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on this one. In early February I walked into a tree stand to retrieve a backpack and on the way out of the woods came upon a freshly killed button buck. Some predator had killed the animal and not very long ago. Although it was a cold morning, none of the blood was congealed and deer hair was everywhere. A small portion of the small deer had been consumed. I found the bite marks on its neck. From the site I called Jim Mullan with the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service. After I described what I was seeing, he said it was likely coyotes or dogs, but the best way to tell was to analyze the hair of the killers. There was hair for sure, but only deer hair as far as I could determine. I put up my trail camera and what I learned is that it doesn’t take very long for a herd of black vultures to clean up the carcass of a young deer. I got one nocturnal photo of a canine and the people I asked to view it were evenly split between calling it a fox or a coyote. I came down on the fox identification. Anybody who doesn’t like hunting should be forced to view a video of dogs or coyotes or bears killing a fawn. Personally, I’m glad I didn’t see this one in real time.
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I have been caught up in the use of trail cameras. I was given one as a Christmas present and have used it year-round, if no place else then in the woods behind my house to see what’s moving through. Sometimes there are deer. Sometimes there are turkeys. Sometimes there are golfers. QUESTION: How bad a golf shot do you have to be to knock a ball from whatever tee that is at Fore Sisters all the way into the little sylvan patch behind our bungaMIKE low? SAWYERS ANSWER: Very, very bad. Now I have purchased a second trail camera. These things are more fun than I could have imagined. They are great in the sense that you can see what bucks are out there before the bow season opens. They are bad in the sense that you wonder where the heck those bucks went once the bow season opens. My biggest coup in the short time I have used trail cameras is that I captured the image of a funky-horned buck in July and then in September I pulled that same deer out of the woods after my arrow hit the mark. There was no mistaking that animal. Besides the irregular antlers, the little notches on one ear were as good as having fingerprints, or, I suppose, hoof prints. We just grilled and ate the last piece of backstrap from that buck. Countdown to season opener is on. Bucks have antlers right now. Sure, they are not fully grown and they are covered in velvet, but I have already placed the cameras on appropriate trees to begin getting a look at the buck crop where I hunt. I was watching the show “Montana Game Wardens” on the Outdoor Channel and discovered that it is illegal in that state to use trail cameras after the hunting season opens. Interesting. I’m not sure how I think about that. Certainly the cameras give the hunter an advantage. But sometimes I think we need every advantage we can get. Still, I’ve always been one to support hunting in its most natural form, so right now my brain is getting mixed messages

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Trail named for Lefty Kreh
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ANNAPOLIS — Governor Martin O’Malley recently dedicated the Gunpowder South Trail as the Lefty Kreh Fishing Trail in honor of native Marylander Bernard Victor “Lefty” Kreh. Kreh is a world renowned fishing writer and teacher who has forever influenced the sport through his books, columns and inventions. “Lefty Kreh has inspired anglers throughout Maryland and around the world for decades,” said O’Malley. “I am honored to bestow this recognition to a man who has worked so hard to protect and conserve our natural resources.” The Lefty Kreh Fishing Trail runs along Gunpowder Falls in an area that stretches from Prettyboy Reservoir to Bluemont Road in the Hereford Area of Gunpowder Falls State Park. DNR manages this nationally recognized blue-ribbon trout stream as a catch-and-release fishing area. Kreh was born in Frederick in 1925. Throughout his remarkable 75-year career, he has shared his enthusiasm and skill for fishing through his columns, books and presentations. He is known for his commitment to Maryland’s natural resources, using every available means to promote conservation and clean water, and giving back to the outdoors. Kreh’s works spearheaded the expansion of saltwater fly fishing across the country and then the world. In 1974, he completed the seminal book on the sport—Fly Fishing in Saltwaters, which is still in print, now in its third edition. He is known for the Lefty’s Deceiver; a uniquely practical fly pattern he designed to fool striped bass — Maryland’s State fish. The bucktail fly pattern is the most widely used and imitated saltwater fly in the world. After serving as the Baltimore Sun’s outdoor editor for 17 years, Kreh retired in 1990. However, he continues to teach fans,

friends and protégés how to fish. In 2009, prominent broadcaster and author, Tom Brokaw called Kreh, “The embodiment of our Greatest Generation,” in recognition of his service, five WWII battle stars, and a purple heart from the Battle of the Bulge. DNR is also honoring Kreh this year through the 2012 Maryland Fishing Challenge. Over the summer, DNR will tag and release as many as 600 tagged rockfish worth at least $500 each and one grandprize Diamond Jim. Each month Diamond Jim goes uncaught the bounty increases from $10,000 in June, to $20,000 in July, and $25,000 in August. Kreh who now lives in Cockeysville, has written more than 30 books and has produced numerous instructional videos on fishing and outdoor photography. He continues to write and has a new book underway.

