Winners chosen for bear and duck stamp design contests
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.
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