Md. Sportsmen's Association formed Hunters, fishermen and conservationists find common ground


March 01, 1998|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

If you are interested in hunting, fishing, trapping and conservation of natural resources, species habitat and the political and social forces that control them, membership in the newly formed Maryland Sportsmen's Association could be worth a close look.

Representatives of leading outdoors groups in the state have met and written draft constitution and bylaws for the association, which proposes to:

"Promote the proper use of land and water resources for conservation and propagation of fish and wildlife for recreational purposes. To provide support for a statewide association of organizations and individuals interested in promoting sound wildlife management. To provide maximum opportunity to engage in the shooting sports, hunting, fishing and trapping."

The first meeting of the association will be held March 14 at the Wildlife Achievement Club Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America on Mullinex Road in Damascus, Montgomery County. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

The agenda includes formal adoption of a constitution and bylaws and election of officers.

Membership is open to organizations and individuals.

For more information, call:

Western Maryland (Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties): Steve Palmer, 301-432-7121.

Southern Maryland (Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's counties): Allen Swann, 410-257-7560.

Trout stocking

In the past eight years, the number of trout stocked by the Department of Natural Resources each spring has nearly doubled, and this year nearly 500,000 brown and rainbow trout will be placed in lakes and streams across the state.

The state has added 30 sites to its stocking program over the past eight years, and stockings for the put-and-take program have increased from 255,100 to 486,650.

In Anne Arundel, Harford, Baltimore, Howard and Carroll counties, there are more than two dozen areas stocked for put-and-take trout fishing.

Anglers wishing to participate need a freshwater fishing license and a state trout stamp, and in most put-and-take areas can keep five trout per day.

A listing of stocking numbers, closure dates and areas that might be included under special regulations can be picked up at regional DNR offices and area stores where licenses are sold.

Deer regulations meetings

The proposed changes for deer hunting seasons announced a few weeks ago by DNR are extensive and separate the state into four zones with individual bag limits for bow, modern firearms and muzzleloader seasons.

DNR's Wildlife and Heritage Division has scheduled four public meetings this month to discuss the proposed regulations and receive public comment.

Each of the following meetings will begin at 7 p.m.:

March 10: Fallston Middle School, Carrs Mill Road, Fallston.

March 12: Mattawoman Middle School, Middleton Road, Waldorf.

March 17: Easton High School, Mecklenburg Avenue, Easton.

March 19: South Hagerstown High School, Sharpsburg Pike (Route 65), Hagerstown.

Junior Hunter Days

Hunting and trapping long have been family traditions on the Eastern Shore, and area hunters, trappers, conservationists and DNR personnel have two Junior Hunter Days scheduled to teach interested youngsters the basic skills necessary to participate.

These free, hands-on seminars are open to all students 16 and younger. Parents are welcome to attend, and preregistration is required.

To register or for more information, call 410-543-6595, 410-928-3106 or 410-219-8418.

On Saturday, the program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at LeCompte Wildlife Management Area near Vienna. Program will focus on trapping and furbearer management.

On April 11 the program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at JP Hunting Lodge near Sudlersville. The theme of the program will be getting involved and include species biology, habitat, conservation, techniques, regulations, safety and ethics and an introduction to sporting clays.

Boat show a hit

Organizers of the Chesapeake Bay Boat Show, held recently at the Convention Center, report about 33,000 people attended the 10-day event, matching the "blockbuster" attendance of last year.

An informal survey of lenders and boat dealers by show organizers indicated a 20 percent increase in sales over last year.

Pub Date: 3/01/98

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