Free black bear work­shop worth a trip to Wash­ing­ton Co.

Record Observer - - Sports -

The DNR will host a Black Bear Hunt­ing 101 work­shop from 9 a.m. to noon, Au­gust 5, at the Izaak Wal­ton League of Amer­ica in Wash­ing­ton County.

The free work­shop, which is lim­ited to 50 par­tic­i­pants, is de­signed to give an overview of black bear hunt­ing to po­ten­tial and novice hun­ters with top­ics in­clud­ing black bear man­age­ment, his­tory of bears in Mar yland, hunt­ing reg­u­la­tions and the lot­tery sys­tem, and tips and tech­niques.

Reg­is­tra­tion, which is avail­able on the DNR web­site, closes July 30. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Christo­pher Markin, Nat­u­ral Re­sources Bi­ol­o­gist, in Cam­bridge, at 410-221-8838 x105 or christo­pher.markin@mar yland.gov

* * * Shooter qual­i­fi­ca­tion The DNR has pub­lished its 201718 Shooter Qual­i­fi­ca­tion Sched­ule, which in­cludes more than 25 qual­i­fi­ca­tion ses­sions at 15 lo­ca­tions across the state. The events al­low hun­ters to take the nec­es­sary pro­fi­ciency test re­quired to ob­tain a Shooter Qual­i­fi­ca­tion Card in or­der to par­tic­i­pate in many of the man­aged deer hunts sched­uled in the fall and win­ter.

Some lo­ca­tions are by ap­point­ment only and many charge a min­i­mal fee to cover ex­penses. A lot­tery sys­tem is also used to se­lect par­tic­i­pants for many of the hunts, and there are var­i­ous dead­lines for the lot­ter­ies, which can be found on the DNR’s web­site.

Cur­rently, one Mid-Shore lo­ca­tion is pro­vid­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion ses­sions: by ap­point­ment only, the Del­marva Sportsman’s As­so­ci­a­tion in Sudlersville, be­gin­ning on Au­gust 6. For in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Wes Gro­gan at 302-6980840.

* * * Fish­ing re­port In the up­per Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, striped bass are bit­ing around Pooles Is­land for an­glers drift­ing live eels and trolling buck­tails dressed with twister tails close to the bot­tom along chan­nel edges. The ac­tion re­ally picks up from Swan Point south to the Triple Buoys/Love Point area and Pod­ick­ory Point. Fleets of boats have been set­ting up on the steep chan­nel edge at these lo­ca­tions and have been chum­ming with good suc­cess for a cou­ple of weeks now. Please use cir­cle hooks un­less you like to see a lot of dead fish float­ing around.

Wa­ter tem­per­a­tures in the up­per bay are in the 80’s and these warm tem­per­a­tures cause large fish to stay as close to the bot­tom as pos­si­ble where it’s cool as long as there is suf­fi­cient oxy­gen to breathe.

The pres­ence of spot in the mid­dle bay area has some an­glers trans­port­ing live spot to up­per bay lo­ca­tions and live-lin­ing in the same ar­eas where others are chum­ming. This is true around the Bay Bridge py­lons and rock piles as well as the Sewer Pipe and Pod­ick­ory Point. Blood-

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