Black Bear and Migratory Game Bird Stamps selected
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 (ccamd.org) 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