One free Maryland fishing day remains
There have already been two free fishing days in Maryland this year and one more is coming up.
Md. gets shooting outreach grant
ANNAPOLIS — The National Shooting Sports Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to the Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife and Heritage Service to help create a new Maryland Hunting and Shooting Sports Outreach Program to provide next-step assistance for novice hunters and shooters of all ages, helping them to feel comfortable engaging in these activities.
Stock The Yough event succeeds
FARMINGTON, Pa. — The Orvis® Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort’s Field Club recently released 6,000 yearling trout (6–9 inches) to benefit the Middle Youghiogheny trophy trout waters. More than $10,000 was generated through two recent Stock The Yough sporting clay benefit events held at the resort.
Chronic Wasting Disease Zones
As more deer in the Mid-Atlantic region are confirmed to have chronic wasting disease, states establish or expand special management zones where those animals were found. The dark area of this map shows existing CWD management areas. Most recently, the Pennsylvania Game Commission established a management zone of more than 900 square miles that includes Bedford and Blair counties. Contiguous CWD management zones now extend through four states that include Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia in addition to Pennsylvania. For detailed information about regulations that affect hunting and carcass transportation in each state, check the individual websites (dnr.state.md.us; wvdnr.gov; pgc.state.pa.us; dgif.virginia.gov/).
Agency wants recipes
HARRISBURG, Pa. — What’s cookin’ in your camp?
Are your sherried doves to die for? Does your venison pot roast define “good eating?” Do others always rave about your sweet-and-sour pheasant?
The Pennsylvania Game Commission wants to know.
All good things come to he who sits, waits
Each spring gobbler season has a different branding iron, it seems.
What I take away from the recent seasons in Maryland and West Virginia is that a lot of Tom turkeys have forgotten how to gobble. There are hunting companions of mine who claim my level of hearing is the culprit, not silent birds. But, I’ve been told by enough hunters this spring that their experiences were similar, so I know it wasn’t just me. I hunted 24 days, 17 in Maryland and 7 in West Virginia. I heard the mating call of the male wild turkey on only five of those days.
W. Md. gobbler harvest stable
CUMBERLAND — Garrett County had the top spring gobbler harvest in Maryland with 383 birds, very similar to last year’s take of 386, according to the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service.
Clarissa Harris of the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Services thinks that Western Maryland’s black bears may have learned to look both ways before crossing roads. “We haven’t had a car/bear strike reported since May 10,” Harris said earlier this week. “That’s unusual. The May/June and September/October periods are usually the time when more bears are hit on highways.” She explained that the May/June time frame is when young bears no longer with sows are dispersing, looking for their own territories and the September/October period is when bears move constantly feeding in preparation for the winter.
Harris said plenty of calls are still coming in about bears getting into bird feeders and trash.
Thus far in 2014, five roadkilled bears are confirmed.
Elk group grant funds wolf study in Montana
MISSOULA, Mont. — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks accepted a $25,000 grant from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to assist its wolf management plan.
In late April, about 15 members of the Nemacolin Chapter of Trout Unlimted conducted the annual cleanup project on the Casselman River between Interstate 68 and the Pennsylvania state line. Other volunteers included students from Garrett College, Bruce McClellan, left, and Malachia Evans, who loaded bags full of trash into a pickup truck. More than one dozen bags of trash and six tires were among the debris removed. The TU chapter meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Haystack Mountain Sportsmen’s Club, LaVale.
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