Recreation and outdoors calendar (Dec. 10)

Caine Wooldridge of Annapolis determined that he was going to catch a bull red during the summer of 2017 and he did just that.
Caine Wooldridge of Annapolis determined that he was going to catch a bull red during the summer of 2017 and he did just that. (Courtesy photo)

Pickerel contest

Through Feb. 28: CCA MD Pickerel Championship. No deadline to enter, multiple divisions where anglers turn in their best three-fish stringer over a three-month period.


Trolling tips

Monday, Dec. 11: Pasadena Sportfishing Group’s monthly meeting. Capt. Wayne Morgan of “Frayed Knot Fishing” will discuss “Twelve Tips for Trolling.” Earleigh Heights VFC, 161 Ritchie Highway (Route 2), Severna Park. Doors open at 6 p.m. Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Details: pasadenasportfishing.com.


Duck season

Tuesday, Dec. 12-Jan. 27: Last split of duck season. Daily bag limit is six birds.

Big Gunpowder Falls hike

Wednesday, Dec. 13: Start through the culvert on the Wildlands Trail to the Stocksdale Trail. Hills at the start. two small stream crossings. Some logs to climb over. You can stop after 4 miles. Details: 410-285-0835.


Piney Run Park hike

Wednesday, Dec. 13: 8-mile lollipop hike in Carroll County. Meet at 9:45 am at St. Jos. Catholic Church at 915 Liberty Road in Eldersburg for a short carpool to the trailhead at the undeveloped side of the park. Some bushwhacking possible and a couple of stream crossings. Details: 410-608-0967.

Goose season

Friday, Dec.15-Feb. 3: Last Split of migratory Canada goose season. Daily bag limit is two geese.

On what would prove to be my last rockfish trip of the season, one that for me at least was equal parts generous and confounding, the swirl of life all around the boat was mesmerizing.

Liberty Reservoir hike

Saturday, Dec. 16: This 11-mile hike is a mixture of fire roads and paved roads, though all of the paved section is along Liberty Dam Road, which has a wide grass shoulder to walk on. Total elevation gain is a little over 1,200 feet. Moderate 2.5-3 mph pace. Details: 410-876-7053. Carpool cost: $1.

Patapsco Valley hike

Next Sunday, Dec. 17: Seven-mile Howard County hike lnear the Davis Tunnel area. For experienced hikers who can maintain a continuous fast pace (2.75-3.3 mph). Half a dozen minor stream crossings, some rocky and rugged terrain, 800-plus feet of climbing. Details: 410 747-2868.

Gunpowder hike

Next Sunday, Dec. 17: Hike 6 miles on a figure-eight loop of trails to east and west of Belair Road. Details: 410-744-6057.

Cromwell/Loch Raven hike

Dec. 20: Five-mile hike at Cromwell Valley Park and Loch Raven Reservoir. Details: 443-562-0801.

Middle Patuxent hike

Dec. 20: Relatively flat 7-mile hike at Middle Patuxent Environmental Areain Howard County. Details: 410-489-9849.

Prettyboy hike

Dec. 20: Hike 11 miles on narrow Prettyboy Trail from Shamberger’s Peninsula at Beckleysville Road to Prettyboy Dam. Last part of hike is a rocky, boulder-filled and slope-side trail — poles recommended. Many stream crossings. Pace: 2.5 mph. All day. Details: 410-374-4879 by 8 p.m. Monday. Carpool cost: $2.

Patapsco hike

Dec. 24: Six-mile hike at Davis Tunnel area of Patapsco Valley State Park in Howard County. A few stream crossings and about 1,000 feet of climbing (including one rugged steep ascent), a little bit of bushwhacking, some rocky terrain. Pace: 2.5-3 mph. Details: 410 747-2868.

I have never shot an animal.  I don’t own a firearm or archery equipment.  I fish, and I’ve considered deer hunting, but I’ve never cleared the early hurdles: the expense of buying the gear and the time required to hone the necessary skills.  It’s a daunting prospect for a beginner.

Patapsco Valley hike

Dec. 27: Out-and-back 12-mile hike in McKeldin/Henryton Road areas of Patapsco Valley State Park in Carroll and Howard counties. One stream crossing; little rocky, rugged terrain. About 1,500 feet of elevation gain. Sections may be muddy if conditions are wet. Details: 410-596-6421.

