Bow season is going strong muzzleloader waiting in wings


Local bow hunters have been occupying their tree stands for a week and will continue to do so until the lengthy bow season takes a breather to allow for the Oct. 17-19 early muzzleloader deer hunt.

The remaining dates for the year's bow season are Oct. 21-Nov. 29, Dec. 16-Dec. 20 and Jan. 6 to Jan. 31, 1997. Last year, Carroll County archers bagged 777 whitetails, of which 523 were antlered bucks. That represented a 13-percent increase over the previous season's bow bag. The entire 1995-96 deer season bag total representing bow, firearms, muzzleloader and Junior Hunter hunts was 3,149. Look for all of last year's numbers to be smashed again this year. Statewide, Maryland bow hunters bagged 12,397 deer.

Hunters are reminded that a field tag must be filled out and attached to the deer before it is moved from the place of the kill. Hunters may not cut up the carcass until the animal has been checked at an official checking station in Carroll County or an adjacent county within 24 hours after the kill.

Carroll County checking stations are Bauerlein's Meats, Inc., 1046 Carroll St., Hampstead; Bullock's Meats, Sykesville Road (Route 32), Westminster; C&C; Taxidermy, Bachman Valley Road and Route 30, Manchester; Fish Maryland Bait & Tackle, 2030 Liberty Road, Peddlers Square Shopping Center, Eldersburg; Gun Shack, 101 South Main St., Mount Airy; and Hatfields Country Meats, 502 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown.

Environmental center opens

Alvin Schaffer, chairman of the Manchester Parks Foundation, proudly pointed out at the recent opening of the Manchester Environmental Center that "based on per capita of all the county's towns, we have more public parkland than any other in Carroll County. With the opening of this one, Manchester now has three public parklands and we are in the process of adding another."

The center sits on nearly 100 acres off of York Street and almost directly behind the Manchester Elementary School. In addition to fields and wood lots, the center also has a building for exhibits and indoor activities as well as a pond. The center's stream was named "The Stream of Life" by Kimberly Hughes, a third-grade at Manchester Elementary School.

Vince DePalmer, vice president of the Manchester Parks Foundation, says all of the work on the center was performed by local volunteers and that already the area has been used by the local school as an environment learning tool.

"Manchester owned some of the land and the rest was purchased with open spaces funds," said Brook Rugemer of the Manchester Town Council and Secretary of the Parks Foundation.

If your group would like to arrange to tour the center or use it, contact Schaffer at 239-8809.

Fishing remains excellent

Despite the recent tropical storms and generally nasty weather, area fishing remains superb, though striped bass fishing at Liberty Reservoir has become a little erratic. Still, Liberty is furnishing a number of very large crappie around the many brush piles to anglers using medium shiners. Crayfish and pig-n-jigs are doing the number of bass throughout the reservoir.

At Piney Run Reservoir, yellow perch fishing has been great. They are taking small minnows off the deeper sides of weed beds all week. At Prettyboy, the white perch fishing has been superb, especially in the deeper areas. Bass fishing has been very good and the best bets have been surface lures and pig-n-jigs.

Striped bassing in the middle portion of the Chesapeake Bay remains super and promises to get better. Chumming and casting to breaking fish are the two best methods right now. If you opt to cast, a white on white bucktail has been very successful to date.

Speaking of fishing, "Where Bass Live" is the best video I have seen on the subject of finding, understanding and fishing structure. The video features Bob Denyer, Steve Folkee, Bob Troup, Vic Mercogliano, Bob Parker, and Andy Andrzejewski, all of whom are connected to Reel Bass Adventures Potomac River Guide Service. It would make a great Christmas present for any bass angler, especially one who enjoys fishing the nearby Potomac River. The cost is $19.95 plus $4 for shipping and handling from Guide Series Videos, 7390 Simms Landing Road, Port Tobacco, Md., 20677.

Pub Date: 9/22/96

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