CDFW checkpoint Sunday north of Bridgeport

CDFW press release
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will be conducting a wildlife checkpoint operation in the Eastern Sierra in early May to promote safety, education and compliance with laws and regulations.
CDFW wildlife officers will be conducting the inspection on northbound Highway 395, north of Bridgeport, on Sunday, May 1 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting.
The wildlife checkpoint is being conducted to protect and conserve fish and wildlife, and to encourage safety and sportsmanship by promoting voluntary compliance with laws, rules and regulations through education, preventative patrol and enforcement.
All anglers and hunters will be required to stop and submit to an inspection. CDFW officers and Natural Resource Volunteers will also be providing informative literature about the invasive Quagga Mussel and New Zealand Mudsnail.
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48 Responses to CDFW checkpoint Sunday north of Bridgeport

  1. Bridgeport local April 30, 2016 at 5:52 am #

    Perfect, just what we need. more violations of our rights. “Will be required to stop and submit to an inspection”. Even though I am doing nothing wrong, I will still have my vehicle searched. What an absolute joke.

    • sugarmagnolia April 30, 2016 at 11:48 am #

      I’m not sure how they’ll do it, but the article says ‘anglers and hunters are required to stop’. That means if you weren’t fishing or hunting you DO NOT HAVE TO STOP. I have to assume they will have a message sign directing those people to pull over into the inspection area, otherwise you will be free to pass on by at the speed limit.

      At least that’s what appears to be legal. When you buy your hunting or fishing tags you agree to be stopped for inspection.

      • tourbillon May 1, 2016 at 7:28 pm #

        “When you buy your hunting or fishing tags you agree to be stopped for inspection.” Yup, that’s pretty much the stock answer isn’t it? In other words, when Americans attempt to exercise the rights for which they pay user fees, they agree to relinquish their rights. Let me give you another perspective Sugar.

        Some of think that we buy licenses to fund government fish and game management. We do NOT think we are agreeing to random pat-downs by the agencies who work for us. If they are unable to do the job we pay them to do without sniffing everyone’s backsides, we need to hire more competent people.

  2. Low-Inyo April 30, 2016 at 2:51 pm #

    I think this is a GREAT idea…many SoCalers (which is surprising why the article states check-point “north’ of Bridgeport) come up here and do as they please,including poaching wildlife and over-limiting on trout,especially on opening week-end.I can remember one time a few years back,at Tuff Campground-Tom’s Place,I witnessed a truckfull of guys hopping out of their truck and catching well over their limit on trout…after I called DFW about it at the local store,by the time they showed up they were long gone…another time,at Big Bend Campground-Lee Vining,same kinda thing (whoever is familiar with Lee Vining Canyon knows of the “pool”)…after the campground host reported it,this time DFW never even showed up..With these advertised check-points,I’m sure it makes these poachers thinking of coming home with an ice chest or two full of trout something to ponder before they do it…not infringing on anyones “rights” the least bit.

  3. 1776 April 30, 2016 at 4:49 pm #

    I don’t see how this can possibly be legal under the Constitution. Reasonable Suspicion is needed to detain a vehicle and Probable Cause is needed to search a vehicle.

    Ben Franklin said it best:

    “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

  4. Low-Inyo April 30, 2016 at 7:38 pm #

    ,,,1776 :……things are a LOT different than how they were in “1776”… on HWY 395 you have dope runners,poachers,speeders,drunk drivers,fishermen with 75 trout in their ice chests….wanted felons..people driving without a license,without insurance, driving under the influence of drugs…if your not doing anything wrong or stupid,you got nothing to worry about….I can’t see how anyone can object to a check-point,which have been going on for years and years,and well within the law….if your not doing anything dumb and stupid,what it does is make our area safer and a better place to be….I promise,no one is “trying to take your rights and your guns away “….or,since it’s opening week-end of trout season,no one is trying to take your fishing poles and bait away either….

