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Deer harvest nmllbers expected to be lower The tally from Delaware&apos;s deer sion Aquatic Resources Education Thursday, Jan. 22, meeting of the During the initial workshops, held seasons is expected to drop this year, the first drop in years. Tal- lies aren't final yet, with the De- cember antlerless season among the hunting seasons not yet count- ed. Delaware's tagging system means that the number of deer killed and. checked are counted, one-by-one. It's a time-consum- ing, although informative, process and final figures won't be avail- able until later. But Delaware's Wildlife Administrator Lloyd Alexander expects the decrease to be about 6 percent from last year's figures. Some early finding indi- cate that there were 846 damage tags checked this year, and there were also 229 quality deer tags checked this year. Virginia and Maryland have both completed management plans for their deer populations and Delaware is expected to take a hard look at the plans of both states. Delaware has been trying to reduce the size of its deer herd because of problems like an in- creasing number of traffic acci- dents involving deer. Because of the efforts to reduce the size of the deer herd, Delaware has been pushing for more hunters to break with tradition and not kill bucks. Last year's figures showed that 50 percent of the deer killed were does, a figure which should eventually cause at least a small decline in population. The quality deer tags were is- sued this year for the first time for trophy bucks. Delaware hunters tend to kill bucks so quickly, that there are few trophies. But the changes in policy are also de- signed to help increase the num- ber of bucks that live long enough and grow big enough to become trophies. There were 1,359 quality deer tags sold, meaning that about OUTDOORS Michael Short 17 percent (the 229 checked) of those hunters bagged their trophy bucks. To qualify, deer must have a rack or inside antler spread of 15 inches, which roughly means a rack wider than the deer's ears. The damage tags mentioned earlier are another sign of a large deer population. Issued to farm- ers, the tags are to help control deer that are causing too much agricultural damage. Damage to farm fields is another common complaint that state officials have had to endure and one of the rea- sons for efforts to reduce herd size. Alexander said it's too early to think about any changes in regula- tions next year. He said this year's expected drop could be because of the increase-in does being killed or could be because bad weather reduced hunter effort. Spring turkey season Delaware has set its spring turkey regulations. The limit is one bird (bearded only). Hunting hours are a half hour before sun- rise to 1 p.m. Checking stations in Sussex and Kent counties are Lit- tle Creek Wildlife Area Check Station, Fish and Wildlife Divi- TIDES I mE;] Indian River Inlet Rehoboth Roosevelt Oak Beach Inlet Orchard 1/161 1/17 I 1/18 1/19 1/20 1/21 | 1/22 | Center, Williamsville Store, Greenwood Farm Supply, Tay- lored Tackle Shop, A and K En- terprises, Capt. Bill's Bait & Tackle and R & R Sports Center. The hunting dates are divided into various segments. This year's sea- sons are Private land April 13-18, April 20-25 and April 27-May 2; public land April 13-15, April 16- 18, April 20-22, April 23-25, April 27-29 and April 30 to May 2. Still fishing R & R Sports Center reports that warm weather has brought out the fishermen. R & R said that more fishermen have gone to 8-A buoy and near water wrecks to test their luck. Tautog action on the wrecks was good with most re- turning with limit catches. Striper action was also strong with one keeper out of three fish. Large fish were found in 40 to 60 feet of water south of 8-A. In- dian River Inlet is also giving up short stripers with a few keepers mixed in the catch. Surf anglers are catching "hackle backs" (skates), spiny dogfish and ling- cod. Mike Mayhein checked in three citation crappie of 1.01 pounds, 1.09 pounds and 1.32 pounds from Wagamon's. Mark your calendar Local environmentalists will want to attend the Cape Henlopen State Park master plan session on Wednesday, Jan. 28. The agenda includes a review of interviews with local residents of what they would like the future of Cape Henlopen to include. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at the officer's club. Also, local environmentalists may want to attend the 7 p.m., water use plan group, in June, August and October, a Members of the public have number of important issues and been trying tO develop such a plan concerns were identified by the for the inland bays and have held public. a series of public workshops. The The issues that received the agenda for the upcoming meeting most attention were the following: says the aim is to provide enjoy- habitat and environmental con- able and safe recreational experi- cerns, regulations and enforce- ences for the general public; bene- ment, land-use planning and de- fit and protect existing bay uses; velopment, recreational boating provide convenient and adequate and marinas and education. access to the bays; and protect and The session will be held in the enhance the bay's living re- Cannon Building, Room 104 at sources, habitat and water quality, the College of Marine Studies. Tips on winterizing your boat Anglers find it especially diffi- terior and upholstery. 2. Drain all water from hull and live- cult to abandon their sport for well lines and lubricate valves. Leave the chores like waxing the boat or bilge plug out to avoid a rainwater checking wheel bearings on the buildup. trailer. Yet an angler's thoughts 3. Make sure batteries have a full charge must turn to the duties of winter and store with fish finders and other elec- storage if he wants a functional tric gear in a dry place. 4. Check all electrical wiring. Replace craft when the fishing picks up wires that are damaged. again in the spring. Outboard motor Moisture can collect in a boat. !. Fill the fuel tank (if applicable) and Fuel can oxidize in a motor. Un- add a fuel conditioner such as Yamaha's Fuel Conditioner/Stabilizer. It prevents fu- greased trailer wheel bearings eloxidation, gum and varnish deposits and may rust. All easily prevented inhibits corrosion in the carburetor and fu- with just a little effort, el system for up to one year. 2. Coat internal engine parts with Store- The simplest solution to these Rite Engine Fogging Oil. It helps prevent and other problems is to take the rust from moisture and acidic combustion equipment to your local marine residue in two-cycle engines during ex- dealer for a thorough winteriza- tended storage. 3. Silicone Protectant and Lubricant ap- tion, but you can also do it your- plied to the entire engine, under the cowl self. and other metal, rubber and plastic parts In either case, doing so will pro- will retard rust and salt corrosion as well tect a major investment and en- as prevent ozone deterioration of rubber sure a trouble-free spring when parts. 4. Yamaha's Silicone Wax, with its spe- the weather breaks, cial blend of ingrednts, will clean, beau- Service experts at Yamaha Ma- tify and protect when applied to the motor. rine, which manufactures out- board motors and Skeeter, GIII, As hard as it is to end a great Cobia and Century brands, rec- fishing season with maintenance ommend you follow these guide- work, following these simple lines to protect your boat rig until steps is a good idea. For the near- warm weather: est Yamaha Marine dealer, con- Boat tact 800-88YAMAHA or Web 1. Wash and wax the hull. Clean the in- site at <www.yamahausa.com>. Michael Short photo aew years catch o? s00pers The first striped bass of 1998 were caught aboard the charter boat Grizzly. These four keep- er striped bass were caught on live eels on Friday, Jan. 2, while working Delaware Bay rips as Captain Jerry Blakeslee and his party rang in the new year perfectly. Shown are (lor) Richard Schweitzer, Bruce Maulfair, George Kreider, Randy Good, mate Spencer Gerdes, Rick Good, John Reigel and Blakeslee.