In response to (Outdoor Mailbox of Sept. 23) “Bears are a plague,” Mr. Nicol couldn’t have said it any better. We would rather see deer, turkeys, squirrels and rabbits, not bears or coyotes.
Annapolis doesn’t have a clue what problems bears are causing here in Allegany and Garrett counties. They don’t care because, as Mr. Nicol states, they aint no bears in Annapolis.
My wife and I are retired and farm our land in Garrett County.
We enjoy hunting, but with the bear problem my wife will not go out hunting alone.
She has had encounters with bears before while riding our ATV.
My first bow hunt this season I was sitting on the ground, I heard a noise, faintly, as I am hearing impaired and, when I turned to look there was a bear about 20 yards away. Fortunately, the bear saw me and ran. But what if it didn’t run?
The article on the same Outdoors page (Camper-mauling black bear killed), this could happen to some hunter in Maryland.
Bears have destroyed much of our corn and oats crop and damaged a lot of our pear trees.
Farmers take a big loss, but can’t get a permit to hunt them.
We feed them and someone else hunts them. I have applied for six years to get a permit, but without success.
This year there were 4,027 applications for permits and only 340 were picked. At $15 an applicant, Maryland collected $60,405. What does Annapolis do with this money? Why not use this money to pay homeowners and farmers for the damage caused by the bears?
Why not open the season for one day so every applicant that paid $15 can hunt until the maximum (bear harvest) has been reached? One day is better than giving Annapolis $15 a year for nothing.
As a Garrett County resident, we pay taxes, but somehow we don’t get the same treatment as all the other counties.
Here in Almost Maryland we cannot get any local Maryland TV stations.
If you live in Garrett County, you can only get Pittsburgh stations. Who made this stupid law? We live in Maryland, not Pennsylvania, so we should have Maryland stations.
No Bambi for you, Mrs. Doe
Some people want so badly for deer birth control to work that they actually think it will, even on wild populations.
I wish I had a couple bridges to sell.
A week ago on the Outdoors page we ran the deer there do what deer everywhere do. They eat the easiest food available such as gardens and ornamental plantings. They walk in front of moving cars. They give ticks and parasites a place to live.
Bad catfish should be eaten
ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has launched a statewide campaign to educate citizens about invasive blue and flathead catfish - their negative impact on native fish species and what anglers can
do to help.
Nice first one
Brett Ishler, 16, Frostburg, bagged his first gobbler during the junior spring turkey hunt. The bird had a 9-inch beard and was taken near Westernport. Ishler was accompanied on the hunt by Rodney Lipscomb.
Archery open house planned May 4
CUMBERLAND — The Cumberland Bowhunters Club will host an archery open house at its Valley Road facility on May 4 beginning at 1 p.m.
Turkey hunting class scheduled
TYRONE, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Game Com- mission will offer a Successful Turkey Hunting course at the Tyrone Sportsmen Association on April 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Commission meeting set
ROANOKE, W.Va. — The next quarterly meeting of the West Virginia Natural Resources Commission will be May 4 at 1 p.m. at Stonewall Resort State Park in Roanoke. The public is invited to make com- ments. Items on the agenda include:
• Summary of the 2014 Sectional Meetings – Sportsmen and Landowners Questionnaire.
• Approve 2014 - 2015 Big Game Hunting Regula- tions.
W.Va. cautions about eating certain fish
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has updated its advisories for eating fish caught in lakes and rivers.
U.S. Army Corps campgrounds open
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to open campgrounds at five West Virginia lakes.
Fishing rodeo slated
ROCKY GAP — A children’s fishing rodeo will take place at the Rocky Gap State Park Nature Center on May 4 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Register at canderson@dnr. state.md.us or call 301-722-1480.
Crossbow use begins for New York deer hunters
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The new state budget includes an agreement that will give crossbow hunters their own season in New York.
Language within the budget will allow crossbow use for all small game, including turkeys, and any big game season in which firearms are allowed.
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