I had the pleasure of meeting you about four years ago during a banquet for the Allegany/Garrett Sportsmen’s Association. I was that year’s recipient of their annual scholarship.
I was a Junior at Frostburg State University and an avid outdoorsman spending many days afield. Now that I live on the eastern side of Maryland, I still like to get online and read your columns. I know that you like to post pictures of people who hunt, mostly youths, and the success they have.
I have attached a picture of my 90-year-old grandfather (Allan Fletcher of Little Orleans) who sat out in the cold all day on Nov. 30, and at lunch time harvested this nice Washington County buck.
All my learning experiences have been gained first through my father, secondly through my grandfather, and finally through my own encounters. Here is a man that has taught many young men to hunt and at the age of 90 still enjoys harvesting a nice whitetail. When I got to his stand where he had been sitting the only thing I could see or cared to see was the gigantic smile on his face.
I used gigantic there for lack of words to describe his enthusiasm. May we all live long enough to enjoy killing a buck on our 90th year here on planet earth.
Benjamin J. Powell
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has recognized anglers who reside within the circulation area of the Cumberland Times-News for catching trophy rainbow trout.
Sharpshooters whack more deer in park
THURMONT, Md. (AP) — The National Park Service says government sharpshooters killed 156 white-tailed deer in the fifth year of a herdreduction
program at Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont.
Club meeting today at 3 p.m.
WESTERNPORT — The Upper Potomac Rod and Gun Club will meet Sunday
at 3 p.m. at the Westernport American Legion, according to Gordon Green, 301-
Political effort fails to stop Nebraska mountain lion hunts
LINCOLN, Neb. — Recently, the Nebraska Senate failed to override the governor’s veto of LB 671—the mountain lion hunting ban. Pushed by Senator Ernie Chambers, the motion which needed 30 votes to pass only garnered 24 yes votes.
Turkey calling contest scheduled
KEYSER, W.Va. — The Outdoor Club at Potomac State College of West Virginia
University will sponsor a wild turkey calling contest Tuesday in the Davis Conference Center.
Another Pa. deer has CWD
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Jefferson County deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, marking the seventh case in a captive or wild deer since 2012.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is advising Western Maryland residents to take measures to avoid unwelcome visits from hungry black bears.
The agency said recently that bears are leaving their winter dens and searching for food.
Deer birth control program falls short in New York town
HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) — Heavy snow and red tape resulted in a disappointingly slow start for a pioneering program in a New York suburb to use birth control as a no-kill way to thin the numbers of deer.
How many deer on Green Ridge?
A study completed in 2013 by a master’s degree candidate at the University of Delaware showed that there are 20 to 30 deer per square mile on the Green Ridge State Forest, including some pretty darn nice bucks.
Black bear biologist explains new hunt
The Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service has abandoned the bear harvest quota system in use for 10 hunting seasons and has set the next two hunts at four days apiece.
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