Last fall, some 1,200 antlerless deer permit applications were mailed by sportsmen but never received by the Department of Natural Resources. This year, in an effort to avoid similar problems, the Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping will include a two-part application -- one a standard application form and the other a return notification card.
After a sportsman has sent the two-part application to the DNR, the department will send the notification card back to the applicant as evidence of receipt of application.
The 1,200 missing applications were from a total of 15,000.
The case of the missing applications was investigated by the Department of General Services police and U.S. Postal Service inspectors, but remains an unsolved mystery.
* The American Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Association has determined that 48 percent of households with a fishing adult have at least one child under 18 -- but of those households, only 41 percent contain children who fish.
* The Guide to Cruising Maryland Waters is available for $18 a copy or $225 for a case of 25 from the Department of Natural Resources.
Copies of the guide, which details rivers, harbors and the bay, is available by mail or in person at the Office of Licensing and Watercraft Registration Services in Annapolis or at any of the regional service centers. The guide also is on sale at marine supply stores.
The Office of Licensing and Watercraft Registration Services is located in the Tawes State Office Building, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis 21401.
Regional service centers are in Bel Air, Centreville, Cumberland, Prince Frederick, Salisbury and Baltimore (satellite office).