Watershed gate closure limits vehicular access

The City of Frederick has closed and locked the gates on Fishing Creek Road at its junctions with Gambrill Park Road and Hamburg Road, according to a news release from the city. Vehicular access to the Watershed is permitted through the Mountaindale Road access point. Larger parking areas around the Watershed outside the gates will remain unhindered and open to public parking. Small pull-off parking spots on the roadsides within the Watershed can be accessed via the Mountaindale Road entrance. Emergency and maintenance personnel will have access through the gates via special locks. The Watershed hours are 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. to meet the needs of hunters and fishermen using the Watershed. The Mountaindale Road entrance will be the only public vehicular access to the Watershed and its internal roads. For more information, contact Jenny Willoughby, sustainability manager, at 301-600-2843.

Muzzleloader season for deer reopens Dec. 21

The second segment of the muzzleloader deer hunting season in Maryland reopens Dec. 21 and runs through Jan. 4, 2020. Paul Peditto, director of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service, says that this season is important to the state’s deer management program and reaching deer harvest objectives. For the complete list of regulations for this season, consult the Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping or visit www.dnr.maryland.gov.

AP Canada goose season begins Dec. 20

Maryland’s migratory Atlantic Population Canada goose hunting season will take place in two segments — Dec. 20 through Jan. 4, and Jan. 14 through Jan. 31. Hunters can bag one goose per day in Maryland’s AP Canada goose hunting zone, which includes east of Md. 97 and Md. 31 in Carroll County, Howard County, and east of Md. 3 and 301. For the complete list of regulations for this season, consult the Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping or visit www.dnr.maryland.gov.

Record bear harvest in Pennsylvania

Hunters set a new (unofficial) Pennsylvania bear-harvest record, according to the state’s Game Commission, with 4,577 bears taken during the season. Expanded hunting opportunities provided by new special-firearms and muzzleloader bear seasons and an expanded archery bear season have helped push the 2019 bear harvest. Record bear license sales also have contributed: license sales currently exceed 200,000; previously they have held at highs between 170,000 and 175,000. And the statewide bear population at the start of the bear-hunting seasons was about 20,000 bears. The largest bear was an 813-pound male taken with a rifle on the opening day of the general season in Monroe County. The heaviest bear ever taken in the state was an 875-pounder harvested in 2010 in Pike County. Official harvest numbers will be available in early 2020.

Monarch Waystation grant period open

The Monarch Alliance, a program of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society, is accepting applications for its annual Monarch Waystation Grant Program, for those seeking to create new, or expand current, monarch habitat. Grant recipients will receive up to $1,000 worth of native milkweed and pollinator plants. The application period closes Feb. 1. The grant is open to projects in Frederick and Washington counties, and in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties in West Virginia. Preference will be given to schools, universities, nature centers, and other organizations planning to use the waystation to educate the public about monarch butterflies and/or involve students in outdoor learning. For details and an application, visit www.themonarchalliance.org/grants.

Field-to-Table Workshop

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, a program of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, will host a Beyond BOW Field-to-Table workshop Feb. 1 at The Lodge at Black Pearl in Dorchester County. Learn how to care for and clean your harvest, and some professional cooking tips from Chef Vicky Mullaney. Larry Hindman, from Yellowdog Retrievers, will cover waterfowl identification and species information along with a retriever demonstration. Registration is open and the cost of $130 includes workshop instruction, lunch, a copy of “The Lodge at Black Pearl Cookbook” and a cooler bag filled with treats. Space is limited, priority will be given to new participants. For more information and a registration form, visit www.dnr.maryland.gov.

Fundraiser banquet

The Friends of Maryland Becoming an Outdoors-Woman fundraising banquet will be held 6 to 9 p.m. March 27 at Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant, Frederick. The evening begins with a cash bar at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and a live auction and raffle drawing. The cost is $40 per person and deadline to register is March 16. For more information, visit www.dnr.maryland.gov.

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