- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Maybe it’s just me, but the thought of hunting mourning doves (or resident Canada geese) in 80-plus degree weather just doesn’t sound right. I’d prefer to have the first truly cool winds of autumn blow across chopped cornfields before thinking of dusting off my 12-gauge.

All the same, there will be plenty of hunters out to celebrate the start of yet another season. Dove and resident goose hunting begin today, so don’t be alarmed when you hear the reports of shotguns — particularly if you live near farm fields or waterways. Doves generally are hunted from noon until sunset in the first segment of the season, but the geese are fair game from a half-hour before sunrise until sunset.

In Maryland, dove and local Canada geese (not to be confused with migratory geese that usually arrive later in the year) can be hunted now, with the dove season coming to a temporary halt at sunset Oct.15 and the resident goose hunt running through Sept.15 in the east or Sept.25 in western counties.

In Virginia, the resident Canada geese can be hunted starting today, but mourning dove season doesn’t begin until Saturday at noon.

We will publish a complete chart of all the various species’ hunting seasons and bag limits in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania in mid-September.

Lyme disease still No.1 — Alison Duning wrote to tell us about a recent article printed in the American Medical News Journal that said Lyme disease was still the No.1 vector-borne illness in the United States, far more common than West Nile disease. In fact, deer ticks that pass along Lyme disease are more aggressive in the fall months, making any passerby an appealing host, including you or your pets.

Because adult ticks are two times more likely to be infected with Lyme disease than their immature nymphs, pets and people who are bitten by ticks in the fall have a better chance of contracting the disease.

Alison isn’t trying to scare us with this; she’s simply cautioning people like me who spend a great deal of time in woodlands. And I’m paying for it now. I contracted Lyme disease several years ago, which prompted some anti-hunters (after I wrote about my dilemma) to cheer, claiming it was poetic justice for a deer hunter to come down with the disease.

Solid gold American shooters — We join the National Wild Turkey Federation, an official partner of the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team, in congratulating gold medalists Kim Rhode of El Monte, Calif., and Matthew Emmons of Colorado Springs, Colo. Rhode won a gold medal in the women’s double trap shoot, and Emmons took a gold medal in the men’s 50-meter prone rifle shooting.

Over the past 10 years, the turkey federation has donated $100,000 to the U.S. Olympic shooting team to help ensure our rich hunting and shooting traditions are preserved for future generations.

DNR cops help Coast Guard — As part of homeland security, the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) now has greater authority to enforce U.S. Coast Guard security zones around the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant and the Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas facility on the Chesapeake Bay in Southern Maryland.

The NRP is a fully empowered police department that maintains a fleet of vessels to patrol the Chesapeake Bay. Under current security directives, the NRP has the legal authority to enforce what the Coast Guard deems as “exclusion zones,” or critical areas that restrict access to waters surrounding the two locations. Both Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant and the liquefied natural gas facility are protected, and public access is limited to protect them from potential acts of terrorism.

Calvert County law officers also will be used to enforce the security zone.

The question now will be how much of a pain the cops will be to recreational anglers who sometimes come too close to facilities thought of as possible terrorist targets. What some anglers fear is that with current terror alerts and cautions half the United States could become off-limits to its citizens.


Freestate Flyfishers meet — Tonight, 7:30, at Davidsonville (Md.) Family Recreation Center. Guest speaker Joe Evens will present photos and anecdotes from a trout trip in the southern Andes. Evens was on assignment for Sporting Classics Magazine to fish new waters with guides from Cinco Rios OutFitters in Coihayque, Chile. The meeting is open to the public. Information: Mike Price, 410/230-0080.

Trout Unlimited chapter meets — Tomorrow, 7:30p.m., at Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. The Northern Virginia Chapter of Trout Unlimited invites the public to come and meet TU member Tom Guffain, who will talk about his coho and chinook salmon fishing trip to upstate New York’s Salmon River. The program will be preceded by a 6:45p.m. fly tying demonstration. Information: nvatu.org

Surf fishing school — Sept.9-12, Oct.21-24, Outer Banks in Nags Head, N.C. Each session is scheduled to coincide with productive fishing periods. Pro guides Joe Malat and Mac Currin are instructors. Cost: $250. Contact Malat, 252/441-4767; joeSave a Fish, Eat a Pig Barbecue — Sept. 25, 5 p.m., at Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. Held by the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association. Fine Food, door prizes, fly-casting clinic, great auction items. Information: Rob Allen, 703/626-2668.

Look for Gene Mueller’s Outdoors column Sunday and Wednesday and his Fishing Report on Thursday, only in The Washington Times. E-mail: [email protected]

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