- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The man who put the first hunting series on cable TV has redefined the format for his newest series, “The Jackie Bushman Show.” In his latest TV venture, Bushman, the founder and CEO of the 400,000-member international Buckmasters organization, incorporates a higher than normal percentage of hunting videos into a fresh talk-show format.

The series can be seen on cable TV’s Outdoor Channel.

Bushman’s show promises fast-paced programs that also include man-on-the-street interviews, bloopers, gags, guests, audience question-and-answer sessions with the host, and the first outdoors game show with a live audience and contestants from around the nation. To add a little spice, the game show segment tempts contestants with a $100,000 payout.

After a preliminary viewing yesterday, and one tomorrow at 11 a.m., the show will settle into a regular time slot at 10 p.m. Sundays.

“The whole idea is to entertain the audience,” Bushman said. “If we can educate them and take them hunting, and if they can laugh, then we’ll have succeeded. I’ve learned over the years from listening to our audience that the number one thing they want to do when they sit down to watch an outdoors show is to be entertained.”

I second that motion.

Let your voice be heard — After years of complaints from anglers and conservationists, including the Coastal Conservation Association, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is ready to place a cap on the industrial menhaden fishery’s landings.

The ASMFC is taking public comment on its Addendum II to the Atlantic Menhaden Fishery Management Plan. There are a number of options the Atlantic Menhaden Management Board will consider when the ASMFC meets Aug. 15-18 in Alexandria, and option 1 is to maintain the status quo, with no cap on the harvest of menhaden. Don’t let this happen.

Here are two avenues of action: attend a hearing today, 7 p.m., at the Annapolis Radisson, 210 Holiday Court in Annapolis, or send a written comment to the ASMFC by 5 p.m. on Aug. 1. Send it to Nancy Wallace, ASMFC, 1444 Eye St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20005, e-mail [email protected]

If nothing is done, we will witness further declines in this oily baitfish’s population, and the wild fish stocks in the Chesapeake that depend on the menhaden as their food source will dwindle right along with them.

Lanham angler hooks snakehead — Chris Flurer, a deaf angler who lives in Lanham and who recently fished a small feeder creek that flows into the Anacostia, which subsequently reaches the Potomac, wrote us that he caught a 26-inch-long, 6-pound northern snakehead fish. On a photo copy Flurer sent, the fish appears to be a snakehead. He wrote, “It fought harder than all the freshwater fish I ever hooked.”

What he at first believed to be a toothsome fish known as a bowfin, turned out to be a snakehead. The question is, did he kill the snakehead and not let it go back into the water? And did he notify the Maryland Department of Natural Resources?

Black bear permits available — The Maryland DNR says applications for the 2005 black bear hunting season lottery will be available July 1.

The hunt takes place Oct. 24-29 and Dec. 5-10 in Garrett County and those areas west of Evitts Creek in Allegany County. The DNR has established a hunt objective of 40 to 55 bears for the 2005 season. Once the objective is reached, the hunt will be stopped.

Through a random drawing, 200 bear hunting permits will be issued, 120 of them intended for use only on private land; the remaining 80 permits will be valid for both private and public lands. Successful applicants must attend an informational pre-hunt meeting before receiving their permits. Each successful applicant may designate one sub-permittee.

Hunters will be able to apply for a permit both online and by telephone. Applications will be accepted online at blackbear.dnr.state.md.us from Friday through Aug.31 and phone applications from Aug. 1 through Aug. 26 weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 888/579-6768.

Each applicant must pay a $15 non-refundable application fee (which to me is grossly unfair) and may only enter once. Applicants must possess a valid Hunter Safety Certificate or have held a hunting license before July 1, 1977.

EVENTS

Trout Unlimited chapter meets — July7, 7:30p.m. The public is invited to the meeting of the Northern Virginia Chapter at McLean VFW Post 8241. Members will review efforts to protect a rare, self-sustaining population of rainbow trout on Big Spring Creek, near Leesburg, Va. Information: nvatu.org.

Youth fishing derby — July17, 9a.m. (registration 8a.m.) at Burke Lake Park, Fairfax County. The Potomac Bassmasters will assist children who want to learn how to fish or who just want to improve their skills. The event is free, and so is the live bait. A limited supply of rods, reels and tackle is available. Co-sponsored by Fairfax County Parks. Information: 703/323-6601.

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

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