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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,Staff Writer | August 18, 1992
In the short term, this has been a productive summer for North American duck populations. But, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1992 Status of Waterfowl & Fall Flight Forecast, the breeding population estimate was 8 percent below the long-term average.According to the report, which is a primary tool used by waterfowl managers in setting hunting seasons and bag limits, the overall flight south from the breeding grounds across the northern prairie states and north through the prairie provinces of Canada will be similar to last year's.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | December 19, 1999
The breeze had come up quickly in the first hour of daylight, raising wavelets on the tidal creek off the Patuxent River, and a heavy rain battered the grasses, reeds and rushes of the marsh.The ducks would be coming soon, jumping up from open water and flying low over the channel through the marsh, looking for shelter from the building storm.Earlier, an hour before first light, a string of decoys had been placed in the creek, with the shank of the fish hook set leading upwind to the bend of the hook, where a half-dozen decoys rested in the lee of a shallow point.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | August 23, 1998
The Department of Natural Resources last week presented its proposed waterfowl seasons and bag limits for 1998-1999, including an extended season for resident Canada geese in certain parts of the state and the possibility of a longer October split for duck season.Maryland seasons are set within a framework established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which sets the maximum season length, largest bag limits and earliest and latest season openings and closings.While the federal framework allows a six-duck daily bag limit, DNR again is proposing a basic bag of four and two bonus teal per day in any of the three season splits.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | December 12, 1999
Based on the fall flight forecast, this was supposed to be the best autumn in many for duck hunting. After all, some 105 million birds are expected to migrate south nationwide, the highest number since the forecast began 50 years ago. However, waterfowl biologists said, unseasonably warm weather has slowed their transit and dry conditions in many areas might cause the birds to alter "traditional migration behavior." "Many ducks and geese won't move south until cold weather freezes their water sources," said Dr. Bruce Batt, chief biologist for Ducks Unlimited, an international conservation association deeply involved in the creation and restoration of waterfowl habitat.
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By PETER BAKER | October 23, 1991
An article yesterday on the opening day of duck season incorrectly quoted Philip Wagenbrenner as saying that black ducks would be hunted. In fact, Mr. Wagenbrenner said that wood ducks would be hunted. It is illegal to hunt black ducks in the first session of duck season.+ The Sun regrets the errors.LOWER MARLBORO -- All but the head of Hydra was fading into the pale of morning as Philip Wagenbrenner loaded a half-dozen decoys and slid the canoe down a muddy run toward the headwaters of a narrow creek in tidal marsh off the Patuxent River.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | August 17, 1997
Maryland again is opting for conservative duck hunting seasons this fall and winter, proposing a four-bird limit instead of a six-bird bag possible under the federal framework.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sets the maximum allowable season lengths and bag limits, but states adjust their seasons to best suit the population trends of waterfowl and to meet the needs of hunters."Before making final season selections, the department will incorporate public comments obtained at three public meetings," said Department of Natural Resources Secretary John R. Griffin.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | September 2, 1999
The Department of Natural Resources yesterday submitted its final proposals for waterfowl seasons to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, including a 60-day duck season with five-duck bag limit. Duck hunters will be allowed to take one additional teal during duck season, bringing the total bag to six. The USFWS has allowed Maryland to extend the snow goose season to 107 days, with the last of three splits ending March 10. Split dates for snow geese are Oct. 16-Nov. 26, Dec. 6-Jan.
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By Bill Burton | September 9, 1991
For the first time in decades there will be regular waterfowl hunting in Maryland during part of the deer season, but the Department of Natural Resources passed on a proposal to liberalize Canada goose shooting.There will be no honker or duck shooting during the deer season, but other than the Saturday opener on Nov. 30, snow geese can be shot through the remainder of the statewide modern firearms deer hunt.On the Canada goose side, DNR stuck with its original proposal -- after the Wildlife Advisory Commission suggested otherwise -- and will open the shoot on Nov. 12, a Tuesday.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | December 19, 1999
The breeze had come up quickly in the first hour of daylight, raising wavelets on the tidal creek off the Patuxent River, and a heavy rain battered the grasses, reeds and rushes of the marsh.The ducks would be coming soon, jumping up from open water and flying low over the channel through the marsh, looking for shelter from the building storm.Earlier, an hour before first light, a string of decoys had been placed in the creek, with the shank of the fish hook set leading upwind to the bend of the hook, where a half-dozen decoys rested in the lee of a shallow point.
