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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, November 6 - November 12, 1998 - 85 'Let's be t:areful out there' By Michael Short We are in the midst of hunting season, which means it's always a good time to think about safety. Nationally, some 90 to 100 peo- ple a year die while hunting in America and Canada. Hunting in- juries or deaths come from a vari- ety of sources, most of them not what you would expect. Most of the accidents are avoid- able if hunters use a few good safety tips and some common sense. A hunter safety course is a good way to bone up on basic gun safety and some common sense will help avoid many "other in- juries. For example, State Wildlife Ad- ministrator Lloyd Alexander said the most common cause of injury for deer hunters are falls from tree stands. Many of those falls are avoid- able if hunters are more careful or stands are checked for safety be- fore opening day. Another major problem is hy- pothermia or drowning among waterfowl hunters. Remember not to overcrowd boats and be aware that water can be very cold and very deadly during waterfowl sea- son. So to quote "Hill Street Blues": "Let's be careful out there." Michael Short Fish and Wildlife revisions Delaware will hold a workshop to get public input on the first comprehensive review of its fish- ing and hunting regulations in more than two decades. Most OUTDOORS changes are small, although some should be of interest to local sport- men. The workshop (a public hearing is planned for December) will be held at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 10, at the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) auditorium in Dover. Some of the potential changes include allowing the use of bait for deer hunting and allowing a beaver season in Delaware. Delaware Wildlife Administra- tor Lloyd Alexander said that the use of bait like apples, corn or salt licks is legal in some instances where deer are causing agricultur- al damage. Alexander thinks the impact on deer would be negligible, unlike hunting of doves or other birds over baited fields. He said deer would normally come to such baits at night and "there is no real evidence it does anything." Some other changes could in- clude adding some four Saturdays to deer season, clarifying or plac- ing limits on the use of horses and motor vehicles on state lands and allowing falconry for the first time. Alexander said that a beaver trapping season could take advan- tage of the fact that beavers are doing quite well in Delaware. Such a season was proposed once before, but was heavi- ly opposed by ALEXANDER animal right's groups. There has been no beaver season in recent memory in Delaware. , Hope for the future University of Delaware profes- sor Tim Targett gave an upbeat talk on the status of major fish- eries and whether they have been overfished at the University of Delaware College of Marine Stud- ies on Thursday, Oct. 29. Targett spoke about weakfish, flounder, striped bass, bluefish and tautog during his talk, "Are We Overfishing Our Marine Fish- Continued on page 86 Fishing Report It's tournament time for Cape Region an00;lers By Michael Short There are no fewer than three striped bass, tautog and large- mouth bass tournaments to report on this week. So, let's start this column with an update on some local tourna- ments. R&R Sports Center's striped bass tournament continues with the leader being Gordon Wellings with a beautiful 43.5- pound fish that measures 43 inch- es long. The Lewes Harbour Marina striped bass tournament is current- ly being lead by Rocky Morgan with a 37.2 pound fish and Ed Schultheis with a 30.9 pounder. The Tackle Shack in Milton just held its fall catch and release bass fishing tournament in the Broad- kill River, Diamond Pond and Wagamon's Pond. The tourna- ment was held Oct. 18. Nineteen boats with teams of two fishermen caught a total of 30 fish. The first-place team was Kim Killian and Bob Connor who caught five fish weighing 9.12 pounds total. The second-place team was Gene Kane and Connie Koch with five fish weighing 6.75 pounds. Third place was taken by Christopher Teeter and Hayes Waltman with a total of 6.68 pounds. Rounding out the top four teams was the 5.66-pound catch of Larry Moore and Phillip Pacana. Delaware Bay R&R Sports Center reports.that Delaware Bay striper fishing re- mained good this week with good fish checked in from all the usual spots on live and rigged eels, bucktails and jigs. Overfalls Shoal seemed to be the hot spot this week with fish on the northem end of the Outer Wall and Hen and Chickens Shoal. Big bluefish have been slamming some of the baits. Lewes Harbour reported a 17.6- pound bluefish from the Outer Wail for Steve Wolownik. Continued on page 86 COASTAL Tow00o & RB,Am r------- CLIP-N-SAVE  -- -- -- -- "1 ! ! ! I ! 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