OK. I’ve decided. I’m for it.
I’m for the reintroduction of Rocky Mountain elk into Almost Maryland.
I mean it’s not like we’re talking about bringing zebras into Garrett and Allegany counties. The elk were here a long time ago, like circa 1700s. It will be a homecoming. In fact, they shouldn’t even be called Rocky Mountain elk. Appalachian Mountain elk would be better.
I know. I know. There is a lot to be learned yet about the reintroduction. Things like the habitat’s ability to house the large animals. Bulls get up to 700 pounds, I’m told.
We await the imminent results of a telephone survey of Maryland residents done by Responsive Management in Virginia. Based upon those results, a habitat survey will be commenced, according to Bill Miles of the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Foundation.
That foundation, along with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are the partners in this wapiti looksee.
Finally, based upon the phone survey and the habitat survey, public meetings may or may not be scheduled. If held, we are looking at an August date.
Anyway. I’m for it.
If the Maryland Farm Bureau and the Garrett County Commission can officially oppose the reintroduction before all the facts are known then I can support it ahead of time. Besides, I waited longer than they did before coming out. Maybe that’s not the correct term, but you know what I mean.
Check this out.
I follow the Maryland General Assembly closely at this time of year, but usually click on the hunting or fishing search engine for introduced legislation. Thus, I missed House Bill 750, which, by the way, has already been defeated. I missed it because it was introduced in the public health category.
Bill Miles didn’t miss it, though. He gets paid not to miss those kinds of things.
The bill, introduced by a delegate from Baltimore/Harford counties, was intended to prohibit the release in Maryland of rats trapped in Washington, D.C.
Why anybody would want to release a rat anywhere is something I don’t understand. Probably a product of the Rats Are People Too lobby.
However, the way the legislation was written, an unintended impact would have been the prohibition of the release of wildlife, including elk, into the state.
The bill was killed in the House Environmental Matters Committee.
Maybe someday in the future my phone will ring and someone will say “I saw a DNR truck drive up a road in Garrett County and turn loose a bunch of elk.” This time, they will be telling the truth.
Contact Outdoor Editor Mike Sawyers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OK. I’ve decided. I’m for it.
- Michael A Sawyers - Outdoors
Gobbler stuff can get crazy
Tough, old bird
The third gobbler I killed was in 1990 while hunting on Pond Hill near McCoole. Relatively early in the morning I sent out a couple yelp calls. Immediately, 75-100 yards away, what sounded like three gobblers got into a fight.
Almost Maryland welcomes you back
If you are a hunter in Almost Maryland, circle Thursday on your calendar so you don’t forget to attend the 7 p.m. hearing at Mountain Ridge High School in Frostburg that deals with proposed hunting regulations for the next two years.
Gobbler radar activated
With only 54 days until it opens, the Maryland spring gobbler season is officially on the radar.
Region A buck, doe changes possible
The Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service, the Allegany-Garrett Sportsmen’s Association, the Quality Deer Management Association and the Washington County Federation of Sportsmen have hashed out a new deer hunting concept for Region A, which includes Garrett, Allegany and the western portion of Washington counties.
Meshach Browning would say ‘Just do it’
I wonder if it is possible to attach a
GPS unit to legislation that has been
introduced at the Maryland General
Get ready! Get set! Legislate!
The wheelings and dealings associated with the 90-day Maryland General Assembly have been going on for more than two weeks now and some legislation having to do with hunting fishing has already been proposed.
Hunting, fishing violations
After further review, the call on the field
does not stand.
The field I am talking about is the Cumberland
Times-News and the call is the way we
report violations of hunting and fishing regulations
that are alleged to have
taken place in Maryland.
DNR wants hunters to go hog wild on wild hogs
That’s what Jonathan McKnight of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources says hunters should do if they encounter a wild hog in the woods or fields.
On the Outdoors page of Dec. 22 we ran the photo of Ron Cappadocia and the 200- to 300-pound wild hog the Flintstone area resident killed along Terrapin Run in eastern Allegany County.
Firearms hunt for deer takes us home
Finally, on Dec. 7 about 11 a.m. my fall hunting season became complete when I heard the swans flying in some invisible part of the sky above Dan's Mountain.
There must be some sort of Gregorian mechanism I don’t understand that makes calendar time go by faster from Sept. 6 through early December.
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