Let bay boat show warm fishing picture
Both the weather and boating business is cold, but the 37th annual Chesapeake Bay Boat Show will be hot when it opens a nine-day run Saturday at the Baltimore Convention Center-Festival Hall complex.
Look for more than 500 boats, exceptional bargains from dealers anxious to reduce inventory, and numerous fishing information booths. A rundown on the show schedule will follow in this column tomorrow.
Show hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays; and 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children. Call 385-1800.
* Tomorrow: Opening of popular three-day Delmarva Sportfishing Show, Nur Temple Shrine, New Castle, Del. Learn about Delaware Bay's sea trout fishing. Call 841-6974.
* Tomorrow: Goodnight Geese program, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Upper Marlboro. Watch geese take flight to the Patuxent for the night. Call 1-301-888-1410.
* Saturday: Lofting Workshop, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. A pre-requisite for the museum's popular winter boat-building course. Call 1-301-745-2916.
* Saturday: Cross Country Ski Workshop, 1 p.m., Downs Park, Pasadena. Must pre-register. Call 222-6230.
* Saturday: Kick and Glide Cross Country Ski Race, 10 a.m., Herrington Manor State Park, Oakland. Call 1-301-334-9180.
* Saturday/Sunday: Washington Ski International Race Series, 10 both days, Wisp Ski Area, McHenry. Call 1-301-387-4911.
* Next Thursday: Close of Maryland hunting seasons for squirrels, ruffed grouse, rabbits and deer by bow.
* Feb. 2: First of two-part DNR Hunter Safety Course, 6 p.m., Howard County Fairgrounds. Call Phil Wagenbrenner, 461-3007.
* Feb. 2-10: Eastern Sports, Boat, Camping, Travel and Outdoor Show, Farm Show Building, Harrisburg, Pa. Call 1-717-234-8091.
* Feb. 3: Annual Trout Fishing Clinic of Potomac-Patuxent Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Wheaton High School, 12601 Dalewood Drive, Wheaton. Call Ruth Novick, 1-301-384-0424.
* Feb. 5: Sailing Seminar, 7 p.m., Harborview Marina and Yacht Club, Key Highway. A chance to sign on with Harborview Rags, which meets the first Tuesday of each month. Call Bill Eggert, 752-1122.
* Feb. 8-10: Seventeenth annual East Coast Commercial Fishermen's Trade Exposition and second annual East Coast Aquaculture Trade Expo, Ocean City Convention Center. Call 269-6622.
* Feb. 24: Fishermen's Flea Market and Show at Owings Mills Volunteer Fire House. If interested in participating, call 833-7498 or 833-7159.
* March 2: Harford Hook Setters annual Fishing Flea Market, Bel Air American Legion. For further information, call 838-2603.
* March 8: Reservations now being accepted for the fourth annual banquet of Greater Baltimore Chapter of the National Waterfowl Alliance, Holiday Inn, Timonium. Call Chip Chew, 661-4044.
* May 2: Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society Trout Committee Workshop targeting forestry practices and trout management, Deep Creek Lake. Call Bob Bachman, 974-3061.
* Once again, Gov. Schaefer is initiating legislation to ban the sale of assault weapons. Hopefully, it will pass.
This writer suggests that those who consider this as just another anti-gun/hunter measure reconsider their position. This is an important issue not only for those who appreciate law and order, but also for those concerned about the image of hunting -- and more important about their continued rights in the future to bear sporting arms.
In no way can assault weapons be considered sporting arms, or even collectors' items. High priced, rapid fire, macho symbols, they are impractical -- if not useless -- for legitimate hunting. They are precisely what their names imply: assault weapons.
As hunters, target shooters or collectors we have a responsibility to support reasonable and much needed legislation. To support the continued sale of assault weapons would backfire if some irresponsible individual purchased one to start blasting away at innocent people.
Should this occur, look for a public outcry to tighten the screws significantly on ownership and use of legitimate sporting arms. New York is among the states moving against them; a similar move is under way in Washington, and a ban is also being reconsidered on the federal level.
Assault weapons have absolutely no reason for existence in our society. They are designed to kill people, kill them wholesale. Those who need them to maintain a Rambo image should sign up with the military for Operation Desert Storm. The Army will issue them a comparable weapon, which they might have the opportunity to use.
Then they will understand what this is all about. Enough said.
Names and places ...
* Brad Dysinger, a Cambridge deer outfitter, and Earl Banks of Laurel have been named to the All American Team of the Amateur Trapshooting Association. Duane Woolford of Reisterstown was named to the junior team.