- Meet briefly with the ELP Instructor for instructions, gear and safety talk. Get your bait from cooler on your way out
- Check that you have everything you need for your fishing expedition, including water and sunscreen. Walk together to the ocean at Fort Ross Cove. Review Fort Ross fishing procedure before your visit.
- Do not go in the water! Never turn your back on the ocean and be very careful! Officers carefully baits hooks and pass out poke poles to each employee who will be fishing. Poke baited hooks into cracks in the rocks near to the shoreline. Please leave starfish, abalones, small crabs, etc. in peace. Do not disturb the harbor seals. They are very sensitive and protected by law! As you fish, you may have the Hunters keep an eye out for sea otters and other sea mammals. Any left over fish or squid bait can be left for the birds, do not leave in Hunter’s bag! Hunters are responsible for killing, cleaning and cooking any catch that isn’t released back to the wild — plan your time accordingly. Return hunting equipment back to its place outside the Fur Warehouse. Remove hooks and lines and clean equipment so it’s all ready for the next hunting party.
- Alternative to fishing – Take a hike and keep a record of any animals that you see that may have been hunted by the California and Alaska Natives. Record plants that may have been collected for food or other purposes
- Go on a sea mammal watch along the bluffs and beaches along the Colony shores (optional)
- Make a map showing the places where you hunted, fished and gathered (optional)
- Make a fish print with craft paper and tempera paints (optional)
- Examine the furs in the fur warehouse and identify which of the following animals they came from: rabbit, beaver, coyote, sheep, otter, bobcat, elk, fox, raccoon, deer, goat, bear and ermine (optional)
- Move personal sleeping gear into eight-sided Blockhouse – only at the scheduled time!
- Night watch – Check Schedule. Wake up Militia in Northwest Blockhouse for next watch, or as specified by the Commandant.
Rules and Responsibilities –
- Follow the Officers’ instructions at all times
- Obey all safety rules and don’t litter
- Remember to go gently in the tidal zone. Do not remove natural items from the beach or anywhere in the Park.
Morning Responsibilities –
- Pack personal gear
- Clean and sweep Northwest blockhouse. Make sure it’s completely cleared out.
- Kitchen duty – wash ALL communal dishes, including pots and pans. Thoroughly oil ALL cast iron pots, pans and griddles. Wash down tables and benches thoroughly
- Make sure ALL kitchen gear, including wash tubs and compost bucket is washed, dried and put away. Please note that the compost bin should be emptied and cleaned only after all meals have been eaten! Please also coordinate with Cooks to know what to put away when
- If your group is finished and another is not, find out how you can help
- Fort Litter Pick Up – All groups line up shoulder to shoulder and walk the inside of the fort for a full Fort cleanup.
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