Stoney Creek not afraid to open up Club makes point to set public shoots

OUTDOORS

August 08, 1993|By LONNY WEAVER

The Stoney Creek Fishing and Hunting Club is a sportsman's mecca located off of Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena.

The club, founded in 1946, has "400 members and a two-year membership waiting list," said Club President Walt Riddiough.

Unlike many private sportsmen's clubs, Stoney Creek goes out of its way to provide recreational shooting opportunities for the general public.

Wes Grogan, Club Rangemaster and a former Stoney Creek president, said, "We believe that we owe fellow sportsmen an opportunity to use our shooting facilities because of the ever-increasing problem of too many prospective shooters and hunters and not enough public or private space for them to enjoy."

The club opens its gate at 9090 Fort Smallwood Road to the public for a Sporting Clays and High Power Rifle Silhouette shooting the first Sunday of each month.

It charges a usage fee -- $7 for a round of sporting clays and $10 for silhouette shooting on the organization's 300-yard rifle range.

Another popular public event is the year-round Tuesday evening trap shoot, which begins at 5 p.m. and continues until 10. Also, Riddiough said, "We put 1,000 people a year through our certified hunter safety course."

Other public events include International Handgun Silhouette Association matches scheduled regularly and a 3-D archery course every Thursday evening. Beginning in January of each year, the public is invited to use the club's indoor air gun range. The club has an events hot line (410) 255-2119 to check on club activities.

The sporting clays course is set up for a 25-target round. It boosts springing teal targets, rabbit targets and targets thrown from two towers. It is a nice, compact setup that more clubs should take a hard look at.

"We get about 25 or 30 new membership openings each year because of people moving away, failing to pay dues, or any of the other usual reasons, so we have a steady influx of new blood," Grogan said.

The club meets the second and last Fridays of each month.

Public events scheduled for this month are 3-D Bow Shooting Aug. 12, 19 and 26, Sporting Clay League Aug. 11 and 25 and IHMSA matches Aug. 28-29.

September goose hunt set

Maryland's first September resident Canada goose hunting seasons dates are Sept. 7-15.

The hunt is limited to Anne Arundel, Allegany, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's, St. Mary's and Washington counties.

The Department of Natural Resources estimates that more than 20,000 geese have taken up residence here, causing numerous nuisance and crop damage problems.

During the hunt, the daily bag will be three with a possession of six.

To participate, hunters must possess a valid hunting license, federal and state duck stamps and a free September Canada goose season permit. The permit can be obtained at DNR Service Centers and Wildlife Division District offices. Hunters will be required to keep a daily record of their success.

Local fishing report

Spot fishing remains excellent with hot spots in the middle Bay area being Eastern Bay, Thomas Point, Hackett Point and Cooks Point. Use bloodworms on the bottom for spot in about 20 foot of water.

Steady numbers of weakfish and croakers are being taken in Eastern Bay and the Choptank River using crab baits. Snapper blues are being caught from the Bay Bridge to Taylor's Island, and the occasional big drum still is being nabbed near the Stone Rock.

Good white perch fishing can be had around the Bay Bridge pilings. Best bets still are found in the lower Bay area where you will hook spot, weakfish, increasing numbers of flounder, croaker and nice 1- to 3-pound blues. Hot spots include the Middle Grounds, Hooper Strait, Patuxent River near Solomons, Point Lookout and the mouth of the Potomac.

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