Turkeys are fair game in Mary­land statewide Jan. 17-19

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Hun­ters who did not bag a turkey in the fall have an­other chance as the win­ter turkey sea­son runs statewide Jan. 17-19.

Our Mary­land De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources es­tab­lished the win­ter sea­son in 2015 to in­crease op­por­tu­ni­ties while min­i­miz­ing con­flicts with other hunt­ing sea­sons.

The turkeys are thriv­ing in Mary­land due to an ef­fec­tive trap-and-trans­plant pro­gram by the DNR con­ducted along with the Na­tional Wild Turkey Fed­er­a­tion.

“Wild turkeys are abun­dant in most of the state,” said Wildlife and Her­itage Ser­vice Di­rec­tor Paul Peditto. “This sea­son is per­fect for hun­ters that want to get out­doors when other pop­u­lar hunt­ing sea­sons are closed or wind­ing down.”

Al­though it was once thought that turkeys needed ex­pan­sive tracts of for­est to sur­vive, the wild turkey is quite adapt­able and some of the high­est den­si­ties are now found in land­scapes com­posed of a mo­saic of agri­cul­tural lands and wood­lots. Turkeys con­tinue to adapt to hu­man en­croach­ment as well, some­times tak­ing up res­i­dence in sub­ur­ban ar­eas.

Be­gin­ning in 1979 and end­ing in the late 90s, the DNR re­lo­cated a lit­tle over 1,000 turkeys and they have now re­pop­u­lated the en­tire state. They of­fer hun­ters a wily chal­lenge and nat­u­ral sus­te­nance for healthy meals.

Hun­ters may only use the fol­low­ing weapons dur­ing the win­ter turkey sea­son: Air­guns that shoot ar­rows or bolts, cross­bows and ver­ti­cal bows, or shot­guns loaded with No. 4 shot or smaller.

Hunt­ing hours are from one half-hour be­fore sun­rise to one half-hour af­ter sun­set. The bag limit is one turkey of ei­ther sex, pro­vided the hunter did not har­vest a turkey in the 2018 fall sea­son. Hun­ters are re­minded that it is il­le­gal to hunt turkeys with the aid of bait. Hun­ters may check in their har­vest via phone at 888-800-0121, on­line, or the de­part­ment’s mo­bile app.

* * * An­glers Night Out Boat­yard Bar & Grill in East­port will host its first An­glers Night Out of the year be­gin­ning at 5 p.m. on Jan. 29. Happy hour runs from 5 to 7 p.m. fol­lowed by a fish­ing film and fish talk. This month’s film is “Back Bay” about a Vir­ginia bass fish­ery that fea­tures Lefty Kreh and Walt Cary. The event is spon­sored by CCA Mary­land and Ch­e­sa­peake Bay mag­a­zine. * * *

Li­ons Club Sport­ing Clays The Greens­boro Li­ons Club 12th an­nual Sport­ing Clays Tour­na­ment is seek­ing sta­tion spon­sors for its tour­na­ment on Feb. 23 at Schrader’s Bridgetown Manor. Sta­tion spon­sor­ship in­cludes a sta­tion sign, ac­knowl­edg­ment on the tour­na­ment brochure, and a thank you in the Caro­line Re­view.

Reg­is­tra­tion and a Euro­pean start runs from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a bar­be­cue chicken lunch served from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The en­try fee is $400 per team, which in­cludes five shoot­ers and a spon­sor sign. A team plaque is awarded for the win­ning spon­sored team and a cash prize for the top team. Cash prizes will be awarded for over­all win­ners, ladies, and ju­niors.

The pre-reg­is­tra­tion dead­line is Feb. 15. Checks payable to the Greens­boro Li­ons Club can be sent to Joseph P. Wood, 12980 Lo­cust Lane, Greens­boro, MD 21639. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Buddy Bishop (410-924-0478), Bill Sat­ter­field (410-829-7416) or Joe Wood at 410-310-7666.

* * * Fish­ing re­port

Not many an­glers are try­ing their luck on the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay these days with blus­tery, chilly weather and less ac­tive fish act­ing as de­ter­rents. Still, there are some hardy types with plenty of know-how that are catch­ing fish. Striped bass feed all year round and it’s just a mat­ter of find­ing them and pre­sent­ing a lure that they can’t re­sist. Chal­leng­ing but a lit­tle less daunt­ing, fresh­wa­ter fish­ing for perch and pick­erel con­tin­ues to pro­vide ac­tion and food for the fry­ing pan. A min­now on a shad dart un­der a bob­ber is of­ten a good choice for a lure as are small spin­ners like a a Mepp’s No. 2 or 3. Pick­erel and perch and crap­pie can be caught in our millponds and up­per trib­u­taries.

On the At­lantic Coast, the tau­tog fish­ery is spo­radic with the best catches com­ing from Delaware reef sites. Green crab, white-leg­gers, and peeler crab are good baits on a bot­tom rig.

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Duck blind know-it-all The sound of run­ning wa­ter dic­tates when and where a beaver builds its dam.

OUTER LIM­ITS CHRIS KNAUSS

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