After you’ve taken the entry level hunter education class, you might consider taking some of the Advanced Hunter Education classes offered by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) throughout the state. These include wild pig seminars, waterfowl seminars, wild turkey seminars and can be found on the CDFW website at wildlife.ca.gov/Hunter-Education/Advanced.
You may also want to check around for local sportsmen’s clubs in your area. Most communities have them and many are associated with a gun range. This would be another location to learn a great deal about firearms and to discuss hunting with experienced people.
And finally, there are lots of books and magazines available that provide many resources about hunting, and the Internet is also full of information that may help ( nssf.com/hunting/getstarted/). Just remember, you’re never too old to learn how to hunt and there are lots of resources available to help you.
The hours of take for clams are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. No instruments capable of taking clams (shovels, hoes, rakes, etc.) may be possessed on the beach during closed hours. It may be safer to go clamming from November through April, as biotoxins may be concentrated in filter-feeding bivalves (such as mussels and clams) from May through October especially. For more information about biotoxins, visit the California Department of Public Health website at cdph.ca.gov/healthinfo/environhealth/water/pages/shellfish.aspx.
NOTE: Carrie Wilson is a marine environmental scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. She can be contacted at CalOutdoors@wildlife.ca.gov .