Change California's Hunting Regs
Hunters and others interested in the future of the state's big game animals have until February 9 to reach California officials with either proposed changes in existing hunting regulations or recommendations for brand new rules, according to the Department of Fish and Game.

State Fish and Game Commission members officially will receive both the DFG's proposals and those from the public at a commission meeting on Saturday, February 9, in Sacramento.

Written recommendations may be submitted to the commission at the meeting or by February 9 at 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Commissioners will conduct open discussions of the DFG and public proposals at meetings March 8 in San Diego and April 5 in Long Beach and adopt the final rules via a "teleconference" call April 25. The regulations will become effective July 1, the start of the new hunting license year.

At stake, the DFG said, are regulations governing hunting seasons for wild pig, deer, bear, pronghorn antelope, elk and bighorn sheep. The regulatory package also will contain rules for tree squirrels, rabbits and furbearing mammals.

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