Don’t wait to take hunter course
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Registration for hunter education courses in Pennsylvania can take place online by visiting www.pgc.state.pa.us and clicking on “Hunter Education Classess” icon in the center of the Pennsylvania Game Commission homepage. “Courses are posted on our website’s Class Calendar as soon as arrangements have been finalized,” said Carl G. Roe, executive director. “Now is the time to make sure that the first-time license buyer is signed up to take the first-step toward purchasing a license. Don’t wait until closer to fall, as courses will fill up quickly.” “If you don’t see a class scheduled in your area, continue to check the website because more classes are added,” said Keith A. Snyder, who heads up hunter and trapper education. More than 35,500 individuals took the courses during 2011. There is no fee for the basic course.

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Bucky’s first hunt
BOB NEUBISER

Years ago, my son, David, brought a small, wiry German-shepherd-looking dog home from college. David named him Bucky. Bucky is part shepherd and part border collie with ears like a whippet. Bucky grew up with David and his football teammates at the University of Delaware. When Bucky stayed with me in Damascus, he liked to take himself for walks BOB and he kept me busy NEUBISER chasing him all over the neighborhood. After a of couple of years of living with me, Bucky settled down, and we became pretty good friends. We had a kind of agreement. My wife and I fed him and took care of him and he would be our family guard dog. That translated into ripping down the curtains on the front door every time someone knocked. Our friendly UPS man would sneak up to the door, drop the package and run back to his truck. Bucky lived with us until David got his own house and then we sadly said goodbye to our adopted friend. Ten years have passed since Bucky came into our lives and now he has slowed a little, walks with an occasional limp when he gets too much exercise, but still has that loving look with his large dark eyes. Well, this past deer season David asked if he could take Bucky with us. We all thought it would be a bad idea because there are coyotes in the mountains where we hunt and the locals will usually shoot at anything that looks like a coyote. Black bear and mountain lions have been seen too and would be a threat to a lost dog.

David Neubiser and Bucky pose with the buck.

But David felt confident Bucky would stay by his side and not run after a deer or other animals. So, Bucky got a new orange sweater and hopped in the front seat of David’s truck for the two-hour drive from Maryland to the West Virginia mountains. When David and Bucky arrived at the two-story, wooden house built in the 1800s, the pot-bellied stove was already glowing and fighting off the 30-degree chill. Bucky’s brown and black tail banged repeatedly against chair and table legs as he made his way across the plank floor to greet all the hunters. My youngest son, Kevin, home from a tour in Iraq, Butch, who owns the 700-plus acre property, and I arrived Saturday and scouted a place for David and Bucky to

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Ashton Evans, 7, Keyser, W.Va., ran the table at the Mount Storm Power Station’s 24th Annual Bass Tournament in May, taking first places in the child category a well as catching the largest bass and the most total weight of bass. Ashton is the son of Benny and Shelley Evans.

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FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. — When asked in a HunterSurvey.com poll if access to any of the places they tried to hunt in the past year had been restricted or placed off limits to them, nearly 23 percent of hunters said it had. Nearly one in four sportsmen nationwide is potentially affected by losing access to available hunting land. “Finding a place to hunt remains one of the biggest challenges to hunters and hunter recruitment” says Rob Southwick, president of Southwick Associates, which designs and conducts the surveys at HunterSurvey.com. “As available lands for hunting diminish or change ownership, some hunters will inevitably grow frustrated and pursue other activities.” Indeed, 52 percent of those respondents who admitted to losing access to a hunting location said their time spent hunting last year was reduced as a result — a 7 percent increase over the previous year. Eleven percent said the lost land kept them from hunting altogether. Only 7 percent of those respondents said they acquired access to another property where they were able to hunt more than planned. The Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program, which was part of the 2008 Farm Bill, is a key example of

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In-town hunt?
BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) — The Buckhannon City Council will again consider whether to allow bowhunters to help thin the ranks of local deer. Mayor Kenny Davidson asked for the council to reconsider the urban deer hunt ordinance. The Inter-Mountain reports that council members have voted to put the issue back up for discussion. A similar proposal was scrapped last August after residents who opposed the hunt cited issues involving safety and animal rights. Opponents also presented the council a petition with more than 200 names of those against the hunt. Those who support the hunt say there are too many deer and they’re causing damage to Buckhannon’s gardens and landscaping.