    • 1776 May 1, 2016 at 10:03 am #

      Low-Inyo, your thinking is simply stunning. You would make Vidkun Quisling very proud!

      Check out Gavin Newson’s latest assault on your rights.

      Know your history. They always take away your rights “for your own good”. Of course the government knows best.

      What makes this incredible is it is for fish.

    • sugarmagnolia May 2, 2016 at 10:44 am #

      LOW INYO, I can’t believe you could possibly be that un-american. Stand up for our country ….believe in our founding fathers and the constitution. Don’t let fear allow you to throw your morals out the window.

    • Rick OB May 3, 2016 at 7:57 pm #

      Low man… I have nothing to hide and have a valid license, insurance, registration. I was camping for a week with 2 friends in Nevada and when we left our campsite for the trip home ,the only thing in our cooler was a few soda’s and hotdogs. When we packed the truck, the cooler went in first, and with all of our gear on top and around it, it would have taken 15 minutes to get it out and probably another 20 to get it back in. Glad We didn’t hit 395 until Monday. BTW…where can a person catch 75 in one day ? You’re not the only guy that plays by the rules, and picks up other peoples trash.

      • Low-Inyo May 5, 2016 at 4:57 pm #

        Rick OB…..Not accusing you of not abiding by the rules…..your local… far as not catching 75 fish in one day,when I tried to get the guys busted in Tom’s Place-Tuff Campground,EVERY cast for 20 minutes…..3 guys,they had a fish….and one time in Oregon at Detroit Lake,I knew a guy that caught 30 trout in less than two hours….and the Sierra lakes and creeks,depending on when and where you go,is a lot better fishing than Detroit Lake,Oregon….

  5. Bob May 1, 2016 at 5:24 am #

    If the gov but the same effort towards illegal immigration as DFW does protecting a stupid little stocked invasasive species or Country would be much better place.

    • sugarmagnolia May 2, 2016 at 6:52 am #

      can’t you people figure out that the government wants the illegals here? Both parties do…because they serve big business and the rich, who want the cheap labor.

      • Tinner May 2, 2016 at 4:16 pm #

        Ask any construction industry or service industry business owner, small or “big”, where their business would be without illegals or the Mexican work force? They serve all of us, you couldn’t get a cheeseburger in Bishop or Mammoth if it weren’t for them. Who would be cleaning all the motel rooms? Sure as heck ain’t gonna find many Americans to do it. You could hire Americans but few would show up on time and sober, if they showed up at all. Carpentry used to be a highly desirable job but not anymore and it’s NOT solely because the business owner can pay them less, it also has a lot to do with people showing up on time and sober. But don’t take my word for it, ask any construction industry or service industry business owner.
        Sorry for getting off topic but Bob and sugarmagnolia started it.

        • Low-Inyo May 5, 2016 at 7:54 pm #

          Tinner….LOVE IT !!!!!!….so true…..

        • Mono Person May 6, 2016 at 6:18 am #

          Tinner, you nailed it!

        • Bob May 6, 2016 at 10:45 am #

          I don’t buy it. Just another excuse for breaking our laws.

          The real reason is greed.

    • Mountain Watchdog May 3, 2016 at 5:56 pm #

      Bob –

      Do you really think the government is going to start knocking on doors shouting: ( like Rolfe from the Sound of Music) “SHOW ME DER PAPERS!” Neighbors blowing the whistle on their neighbors, support the building of a Berlin Wall (that Donald Trump says Mexico will be paying for) across the entire southern border, then tear down the Statue of Liberty’s “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free” sign?

      That would not even be close to a “much better place.”

      • Bob May 6, 2016 at 11:53 am #

        Times and people change. Look at Europe.

        The Statue of Liberty is history, but since we are taking down confederate flags why not take down the Statue of Liberty too? We could make it part of the wall. I suggest putting up right next to the big beautiful door Trump said he would make in the wall.

