Wa­ter­fowl blind site li­cens­ing dates and lo­ca­tions an­nounced

Record Observer - - Sports -

Start­ing Aug. 2, Mary­land res­i­dent hunters can ap­ply for a 2016-2017 wa­ter­fowl blind site li­cense. Open­ing­day ap­pli­cants will be en­tered into a lottery for a chance to se­lect their sites. Each blind site li­cense is as­signed to a des­ig­nated lo­ca­tion in Mary­land wa­ters, where hunters can an­chor their boats to hunt wa­ter­fowl.

Dates and in­struc­tions are as fol­lows:

Aug. 2: From 7:30 to 8 a.m., ap­pli­ca­tions will be­gin be­ing ac­cepted at all listed lo­ca­tions. The lottery will start at ap­prox­i­mately 8:30 a.m. Once se­lected, ap­pli­cants have eight min­utes to choose their blind sites, with a max of two sites per day. Se­lec­tions will end at 4:30 p.m. (Please note: Anyone ar­riv­ing af­ter 8 a.m. will not be el­i­gi­ble.)

Aug. 3: From 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the lottery will be held at all listed depart­ment ser­vice cen­ters and of­fices.

Aug. 4 and there­after: The ser­vice cen­ters will op­er­ate dur­ing nor­mal busi­ness hours.

Cit­i­zens must present a 2015-2016 or 2016-2017 Mary­land res­i­dent hunt­ing li­cense in or­der to par­tic­i­pate in the process (landown­ers, or in­di­vid­u­als with writ­ten per­mis­sion of a given landowner, who de­sire to li­cense their own prop­erty are ex­empt from this re­quire­ment). Ap­pli­cants must also present their driver’s li­cense or other photo iden­ti­fi­ca­tion to ver­ify res­i­dency (in­di­vid­u­als un­der the age of 16 are ex­empt from this re­quire­ment). The 20162017 Mary­land hunt­ing li­cense is now avail­able at any qual­i­fied agent, on­line, or by call­ing 855855-3906.

Landown­ers who would like to li­cense their prop­erty should bring a copy of the prop­erty in­for­ma­tion and a tax map or other leg­i­ble map show­ing the ex­act lo­ca­tion of the shore­line to be li­censed.

Caro­line County: Caro­line County Cen­tral Branch Pub­lic Li­brary, 100 Mar­ket Street, Den­ton, Md. Pre­view maps avail­able at same lo­ca­tion.

Tal­bot County: Bri­gadier Gen­eral Louis G. Smith Ar­mory, 7111 Ocean Gate­way, Eas­ton, Md. Pre­view maps avail­able at the Tal­bot County Eas­ton Branch Li­brary, Eas­ton, Md.

(On Aug. 3, and there­after, li­censes for Caro­line, Tal­bot, Kent and Queen Anne’s coun­ties will be is­sued at the Nat­u­ral Re­sources Re­gional Ser­vice Cen­ter, 120 Broad­way Av­enue, (Room 207), Centreville, Md.)

Dorch­ester County: LeCompte Wildlife Man­age­ment Area, 4220 Steele Neck Road, Vi­enna, Md. Pre­view maps avail­able at same lo­ca­tion. Please call ahead at 410-376-3236 to con­firm sta­tus.

*** Yel­lowfin wins Tuna-ment Con­grat­u­a­tions to Rob Pel­li­cot of Fred­er­ick who won the 27th an­nual Tuna-ment spon­sored by the Mary­land Salt­wa­ter Sport­fish­ing As­so­ci­a­tion. Pel­li­cot weighed in an 86.5-pound yel­lowfin at Cur­tiss-Mer­ritt Har­bor in Chin­coteague, Va., which was good enough to col­lect $6,205 in prize money. Pel­li­cot fished along with Bobby Hurt, Daryl Thomas, and Chris Conway.

Sec­ond place went to Dave Paugh who weighed in a 56.5-pound yel­low fin ($4,747), and third was won by Dar­ren Wroten (55.4 pounds, $672).

* * * Duck blind know-it-all There are more than 1,500 species of skinks.

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