Twenty-two graduates from this year's Maryland Hunter Safety Program attended a Junior Hunters Workshop at the Mayberry Game Protective Association last weekend.
TC Department of Natural Resources and teaches basic game management and hunting skills in a safe, supervised environment.
"Based on the recommendations of their Hunter Safety Instructors, we invited a total of 86 youngsters from the area to attend today's workshop," said District Wildlife Manager Marilyn Mause, who added that in addition to the age limit, "the eligible young men and women had to successfully complete the course."
This was the second annual Junior Hunter Workshop, and all of the adult participants expressed hope the program continues.
This year's workshop involved the popular cottontail rabbit. After welcoming the participants, Mause introduced the day's volunteer helpers -- Bradley Vosburg and Bob Strine of the host Mayberry club, Carroll County Sportsmen's Association President Steve Scherr, John Seis and Dan Long from the area 4H and three Hunter Safety instructors Neal Bankert, Roland Gosnell and Hap Baker.
The program began with a presentation by wildlife manager Mause on the general biology of cottontails and their habits. This was followed by instruction on upland game laws by Natural Resources Police Officer Bob Grate, a video dealing with rabbit hunting, supervised shooting and the opportunity to watch trained rabbit beagles do their stuff with real rabbits in typical cottontail habitat. Finally, the group was shown how to field dress and prepare a bagged rabbit for a tasty dinner.
Those attending this year's workshop included Tammy Austin, Tony Cahoon, Sean Chaney, Brandon Dawson, Tony DeLuca, Jason Dorsey, Jeremy Ferro, Dan Harkins, Jason Harrison, Aaron Hoff, Ryan Kemp, Mike Kemp, Mike Linthicum, Robbie Miller, Paul Minnick, Jeff Painter, Russ Shamer, Todd Shamer, Jon Wantz, Brad Washick, Mary Welher and Matt Zojar.
4H Outdoor Fun Club
Second only to area scout troops, the 4H Outdoor Fun Club teaches youngsters about wildlife, conservation, hunting, fishing, hiking and lots more by doing.
The club meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Ag Center in Westminster.
Local trout fans should attend this month's meeting of the Patapsco Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
This respected organization meets the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Iroquois Building at Hashawha. This month's meeting will be Nov. 18.
Meet some fishermen
Do you enjoy fishing the bay or ocean? Do you want to learn more about saltwater fishing and meet people who share your interests?
Then you will want to investigate the offerings of the Carroll County Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportsmen's Association, which meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club. Call Mel Schneider at (410) 876-1089 for details.
Fall turkey prospects
The increasingly popular fall turkey season is under way and will continue through Tuesday.
Early, unofficial reports indicate that success rates are about, or slightly below, those recorded last fall when 360 birds were bagged.
"This is about what I expected," the DNR's turkey manager told me. He added that all the Western Maryland public lands should be good, but "if you can get onto private lands, you will find that's where the hottest prospects will be this hunt."
Learn about fly fishing
The Mid-Atlantic Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers will conduct its first conclave Nov. 13-15 at the Venice Inn in Hagerstown.
This is three full days of fly fishing instruction, interests and seminars such as Ed Koch on fishing late-season midges and terrestrials, Bob Abrahams on Potomac smallmouthing with the long rod, Tim Dolan on wading the Potomac, entomology with Norman Shires and shad fishing the Delaware by Martin Redclay. Cost is $30 per person, $55 per couple.