        • Low-Inyo May 6, 2016 at 9:31 pm #

          …All a mute point….cause trump has about as much chance of becoming President as I have running the Boston marathon and finishing in 1st place at the age of 62….the good thing about his “reality-show” run is,it has exposed that we do need a third party candidate from here on out,starting with the 2020 election….but it can’t be a racist-pig that attracts other racist pigs,cause if it is,all it will do is divide the Nation,as well as making America the laughing-stock of the world….like trump has done… there are a lot of racists,especially in the GOP party….but not nearly enough to get one elected to the highest office in the Country….the lesser of two evils….Clinton will win in a landslide….and just maybe turn out to be really good,and able to build on the progress of the last 8 years…

          • Bob May 7, 2016 at 12:18 pm #

            How did Clinton’s net worth get to 200 million.

            someone help me out

          • Trouble May 7, 2016 at 6:11 pm #

            Lower, I’d say Trump has a great chance at winning. At least the second best chance.

          • Pedro May 8, 2016 at 9:37 pm #

            Well Bob,

            Both the Clinton and Bush families are good at getting questionable loans an having the taxpayers pick up the losses when they default. Remember whitewater and the savings and loan scandals. It’s a lot easier to make money when you don’t pay your debt and still take the profit, just ask Trump. Birds of a feather….

            Seen one president, seen em all.

          • Bob May 9, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

            Questionable loans: I agree and that’s just another reason why I don’t want any more Bush’s or Clinton’s in the White House.

          • Hans May 9, 2016 at 2:11 pm #

            “How did Clinton’s net worth get to 200 million.

            someone help me out”

            So you’ve figured out how to comment on a website but you can’t use Google?

            It took less than ten seconds to find out that the Clinton’s income between 2000 and 2008 was $109 million. Why? Best-selling books and speaking fees at $250K a pop. Add another eight years at the same rate and you’ve got your $200 million.


          • Low-Inyo May 9, 2016 at 5:27 pm #

            Hans…I’m sure Bob is trying to mimic FOX NEWS and donald trump and saying the Clintons either stole,ripped off the tax-payers or embezzled the money they have…

  6. Trouble May 2, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    I agree Sugar, if you want to stop the illegals from working here, prosicute the people that pay them illegally.

    • Bob May 6, 2016 at 8:18 am #

      well then I’m glad they built a new court house in Mammoth because there’s a lot of people within TOML that need to stand in front of the judge.

      • Trouble May 9, 2016 at 4:43 am #

        You got me on that one Bob.

  7. Low-Inyo May 2, 2016 at 1:47 pm #

    sugarmagnolia……And because the big high priced priced restaurants and hotels,even the chain-business’,owned by billionaires, can keep the wages low on their illegal employees and continue to serve Elvis ,Marilyn Monroe and JFK when they patronize their business’.

  8. mountain watchdog May 5, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

    Today our Mexican brothers and sisters are celebrating Cinco de Mayo. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862,

    I say God bless all of them. Some of the most polite people on the planet who must do what they do to keep themselves and their children from starving. Even leaving a very corrupt, overcrowded homeland.

    And they are bilingual to boot.

    Try and match THAT angst-ridden Limbaughites.

    • Tinner May 5, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

      Mexicans DO NOT celebrate Cinco De Mayo, not like Americans do anyway; it’s an American holiday and is pretty much just a reason for Americans to drink.

      • Pedro May 7, 2016 at 7:52 pm #

        Next you’ll be telling me the Irish go to churcjh on St. Patrick’s Day.

    • Bob May 6, 2016 at 8:17 am #

      The illegals I know tell me they don’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Mexico..

      People that come here illegally have no reason to follow our laws once they’re here. I see it every day in business. They have no problem running a out of compliance FM radio station. How would sierra wave like some competition from an out of compliance radio station?