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Nathaniel Neuland, 13, (center) Frederick, was the winner of the Monocacy Valley and Washington County Chapters JAKES Day Mentored Hunt April 14 at Woodmont Hunting Club. While hunting with turkey guide Joe Mills (right) and his father, Dan Neuland, Nathaniel killed his first adult gobbler at 40 yards. The bird came in silently, but strutting.

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Since its inception in 1937, when it was called West Virginia Conservation, readers have treasured the monthly issues of Wonderful West Virginia magazine. Many people have saved back issues for generations. Now, the publisher, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, is asking for help in finding copies of about 65 specific issues to be included in the magazine’s official archives. “People tell us that their dad kept every issue of the magazine; we just can’t throw them out,” said agency spokesman Mike Bryant. Noting that most issues have been archived on the www.wvdnr.gov website under the link “WWV Magazine Archives,” Bryant is issuing a request for help from subscribers. “We’d like them to look in those boxes of treasures stuffed under beds and in attic corners for older issues of Wonderful West Virginia Magazine. The digital archive requires scanning of an actual magazine issue and there are several issues we just don’t have. About 900 issues have been published over the past 75 years. We’re hoping families that have held on to the magazine throughout the years are willing to part with specific months that we’re searching for so we can complete our digital files.” Wonderful West Virginia magazine shares stories, information and images of the Mountain State. The photography in the magazine illustrates what words sometimes fail to describe — the beauty found in the Mountain State. Beginning as West Virginia Conservation from 1937 -1967, in March 1967 the magazine was retitled Outdoor West Virginia and retained that name until January 1970, when the name changed to Wonderful West Virginia. Contact Mike Bryant at 324 4th Avenue, South Charleston WV 25303 or email

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Hooks, poles and grins

OLDTOWN — A record number of participants and spectators attended the 64th Annual Fishing Rodeo at Battie Mixon Pond on June 2 where young anglers caught 1,445 fish. The pond was stocked the day before the event by Maryland Freshwater Fisheries assisted by residents of the Backbone Youth Center who helped raise and stock the 600 bluegill and 1,000 channel catfish. First Fish — Jeffery Evans. Tagged Catfish — A.J. Aquilla. A number of tagged bluegills were caught. As the additional tagged catfish are caught by young anglers, trophies can be claimed by contacting Bill Goss at 301-7245860. New for the 2012, Casting for Kids winners were: Oldtown VFW, Donald Crabtree Memorial Casting Trophy, boys 6 or younger, Josef Sneathen. Battie Mixon Catfish Club Casting Trophy, boys 7-11, Rocky Tichinel. Oldtown Baseball Casting Trophy, girls 7-11, Haley Dent. Oldtown Baseball Casting Trophy, boys 12-15, Brandon Baker. Oldtown Baseball Casting Trophy, girls 12-15, Autumn Cornachia. Other trophies: Oldtown VFW, largest catfish by a boy, 28”, Hunter Burkett, presented by John Sturms. Oldtown VFW, John W. Lewis Memorial, largest bluegill by a boy, 9.5”, Jack Mantheiy, presented by John Sturms. Oldtown VFW, Walter L. Condry Memorial, most fish by a boy, 68 fish, Ian Twigg, presented by John Sturms. Oldtown VFW Men’s Auxiliary, most catfish by a boy, 3, Kalab Guy, presented by John Sturms. Oldtown VFD, first fish by an Oldtown child, Tristen Tressler at 10:01, presented by Dan Breeding. Oldtown VFW Ladies Auxiliary, largest catfish by a girl, 25.5”, Olivia Breman, presented by Linda Nixon. City of Cumberland, smallest fish, 2” bluegill, by Levi Dixon, present by Carol Brown. Clayton Electric, largest crappie by a girl, 9”, by Tiffany Upole, presented by Joe Wiley. Battie Mixon Catfish Club, most catfish by a girl, 2, Julia Holler and Torri Smith, presented by Mike Cornachia. K-Bar, largest sunfish by a boy, 9”, by Dakota Plum, presented by Joe Wiley.

