Where to setup camp

KSB209

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I’ve read a few posts already but a question. I’m hunting in CA and have a little lake picked out to hunt out of. I’ve seen tracks around the lake but I know there are also a few springs around the area. When I say “around” I mean within 1/2 mile or so and I have seen tracks in the area too.

My plan was to use the lake as a base camp for a few nights. Since I see tracks and I know this is a watering hole should I stay away from the lake and camp up the mountain away from the lake and glass the lake early and late? The springs do have some tree cover so it would be hard to watch them from a distance.

Thought??
 

dfanonymous

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Pretty sure it’s all covered in the regs.

If it’s a developed campsite then you’re good. If it’s a wilderness/alpine/seasonal lake then all water sources are something like 200 yards away from water and no more than 20 minutes on the water.
That’s the safe way to go.

Now, if you are a loop hole guy and you like to argue with Wardens, I don’t recall there being amended literature specificly identifying lakes as a wildlife water source….
…but different lands have different rules, specific county regs too as well as fish and game codes that are area specific.

The reg book is pretty specific on the ins and outs.
 

KSB209

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Pretty sure it’s all covered in the regs.

If it’s a developed campsite then you’re good. If it’s a wilderness/alpine/seasonal lake then all water sources are something like 200 yards away from water and no more than 20 minutes on the water.
That’s the safe way to go.

Now, if you are a loop hole guy and you like to argue with Wardens, I don’t recall there being amended literature specificly identifying lakes as a wildlife water source….
…but different lands have different rules, specific county regs too as well as fish and game codes that are area specific.

The reg book is pretty specific on the ins and outs.
Yeah I know the regs and when I said camp at the lake I mean relatively close as it will be my water home. It’s not a wilderness area so I don’t have to worry about that
 

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