Black Bear and Mi­gra­tory Game Bird Stamps se­lected

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A Delaware res­i­dent has won this year’s Mary­land Black Bear Con­ser­va­tion Stamp De­sign Con­test, while the award for top Mi­gra­tory Game Bird Stamp De­sign went to a Worces­ter County res­i­dent.

The win­ners were cho­sen by a panel of judges April 28 at the 47th an­nual Ward World Cham­pi­onship Wild­fowl Carv­ing Com­pe­ti­tion and Art Fes­ti­val in Ocean City.

Steve Oliver of New Cas­tle, Del. won the 21st an­nual Mary­land Black Bear Con­ser­va­tion Stamp De­sign Con­test with his paint­ing, Au­tumn Color, a close-up por­trait of a black bear with warm tones of fall fo­liage sur­round­ing him. This is his sev­enth win since first en­ter­ing the con­test in 2000.

“I sub­mit each year be­cause I be­lieve in the pro­gram and want to sup­port any­thing that helps pro­tect wildlife and help peo­ple un­der­stand why black bears do what they do,” Oliver said.

Pro­ceeds from the sale of Black Bear Con­ser­va­tion Stamps and other re­lated items are used to com­pen­sate Mar yland farm­ers ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dam­age caused by black bears. These pro­ceeds are added to the Black Bear Com­pen­sa­tion Fund. The bear stamps and other re­lated items can be pur­chased on the depart­ment’s on­line store.

Paul Makuchal of Po­comoke City won the 42nd an­nual Mar yland Mi­gra­tor y Game Bird Stamp De­sign Con­test with his paint­ing, Black­wa­ter Vis­i­tors, an im­age fea­tur­ing two black ducks, a drake, and a hen fly­ing low above Eastern Shore marshland.

The art­work will be fea­tured on the stamps hunters pur­chase to hunt all mi­gra­tory game birds in the state with the pro­ceeds fund­ing mi­gra­tor y game bird re­search and habi­tat en­hance­ment on pub­lic lands. Since 1974, stamp sales have pro­vided more than $7 mil­lion for mi­gra­tor y game projects.

This is Makuchal’s fourth Mar yland Mi­gra­tor y Game Bird Stamp Con­test win, fol­low­ing his pre­vi­ous se­lec­tions in 1998, 2006, and 2013.

“It’s a thrill to win the con­test again and a great honor to be part of the event,” Makuchal said.

* * * Kent Nar­rows tour­na­ment Reg­is­tra­tion is now open on the Coastal Conser va­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of Mar yland web­site ( for this year’s 14th an­nual Kent Nar­rows Fly & Light Tackle Tour­na­ment. The tour­na­ment is Satur­day, June 3, head­quar­tered at The Jetty dock bar. The cost of the tour­na­ment is $50 per an­gler, which in­cludes food and beer at the bar.

This year’s tour­na­ment will in­clude a live leader­board via the iAn­gler Tour­na­ment app. Spon­sors of the tour­na­ment in­clude Huk Per­for­mance Fish­ing, Dvo­rak Elec­tri­cal Con­trac­tors, Costa, and Shore Tackle & Cus­tom Rods. Any­one reg­is­ter­ing by May 18 will re­ceive a free Huk tour­na­ment shirt.

* * * Fish­ing re­port May 3 marked the last day of striped bass catc­hand-re­lease fish­ing on the Susque­hanna River and flats. An­glers who stuck it out en­joyed some out­stand­ing ac­tion for striped bass in the 30-inch size range around the out­side edges of the flats for the last week or so.

Af­ter a slow start to the tro­phy rock­fish sea­son in Mary­land’s por­tion of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, this could be the best time to reel in a big one be­fore they head out to the ocean. The first full week of May usu­ally of­fers the best chances and last year there was a four-day blitz in the mid­dle and lower bay re­gions.

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Au­tumn Color by Steve Oliver

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