Teal sea­son opens duck hunt­ing ac­tion on the Shore

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Duck hunters will get their first crack at some speedy teal when that sea­son opens Sept. 16 and runs through the 30th.

Teal can be found fre­quent­ing marshes, river back­wa­ters, farm ponds, and sheet wa­ter in fields. They feed pri­mar­ily on small seeds and aquatic in­ver­te­brates found in shal­low wa­ter. They can be here to­day and gone to­mor­row, so it’s a good idea to scout as close to the hunt­ing dates as pos­si­ble.

Ac­cord­ing fed­eral guide­lines, states can se­lect a 16-day teal sea­son be­tween Sept. 1-30. The sea­son may not run con­cur­rently with other sea­sons (res­i­dent Canada goose) that al­low spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tions such as mod­i­fied shoot­ing hours or un­plugged guns.

The daily bag limit is six blue-winged or green­winged teal, singly or in ag­gre­gate. The pos­ses­sion limit is three times the daily bag limit.

The state’s hunt zone in­cludes all five Mid-Shore coun­ties. Shoot­ing hours for teal dur­ing this sea­son are from one-half hour be­fore sun­rise to sun­set.

*** Fam­ily fun An­glers, conser va­tion­ists, hunters, and any­one in­ter­ested in the great out­doors can meet with like-minded folks at the 10th an­nual Na­tional Hunt­ing and Fish­ing Day cel­e­bra­tion, hosted by the Mary­land DNR on Satur­day, Sept. 24. The free, fam­ily-friendly event will take place be­tween 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (rain or shine) at the As­so­ci­ated Gun Clubs of Baltimore in Mar­riottsville.

The event will fea­ture ex­hibits from over 30 out­doors clubs, con­ser­va­tion or­ga­ni­za­tions, and small busi­nesses. At­ten­dees can par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing spin-cast­ing, wa­ter­fowl call­ing, hunt­ing dog demon­stra­tions, and in­struc­tor-led archery and tar­get shoot­ing.

*** Fish­ing re­port Break­ing fish made up of striped bass with some small blue­fish have been feast­ing on schools of bay an­chovies in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay. The ac­tion has been spread out over a wide area from Craighill Chan­nel on the west side of the bay to Love Point and north to Swan Point.

Chum­ming and live-lin­ing spot con­tin­ues to be ef­fec­tive and trolling is an­other good op­tion with spoons be­hind in­line weights and plan­ers. The Bay Bridge con­tin­ues to be a good place to check for rock­fish hold­ing near the deeper bridge py­lons and for white perch and spot at the shal­lower ones.

Be­low the Bay Bridge, an­glers are live-lin­ing spot and perch with suc­cess from Dolly’s south to Ch­e­sa­peake Beach on the west­ern side of the bay. Most boats are an­chor­ing up on the 30-foot chan­nel edge. Some an­glers are hav­ing luck with tra­di­tional chum­ming and some are live-lin­ing spot in their chum slicks.

The mouth of Eastern Bay, be­low Breezy Point, the False Chan­nel, and the Lit­tle Chop­tank have been pro­vid­ing some good jig­ging ac­tion for break­ing fish.

A fall­ing tide in our tidal rivers has been good for large­mouth bass along the out­side edges of grass and spat­ter­dock fields. At high tide, top­wa­ter lures such as frogs can pro­vide some ac­tion back in shal­low grass, and north­ern snake­heads can be part of the mix.

On the At­lantic coast, surf fish­ing for a mix of king­fish, croak­ers, small blue­fish, and floun­der has been good in the morn­ing and evening hours. Out­side the in­let there is some good floun­der, croaker fish­ing, and some co­bia on the shoal ar­eas. Off­shore at the canyons, an­glers us­ing green-stick tac­tics are find­ing larger yel­lowfin tuna.

** * Duck blind know-it-all Vel­vet ants are ac­tu­ally wasps. The fe­males are wing­less and pack a mighty sting, thus their nick­name of “cow killer.”

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CHRIS KNAUSS

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