2-day deer hunt opens tomorrow

On the Outdoors

January 08, 1998|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

The two-day extension of the firearms hunting season for antlerless white-tailed and sika deer opens tomorrow and ends Saturday in 18 counties of the state where deer populations have been increasing rapidly in recent years.

Michael Slattery, director of the Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Division, said that the extension in all counties east of Carroll is necessary because deer continue to thrive in agricultural areas and on the fringes of outer suburban areas.

Reports of crops and property damage and vehicle collisions with deer continue to increase in most areas of the state. All are indications of an increasing deer population, which DNR estimates is in excess of 300,000.

The open counties are: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George's, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester.

Hunters who did not fill their firearms tags or bonus firearms deer stamps during the regular season are eligible to hunt during the extension.

Bow season will remain open during the two-day season, but bowhunters must wear hunter orange during the extension.

Sassafras NRMA closed

The DNR has closed the popular Sassafras Natural Resource Management Area in Chestertown for the two-day extension of the firearms hunting season for deer tomorrow and Saturday.

Park manager John Ohler said the deer kill through the regular seasons has been "sufficient to meet the overall resource management goals of the facility."

The area will remain open to bowhunting through Jan. 31.

Pfiesteria workshop

Last summer, an outbreak of Pfiesteria in a few locations on the lower Eastern Shore caused enormous concern among fishermen, fisheries biologists and consumers. On Jan. 17, the public is invited to a half-day workshop to learn more about Pfiesteria.

The objective of the "Pfiesteria, Nutrients and Policy" symposium is to inform the public on:

The best and latest scientific understanding of the biology and hazards of Pfiesteria to the bay, its tributaries and humans.

Effects of nutrient overloading on the bay and its tributaries.

Policy options and likely consequences on the bay, its tributaries, people and businesses.

The workshop, sponsored by the Upper Eastern Shore Tributary Team, the Chester River Association and Washington College, will be held in the Tawes Auditorium, Washington College, Chestertown, from 8: 30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 410-778-6290, 410-778-5143 or 410-260-8827.

Brown trout updates

Recent redd surveys in the put-and-take and catch-and-return areas of lower Owens Creek in Frederick County indicate another good hatch of brown trout this year.

According to DNR fisheries biologists, adult brown trout stocked in the creek during June had good survival rates over the summer despite low flows.

There also was good news from the Good Hope tributary of Paint Branch, in Montgomery County, where 29 redds (spawning areas) were observed. The average redd count in the Good Hope from 1978 to 1996 was 22.42.

Whitbread update

% Status: Day 5, Leg 4

Standings: Boat .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Nautical miles to finish

1. Swedish Match .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..200.7

2. Toshiba .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..211.4

3. Chessie Racing .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .223.4

4. Merit Cup .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...223.6

5. EF Language .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .228.7

6. Silk Cut .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .260.6

7. Innovation Kvaerner .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..286.7

8. BrunelSunergy .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..295.8

9. EF Education .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...322.8

(as of 00: 16: 33 GMT)

Boat beat: Swedish Match is expected to reach the finish in Auckland today. Chessie Racing, 22.7 miles back, has climbed into third place.

Weather: Winds 12-20 knots.

Note: From the Whitbread Round the World Race Web site at www.whitbread.org

Pub Date: 1/08/98

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