The American Kennel Club's first National Bird Dog Championships has changed dates for a second time because entries are well below expected levels, according to Terry Lucas, field trial secretary for the event.
Lucas said last week that the event will be held Tuesday and Wednesday at the Blairs Valley Wildlife Management Area, north of Clear Spring in Washington County west of Hagerstown.
The site for the trials is located off Blairs Valley Road, four miles north of Clear Spring. Lucas said signs will be posted to lead spectators to the site.
"We did not draw the entries that we had hoped for," said Lucas. "We ended up with 20 rather than closer to 100 because of a number of factors, including Easter weekend and the rescheduling problems."
The event originally had been scheduled for March 13-18 and then was reset for April 5-8 because of inclement weather and poor grounds conditions.
Lucas said field conditions still will be wet and that spectators should dress accordingly. The day-long trials begin at 7 a.m.
Keith Walters, Bill Burton and Bill Perry will teach a one-day seminar on fishing for rockfish (striped bass) at Chesapeake College at Wye Mills on April 16.
Walters has written two books about rockfishing and once held the state record. Burton is the former outdoors editor of the Evening Sun and Perry is the outdoors editor of the Easton Star-Democrat.
To register for Catching Striped Bass, call Chesapeake College's Continuing Education office at 410-822-5400.
Assateague State Park recently was selected as one of the 50 best state parks in the nation by National Geographic Traveler.
Robert Bealle of Waldorf has won the 1994-1995 Maryland Migratory Stamp Design Contest with his painting of a pair of redheads selected as the best among 89 entries. Bealle's
painting will appear on next year's waterfowl stamp, which must be purchased by Maryland hunters.