Free black bear workshop worth a trip to Washington Co.
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-