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Outdoors Report - February 29, 2012

 

Outdoorsmen and women should voice their opinion on outdoor issues
VDGIF has an open comment period on several boating, fishing and non-game regulations now, but the comment period will close March 6th. Take the time to let your voice be heard. Many of the fishing issues do not affect our local area but some of the boating and non-game issues do. Check it out at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/regulations/issues-2012/recommendations.asp

Remember the Boater Education Requirement
The law that began in 2007 to have everyone operating a watercraft take a boater safety course is being phased in. Now is a good time to take the course. Anyone operating a boat or PWC MUST have the course by the required time. Here is the phase in schedule:

 

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Cabin Fever this Winter? Go Fish!

As I type this up we are looking at the possibility of snow accumulating on Sunday. (Editor’s note: yes, we did get some snow!) It is hard to believe that we made it through February with little to no snow piling up. Personally I am thrilled that I did not have to plow snow, or dig out. However, I am ready for temperatures in the 70’s and my eye has wandered over to the fishing rods a few times the last few weeks.

After sitting down to type up this column my mind began wandering back to other winters when I got cabin fever and just

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Can VA Beach’s Back Bay be restored to its grandeur?

Anglers literally came from all over the world to fish in the unique freshwater impoundment located within sight of the pounding surf of the Atlantic Ocean.

Over thirty years ago Back Bay, located south of Virginia Beach, was known for a world-class largemouth bass fishery. Anglers literally came from all over the world to fish in the unique freshwater impoundment, located within sight of the pounding surf of the Atlantic Ocean. Anglers from our area regularly made the trip down there to fish in what was known as a huge

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Clarification on coyote controversy

Mention the word coyote around a farmer, landowner or hunter and the discussion heats up fast.
Remark that you have seen one recently and everyone listens and has a story of their own. Coyotes, or Canis latrans, have been around since the late 50’s in Virginia but it has only been a decade or so since those of us in the Northern Neck have been noticing them.

As the canines reproduced and sought new habitat, their numbers increased and they have adapted to the subdivisions, farms and woodlands in our area. The increase in numbers has caused some conflicts with landowners as of late and now the citizens are moving to do something about old Mr. Coyote.

 A few hunters have complained that coyotes are finding their shot deer before they can track

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King George Middle School’s Outdoors Club

Many of the people that live in King George might not know that King George Middle School has an Outdoors Club. Nearly 60 kids have joined this club so far.

The leaders of the club are Mark Fike, Sara Smigielski, and Kevin Linza. The kids attend during 7th period rotation once a month. Sometimes when a student or leader would like to present a lesson on anything outdoors, then some of the kids sign up to stay after school.

A few weeks ago I attended a seminar on how to clean a deer properly after you have shot it. During that after school seminar our local conservation police officer, Frank Spuchesi, brought in a hindquarter of deer. It

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Snakehead fish caught in Machodoc Creek

Like his father, Mark Rollins has been working the waters of Machodoc Creek and the Potomac River for many years and he has seen many things over those years while crabbing and fishing. When he set his crab pots last Tuesday he never imagined what he’d find when he pulled those pots. Perhaps a croaker or maybe a few perch or even a catfish would wiggle within the confines of the mesh pot. While he did catch a few of those fish, he also

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