Just about everybody thought WCBM outdoor talk show host and publisher of the new "Hunting and Fishing Journal" Allen Ellis was daffy last year when he started a midsummer The Hunting Show, an exposition that catered strictly to hunting, with considerable emphasis on deer and bowhunting. They were wrong, and the second edition opens tomorrow at Howard County Fairgrounds, Exit 80 off I-70 at West Friendship.
Ladies bowhunter of the year Mississippian Charlie White, who has 60 trophies with the bow, will be on hand. So will Texan Russell Thornberry, author of two books on deer rattling, and traditional bow user Barry Wensel, author and lecturer. The annual bowmen's contest featuring unmarked ranges is set for Sunday at noon.
Wear your hunting camo, and the Atsko UV Killer ultraviolet light booth will let you know how you look in the eyes of game. There will also be demonstration, seminars, exhibits, a duck- and goose-calling contest (Saturday at 1), and tops in the billing is the annual Maryland Trophy Deer Contest sponored by Maryland Bowhunters Society.
Hours tomorrow are 4 to 10; Saturday, 9 to 9, and Sunday, 10 to 5. Admission is $5; children under 12 free. Call 922-5549.
* Today: First day of the $7,800-added Eastern Zone Trapshooting Championship, Maryland State Sportsmen's Association, Thurmont. Handicap championships will be shot Sunday. Call John Stevens, 679-4199.
* Tomorrow: First DNR hearing on state forest issues for 1992, especially involving Potomac-Garrett, Green Ridge, Savage River and Pocomoke State forests. Session this day, 7 p.m. Flintstone Volunteer Fire Co. Other sessions: 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Garrett Community College, McHenry, and 7 p.m. Aug. 2, Pocomoke City Library. Call Eric C. Schwaab, 974-3771.
* Saturday: Casting contest, 2 to 4 p.m., for all fishermen sponsored by Delaware Bass Federation and the Division of Fish and Wildlife at the Delaware State Fair near Dover. Call 1-302-739-4506.
* Sunday: Sail Free, a program to allow the disabled to sample sailing, sponsored by Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sandy Point State Park. Reservations requested. Call 974-2628.
* Monday: Second in a series of DNR meetings on freshwater fisheries management, 7 p.m., DNR Police meeting room, Routes 309 and 404, Queen Anne's. Among proposals is one to add Leonard Mill Pond -- better known as Leonard's Lake -- in Salisbury to the trophy bass list (Leonard's was recently closed to bathing because of pollution woes), and there will be discussion of reciprocal license agreements for fishing the Potomac. Other sessions are Wednesday, 7 p.m., Hereford Middle School, and next Thursday, 7 p.m., Sweader Hall, Frederick Community College. Call 974-3061
Planning ahead ...
* Aug. 5-9: $50,000-added White Marlin Tournament, Ocean City. Call 1-301-289-9229.
* Aug 12: Regitration for the ninth annual Pirate's Cove Billfish Tournament at Manteo NC during which breaking the IGFA world record of 1,282 pounds will be worth $1 million. The regular cash payout is $125,000. Call 1-800-822-4567.
* For information on inexpensive two-year permits to hunt Westvaco properties -- the Hughes and Springfield River wildlife area -- write Westvaco Box 577, Rupert, W. Va 25984.
Names and places ...
* We've ignored it so far, but as of next Thursday -- unless something happens in the meantime -- recreational boaters will be required to pay by Coast Guard regulation a fee mandated by your friendly Congress as a contribution to Coast Guard programs. Exempt are boats of less than 16 feet, kayaks, canoes, rowboats, rowing sculls, lifeboats, tender boats, houseboats without motors, and craft not used in navigable waters, generally freshwaters, with some exceptions.
The fees: $25 for vessels 16 to under 20 feet; $35, 20 feet but less than 27; $50, 27 to under 40; $100 for 40 and over. Whether you like it or not -- and I'm still undecided -- next Thursday is the deadline, and the fine can be $5,000. Call 1-800-848-2100 to order necessary decals by phone using Visa or Mastercard, or obtain mail-in applications by calling 1-800-368-5647.
* A catch of 41 white perch won most fish honors for Evan Evans aboard the Big E in the Bar Harbor Marina Fishing Contest out of Rock Creek. June Bardoff aboard the June V got the biggest, a 10 7/16-incher in competition restricted to a triangle from Rock Creek to Seven Foot Knoll and Bodkin Point.
* The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is among 72 recipients of Chesapeake Bay Trust grants totaling $252,827. CBF gets $15,000. Patuxent River Appreciation Days, $2,000; Save Our Streams, $20,000, and Earth Day, $1,000.
* In 1977 when DNR started its bald eagle surveys there were 41 pairs producing 45 young. DNR's Glenn Therres said the '91 count is 90 of 128 pairs raising 169 young. Dorchester County -- where resident waterfowlers blame them for the lead shot ban -- was tops with 28 nesters. Among other counties, Anne Arundel, five; Harford and Cecil seven; and Baltimore County three.
* Four new Maryland leaders in the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament are Capt. Norman Haddaway of Claiborne for a 443-pound shark taken off Chincoteague; Brian Leubecker of Bel Air for a 78-pound, 3-ounce cobia taken off Chincoteague; Donnie Russell Jr. of Crownville, 27-pound false albacore; and Hank Savage of Bethesda, 87 1/4 -pound wahoo.
* Boaters and boat fishermen using Pennsylvania Fish Commission waters must register their boats to do so. For info, call 1-717-657-45551.
Question box ...
* An Elkridge reader who signed his name Mullet Head because of his love for fishing the surf with mullet baits complains he went to Ocean City to try one of the nighttime headboat canyon tuna trips, but was told at the pier they were day affairs only. "That's not what I've heard -- what's going on?"
Our answer: Try another dock. Competition is fierce, with little cooperation among skippers. Remember the Boston mackerel run when dockmasters whose boats weren't ready to sail yet told fishermen the macks weren't in -- when in fact they had been running for weeks? At Ocean City, Ocean City Fishing Center has 24-hour nighttimers, call 1-301-289-8121, and at Lewes, the Thelma Dal V sails out of Fishermen's Wharf. Call 1-302-645-8862. Call ahead for the schedule, reservations are limited.
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