In all but four counties in Maryland, the harvest of deer during the muzzleloader season that ended Jan. 5 was up over the totals posted by black powder hunters during the previous season.
"Statewide, hunters bagged almost 700 more deer during the muzzleloader season than they did a year ago," said Josh Sandt, supervisor of the Forest, Park and Wildlife Service forest game program, "and nearly 2,000 more than they bagged in 1988."
During the two-week season, hunters in Maryland harvested 4,465 deer, the most ever taken during a Maryland muzzleloader season.
The record muzzleloader harvest followed the second-best firearms season on record.
The Chesapeake Bay Boat Show opens Saturday at the Convention Center and will run through Feb. 3. Hundreds of models of cruisers, bass boats, sport fishermen and other recreational craft will be on display.
Hours for the show are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.
?3 Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children.
Earl Bangs of Laurel and Duane Woolford of Reisterstown have been named to the Amateur Trapshooting Association's All-American team.
Bangs, a former ATA Rookie of the Year, was named to the adult team along with Brad Dysinger of Cambridge.
6* Woolford was named to the junior team.
Annapolis designer Bruce Farr's boats took five of the top 10 places in the 50-foot World Cup completed recently in Key West, Fla.
Farr's Juno V, owned by Michael Peacock of London, took first place; Heaven Can Wait, owned by Warren Johns of Sydney, Australia, took third; Mandrake, owned by Giorgio Carriero of Italy, placed fifth; Springbok, owned by David Rosow of Fairfield, Conn., finished seventh; Carat VII, owned by Victor Forsa of London took 10th.
Entries for the Department of Natural Resources' 1992 MarylanChesapeake Bay Sportfishing License stamp design contest must be received by the DNR by May 15. The contest, which will select the illustration for the stamp required of most bay sportfishermen over the age of 16, opened Jan. 14.
The contest is open to Maryland residents only. Artwork may be of any species of sportfish found in tidal Maryland waters, but must be limited to 11 inches by 15 1/2 inches actual size and matted dimensions of 13 1/2 inches by 18 inches.
For more information on contest rules, contact Frances McFaden at (301) 974-3365.