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Title: California fish and game
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19fi CALIFORNIA FISH AND GAME. attendance. The discussion brought out that reduction in bag limit is an exceedingly ineffective and unsatisfactory method in actually reducing the kill of birds due to the fact that it is practically an impossibility actually to control the number of birds each hunter kills in view of the very limited num- ber of available wardens. Discussion then centered upon the shortening of the open season as a means of reducing the annual kill. This proposal of a shortened season met with an equally vigorous protest. Because of pending legislation it was important that the controversy should be promptly settled. After an exchange of telegrams relative to a proposed change in the season of ducks in the area east of the The increase license bill, proposed at the last legislature, carried a provision that a share of the increased income should be immediately put into the purchase or rental of suitable wildfowl refuges. The best in- formed conservationists stand behind the proposition that it is far better to furnish attractive feeding places for wildfowl than to reduce the kill. It is quite apparent here in California that the continual draining of marshes has left little suitable feeding grounds for ducks and that most of them upon their arrival in the fall travel southward to Mexico where they find conditions more natural. Some of these ducks might well be enticed to stay in Cali-
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FlG. 42. Bird banding operations at Lake Merritt, winter 1926. The numerous ducks which had been banded during operation at California's first game refuge have resulted in a number of interesting returns the past winter. Photograph by W. W. Richards. Sierra Nevada, where it was shown that the boundaries of a proposed district were unsatisfactory, the matter ended by the passage of a bill in the legislature setting the opening of the season again on October 1st and its close on January 15th. This return to an earlier opening date appears to be the most satisfactory solution. Sportsmen everywhere are trying to im- prove the situation. In many states, laws providing for the reduction in the bag limit are pending and in a number of states, a definite plan has been worked out for the creation of numerous wildfowl refuges. fornia and thus augment the supply, nor need there be fear that such a proceeding would necessarily reduce the breeding stock. It will take a number of years to satisfac- torily handle the problem presented. In- creased precipitation in the past winter will furnish additional breeding grounds in many parts of the states and the crop of local ducks will certainly be much larger next year. Then if man helps this situation and furnishes still more available feeding grounds, a better- ment of conditions can certainly be prophe- sied.
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