Survey shows Canada goose decline

Hunting Notebook

December 13, 1992|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

The November survey of Canada geese in Maryland showed a decrease from 333,584 last year to 315,546, and early reports from hunters indicate that mostly adult birds are being taken this season.

The aerial survey, conducted this year between Nov. 16 and Nov. 20, is one of several methods used by the Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to track long-term population trends.

The number of Canada geese counted on the Eastern Shore was 298,980, with the largest number, 80,687, counted in the Chester River survey.

In western Kent County, the count was 36,017, and the number in the lower Choptank River was 34,220.

On the Western Shore, 16,566 Canada geese were counted, with the highest numbers found on farm ponds and reservoirs in northern Montgomery, Howard and Frederick counties (7,205) and the upper Patuxent River (5,035).

The population of Canada geese has fewer than normal numbers of young birds because a late snow melt in the breeding grounds east of Hudson Bay in upper Quebec disrupted nesting.

Estimates of other waterfowl made during the survey included: 89,508 snow geese, 19,145 scaup, 6,796 tundra swans and 4,719 canvasback ducks.

Bear kill up in Pa.

Pennsylvania's three-day black bear season produced the fourth largest kill since 1915, with 1,584 bears taken. During the past six years, the average kill has been 1,642.

Keith A. Boyer, hunting in Carbon County on the first day of the Thanksgiving week season, took the largest bear, which weighed 701 pounds field dressed. The bear's live weight was estimated at 827 pounds.

Special Sweet Air hunt set

DNR held its lottery on Thursday for a special, controlled hunt in the Sweet Air area of Gunpowder Falls State Park. The hunt, which will be held on weekdays only from Jan. 11 to Jan. 22, is necessary to control a rapidly expanding deer population in the area. Only 25 hunters per day will be allowed in the area and the only weapons that may be used are shotguns.

Bass Expo is a sure lure

The ninth annual Bass Expo will be held at the Cow Palace at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium on Jan. 8-10.

The show, which promoters call the largest display of bass boats and bass fishing equipment in the Northeast, will include seminars by professional bass tournament fishermen and regional specialists.

Admission to the show is $6 for adults and $3 for children from 10 to 14. Children under 10 will be admitted free. The seminar schedule:

Jan. 8: Bill Kramer on structure fishing with worms and jigs, 6 p.m.; CastingKids competition, 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Jan. 9: Ken Wilson and Jay Holt on patterns for tidal waters, 10 a.m.; Mark Hoos on basic tackle and lure selection, 11 a.m.; Guy Ecker on seasonal patterns with spinnerbaits, noon; Shaw Grigsby on finesse fishing, 1 p.m.; Greg South on worm fishing with a spinning rod, 2 p.m.; Woo Daves on matching tackle to situations, 3 p.m.; Charlie Ingram on fishing the Sluggo and floating worm, 4 p.m.; Shaw Grigsby on techniques for topwater baits, 5 p.m.; Glenn Peacock on fishing the tidal Potomac River, 6 p.m.; CastingKids Maryland Championship, 7 p.m.; Mike Draper on lure selection for bass, 8 p.m.

Jan. 10: Mark Kovach on fly fishing the upper Potomac River, 11 a.m.; Guy Ecker on how to fish crankbaits, noon; Greg South on light-line fishing, 1 p.m.; Charlie Ingram on jig fishing, 2 p.m.; Woo Daves on how to locate and pattern bass, 3 p.m.

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