Junior Waterfowl Hunting Day set for Feb. 8

Experienced waterfowl hunters are invited to introduce young people to the sport during a Junior Waterfowl Hunting Day on Saturday. On this date, hunters 15 years old or younger may hunt ducks, geese, mergansers and coots on public and private lands when aided by a qualifying adult.

To participate, junior hunters must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old. All young hunters and their adult mentors must possess a Maryland hunting license or be exempt from the hunting license requirement. Adults may take more than one young hunter and assist in the hunt, but cannot possess a hunting weapon.

Young waterfowl hunters must also possess a receipt showing their purchase of a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp. Hunters under the age of 16 do not need to purchase a federal duck stamp.

For bag limits and more information, go to dnr.state.md.us or call the Wildlife and Heritage Service at 410-260-8540.

DNR ready to release trout

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will begin releasing rainbow and brown trout in streams and lakes across the state early this month.

The stocking dates and locations will depend on stream, ground and weather conditions. By the start of summer, the DNR will have released around 335,000 trout at more than 130 areas throughout Maryland.

"Spring trout fishing is the best cure for cabin fever, and it's a great way to introduce youngsters to fishing since the fresh hatchery trout are often more willing to take the bait than their wild cousins," DNR Inland Fisheries Division manager Don Cosden said.

The DNR's trout stocking program is funded entirely by the sale of nontidal fishing licenses, trout stamps and Federal Sportfish Restoration Program funds, which are generated by a dedicated excise tax on fishing and boating equipment.

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