Around Thanksgiving, local hunters and farmers teamed up with No Person Left Behind/Operation Outdoors to hold the annual “Marvin Dorsey SoCo Deer Hunt for Veterans.”
Eleven military veterans from the Army, Jason Griggs, Dwayne Applebee, Sylester Goode and Matt Davis; Marines, John Brewer, Eric Burkett, Jordan Martian, David Ingram, Bill Kerner and Mike Kazimir, and, from the Air Force, Richard Canfield, were paired up with knowledgeable hunters and landowners from southern Anne Arundel County.
The group took to the fields and woods before sunrise to get situated, and for the rest of the morning enjoyed a good hunt. The veterans took five does and, “nearly” two bucks. (One of the organizers told me “nearly” because one of the antlered deer — a seven-pointer — was actually a doe.)
Around lunchtime the group returned to the family farm of Joel Greenwell, who hosted the event, where they were joined by 80 supporters, including (now) County Executive Steuart Pittman. Everyone enjoyed a good, home-cooked meal and fellowship, both provided locally.
Once again, Mark Hoke of NPLB/Operation Outdoors, which coordinates hunting and fishing programs for wounded vets, was instrumental in helping organize the hunt.
Ronnie Hall from Mill Swamp Road graciously donated a mount for one of the antlered deer, and the meat processing was done free of charge by Greg Jackson of Harwood.
BIODIVERSITY PROJECT HONORED: Nature lovers, anglers and hunters should applaud Maryland’s Wildlife Advisory Commission’s choice for its “Conservationist of the Year,” the Maryland Biodiversity Project and its founders, Bill Hubick and Jim Brighton. This nonprofit organization has produced an online database, with an assist from more than 800 naturalists and photographers, that’s documented 18,000 species and more than 10,000 photographs.
“While the accomplishments of these two dedicated conservationists sound terrific, there is nothing like experiencing the Maryland Biodiversity Project firsthand to demonstrate the wealth of information and the dedication of the community they have built,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. “Our experts visit their site often, as they constantly add new and unique content.”
Dec. 10: Pasadena Sportfishing Group meeting. Capt. Tom Hughes will be guest speaker. Doors open at 6 p.m., meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Mr. & Mrs. Santa Clause will be on hand, Robert Christy will recite PSG’s famous “Nite before Christmas,” and there’ll be a drawing for a Spring Fishing Trip' with Capt. George W. Bentz on the Drizzle Bar. Free to the public. Earleigh Heights VFC, 161 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park.
Dec. 11-Jan. 26: Duck Season, third split. Check DNR website for regulations.
Dec. 14-Feb. 2: AP Canada Goose season, third split. Check DNR website for regulations.
Dec. 15-29: Muzzleloader deer hunting season. Hunters may use muzzleloading firearms to harvest sika and white-tailed deer during this season. Check DNR website for regulations.
Dec. 18-Jan. 12, 2019: Dove Season, third split. Check DNR website for regulations.
Jan. 12: Frederick Saltwater Anglers’ 10th Annual Fishing Expo. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Vendors, seminars, food. Frederick County (MD) Fairgrounds.
Jan. 19: Heroes on the Water Fishing Expo, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Maryland Chapter of Heroes of the Water. Odenton Volunteer Fire Hall, 1425 Annapolis Road, Odenton, MD 21113.
Jan. 24-27: Progressive Baltimore Boat Show. Baltimore Convention Center. Tickets and additional information at baltimoreboatshow.com.
Jan. 26-27: Kent Island Fisherman's Club’s 9th annual Fisherman's Flea Market. Fishing, boating and crabbing gear. accessories, crabbing supplies, charters, marine electronics, clothing. Admission is $3 (16 yrs. & under Free) Kent Island American Legion Post #278, 800 Romancoke Road, Stevensville. Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Feb. 9: Tri-State Marine Fishing Show, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Free Admission. Table space is $60. Call Dawn Yoder, Tri-State’s Tackle Shop manager at (410) 867-2398.
Feb. 23: MSSA Annapolis chapter’s Saltwater Fishing Expo. Elks Club, Annapolis.
Feb. 23-24: Lefty Kreh’s Tiefest. BWI Marriott. Times to be announced on LKTF Facebook page.
Chris Dollar writes about the outdoors for The Capital. Contact him with items for his column or the outdoors calendar at firstname.lastname@example.org