ? Thank You. Bill K, Lake Forst.
Bill Kauffman
"Nah, no way that could impact anything." Lol, Right!
Craig Bentley
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