John and Charlotte Felten, largest sunfish by girl, 8.75”, by Kyla Cox, presented by Billy Goss. Earl Kaiser Memorial Award, largest trout by a boy, 8.5”, by Mason Emerick, presented by Mike Cornachia. Bob Kaiser Memorial Award, largest trout by a girl, 8”, by Lehan Lavin, presented by Mike Cornachia. Western Maryland Auxiliary Police, largest bluegill by a girl, Area 1 – 8.75”, by Rebecca Brown and Area 2 – 9”, by Autumn Cornachia, presented by Kevin Kifer. Western Maryland Auxiliary Police, special award for 7.5” rock bass caught by Tiara Piper, presented by Naomi Riggleman. Western Maryland Auxiliary Police, special award for the boy catching an 8.5” golden shiner, Trenton Stott, presented by Naomi Riggleman. Western Maryland Auxiliary Police, special award for largest carp, 8.5” Coy Liller, presented by Kevin Kifer. AFSCME Local 553, most sunfish by a boy, 7, Ian Twigg, presented by Carol Brown. AFSCME Local 553, most sunfish by a girl, 4, Tori Garland and Morgan Weimer, presented by Carol Brown. AFSCME Local 553, most bluegill by a boy, 52, Ian Twigg, presented by Carol Brown.

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AFSCME Local 553, most bluegill by a girl, 39, Autumn Cornachia, presented by Carol Brown. OLDTOWN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, special award for a one-eyed bluegill, Jane Warrisley, presented by Eileen Twigg OLDTOWN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, special award for largest shiner by a girl, 7.5”, Alexia Shilling, presented by Eileen Twigg. Special award, for the youngest child catching a fish, 19 months, Jay Fadley, presented by Mike Cornachia. Bill Nelson Award, most fish by a girl, 39, Autumn Cornachia, presented by Family of the late Bill Nelson. Bill Nelson Award, largest bass by a girl, 11.25”, Madison Mongold, presented by Family of the late Bill Nelson. Bill Nelson Award, largest bass by a boy, 12.5”, Brandon Ketterman, presented by Family of the late Bill Nelson. If trophy winners did not stay for the awards presentation, the trophy can be picked up at the Cumberland Parks & Recreation Department Office at City Hall in the Lower Level of the building, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Corporate Sponsors of the event were Walmart and CSX Transportation. Other sponsors included CSX Employees, Cumberland Parks and Recreation Department, Oldtown VFW, Oldtown Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, National Park Service, Western Maryland Auxiliary Police Association, Oldtown VFW Auxiliary # 9451, Oldtown Ladies Auxiliary, Oldtown Lions Club, AFSCME Local 553 employees, Maryland DNR and The Battie Mixon Catfish Club.

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Who needs regulations?
Most outdoorsmen are of an independent sort. Probably many of you, like me, believe that, over time, our various governments have taken much too large of a role in our everyday lives. But there is a place in our lives, particularly our outdoor lives, for government intervention. I had that thought while on a recent family outing to Coopers Rock State Forest near Morgantown. We spent a pleasant afternoon climbing around and over DAVE LONG lichen and rhododendron covered formations of stone in an area called Rock City. While doing so I was relating to my family stories of similar adventures I had in those same woods while I was a student at WVU in the 1970s, when I was not much older than the teen-aged boy at my side. It occurred to me then that we can all be thankful for the government entities that have set aside these outdoor resources for all of us to enjoy, forever. This theme occurs throughout my outdoor life. I first hunted on Green Ridge State Forest in 1967 with my father, grandfather and brother. I hunt there still, and occasionally go there to ride my mountain bike. All basically for free. Then there are the various national parks, state parks, wildlife management areas and national wildlife refuges that I have enjoyed throughout my life. Places that will be there for people to enjoy far into the future. This happens because we, as a society, place a value on such things and over the years our government, acting on our behalf, has set these places aside for the benefit of all. Men like Theodore Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot were some of the first to take an active role in this conservation effort. The vast tracts of land that they put under government protection have been utilized by millions of people over the years. By the way, I killed a nice turkey with a 10-inch beard this spring. I say that not to brag, but to point out that the hunt took place on a West Virginia Wildlife Management Area, not a fancy lease or private club. You can hunt there too. Government’s role in conservation goes well beyond land management. It is probably safe to say that many of the animals we hunt today are there for us to hunt because at some time in history the law told other people they could not hunt them.