Patapsco Valley hike

Dec. 27: Seven-mile tweener hike in Glen Artney/Hilton area of Patapsco Valley Stake Park has hills (some steep) and stream crossings. Details: Email garyrein8@gmail.com.

Loch Raven hike

Dec. 30: Nine-mile hike for experienced hikers who like a continuous fast pace. Duration: 2.5 hours. Details: 410-593-7123.

Patapsco Valley hike

Dec. 31: Seven-mile hike in in the Glen Artney area of Patapsco Valley State Park. A few hills and many stream crossings (although most are minor). Details: 443-805-5408.

Free State Fly Fishers

Jan. 3: Free State Fly Fishers meeting. 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Davidsonville Family Rec. Center, 3727 Queen Anne Bridge Road, Davidsonville.

Saltwater Fishing Expo

Jan. 13: The Frederick chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association will present its ninth annual Saltwater Fishing Expo from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Building 9 of the Frederick Fairgrounds at 797 E. Patrick St. Details at mssafrederick.com or call Rob Pellicot at 301-606-0392 or Ed Susa at 301-252-0233.

Baltimore Boat Show

Jan. 25-28: Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show returns to the Baltimore Convention Center. Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: $14 for adults; free for children 12 and under (when accompanied by an adult). Tickets may be purchased in advance online at BaltimoreBoatShow.com or during the show at the box office. Phone: 410-224-7633.

When Hannah Young, 27, of Jessup walks to her car, she’s paying attention to her surroundings. It’s a habit she learned when she started training in Krav Maga, a military fighting and self-defense program, in 2012.

Flea market

Feb. 10: Tri-State Marine Fisherman’s Flea Market, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission, $50 per table rental. Call Dawn Yoder at 410-867-2398 to reserve table.

Youth waterfowl hunting

Feb. 10: Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day.

Pasadena Fishing Expo

Feb. 17-18: Pasadena Sportfishing Group's 26th annual Fishing Expo will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days at Earleigh Heights Fire Hall, 161 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park. Admission is $5 each day and free for 12 and under free.

Annapolis Fishing Expo

Feb. 24: MSSA Annapolis chapter’s annual Saltwater Fishing Expo. Held at the Annapolis Elks Club. Doors open at 8 a.m.

Lefty Kreh’s Tie Fest

Feb. 24-25: Blane Choklett and Pat Cohen will be among the workshop presenters at the 18th annual Lefty Kreh’s Tie Fest on Feb. 24-25 on three floors of the Lowes Annapolis Hotel at 126 West St. in Annapolis. Admission will be $10 for each of the two days or $15 for both days of the expanded event. Anglers 16 and younger and active military personnel will be admitted free. Choklett, a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants, will demonstrate the gummy minnow and the game changer, an articulated fly he created. Cohen, a New Yorker, is a member of the pro staff for 10 fishing companies, including EP Flies and Partridge of Redditch Hooks. Other fly tiers attending include Steve Silverio, Brad Buzzi, Bob Popovics and Richard Stolis. Jerry Kustich, co-founder of Sweetgrass Rods, will discuss bamboo rods. Bob Clouser will run fly-casting demonstrations, and attendees will be able to test several fly rods provided by event vendors. Some workshops carry an extra fee. Among the no-charge seminars will be ones by Joe Bruce on snakeheads and Kevin Josenhans and Chris Karwacki on fishing Tangier Sound. Tie Fest will include displays from fly shops in the Chesapeake Bay area, local fishing guides and angling organizations. Attendees will be able to purchase supplies and discuss fishing strategies with these vendors. Tickets will be sold at the door. For further information contact event director Tony Friedrich at tony.friedrich@gmail.com.

Fishing seminar

March 10: The “Mid-Shore Fishing Seminar,” American Legion Post 18, 2619 Centreville Road (Route 213), Centreville. Featured speakers include Capt. Mark Galasso, Capt. Jeff Lewatowski and Joe Bruce. Hosted by CD Outdoors and Tacklecove.com. Details: cdollar@cdollaroutdoors.com.


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