Havre de Grace competition will open door to the worlds Senior duck-calling winner qualifies for championships

March 31, 1996|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

For 15 years, the Havre de Grace Decoy, Wildlife Art and Sportsman Festival has been a big draw for competitive callers and collectors. This year's show, scheduled for May 3-5, has a new twist that should make it an even better draw -- the winner of the senior duck-calling competition will qualify for the world championships.

Show organizers Dave Hagan and Jack Palmer said the Susquehanna Flats Regional Duck Classic recently was sanctioned by the World Duck Calling Championship in Stuttgart, Ark., giving the winner an automatic bid to the worlds. The seniors competition is open to all ages.

The festival is sponsored by the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum and includes duck and goose calling competitions for all ages and experience levels, auctions, seminars, youth gunning competitions, carving, decoy and art contests.

The festival is held at three locations in Havre de Grace, with most of the competitions Saturday or Sunday.

For entry or ticket information, call (410) 939-3739.

Tuckahoe hunt

Tuckahoe State Park will be open for the spring wild turkey hunting season this year, with 25 hunters per day allowed on roughly 1,000 acres on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hunters must register at the sign-in box at the gate to the workshop complex beforehand.

The spring season runs from April 18 to May 16.

For more information, call (410) 820-1668.

Catfish guide

The In-Fisherman communications group, which includes angling publications and television shows, is producing a magazine exclusively for catfish fishermen. Catfish Guide was first printed last month.

Editor-in-chief Doug Stange estimates there are 12 million fishermen in the United States who would rather catch a catfish than a bass or a rockfish, for example, "yet there never has been a magazine devoted solely to the techniques, strategies, equipment and destinations for catfish."

The Catfish Guide is available at newsstands and tackle stores or from the publisher. For more information, call (800) 441-1740.

Lunsford honored

Bob Lunsford, director of freshwater fisheries for the Department of Natural Resources, has received the 1995 Conservationist of the Year Award from the Potomac River Smallmouth Club. Lunsford was honored for DRN's efforts to improve the Potomac River bass fishery, including a 20-mile zone of the non-tidal Potomac and eight miles of the Monocacy River, where catch-and-release regulations are strengthening the fishery.

Santa Maria Cup update

The Santa Maria Cup, a women's match-racing sailing championship sponsored by BOAT/U.S., will include two-time America's Cup veteran and former winner of this championship Dawn Riley. In all, 10 top women skippers will compete off Annapolis in J/22s from May 29 to June 2.

Pub Date: 3/31/96

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