Fish and Wildlife reveals results of wardens and checkpoint

Photos by Charles James

Photo by Charles James

CDFW Law Enforcement Active at Eastern Sierra Deer Opener  (Press Release)

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) officers contacted more than 800 hunters while patrolling more than 14,000 square miles of Inyo and Mono counties during the deer season opener that started Sept. 20. During the opening weekend, 13 CDFW wildlife officers issued eight citations and 22 warnings.

Violations included hunting deer without a valid deer tag in possession, having loaded guns in a vehicle on a public roadway, overlimits of trout, speeding and driving without insurance.

Officers also conducted a wildlife checkpoint operation to promote safety, education and compliance with law and regulations through education, preventative patrol and enforcement.

On Monday, Sept. 23, the southbound lanes of Highway 395 were reduced to one lane and all vehicles traveling south on U.S. 395 were screened by the CDFW’s law enforcement officers. Screening consisted of an introduction and brief questions. Approximately 2,000 vehicles were contacted. Of those, 262 vehicles submitted to an inspection. A total of four violations were found, including three deer tagging violations, and one angler was found to have an overlimit of trout (32 trout). Several hunters were warned for not fully filling out their Deer Harvest Report Cards.

Average screening took less than 20 seconds per vehicle and the average inspection took about two minutes and 30 seconds per vehicle. If violations were found, the occupants were detained and issued citations.

CDFW also provided informative literature about the invasive quagga mussel and New Zealand mud snail to help reduce the spread of these invasive species.




16 Responses to Fish and Wildlife reveals results of wardens and checkpoint

  1. Richard October 1, 2013 at 5:31 pm #


  2. Reality Check October 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    Sooooo… Does the CDFW have a figure on how many honest citizens they pissed off?

    • Pedro October 1, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

      RC, they said 1 checkpoint was worth a thousand patrols, and judging by citation numbers, they must mean they can piss off a thousand times more people at a checkpoint by abusing their authority.

      • Reality Check October 1, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

        Great analysis Pedro!

  3. Wanting to know October 1, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

    Here we go…I thought that we were going to see the number of wardens at the checkpoint and the cost. Bennett, would you please file a public information request and release the cost including overtime and benefits for the officers at the checkpoint? The taxpayers need to know how much this truly costs. Thanks.

    • Benett Kessler October 1, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

      There were 12 personnel at the checkpoint. I was there. I’ll see what I can do re: the cost.

    • Benett Kessler October 7, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

      According to CDFW PIO Andrew Hughan, the Checkpoint cost a little over $3,000.

  4. Big Rick OBrien October 1, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    FOUR violations out of 2,000 vehicles. By my math, that’s NOT a successful operation. A lone warden at the Crowley boat dock could have done better.

  5. Tony Cumia October 1, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    Driving w/ out insurance?….wow, so now DFW can issue traffic tickets?…This state is going down the tube.

  6. Mark October 2, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    What a waste of time, money and resources

  7. Karen October 2, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    I know it is annoying to be stopped on the highway but I support the enforcement of hunting and fishing laws. People get out on public land and think they can do whatever they want to our flora and fauna. Our wildlife are under so many stresses already from drought, development, speeding cars, and poaching, that I support these measures taken to ensure that laws are followed and poaching is not happening. I hope DFW is monitoring and policing the trapping that is going on, too.

    • Reality Check October 2, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

      ”Those who give up their liberty for more security neither deserve liberty nor security.”
      Ben Franklin

  8. Not So Random October 2, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    Thank you DFW for keeping our wildlife safe! As a hunter I don’t mind seeing officers in the field or at these “random” checks. It’s a minor inconvenience yes but if it stops one poacher it was worth every penny! If you are not breaking the law what should it matter?

    DFW officers can stop you and write citations for any law violation. They are officers of the law and have no jurisdictions in the state of California.

    • Trouble October 2, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

      There are other ways to catch poachers, without acting like Nazi’s.

    • Pedro October 2, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

      Not So,
      Oh no! You didn’t say, “….what should it matter?” 872 posts to follow.

    • Big Rick OBrien October 2, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

      That LAST sentence makes absolutely no sense at all…


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