Lake County News,California – California Outdoors: When is Tule Elk Breeding Season in California?

Moose of Tule. Photo courtesy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Tule Elk

Q: What is the breeding season for Tule elk in California?

A: Breeding season, or rut, for California tule elk typically runs from August to February, with the peak rut being October to November.

Scientists can estimate the Tule elk breeding season because they know first hand that Tule elk calving spans from mid-March to October with a peak around June and July and a gestation period of about 250 days. The other two California elk subspecies – Rocky Mountain and Roosevelt – usually rut from September to October.

Trout hybrids

Q: Can different species of trout mate successfully?

A: The short answer is yes! Although very rare, some trout species have been observed breeding with other trout species, which scientists call hybridization. For example, rainbow trout is hatchery-produced trout created from the spawn of two different species: rainbow trout and cutthroat trout. For more fun fishing information, visit CDFW’s Classroom Aquarium Education Program.

wild game

Q: Is it legal for me to bring ducks from this recent waterfowl season into a restaurant for the chef to cook for me?

A: Yes. You can take your harvested ducks to your favorite restaurant, assuming they’ve agreed to cook them for you. California Fish and Game Code (FGC), Section 2015 provides this permission. Section 2015(a) states that, except as otherwise provided in that section, it is unlawful to possess any bird, mammal, fish, amphibian or reptile, which may not lawfully be sold, in a restaurant or other catering establishment. However, Section 2015(b) goes on to describe some exceptions:

(1) A person who lawfully took or otherwise lawfully possessed the bird, mammal, fish, amphibian or reptile.

(2) A person preparing the bird, mammal, fish, amphibian or reptile for consumption by the person who lawfully took or possessed it, or by that person and others, if the person who took or possessed it is present at the scene.

(3) A tagged bird, mammal, fish, amphibian or reptile with a signed statement from the person who took the bird, mammal, fish, amphibian or reptile showing the name and address of this person, the date of the capture and the total number and type taken.

Bringing your hunter-harvested wild game to a professional chef can result in an expanded dining experience for the hunter and guests, as well as an enjoyable experience.
challenge for many chefs. In fact, we spoke with a hunter who harvested a bighorn sheep and asked a professional chef to prepare his harvest with locally raised mutton steaks so he could try them side by side. They had quite different flavors despite belonging to the same taxonomic genus.

As expected, the bighorn sheep steaks were leaner and had a slight wild game flavor. Finally, be sure to comply with paragraph (3) above if you deliver your ducks or other game to a chef in advance so that he can prepare for your later return.