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