So you like primitive camping; how about primitive RV'ing. Here's your chance -- and for $9,000. That's the asking price for the most unusual exhibit among 250 units at the Maryland Fall RV Show at Timonium Fairgrounds.
You can't go much more primitive than the 1923 Model A Ford RV, one of the first ever concocted. It's on the chassis of a tin lizzy pickup, canvas covered, is in mint condition, and has had only three owners since it first hit the RV trail 68 years ago.
Elsewhere at the show, an outside affair near the fairground's administration building, there are 75 brands of modern RVs. Show-goers get a chance to see the 1992 models -- or if they prefer to take advantage of '91 closeout prices. Attendance and sales have been brisk since the show opened last weekend, and it will close Sunday. Hours are noon to 6; admission is $5, free for children under 12.
* Tomorrow: The DNR will release the rockfish young-of-the-year survey index, which is expected to be about the same as last year -- which was disappointing -- but don't worry about it adversely affecting the fall season set to start Oct. 9, or next spring's trophy season.
* Saturday: Opening day of the Maryland deer season by bow. Also, this day animal rights demonstrators are expected to once again attempt to harass hunters at McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Montgomery County -- and at the same time a counter demonstration is being organized by Maryland Bowhunter Society, which hopes to have 1,000 hunters on hand.
The season continues through Nov. 29; reopens Dec. 9-20, then again Jan. 6-31. Minor exceptions apply to the lower Eastern Shore. See page 28 of the Guide to Hunting and Trapping for details. Look for an update and comments on the demonstrations and the season tomorrow.
* Saturday/Sunday: National Capital Skeet & Trap Club Montgomery County Championship Shoot, traps open 10 a.m., Seneca Creek State Park. Call John Stevens, 679-4199.
* Monday: Dundalk Power Squadron Boating Course starts, 7:30 p.m., Overlea High School, 5401 Kenwood Ave. Instruction is free; $20 charge for course materials. Call 282-6464.
* Monday: First night of Patapsco River Power Squadron Boating Course, 7 p.m., RETS Technical Training Center, 1520 S. Caton Ave., Arbutus. Call 465-4579.
* Tuesday: Another Dundalk Power Squadron Boating Course starts, 7:30 p.m., Franklin High School, 1200 Reisterstown Road. Call 282-6464.
* Tuesday: First night of Patapsco River Power Squadron Boating Course, 7 p.m., Old Mill High School, Glen Burnie. Call 465-4579.
* Wednesday: DNR meeting on management proposals for weakfish and spotted sea trout, 6:30 p.m., Department of Agriculture Building, Harry S.Truman Parkway, Annapolis. Call Frances McFaden, 974-3365.
* Wednesday: First night of Patapsco River Power Squadron Safe Boating Course, 7 p.m., District Court Building, Ellicott City. Call 465-4579.
Planning ahead ...
* Sept. 19-22: Shantytown Village Sunfest Boat Show, with about 100 boats, free admission. Call 1-301-289-8121.
* Sept. 20-22: $10,000 Liberty Lake Bass Classic; $5,000 for largest bass. Call Chuck Motsko, 653-2765.
* Sept. 20: Start of four-session Canoeing Course, 7 to 9 p.m., Essex Community College. Course includes water safety, lure and solo tandem positions and strokes. Second classroom session is Sept. 27, same time; in-water instructions Sept. 21 and 28. Call Mrs. Broadwater, 522-1754.
* Sept. 21: Hunting & Fishing Flea Market, 8 a.m. until sold out, Bel Air American Legion, 500 Hickory Ave., Bel Air. Call Dave Chenoweth, 1-301-838-2603.
* Sept. 21/22: Time to start scouting waters for haunts of large bluefish. The $25,000 Big Bucks III Bluefish/Sea Trout Tournament is scheduled these two days, and there is $15,000 for the largest blue or sea trout. Call Rod 'n Reel Docks, Chesapeake Beach, at 1-800-233-2080.
Names and places ...
* Magic Marlin was the name of the boat -- and the billfish was truly magic. It wasn't a marlin, instead a cousin with a bigger spear. Greg Jones caught a 400-pound swordfish, the biggest on hook and line off Ocean City in many years. A few others have been taken this summer, and any swordfish is a commendable accomplishment. The species is in big trouble, much of it blamed on commercial activity and soaring dockside prices that increases fishing pressure.
* On its most recent overnight offshore trip, the 90-foot headboat OC Princess came upon schools of dolphin, which were easily caught, but tuna fishing was tough. It is expected to be better on the two final offshore runs of the season, Sept. 22-23, and Sept. 29-30. Fees are $190 a person with the number of anglers limited to 25. Call 1-301-289-8121.
Elsewhere at OC, the headboat fleet is doing well on sea trout, though most hardheads are small. Sea bass, ling and trigger fish are other alternatives. Mighty scarce are offshore bluefish; marlin catches are fair, and there are some flounder, kingfish, spot and small blues along the beach and in the back bays. Doug Jackson got two pompano of better than a pound while fishing sand fleas for tautog at the jetty.
* Richard Novotny, executive director of 7,000-member Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermens Association, said his group supports the flounder management plan of the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council. Of the alternatives, MSSA sided with a 14-inch minimum length with a creel limit of five in a season of June 1 through Dec. 31.
Other options are: Three-fish daily limit, no closed season; six-fish limit from May 15 through Sept. 30; seven-fish limit from June 15 through Dec. 31; and 10-fish limit from July 1 through Dec. 31.
Question box ...
* Baltimorean Ron Slackhurst questions what Virginia is doing to curtail Canada goose hunting as both Maryland and Delaware endure restrictions. "Isn't Virginia part of Delmarva?" he asks.
Our answer: Part of Virginia is part of Delmarva, and there are restrictions though in some cases not as severe as in Maryland and Delaware -- but Virginia doesn't have the concentrations we have. Or used to have.
Virginia will have a 60-day season, Nov. 20-23, Nov. 25-30, and Dec. 2-Jan. 20, two birds a day. But in the areas of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, the season will be closed again.
* NOTE: To have an item or question included in the Outdoor Journal, write Bill Burton, The Evening Sun Sports Dept., 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278-0001.
Bill Burton's best bets
* LOWER POTOMAC: Blues up to 4 pounds from the Route 301 Bridge to Smith Point; also in the creeks and the bay shore puppy drum (small channel bass) are taken on small Beetle Spin lures (try pink).
* PATUXENT: Excellent for spot near Drum Point.
* LOWER BAY: Flounder fishing is good at the LNG Plant near Calvert Cliffs, also from Cove Point to the mouth of the Patuxent.
* FORT SMALLWOOD: Blues are here and down the Patapsco into the upper Chesapeake.
* MID BAY: Flounder along the Kent Island shore to the Bay Bridge, and at the mouth of the Choptank.