Get ready for wa­ter­fowl­ing with Delta’s 2017 Hunt An­nual

Record Observer - - Sports -

Duck and goose broods are grow­ing fast, and the birds soon will be stretch­ing their wings to mi­grate south. Some good sum­mer read­ing to pre­pare for the flight will be in the mail for Delta Wa­ter­fowl mem­bers this week with their 2017 Hunt An­nual.

The year’s is­sue fea­tures sto­ries such as “8 Diver Hunt­ing Mis­takes,” “Free­lanc­ing Canada,” and “Hid­den Honey­holes.” If you’re ready to visit a prime wa­ter­fowl­ing desti­na­tion for a bucket-list hunt, there is a “Top Wa­ter­fowl Ad­ven­tures” sec­tion.

The is­sue also is a guide to new wa­ter­fowl hunt­ing gear, from de­coys to calls, shot­guns to ammo, waders to camo, boats and more. The only way to re­ceive Delta Wa­ter­fowl mag­a­zine and its an­nual hunt is­sue is to join the club (deltawa­ter­fowl.org).

What’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween Delta Wa­ter­fowl and Ducks Un­lim­ited? That’s a topic for chat rooms, but they’re both fine non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions that work hard to conser ve and pre­serve our nat­u­ral re­sources and the great out­doors.

Delta Wa­ter­fowl’s an­nual Mid-Shore Chap­ter ban­quet is sched­uled for Satur­day, Sept. 9, at the Lau­rel, Delaware, fire de­part­ment. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with din­ner be­gin­ning at 6. The menu in­cludes prime rib, oys­ters, crab cakes, and beer. The chap­ter is cur­rently ac­cept­ing do­na­tions for the event. Any busi­ness that do­nates will be ad­ver­tised dur­ing the ban­quet. Con­tact in­for­ma­tion and more is avail­able on the chap­ter’s Face­book page.

* * * Elk Month at Bass Pro This month, for the 11th year in a row, Bass Pro Shops will gen­er­ate funds for the Rocky Moun­tain Elk Foun­da­tion and its con­ser­va­tion mis­sion of en­sur­ing the fu­ture of elk, other wildlife, their habi­tat, and our hunt­ing her­itage.

In-store pa­trons who visit Bass Pro Shops across the United States dur­ing Au­gust have the op­por­tu­nity to round up their pur­chases to sup­port RMEF’s mis­sion. Through the years, the Elk Coun­try Con­ser­va­tion Month pro­gram has gen­er­ated more than $880,000 to RMEF’s non­profit con­ser­va­tion mis­sion.

The RMEF Mar yland Chap­ter will host its 25th An­niver­sary Grand Fundrais­ing Event and Auc­tion on Satur­day, Au­gust 25, at Mar­tin’s East in Bal­ti­more. Doors open 10:30 a.m. and the ban­quet ends at 4:30. More than 50 guns will be raf­fled off dur­ing the event.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Queen Anne’s County head foot­ball coach Donny Graef and play­ers Aaron Rovenolt (62), Nick D’An­gelo (68), and Chris Crow (35) at the 2017 Bay­side Con­fer­ence Me­dia Day on Mon­day af­ter­noon at the Dorch­ester Ca­reer and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter.

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