That is government intervention that probably made people mad at the time, but in the long run has been of great benefit to both the resources and the citizens of this country. One thing I know about hunters and fisherman is that they are a vocal group. A 30-year career with the Division of Natural Resources in West Virginia clearly showed that you cannot please everyone and sometimes it seems you please no one. The complaints are many and varied. The state is killing too many deer. The state is not killing enough deer. We need more/fewer catch-and-release areas. Spring gobbler hunting should not be allowed, nor bear hunting, whatever and forever. We all have opinions. But the proof is in the pudding. We are currently enjoying an abundant and tremendous quantity of hunting opportunities due to a history of regulating hunting. The waters we fish in our cleaner than they were 50 years ago, because of regulations. There are a lot of things that government does not do well, but natural resources conservation is one place that things seem to work, at least in the long run. The West Virginia hunting regulations for the upcoming year will soon be available. Probably there will be things in there that some of us do not agree with. Most notably many of you will complain that you

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Fawns hit the ground in Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG – It’s an annual chapter in nature that begins in May, peaks in early June and always goes largely and surprisingly unnoticed. But with time, the annual birth of hundreds of thousands of white-tailed deer has the potential to influence the lives of most Pennsylvanians and many wildlife species. Whitetails represent one of the Commonwealth’s most vibrant and valuable natural resources, but also serve as one of its most problematic. The complexity of their management is closely tied to their health, habitat and conflicts with people. This is compounded further by the whitetail’s inherent adaptability and resilience and the desire of many Pennsylvania hunters – who primarily finance wildlife conservation – to see more deer afield. When fawns hit the ground in Pennsylvania, they start a journey that millions before them have taken. It begins in a quiet section of field or forest, and sometimes, even a backyard, but eventually leads deer to almost every open acre of land in the Commonwealth. They can be found wandering in the open spaces and parks of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh; roaming our agricultural fields and deep forests; sloshing through our swamps and waterways; and taking comfort wherever they find it. That coverage ensures fawns will pop up almost anywhere in spring, seemingly out of place and parentless. But they’re not. Fawns use a “hider” strategy when born; they lay curled motionless and quiet in the weeds and on the forest floor. Their spotted coats provide camouflage, they emit relatively little scent and they rarely travel their first few weeks. The parenting doe leaves her fawns to forage regularly and returns periodically to nurse her hiding fawns. So, it is not unusual to see fawns unaccompanied by an adult deer in late May or June. At about a month old, fawns start traveling with their parents. Research shows about 65 percent of fawns make it through their first two months. Most making it through this critical period go on to represent about a third of the state’s overall deer population and their addition offsets the losses from hunting and other mortality factors in the previous year.

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wait on Monday’s opening day. On the top of a small knoll and beside a towering old oak tree, Butch found an old stockade he had built with branches and fallen tree limbs the previous deer season. There was a commanding view of the intersection of two ravines and the slope of a large ridge 300 yards higher. We cleared out all the old brown and tan oak leaves and added a few more layers of fallen limbs to make the blind a better hiding place for Bucky and David. On the way back to the house we marked the path with strips of orange tape. Butch’s brother-in-law, Walt, arrived that afternoon. Walt is also an owner of the property, a former Marine and the camp cook. He brought along two pies that his wife, Mary Lou, had made. Her apple pie recipe has won a blue ribbon five years in a row at the Maryland State Fair. In the cold blackness of opening day, with a thousand specks of light twinkling above and our warm breath leaving vapor trails in the air, we shouldered our packs and rifles and began the hikes to our hunting spots. Bucky seemed to have drunk from the Fountain of Youth. He pranced through the tall grass to the logging road beside David and moved with the ease and grace of a much younger dog. He sensed something special was happening and you could see his enthusiasm to be with David. When we reached the orange marker, we whispered “good luck” to each other as we parted. About 8 o’clock I heard the boom of a rifle shot from David’s position. Then one more sharp rifle crack from the same direction. A few minutes later my walkie talkie crackled with Kevin’s voice, “Dad - I hear movement in front of David’s position - I think he got one - what should I do?” I clicked the mic button and whispered back, “Just stay where you are and wait.” We had agreed to return to the cabin around noon. I met Kevin on the trail at midday and we walked back through the woods together. Neither one of us had seen a big buck, but we felt sure David had shot a deer. As we walked out of the woods within sight of the cabin we could see Bucky and David standing over a 4point buck. Bucky stood beside the deer with his head cocked watching, it seemed, for the deer to move. Bucky seemed to act like he had brought home the bacon and this was his deer. “Bucky spotted him first,” David said. “He heard him coming down the hill. I couldn’t see him but Bucky knew he was