      • Low-Inyo May 6, 2016 at 4:10 pm #

        Bob…Be careful saying “the illegals I know…..”……the right-wing loonies are gonna post and say how “un-American and part of the problem” you are if you happen to know illegals and don’t make a big deal out of it by trying to turn them in to Law Enforcement,trying to get them deported….believe it or not,it happened to me with a “trump supporter” here in town when I was in conversation with SOMEONE ELSE about someone I knew that happened to be undocumented.

        • Pedro May 7, 2016 at 8:11 pm #


          Just tell them everyone in town would be in jail or court if we were required to report all crimes we have knowledge of.

      • Charles O. Jones May 9, 2016 at 2:42 pm #

        You see it every day in business? Maybe you should discuss it with those who are illegally employing them. The employees are just trying to provide for their families. It’s the illegal employers who are making it attractive for them to come here looking for work.

        • Low-Inyo May 9, 2016 at 7:25 pm #

          Charles O.Jones…..and it’s kinda funny how the right-wing business owners oppose the illegals being here and working here….untill it benefits them and their low-paying wages…then it seems to be O.K….funny how that works,isn’t it ?

        • Bob May 11, 2016 at 8:43 am #

          It’s not my job to enforce the laws of the land.

          It’s law enforcement’s. So if they’re not going arrest or cite those here illegally why should I give a damn about some stupid little fish?

          Tell hell with all the laws!

          • kwak May 11, 2016 at 11:34 am #

            bob . . . your simple-minded classification of people based on what you assume about their citizenship, and based on your simplistic misunderstanding of immigration laws, combined with your belligerent dismissal of anything you find annoying, makes you a far worse citizen than most of those people you would try to deport and build a wall against. while being an american gives you the right to be as loud and obnoxious and wrongheaded as you want, it doesn’t make you better than all those other people . . . as you seem to think it does. perhaps move to arizona, where you and joe arpaio can hang out and cuss at people driving past, reveling in your superiority based on where your parents had the wisdom to conceive you.

          • Low-Inyo May 11, 2016 at 3:57 pm #

            Bob…..You sound like an angry old man….like those that are ruining this Country,and are on their way out and away,in more ways than one.and a better place when they’re finally gone….with your point of view….a suggestion….move…for sure,out of this area,where most here are outdoor people and enjoy the “stupid little fish”…or better yet,out of this Country,maybe somewhere to a place you’d be happier living out your angry life and not having to deal with the “illegals”…

          • Low-Inyo May 11, 2016 at 8:18 pm #

            kwak……WOW !!!…..great post !!!

          • Trouble May 12, 2016 at 8:08 am #

            Lower, I don’t think Bob was being totally serious. I think he’s trying to point out some of the ripple effects we all face with our broken imagration policies.Besides, he’s probally half right.

      • antoniolupi May 13, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

        “Competition” implies competence. If a bunch of illegal immigrants start doing better reporting on issues of local concern, I think they’d be earning our business. The same probably applies in a couple other scenarios, too.

  9. Presto May 5, 2016 at 5:57 pm #

    This checkpoint is un constitutional. It violates the 4th amendment. We’re living in a Police State.
    Unreasonable Search and seizure without probable cause. Guarantee a motorist will inform the officer of this and they will proceed without being searched.

    Know your rights, be respectful.

    • Bob May 6, 2016 at 10:34 am #

      Tell them you haven’t been fishing or hunting and ask if you are free to go.

      They’ll say “thank you and have a nice day”.

      If your hammered drunk they’re probably going to ask you to step out of the vehicle.

      I really don’t have a problem with it. I just think they’re missing a good opportunity to kill two birds with one stone by not making it an illegal alien checkpoint.


      • Trouble May 7, 2016 at 6:23 pm #

        There ya go Bob, give up all your civil rights and liberties to catch a guy trying to feed his family, running from a communist contry.

        • Bob May 9, 2016 at 7:58 am #

          The check point is proof we’ve already given up or civil rights.

          What communist Country?

          • Pedro May 9, 2016 at 9:44 pm #



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