Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Important California Bear Tag Validation Changes

While perusing the web this morning, I found an interesting update to the bear tag validation procedures for 2012. The California Fish and Game Commission has updated the regulations. They have amended Sections 365 and 708.12 for bear hunting tag validation.

This is an extract from the regulation amendment. If you want to read the entire document, please go here. 

Section 365, Title 14, CCR is amended to read:
§365. Bear.

(d) Validation of Bear Tags:
Only department employees may validate bear license tags (This provision supersedes section 4755 of the Fish and Game Code). Bear license tags shall be countersigned by a department employee before transporting such bear except for the purpose of taking it to the nearest person department employee authorized to countersign the bear license tag, on the route being followed from the point where the bear is taken. If department offices are closed, the bear tag shall be validated within one (1) business day of transporting the bear from the point where taken.

This is good news as it gives additional time to successful bear hunters to get their tag validated. Most offices are closed on the weekends and with so much area to cover, it can be very difficult to get a warden out to your location in a timely manner. This should help many hunters, but keep in mind that as far as I understand it, you still have to call and attempt to get a warden or biologist to your location to validate the tag. Can anyone correct me here?

4 comments:

  1. Good deal! Thanks for the heads up on the change. Not that I may need it (with my bad luck) but its good to know I won't be in such a rush.

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  2. I dont know exactly what they are saying here. From what I know/recall, (we all tagged out on bears this year), the DFG told us we had ten days to get the Bear to a Local DFG, (we went to the Lake Sonoma Hatchery) to get the tag validated and a TOOTH pulled. It used to be every odd or even tag, dunno which one, had to get the tooth pulled, but now its everyone who harvests a bear. I honestly dont understand why they would change it to being countersigned BEFORE transporting... Or within one day... And havent heard of it until now.

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  3. Oh, and to further why im confused,one of my buddys took in his head and tag at about the ninth day, (we all went together), mine was only 1 day the other 3 days, and the older one was full of maggots. The DFG didnt say anything about it the one day thing...

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  4. @Anonymous - You have to present the skull to DFG within 10 days, that is still true, but you MUST have it validated before transporting it. Used to be you would have to call a warden right after taking a bear. They would have to meet you and validate the tag before taking it anywhere. Now you have 24 hours if you can't get in touch with a warden. Says so right in the regulations:

    §708.12. Bear License Tags.

    (d) Validation of Bear Tags:
    Only department employees may validate bear license tags (This provision supersedes section 4755 of the Fish and Game Code). Bear license tags shall be countersigned by a department employee before transporting such bear except for the purpose of taking it to the nearest department employee authorized to countersign the bear license tag. If department offices are closed, the bear tag shall be validated within one (1) business day of transporting the bear from the point where taken.

    Presentation of the bear skull has been ten days for a long time, but the validation is a key factor.

    §367.5. Presentation of Bear Skull.

    Any person who takes a bear shall present the skull (even if damaged) to a department office/officer within 10 days of taking the bear. The skull shall become property of the department. That portion of the skull not needed for scientific purposes shall be returned.

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