there and pointed in the direction of the deer. I saw Bucky point and looked over the log barrier to see the horns of the deer moving through the brush. As he came to a clearing I shot. Bucky had him all the way. “You know, Dad, I was pulling this deer down the hill after I shot and field cleaned him. I was pulling by the horns and suddenly it felt much, much heavier. I thought the deer had snagged on something and looked around to see Bucky laying on top of the deer with his front two legs hooked around the deer’s body and Bucky growling and biting the back of the deer’s neck.” We laughed and laughed at this story, and decided to go into the house for lunch where we found Butch who told us he had killed a 10-point. I went upstairs and when I came back down I found the front door wide open and felt like there had been a fire drill and someone forgot to tell me. Outside I ran into an excited Butch who said, “Neub, Bucky just spotted a deer up in the woods!” In disbelief I said, “What? Where?” Butch pointed to an area near the spring house and said that Bucky was in front of the house with him when all of a sudden Bucky went into a point. Butch said he asked Bucky, “What is it boy - what do you see?” Butch said Bucky started to crawl toward the hill and then Butch said he saw a wounded 8-point slowly coming down the hill. Everyone ran and grabbed a rifle, but the deer had disappeared. As we stood on the trail looking up the wooded hill, Butch volunteered to do a circle and try to push the deer back to us. Only a few minutes after Butch started down the trail I saw the deer behind a tree about 30 feet away. I yelled to Kevin to get ready and the deer jumped up and ran across the hill in front of him. Bang! The deer fell and rolled down the hill to Kevin’s feet. I felt good at that moment. Both sons had bagged a deer on opening day thanks to old Bucky. That night in the cabin we had homemade apple pie and every one agreed that Bucky deserved a big slice for his heroic work. Bucky enjoyed the slice of pie and then curled up in a large recliner chair beside the fire and went to sleep. He had a hard and productive day of hunting. His first hunt was a huge success. We all had a great time and everyone left camp with at least one buck — except me. Next year, maybe Bucky could be my partner.
Bob Neubiser is a 1964 graduate of LaSalle High School, a former Marine and is retired from a 37-year federal career as deputy general manager of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. He and his wife, Mary Jane (Allen), live in Damascus.

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Avoid bear problems
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ANNAPOLIS — Bears are moving throughout Maryland. It is important to observe bears from afar and minimize human-bear interactions by reducing sources of food that humans unintentionally leave available to the bears. Bears will readily take advantage of food sources provided by humans. Those living in, or visiting bear country can help keep Maryland’s black bears wild. “Keeping bears wild is a community effort that benefits both bears and people,” said the Maryland Department of Resources’ Game Mammal Section Leader Harry Spiker. “A few simple precautionary measures can make all the difference.” Trash and birdfeeders are two food sources that often lure bears into residen-

tial areas. Trash should be locked in bearproof containers or inside a building until the day pick-up. Additionally, rinsing trashcans with ammonia will help to eliminate any food odors that might attract a bear. Outdoor grills can also be an attractant to bears and should be stored indoors when possible or thoroughly cleaned regularly to remove food residue. Homeowners should remove birdfeeders from April through November to avoid attracting bears. Songbirds will not suffer from the change, because there are many wild food sources for birds during this time of year. For those who insist on feeding birds during this time, be sure to bring the feeders in at night when most bears are active. For more on how to avoid bears encounters call the Western Region DNR Service Center at 301-777-2136.

Delaware city hoping to win National Wildlife Federation certification
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REGULATIONS:
continued from page 12 have to be a Philadelphia lawyer to understand the deer regulations. I prefer to look at it another way. The regulations are complex because the DNR is looking at areas of the state individually to find the best way to manage deer, not just taking a shotgun approach and setting one season statewide. That is smart regulation in action. There is an old wisdom that says I love my country — it is the government I don’t trust. While it will forever be wise to question those who rule, I for one will always be grateful for the regulations that have given me mountains to climb, game to hunt and public woods in which to hunt them. Sometimes regulations can be a good thing.
Dave Long is a retired West Virginia conservation officer and a frequent contributor to the Times-News Outdoors page and Rod & Gun

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Another city in Delaware is hoping to win National Wildlife Federation certification as a community wildlife habitat. Newark is hoping to join Townsend as the second community in the state to win the certification. The National Wildlife Federation says communities can be certified by providing habitat in backyards, schools grounds and public areas such as parks, gardens, businesses and places of worship. The federation says wildlife habitats provide the four things all wildlife need — food, water, cover and a place to raise young. Certified communities also educate residents about sustainable gardening practices, including reducing or eliminating chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Water conservation, composting, the planting of native plants and removal of invasive species are also encouraged.

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