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  1. STEVE MERLO: Kern Refuge delays opening

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Thursday, Oct 30 2014 05:45 PM

    The historic drought continuing into fall and possibly beyond remains a difficult snag for most hunters whether they chase birds, fish or fowl. Severe water allocation cuts at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge have severely impacted the popular hunting Mecca, not to mention the deprivation migrating waterfowl rely upon for winter habitat.

    Not only is the refuge in dire straits for water, but the entire Southern San Joaquin Valley Zone hunting season relies on the federally managed wildlife harbor. Affording safe haven for many thousands of birds to stick around when they eventually arrive from up north, the two-day-per-week refuge hunting program disperses the birds across the valley floor, providing shooting opportunities for private...

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    Oct. 31 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Catfish bite fair to good. The fish remain in 15-feet of water or more and the bite is best on garlic shrimp, chicken liver, shad, nightcrawlers, and some of the prepared baits. Top...

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    STEVE MERLO: Waterfowl hunters will have option at site off Highway 46

    Even though the Kern National Wildlife Refuge will remain closed at least through November, waterfowl hunters, thanks to the continuing efforts of the Cal Waterfowl Association, now have a place to hunt ducks and geese at a recently...

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    Oct. 24 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure. The catfish bite continues to provide fair to good action. The fish remain in 15-feet of water or more and the bite is best on garlic shrimp, chicken liver,...

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    STEVE MERLO: Faced with dwindling quail growth, hunters should give birds a break

    Saturday marks the opening day of the general California quail season. While the shooting outlook in most parts of the state are only rated fair, at best, the west side of the San Joaquin Valley and surrounding hills still remain dismally...

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    Oct. 17 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish bite continues to provide fair to good action. The crappie action has continued in the trees in the North Fork in 16 to 20 feet of water on...

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    STEVE MERLO: Childhood bird hunts that flew in the face of the law

    While I grew up in Buttonwillow, wild ducks were never in short supply. Back then, game wardens were practically non-existent and I spent most of my formative teenage years not knowing that laws were in place to protect wild game and the...

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    Oct. 10 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish bite continues to provide fair to good action. The fish remain in 15 feet of water or more and the bite is best on garlic shrimp, chicken...

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    Oct. 3 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish bite continues to provide fair to good action. The fish remain in 15-feet of water or more and the bite is best on garlic shrimp, chicken...

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    STEVE MERLO: Krug family to be honored for dedication to outdoors

    The special committee for the 63rd annual Sportsman's Night, set for Nov. 25 at the Kern County Fairgrounds, has made its final selection for Family of the Year. The award is given annually to an individual, group or family who has shown...

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    Sept. 26 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish bite continues to provide good action. The fish remain in 15-feet of water or more and the bite is best on garlic shrimp, chicken liver, shad,...

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    STEVE MERLO: Leave these bears alone, and they'll leave us alone

    The first bear I ever saw in all my adventures came in the middle of the night. My best friend, Larry Johnson, and I were unceremoniously awakened by a rustling in the pile of food and gear eight feet away. We were camped under the old...

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    Sept. 19 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish bite continues to provide good action. There has also been a surprising crappie bite. Other species slow. KERN RIVER: Upper river has been...

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