The Maryland Fisheries Service wants anglers to know how to identify brook trout. That’s because it is now illegal to keep them in a lot of places, thanks to a regulation that recently kicked in.

Tynsley Llewellyn, 8, of Lonaconing, poses with her first buck on youth hunting day.

Citing COVID-19 protocols, the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service, an arm of the Department of Natural Resources, chose to forego sampling of hunter-harvested deer for chronic wasting disease during the 2020-2021 hunting seasons.

Eddie Shipway, of Flintstone, and Jeremy Bender of Mexico Farms, killed this black bear on the last day of the 2020 season on Green Ridge Mountain.

Lance Bender, 15, of Mexico Farms, shot this six-point buck during the opening day of deer season on Green Ridge Mountain.

Carson Bender, 12, of Mexico Farms, killed this seven-point buck on Green Ridge Mountain during the Maryland bow season.

There are two three-day hunts in Maryland this winter that may pull you away from the reloading bench or fly-tying table or the couch in front of the TV. One of those hunts will be in its seventh year, but the other is brand spanking new.

Bradyn Bean, 13, poses with the 7 point buck he bagged while hunting near Flintstone on Sunday of the Maryland youth hunt.

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Natural Resources Police cited several hunters for violations during the state’s annual black bear hunt, held Oct. 26-30 in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties.

FROSTBURG — Kaitlin Rossignuolo is no stranger to hunting. Her father, Jerry Zembower, the president of the Allegany-Garrett Sportsman’s Association, started taking Kaitlin out when she was 12 years-old. Her mother, though not a hunter, sparked her daughter’s interest in the outdoors.

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The Maryland Fisheries Service wants anglers to know how to identify brook trout. That’s because it is now illegal to keep them in a lot of places, thanks to a regulation that recently kicked in.

More than once during the past 42 years, I have mentioned in this column that I obtained a degree in fishery biology/management from Utah State University. That was in 1970.

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported that hunters harvested 81,729 deer during the combined archery, firearms and muzzleloader seasons, from Sept. 11, 2020 through Feb. 3, 2021.

Tynsley Llewellyn, 8, of Lonaconing, poses with her first buck on youth hunting day.

Citing COVID-19 protocols, the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service, an arm of the Department of Natural Resources, chose to forego sampling of hunter-harvested deer for chronic wasting disease during the 2020-2021 hunting seasons.

Eddie Shipway, of Flintstone, and Jeremy Bender of Mexico Farms, killed this black bear on the last day of the 2020 season on Green Ridge Mountain.

Lance Bender, 15, of Mexico Farms, shot this six-point buck during the opening day of deer season on Green Ridge Mountain.

Carson Bender, 12, of Mexico Farms, killed this seven-point buck on Green Ridge Mountain during the Maryland bow season.

There are two three-day hunts in Maryland this winter that may pull you away from the reloading bench or fly-tying table or the couch in front of the TV. One of those hunts will be in its seventh year, but the other is brand spanking new.

Send us your hunting photos and we’ll publish them in the Jan. 21 Rod & Gun tabloid and online.

I watched a deer hunting show on The Outdoor Channel some time ago in which one of the hunters was a firefighter who had been trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Cameron Bean, 15, poses with the 4-point buck he shot Nov. 14 while hunting near Flintstone. It was Cameron's first buck.

Bradyn Bean, 13, poses with the 7 point buck he bagged while hunting near Flintstone on Sunday of the Maryland youth hunt.

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Natural Resources Police cited several hunters for violations during the state’s annual black bear hunt, held Oct. 26-30 in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties.

FROSTBURG — Kaitlin Rossignuolo is no stranger to hunting. Her father, Jerry Zembower, the president of the Allegany-Garrett Sportsman’s Association, started taking Kaitlin out when she was 12 years-old. Her mother, though not a hunter, sparked her daughter’s interest in the outdoors.

This thing we do, hunting deer and sometimes taking deer with a bow and an arrow, is one of the more amazing chapters each of us can write in our personal hook-and-bullet biographies.

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CINCINNATI — Jesse Winker had his first career two homer game and Sonny Gray continued his torrid strikeout pace as the Cincinnati Reds broke open a close contest with five runs in the last two innings for an 8-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.

Prompted by a growing population of black bears, the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service has bumped up the number of bruin hunting permits for the upcoming season in October.

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.VA. — The West Virginia Natural Resources Commission has extended the comment period on proposed changes to the annual bag limit for antlered bucks and delayed its decision until August so hunters have more time to submit comments.

GILBERT, W.Va. (AP) — During the two-month closure of Southern West Virginia’s Hatfield-McCoy Trails over COVID-19 concerns, operators of businesses catering to trail riders wondered when, or even if, the trail system would be allowed to reopen for the year.

Sammy Eash and I last hunted together on the opening day of the 2018 deer rifle season in West Virginia when each of us killed bucks, yet we have hunted together often since then, especially during the past two spring gobbler seasons, even though he lives in Pennsylvania and I live in Almost…

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The table attached to the chair in the author's blind was destroyed by a bear that also mangled the pop-up tend in which it sat. Tracks and a trail camera revealed the perpetrator to be a substantial bruin.

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reminds all anglers that under Gov. Larry Hogan’s Stay at Home order, recreational fishing and boating are prohibited activities. 

If you’re the type whose heart races with excitement at the sound of a gobble at daybreak, or the sight of a large fan of feathers in a distant field, you’re just weeks away from an annual rite of spring.

More than 4,000 children and young adults will have the opportunity to catch their first taste of fishing thanks to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and partner organizations throughout the state.

ANNAPOLS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comment on proposed changes to the 2020-2022 hunting and trapping seasons. Included in the proposals are concepts related to the 2020-2021 Migratory Game Bird Seasons.

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