A California Department of Fish and Wildlife checkpoint on State Route 36 between Carlotta and Bridgeville over the Sept. 19-20 weekend resulted in 13 citations and two arrests, officials said.
Coty Hepler and Tanner Gibbs were arrested for allegedly having seven pounds of marijuana and a loaded pistol inside their vehicle, fish and wildlife Warden AJ Bolton said.
The 13 citations were for wildlife and vehicle violations, including trying to conceal an untagged deer in the trunk of a car.
About 15 fish and wildlife wardens from Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties checked a total of 176 vehicles from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Bolton said. The State Route 36 location is the main corridor that hunters travel on while returning from the Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers national forests, and that fishermen use when driving back from Ruth Lake.
”We just generally show a presence during the opening of hunting seasons,” he said. “We’re out there making sure all of the rules are being followed.”
Sunday’s numbers are up from a checkpoint fish and wildlife conducted in 2011, the most recent data available.
”As far as violations, we’re probably roughly double, and we saw quite a bit of hunter success,” Bolton said. “As you can see from the numbers, most of the people that go through are legal hunters and sports people.
According to Bolton, the checkpoint is similar to the DUI checkpoints.