Spring turkey season opens tomorrow

April 17, 1994|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer

The spring season for bearded turkeys opens tomorrow in all or parts of 14 Maryland counties. The season runs through May 16, with shooting hours from 30 minutes before sunrise to noon, Monday through Saturday.

The basic limit is one bird per person per season. However, if no turkey was taken during the last fall season, two birds may be taken per season, but only one bird may be taken per day.

Open counties are: Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Dorchester (south of route 50), Frederick, Garrett, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Somerset, Queen Anne's, Washington, Wicomico (east of Route 13) and Worcester.

In Caroline, Dorchester, Howard, Kent, Somerset, Queen Anne's and Wicomico counties, no more than one bird may be taken per hunter.

Whitbread update

Tokio, the overall leader in the Whitbread Round the World Race, is expected to rejoin the racing fleet today after being dismasted during the current leg from Punta del Este, Uruguay, to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

While Tokio has been in Vitoria, Brazil, for replacement of the mast the Whitbread 60 lost last week, Yamaha, Galica 93 Pescanova and Intrum Justitia have engaged in tight racing and now stand 1, 2, 3 with 10 days to go to the end of leg 4.

Among the Whitbread 60s, the largest recent gains have been made by Heineken, the all-female crew, which has passed Brooksfield and gained 34 miles on Yamaha.

Merit Cup leads the maxi-boat fleet, with New Zealand Endeavor close behind and gaining.

According to race organizers, with the boats now due in Fort Lauderdale on April 27, three days later than expected, some crews have begun slight rationing of food.

"We have begun food rationing by slightly reducing the daily intake, but it really is no problem as you drink more and eat less in the hot climate," said Winston skipper Brad Butterworth.

Crabbing regulations

Regulations for recreational crabbers are now official for this year's season. The rules in effect do not require a license for recreational crabbers, who cannot sell their catch.

The regulations are:

* Season and hours -- April 1 through Dec. 31; 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Chesapeake Bay; 5:30 a.m. to sunset in rivers, creeks and tributaries; 24 hours a day from docks, piers, bridges and shorelines.

* Daily limit -- One bushel per person and two bushels per boat, regardless of how many people are aboard.

* Gear -- The number of handlines is unlimited; collapsible traps or rings are limited to 10 per person except when crabbing from a boat, when the limit is 25 per vessel. Traps or rings cannot be set within 100 feet of a trotline. Dipnets are legal. Trotlines can be up to 1,000 feet per person with not more than two 1,000-foot trotlines per boat. Seines up to 50 feet in length can be used, but they must be emptied in the water and cannot be pulled up on shore.

* Landowners -- Up to two commercial pots may be set from a pier or attached by a line from the property or a stake not more than 100 yards from shore. Pots staked out must have a sign with name and address of the owner attached, and each crab pot must have a 2 5/16-inch cull ring in the upper chamber.

Outdoor discovery

The Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for its Outdoor Discovery camps, which will run for eight five-day sessions at four locations in the state this summer.

The camp programs will be held at Susquehanna State Park, Tuckahoe State Park, South Mountain at Echo Lake and Cedarville State Forest. The first Monday-through-Friday session will be from June 20-24.

Camp programs are designed for youths 8 to 17 years old and intended to "enrich their minds and stimulate their senses while learning to appreciate the wonderment of Maryland's outdoors."

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