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By Peter Baker | September 22, 1991
The Department of Natural Resources has sent its proposed dates and bag limits for the 1991-92 waterfowl seasons to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for approval and regulatory enactment.The USFWS is expected to sanction the proposals without change.The proposal asks for a Canada goose season of 59 days with a bag limit of one goose per day during the first 18 days of the season and two geese per day over the remaining 41 days.The seasons:* Canada geese -- Nov. 12-29 and Dec. 9-Jan. 18.* Snow geese -- Oct. 25-Nov.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | September 2, 1999
The Department of Natural Resources yesterday submitted its final proposals for waterfowl seasons to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, including a 60-day duck season with five-duck bag limit. Duck hunters will be allowed to take one additional teal during duck season, bringing the total bag to six. The USFWS has allowed Maryland to extend the snow goose season to 107 days, with the last of three splits ending March 10. Split dates for snow geese are Oct. 16-Nov. 26, Dec. 6-Jan.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | August 23, 1998
The Department of Natural Resources last week presented its proposed waterfowl seasons and bag limits for 1998-1999, including an extended season for resident Canada geese in certain parts of the state and the possibility of a longer October split for duck season.Maryland seasons are set within a framework established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which sets the maximum season length, largest bag limits and earliest and latest season openings and closings.While the federal framework allows a six-duck daily bag limit, DNR again is proposing a basic bag of four and two bonus teal per day in any of the three season splits.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | August 17, 1997
Maryland again is opting for conservative duck hunting seasons this fall and winter, proposing a four-bird limit instead of a six-bird bag possible under the federal framework.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sets the maximum allowable season lengths and bag limits, but states adjust their seasons to best suit the population trends of waterfowl and to meet the needs of hunters."Before making final season selections, the department will incorporate public comments obtained at three public meetings," said Department of Natural Resources Secretary John R. Griffin.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | February 6, 1997
Each January, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state departments of natural resources conduct the Midwinter Waterfowl Survey across the country as part of a continuing, long-term study of migratory populations of ducks, geese and swans.In Maryland this year, according to statistics released by the Department of Natural Resources, the state's waterfowl count is up more than 27,000 over last year.However, according to biologists, the gain is largely attributable to increases in duck populations and Canada goose numbers were significantly lower.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,Staff Writer | August 18, 1992
In the short term, this has been a productive summer for North American duck populations. But, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1992 Status of Waterfowl & Fall Flight Forecast, the breeding population estimate was 8 percent below the long-term average.According to the report, which is a primary tool used by waterfowl managers in setting hunting seasons and bag limits, the overall flight south from the breeding grounds across the northern prairie states and north through the prairie provinces of Canada will be similar to last year's.
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By Bill Burton | November 21, 1991
This weekend ...* Probably no fishing for rockfish this weekend for either charter or recreational fishermen -- but maybe the following weekend, which would mean a head-on conflict with the opening of the Maryland deer season.Late yesterday, the Department of Natural Resources was still trying to compare catches with quotas.Guidelines call for 48-hour notice to fishermen, which indicates that if the recreational fishery is to be reopened for the fourth time -- and charters for the third -- the fishing will have to start later than Saturday.
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By Bill Burton | August 6, 1991
Originally, today's effort was targeted to a rundown on the Spanish mackerel explosion on the Western Shore in the Chesapeake Beach area, but decision time for waterfowl has intervened.But, first, be it known that the mackerel run is for real -- the best anyone can remember. Much of the action is from the Radar Station to Calvert Cliffs; yesterday Carl Taylor and I caught 24 on gold Clarke spoons in several hours of deep trolling off Chesapeake Beach. We kept 10 of from 2 to 3 pounds, preferring not to take advantage of the no creel limit on these unpredictable fish that are so tasty, scrappy and swift.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | December 12, 1999
Based on the fall flight forecast, this was supposed to be the best autumn in many for duck hunting. After all, some 105 million birds are expected to migrate south nationwide, the highest number since the forecast began 50 years ago. However, waterfowl biologists said, unseasonably warm weather has slowed their transit and dry conditions in many areas might cause the birds to alter "traditional migration behavior." "Many ducks and geese won't move south until cold weather freezes their water sources," said Dr. Bruce Batt, chief biologist for Ducks Unlimited, an international conservation association deeply involved in the creation and restoration of waterfowl habitat.
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By PETER BAKER | October 23, 1991
An article yesterday on the opening day of duck season incorrectly quoted Philip Wagenbrenner as saying that black ducks would be hunted. In fact, Mr. Wagenbrenner said that wood ducks would be hunted. It is illegal to hunt black ducks in the first session of duck season.+ The Sun regrets the errors.LOWER MARLBORO -- All but the head of Hydra was fading into the pale of morning as Philip Wagenbrenner loaded a half-dozen decoys and slid the canoe down a muddy run toward the headwaters of a narrow creek in tidal marsh off the Patuxent River.
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By Peter Baker | September 22, 1991
The Department of Natural Resources has sent its proposed dates and bag limits for the 1991-92 waterfowl seasons to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for approval and regulatory enactment.The USFWS is expected to sanction the proposals without change.The proposal asks for a Canada goose season of 59 days with a bag limit of one goose per day during the first 18 days of the season and two geese per day over the remaining 41 days.The seasons:* Canada geese -- Nov. 12-29 and Dec. 9-Jan. 18.* Snow geese -- Oct. 25-Nov.
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