Calling all ducks: prizes on the line

October 02, 1994|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer

On Oct. 22, the sounds of ducks and geese will echo over the Chester River from the foot of High Street in Chestertown, and a panel of judges will be listening closely to the people working the calls.

On that Saturday, as part of the Chestertown Wildlife Exhibition and Sale, state and regional duck and goose calling championships will be held, and the winners will take away trophies, merchandise and cash as well as qualify for the world championships.

The Maryland State Duck Calling contest is open to Maryland residents only, while the Chesapeake Region Open Duck Calling competition is open to anyone. The same restrictions on entrants apply to the Maryland State Goose Calling and Chesapeake Bay Region Goose Calling contests.

In each competition, callers must perform a 90-second simulation of turning a distant flock toward a hunter and a spread of decoys and then call the flock back after it flairs off. Judges will rank competitors on the "music" of their calls and how they work the imaginary birds.

Competition will begin at 10 a.m.

A fee of $18 is required before Oct. 22 ($20 on site), and entries and more information may be obtained by writing to William Susen, 28185 Morgnec Road, Kennedyville, Md. 21645, or by calling (410) 348-5550.

Record catfish

Robert C. Anders of Thurmont recently caught a state-record blue catfish in the Noland's Ferry section of the Potomac River.

The 36-inch, 28-pound, 7-ounce fish was taken on 17-pound test line using a chub for bait. Blue catfish is now officially listed as a category in the Maryland Sport Fishing Tournament.

New deer hunting guide

Bill Burton, retired outdoors editor of The Evening Sun, and entrepreneur Allan Ellis have combined their talents to produce the "Maryland Deer Hunting Guide," a publication for rifle, shotgun, bow and muzzleloader hunters.

The guide includes information on when, where and how to hunt in all four categories, how to handle the kill and how to make preparations for each season.

The cost of the guide is $3.95, and it is available at sporting goods stores and newsstands.

Checking stations changes

The following changes have been made in deer checking stations since the state's "1994-1995 Guide to Hunting and Trapping" was published:

In Harford County, J. R. Meats will be closed through the deer bow season.

In Prince George's County, Ugly Mike's Tackle Box no longer is a deer checking station.

In Anne Arundel County, Outdoors Adventures in Crofton no longer is a checking station. Hunters Haven, 219 Thelma Ave., Glen Burnie, is an alternative site. Hours are 9 to 9, and 24 hours a day during the firearms season.

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