MASSEY -- It's not quite true that Jack Moore of Centreville was driving his state police cruiser in Queen Anne's County, spotted a flight of Canada geese, drove back to the barracks, turned in badge and gun and switched to guiding waterfowlers.
"It's a good story, but the truth is that after seven years I wanted to work on the bay, where no one bothers you. So I turned to crabbing -- and also guiding. I love to watch people enjoy themselves," said Moore, who runs a different kind of operation.
His partner, Henry Dierker, also made the switch. He gave up dairy farming five years ago because he was tired of getting up before dawn. So what does he do now?
He gets up before dawn for goose shooting on one or another of his farms.
Moore teamed up with Dierker in a unique deal that could be the answer to outlandish lease costs and also outlandish costs for hunters. They split income. Moore books and guides parties; Dierker provides fields, standing crops, ponds, honkers aplenty and sometimes ducks.
Dierker also manages his flocks and has sanctuaries. Moore no longer is burdened with expensive leases. The results are good shooting over stuffed decoys and exceptionally comfortable pits rigged with soft, warm and spacious seats of hay bales.
Why didn't someone think of that seating arrangement before? Moore can be reached at 1-301-758-1599. Incidentally, the snow and Canada goose seasons re-open Monday.
Dierker is busy deer hunting this week as Maryland deer chasers try to match last year's record kill in a season that got off to a slow start and ends tomorrow.
Last year, his son, Henry Jr., accomplished the unbelievable.
With a muzzleloader, he got two deer with one shot. He fired at one, and the .50 caliber ball passed through it and bagged another standing behind.
Baltimorean Roger Simpson would settle for just one deer. His!
He shot it not far from here yesterday, returned to his pickup for a rope, then couldn't relocate the 5-pointer. It was lost.
Yet sometimes it pays to get lost. Ask Calvert County hunter Arnol Freeman, who couldn't find his assigned deer stand in the Stoakley area and now has a trophy that could warrant Boone & Crockett consideration.
A friend offered Freeman his stand, gave verbal instructions on finding it, but in the early light Freeman couldn't. So he sat on the ground, waited, and along came the buck, which he took with a single rifled slug.
It fell practically underneath the designated stand, weighed 170 pounds, and had an exceptionally large and evenly balanced rack of 10 points.
Ken Bingham of Ken's Gun Room in Owings said he believes the head will rank in the B&C listing.
Dave Blevins of North Beach got another Calvert deer of 11 points with a gun but has his sights set on something even better when the bow season reopens Tuesday. Blevins hit a 13-pointer with an arrow just before the first phase of the bow hunt closed, but the big buck escaped.
He has since seen it, but doesn't want to take it by gun. So he's waiting and hoping that no gun hunter spies it before tomorrow evening. Marvin Hutchins of Prince Frederick took a 20-pointer, but the rack was non-typical with 14 of the points on one side.
Other notable Calvert County kills were Chuck Gray's 13-pointer taken at Broomes Island, and a 212-pounder of 8 points bagged by Herschel Wilder of St. Leonard.
Bingham said the Calvert County kill is down appreciably, but hunters are seeing many deer. He weighed in 140 last year but by yesterday afternoon had only checked in 61. "They've got a lot of catching up to do," he said.
However, successful hunters down that way are optimists. Of the 61 who registered their game, 50 purchased a $5 stamp for a bonus whitetail.
On the other end of the state, Arthur Duffy of Rockville took what appears to be Western Maryland's top deer -- a 12-pointer of 170 pounds -- at Curt's Corner in Garrett County.
Garrett Countian James Davis had a short hunt. As he was leaving his home near Oakland a wounded deer bounded by. He fired one shot from his yard and had an 8-pointer of 146 pounds.