Win­ners cho­sen for bear and duck stamp de­sign con­tests

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A Penn­syl­va­nia man won the Mary­land Black Bear Con­ser­va­tion Stamp De­sign Con­test and a St. Mary’s County man won the Mi­gra­tory Game Bird Stamp De­sign Con­test. The win­ners were cho­sen by judges at the an­nual Ward World Cham­pi­onship Wild­fowl Carv­ing Com­pe­ti­tion and Art Fes­ti­val in Ocean City.

Larry Smail from Kit­tan­ning, Pa., won the 20th an­nual bear stamp con­test with his paint­ing, “Mov­ing Through,” of a black bear walk­ing through woods and tall grasses.

“I’m ex­cited to have won,” Smail said. “I came across the flyer and fig­ured, I en­joy paint­ing bears, and de­cided to take a shot at it.”

Smail is an avid out­doors­man and hunter, whose love of the out­doors be­gan at a young age. His art has been fea­tured in mag­a­zines and books, of­ten de­pict­ing wildlife and out­door scenes.

Pro­ceeds from the sale of Black Bear Conser va­tion Stamps and other re­lated items are used to com­pen­sate Mar yland farm­ers ex­pe­ri­enc­ing agri­cul­tural dam­age caused by bears. To pur­chase the stamp and other re­lated items, visit shopdnr.com.

Richard Me­nard from Hol­ly­wood won the 42nd an­nual Mary­land Mi­gra­tory Game Bird Stamp De­sign Con­test with his paint­ing titled “Brothers” of two north­ern shov­el­ers.

“This is the first time I’ve won and I’m very happy,” Me­nard said. “Any­thing I can do to help with con­ser­va­tion is a good thing.”

Mi­gra­tory game bird hun­ters are re­quired to pur­chase the stamps and the pro­ceeds fund mi­gra­tory game bird re­search and habi­tat en­hance­ment on the state’s pub­lic lands. Since 1974, stamp sales have pro­vided more than $7 mil­lion for mi­gra­tory game projects.

* * * Shore­line li­cens­ing Just as a re­minder, wa­ter­front prop­erty own­ers who want to ap­ply for off­shore blind and shore­line li­cens­ing must have their ap­pli­ca­tions post­marked be­fore June 1.

Wa­ter­front (ri­par­ian) prop­erty own­ers, or those with per­mis­sion from the owner, may li­cense a shore­line to es­tab­lish sta­tion­ary blinds or blind sites for hunt­ing wa­ter­fowl, or to pre­vent oth­ers from li­cens­ing the shore­line at a later date. Li­cense fees are $20 for one year or $60 for three years.

Landown­ers who miss the June 1 dead­line may par­tic­i­pate in the open li­cens­ing process be­gin­ning Aug. 2.

For more in­for­ma­tion and an ap­pli­ca­tion, visit the DNR web­site or call toll free 1-877-620-8367).

* * * Stop the aliens Cit­i­zens and sci­en­tists are work­ing to­gether to tackle the prob­lem of in­va­sive plants on state lands through our DNR’s new Statewide Eyes pro­gram. Statewide Eyes is seek­ing peo­ple in­ter­ested in iden­ti­fy­ing and map­ping in­va­sive plants that threaten eco­log­i­cally sen­si­tive sites.

“We know that in­va­sive plants are out in the land­scape threat­en­ing rare species and habi­tats, but we need bet­ter in­for­ma­tion about which species are where, and what kinds of risks they pose,” said Ker­rie Kyde, the de­part­ment’s in­va­sive plant ecol­o­gist said. “With the help of trained cit­i­zen sci­en­tists our de­part­ment can dis­cover vi­tal in­for­ma­tion about these plants much more ef­fi­ciently than we can on our own.”

Nat­u­ral­ists and other state land users are in­vited to sign up for a Statewide Eyes train­ing ses­sion. Par­tic­i­pants will learn about in­va­sive plants and how to use the free Mid-

At­lantic Early De­tec­tion Net­work smart­phone app to iden­tify, map, doc­u­ment, and re­port them. MAEDN sends user data to a na­tional map­ping ser­vice where the re­ports are avail­able for ex­pert anal­y­sis.

“The in­for­ma­tion gath­ered through Statewide Eyes will give us tremen­dous power to plan and carry out in­va­sive plant man­age­ment work in the places where we can have the most im­pact,” Kyde said. “It will al­low us to find in­vaders be­fore they cover too much ter­ri­tory for us to re­move them.”

* * * Fish­ing re­port Large­mouth bass are ei­ther ac­tively spawn­ing or get­ting ready to spawn. The next cou­ple of weeks will prob­a­bly be the best weeks of the tro­phy striped bass sea­son, as post-spawn rock­fish pour out of the spawn­ing rivers and en­ter the Ch­e­sa­peake look­ing for some­thing to eat be­fore ex­it­ing.

Wa­ter clar­ity has been very good in the lower Susque­hanna and flats area. Cast­ing sil­ver Tony spoons or soft plas­tic jigs are two of the fa­vorite lures to use dur­ing the catch-and-re­lease sea­son for large rock­fish.

In the up­per Ch­e­sa­peake there has been a lot of trolling ac­tiv­ity around the chan­nel edges near Love Point and the ship­ping chan­nel edges just north of the Bay Bridge. Trolling tan­dem buck­tails or para­chutes dressed with sassy shads off planer boards or long flat lines has been the stan­dard. A few light tackle an­glers have also been jig­ging near the Bay Bridge piers for larger striped bass that tend to hang up there. Chum­ming on steep chan­nel edges near Love Point and Sandy Point Light is an­other al­ter­na­tive for those who don’t de­sire to troll.

Be­low the Bay Bridge, in the mid­dle bay re­gion, the ac­tion for large stripers has been very good along the ship­ping chan­nel edges. Many of the tra­di­tional steep chan­nel edges are liv­ing up to their rep­u­ta­tion. On the east side, the edges near Bloody Point Light, the Gas Buoy, False Chan­nel, and the CP Buoy have all been pro­duc­ing ex­cel­lent trolling re­sults. On the west side of the bay, Thomas Point, out in front of Ch­e­sa­peake Beach, and the western edge of the ship­ping chan­nel south have all been good places to troll.

Farther south on the eastern side of the bay, the 76 Buoy, HS Buoy (72B) and Buoy 72 have been ex­cel­lent places to find big fish.

At the ocean, in the surf a few rock­fish of le­gal size are be­ing caught along with black drum and newly ar­rived blow­fish. Spiny dog­fish and skates con­tinue to be com­mon in the surf. Boats head­ing out to the wreck and reef sites have been do­ing very well on tau­tog with limit catches at times.

* * * Duck blind know-it-all A kan­ga­roo can leap 44 feet. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss Email me at ck­nauss@star­dem.com

CHRIS KNAUSS

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