Fall turkey kill is 2nd-highest

January 30, 1994|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

Despite poor weather in Garrett County during the five-day fall turkey hunting season last November, hunters recorded the second-highest kill on record, 427 turkeys.

The record of 580 was set in 1987.

According to the Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division, the high count this past season, which ran from Nov. 5-10, may be attributed to unusually good reproduction earlier in the year.

The fall kill was 146 over the 15-year average of 281.

Fall turkey hunting is allowed only in the portion of the state west of Interstate 81.

Sportfishing seminar

Seats are still available for Saltwater Sportsman magazine's national sportfishing seminar at the University of Maryland on Saturday.

The seven-hour lecture series, which includes regional and international experts on inshore and offshore fishing, will be held in the Adele H. Stamp Union starting at 9 a.m. For information, call (800) 448-7360.

Flounder proposals

Maryland plans to propose a flounder season for its bay and coastal waters bay this year to run from May 1 to Sept. 30. The minimum size limit would be 14 inches, and the daily creel limit would be 6 fish.

Public hearings on the proposal will be held within the next 90 days.

Reward for information

For the past several years, Ray Hitchcock has kept a pet deer in a pen behind his taxidermy shop in Severn, and during those years a lot of people have come to see Scary, the unofficial mascot for the Deer for the Hungry venison donation program.

Last Saturday, Hitchcock said, three people cut a hole in the chain link pen, killed Scary with a bow and arrow and dragged the 220-pound carcass away.

Hitchcock, whose shop is located on New Cut Road, said Scary was killed between 11 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday, and rewards totaling $2,500 are being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed the 9-point buck.

Hitchcock can be contacted at (410) 987-6990.

Crabbing regulations hearings

Public hearings on changes to crabbing regulations for recreational crabbers will be held Monday and Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. The Monday meeting will be held at the Maryland National Guard Armory, Route 50, Easton, and the Tuesday meeting will be held at Annapolis High School, 2700 Riva Road, Annapolis.

Midwinter eagle count

DNR's midwinter survey of Maryland's bald eagle population, taken Jan. 7-9, counted 146 bald eagles and one golden eagle. The survey is conducted at areas with major concentrations of bald eagles -- Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Susquehanna River below Conowingo Dam and the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

The count, the fourth-highest on record, consisted of 72 adults, 59 immature eagles and 15 whose age could not be determined due to poor lighting conditions.

OC The largest concentration of eagles (62) was found at Aberdeen.

FALL TURKEY AT A GLANCE

County .. .. .. .1993 .. .1992 .. .1991 .. .1990

Garrett .. .. .. .162 .. ..168 .. ..148 .. ..131

Allegany .. .. ...227 .. ..162 .. ..179 .. ..178

Washington .. .. ..38 .. ...40 .. ...33 .. .. 27

Totals .. .. .. ..427 .. ..370 .. ..360 .. ..336

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