Time for non-drought type of fun
The Sportsman’s Report
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By Bill Hanson  January 17, 2014 12:00 am

Given the nice weather, lack of rain and snow, the sportsmen turn to adventures not so impacted by drought. 

The ocean is one bright spot, where sport fishing for crab can be fun and tasty. Clam digging is also available, although the minus tides during daylight hours don’t happen until later this year. 

Did you know that a “spring” tide has nothing to do with springtime? In fact, in our part of the world, tidal phase and amplitude are determined not only by the effects of the sun and moon but the shape of the sea floor and the spin of the earth. 

We live in a semidiurnal (two high and two low tides in a tidal day) zone. We also have tides that are not consistent but a “mixed tidal zone.” 

Check out tides on the web on Wikipedia with “tide” as your master search. You will be able to impress your friends with an understanding of “neap tides” apogee and perigee of moon phases and how they affect tides. 

If you find you like the idea of understanding tides, think about the unique tidal structure of the San Francisco Bay, which flushes and refills two times a day. All that salt water passes through the Golden Gate, generating huge, powerful currents in opposing directions. You can turn this lesson into a day trip, go to: http://www.spn.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/BayModelVisitorCenter.aspx.

There you will learn the detail of tidal affects and participate in one of the coolest free exhibits ever, right here in our backyard. 

You and your children become giants, standing on different parts of the bay as you watch the salt water ebb and flow at your feet.

A bright spot for hunters is the feral pig population. They seem to love hot and cold, wet and dry weather equally. In fact, they reproduce like crazy in the wilds of Sonoma , Lake and Mendocino counties and up the Central Valley. One of the most pig-infested parts of our state is near Hollister, the earth quake capital of the Central Coast. 

There are lots of public lands to gain access for hunting wild boar. One of the best information sources for public land is at BLM and the California DFG, where you can also get accurate information on the rules for pig hunting in our state.

 

Bill Hanson is a Sonoma County native and a lifelong sportsman. He is the former president of the Sonoma County Mycological Association. Look for his column in The Community Voice each week.

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