Despite bad weather, fall turkey season is 2nd best on record

November 26, 1995|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

Despite poor weather conditions, the six-day fall hunting season for wild turkey in the state produced the second-best season on record, exceeding last year's total of 559.

According to preliminary statistics from the Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division, Garrett County hunters took birds, Allegany County hunters took 238 and Washington County hunters took 39. The fall season is closed in all other counties.

"That hunters bagged that many birds despite the inclement weather demonstrates the health of the wild turkey population in Western Maryland," said DNR Secretary John R. Griffin.

Excellent nesting conditions the past three years have contributed significantly to the expanding population of wild birds in the western counties.

Western county birds also have been trapped and transplanted to all counties in the state over the past 15 years and have been the basis for the spring turkey hunt, which was opened statewide last year.

The turkey population is doing well enough that the Wildlife Division is evaluating the possibility of expanding the fall turkey hunt to other portions of the state.

The Natural Resources Police reported no hunting accidents in the state during the fall season, which ran from Nov. 4-10.

Sentence in bass case

Robert T. Brown Sr., who with three other Southern Maryland men was charged with illegally catching and selling more than 40,000 pounds of largemouth bass, recently was sentenced to two months of incarceration, four months of house arrest and three years of probation and was fined $6,000. Brown had pleaded guilty to violations of the Lacey Act.

Brown is the first of the men to be sentenced, with Alfred Barney Grinder, Walter Irving Maddox and Dennis Patrick Woodruff scheduled to be sentenced this week and next.

The men caught the wild black bass, which may not be caught and sold, in the Potomac River and its tributaries, and the fish were distributed as far away as Canada and the Midwest.

White heads winning crew

John R. White and a crew representing the Annapolis Yacht Club recently won the US Sailing Offshore Championship for the Lloyd Phoenix Trophy. The regatta was sailed earlier this month off Annapolis in Navy 44 sloops.

Teams from 10 US Sailing areas and the Naval Academy competed in the championships.

The members of White's crew were Jonathan Bartlett, Andrew Davis, Barbara Vosbury, Fred Potts, Greg Waltjen, David Detmor, Shane Zwingelberg and Jason Paulson.

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