Wet weather drops wild turkey kill numbers Western Maryland hunt may be off 30-40 percent

November 17, 1996|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

Although game managers have not tallied the official kill numbers, the recently completed fall season for wild turkey in Western Maryland appears to have been off significantly, according to Game Program supervisor Tom Mathews of the Department of Natural Resources.

"It appears that it might be off as much as 30 or 40 percent," said Mathews, adding that the official statistics will not be available for a couple of more weeks.

The wet weather earlier in the year seems largely responsible for the drop, Mathews said.

"With the weather as wet as it was in June," he said, "conditions were not conducive to a good hatch. When the poults come out and it is cold and wet, there usually is not a good survival rate."

DNR's Wildlife Division was not expecting a great season because of the poor weather and did not exercise an option for an extended season this year.

"If in the poult survey earlier this year, if we could get five per hen, then the extended season was a possibility," Mathews said. "I think we got about half of that."

The fall season is open only in Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties west of I-81. Unlike the statewide spring season, the fall season is open to birds of either sex.

"With the low poult count," Mathews said, "not extending the season looks like good wisdom now."

MSSA scholarship program

For several years, volunteers from the Maryland Saltwater Sportsfishermen's Association have raised funds for scholarships to students with high academic achievement and interests in environmental studies.

This year, four grants of $1,800 each were awarded, and the MSSA Scholarship Foundation wants to increase the number and amounts of awards.

If, as an individual or a business, you want to contribute to the foundation, call Bill Huppert, chairman, at (410) 768-8666.

Art of fly fishing exhibit

Trout Unlimited, in conjunction with the Waterfowl Festival, is showing its Art of Fly Fishing exhibit at the Academy of Arts in Easton through Nov. 30.

The exhibit features works by sporting artists such as Gordon Allen, C.D. Clarke, Mark Susinno and Peter Corbin as well as antique rods, reels and other artifacts.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Pub Date: 11/17/96

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