- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Del. George Edwards, Republican leader in the Maryland House, says he’s tired of politicians who don’t live in bear country but try to pass laws banning the hunting of bears. Edwards has introduced a bill that would require the state to trap some of the cunning animals and distribute them in every county in the state.

The Garrett County legislator wants to “share” them with areas where there are no bears and no shortage of politicians who kowtow to the animal rights movement.

Edwards is my hero because he believes in taking charge. Wouldst that I could talk him into amending his bill just a little. I’d like for him to call for the trapping of bears and a bunch of deer and then distributing them equitably in the backyards of every director, officer and muckety-muck who works for the Fund For Animals and the Humane Society of the United States.

If any deer or bears are left over, take them down to Norfolk and turn them loose in the yards of the folks who run People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Imagine, animal worshippers waking up one morning to discover that deer have eaten all their azaleas, tulips, rosebuds and hostas. On top of that, a couple of black bears would make mincemeat out of their bird feeders and barbecue grills, tear up the trash cans and seek access through the kitchen door because they smell something cooking.

Go bears.

Go deer.

Ducks Unlimited banquet — The Northern Virginia chapter of Ducks Unlimited will have its annual banquet and fund-raiser auction Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. (dinner at 7:30) at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church. The public is invited.

Dinner and activities cost $100 a person and include a $25 Ducks Unlimited membership; couples get in for $175. Those under 17 pay $35. Enjoy an auction of valuable sporting goods and artwork. Information: John Bray, e-mail info@novadu.org or phone 703/868-8450.

CCA banquet in Hughesville — The Southern Maryland Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association invites the public to its annual affair Feb. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the new American Legion Hall in Hughesville, Md. The open bar starts at 6; the dinner at 7 features barbecue chicken, ribs and all the sides.

An auction will offer fishing gear of every description, Wizards tickets, crabs, a shotgun, a canoe, artwork and fishing trips. Tickets are $35 each, $65 for couples and free for kids under 12.

A ticket includes drinks, dinner, the auction and a year’s membership (or renewal) in the Coastal Conservation Association. Tickets are available at the door, but to guarantee a seat, send a check to CCA-So. Md., c/o Donald Gardiner, 3675 Fritz Place, Waldorf, Md. 20601-2004.

Safe boating course — A Coast Guard Auxiliary boater safety course will begin Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Guy Bros. Marine in Clements, St. Mary’s County, Md. A needed second session will be conducted Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., to be followed by an exam.

All you need to pay for is a $15 textbook. Register at Guy Bros. weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Saturdays 8 a.m. till noon. The course satisfies the Maryland State requirements for boaters born after July 1972. Information: 301/475-9774.

Boat show begins — The Washington Boat Show starts its run today through Sunday at the new Washington Convention Center in Northwest.

This 44th annual event features more than 500 boats of all styles and sizes, including 2005 models of express cruisers, motor yachts, runabouts, fishing boats, sailboats and family craft at special show prices. You also will be able to check out the latest electronics, services and accessories in dozens of display booths. Tickets are $10 (children 6-12, $4; under 6, free). Advance tickets can be charged through Ticketmaster, 202/397-7328, or online at ticketmaster.com. Information: washingtonboatshow.com.

Great little fishing show — The Rapidan chapter of Trout Unlimited wants you to visit its annual fly-fishing show Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Middleburg, Va., Community Center on Route 50. The Rapidan TU members bill their show as the “Greatest Little Fishing Show in Virginia.”

Single admission is $5; families, $7. There will be fly-tying clinics, slide presentations on trout and bass, more than 20 exhibitors and vendors and outstanding fishing tackle. Information: Marcia Woolman, 540/253-5545.

Look for Gene Mueller’s Outdoors column Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, only in The Washington Times. E-mail: gmueller@washingtontimes.com

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