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106 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 9 - Nov. 15, 2001 Nature Conservancy off'el'e; weekend of hc,.allng; t We've been blessed with a rare comblnatlon ot  outdoor opportu- nities in the Cape Region. Abun- dant wildlife and fish are only the tip of the iceberg for outdoor en- thusiasts. Take this time in the next few weeks to enjoy all that nature has to offer and drop me a line to let me know about that canoeing trip, hiking excursion or once in a life- time catch. Better yet, take pic- tures and send them for inclusion in the Cape Gazette outdoor col- umn Speaking of nature's bounty, the Nature Conservancy and The U,S. Department of the Interior are sponsoring "A Weekend of Heal- ing, Hope and Unity," during Nov. 10, 11 and 12. "We share Secretary Norton's [Interior Secretary Gale Norton] desire for Americans to connect to their lands and waters - our coun- try's precious wildlands and natu- ral areas as a way of promoting national unity, hope and healing," said Steve McCormick, president of the Nature Conservancy. "At a time when the dark side of OUTDOORS .A humanity is so starkly revealed, it is worth remembering that Earth abides." It's well worthwhile to visit ei- ther sites like the McCabe Pre- serve on the Broadkill or our local wildlife refuges. There are no special events planned at Prime Hook U.S. Wildlife Refuge, but it's a won- derful time to visit the refuge and marvel, for example at the near epic flocks of snow geese, Snow goose meeting Don't forget that a major gnow goose meetingwill be held 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Riehard- sonrRobbins Building, Kings Highway, Dover. This meeting is to help detel:mine ways to handle a huge snow goose population that is causing serious habitat damage on northern breeding areas and the impact on Delaware hunters is likely to be significant. Deer tips Shotgun season opens on Fri- day, Nov. 9 and it's by far the most anticipated hunting date in Delaware every year. Gene Racz of R&R Sports Center offers a few common sense hunting tips for deer hunters. First of all, Racz reminds hunters to always put safety first. He reminds hunters to squeeze the trigger slowly in order to allow a more accurate shot, something that's easy to forget in the passion and excitement of the second. Finally, Racz reminds fiunters to season opens Michael Short photo Mamie Parker of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service cut the ribbon during Prime Hook's festivities for this new trail, ded- icated during the recent Snow Goose Festival. be sure of their shot (making sure it is a deer and that you can kill cleanly), to enjoy the scenery and the weather and to "be patient, be quiet and to look." The last is good advice for any- one wanting to spot deer and the comments about enjoying the out- doors will help you enjoy any out- ing whether you bag a trophy or come home with an empty game bag. Submitted photo Brian Hicks caught this trophy while fishing with Captain Jerry Blakeslee on the charter boat Grizzly. Fishing report Jerry Blakeslee, captain of the Grizzly, said there are lots of stripers around and that Bill Lana- ham Garry Belcher, Larry McEI- wee and several other fishermen onrecent charters returned with nice stripers up to 22 pounds .... Best bet is eels. R&R Sports said that striper fishing is still providing action for anglers drifting eels and bucktails through the rips at the mouth of the bay, Hen and Chicken an Brown Shoal. Chunke's report nice fish taken from .,- 60 ft slough and the Old Horseshoe and blakes channel. Indian River gave up good catches of bass with the best bite occuring at the top of the flood. Action Jackson and friend decked a 40 and a 37 incher at 8A. Taug fishing was up and down depend- ing on water conditions and should continue to get better in the next few weeks. Julie Hall and Cidy Riniker, Tom Williams, Matt Weidman and Three Rod Bob Singer all had limit catches this week to 38 inches. Wilson Gra- ham bested a 10.05 ib'er, Ed Stevens 9.2 lbs and Jack Holliday 8.7 lbs all decked citations. Surf fishing remained slow with small blues making UP the bulk of the "catch, fallen water temps should bring peanut bunker and stripers into the wash in the next couple of weeks. Glenn Busker re- ported a 6.1 flounder in the Delaware Bay. At the Indian Riv- er Inlet, striper action has been in high gear. Drifting eels, according to Bill's, in front of the Coast Guard Station, Ron Brown, Brian Elliott, Scott Fink and Rob Precup boated stripers up to 37 inches. Fishing on the jetty, Sport Gray nailed two stripers up to 15 lbs with a bucktail. Harry caught stripers up to 33" on bombers. Bill's Sport Shop also said that John and Fred Brooks drifted live eels at Overfalls Shoals boating stripers up to 36". Ed Wallace brought a 4t" striper to the scales on live eels. Stripers are being plled from the surf at the Navy Crossing hitting plugs. The north pocket of the Inlet and 3R's Rd. produced keeper stripers on cut mullet. Short stripers were report- ed on bucktails. November 8, 2001 Lewes 59 Delaware Lightship 61 Courtesy of Bill's port Shop. Michael Short photo Bill Reel, who lives near Long Neck, is a world champi. onship distance caster. Both Bill and his son Dan, of Lewes, are state champions at long distance casting. NEW & USED GUNS HOLSTERS AMMO HUNTING UCENSE GIFT CERTIRCATE S H O T G U N S R I F L E S H A N D G U N S DEER SEASON NOV. 9TH to Nov. 12th TM TM Pump-action, recoil pad, Walnut Monte Carlo stock, flat finish. Adjustable open sights. Synthetic stock, matte blue finish. Twin action bars. wt: 7-1/2 Ibs. 12ga. Full rifle barrel 645-8350 Weekdays: 10 a.rn. - 6 p.m. Evenings:- 7:10 p.m.- 9 p.m.  644-2066 Saturday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. & 7:10 p.m.- 9 p.m. Email - Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m. R E S T O R A T I O N S R U S S I A N I T E M S OUCK STAMPS EXTRA BARRELS EAST GERMAN ITEMS MILITARY WEAPONS Reel fisherman Bill Reel is a world champion at casting. The local hunter, fisher- man and outdoorsman cast 398.66 feet in the world championship distance competition held last month. That won the Men's Class C competition and his son Dan is equally adept at throwing a fish- ing line an immense distance un- der competitive pressure. That's far longer than a football field. Just to illustrate the point, Reel said that he once stood at one end of a football field, cast his line and struck the upright on the far end of the football field on the fly. He has the seriously bent sinker to prove it. Competitive casting is a rapidly growing sport and the distances that can be achieved are almost mind boggling. For example, Dan Reel cast 678.84 feet in the same world championship tournament Oct. 21 and he only finished eighth. "It's really fun," said the senior Reel, whose son introduced him to competitive casting. The secret, he said, is having your equipment in good shape, and then "a lot of practice.'" By Michael Short The Saltwater Fly Anglers of Delaware will hold a casting clin- ic for fly fishermen from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10. It's a chance to hone your skills or try to learn a new one and anyone is welcome to attend the free clinic, even if you-can'ttell a streamer from a nymph and can't hit the broad side of a barn with a fly rod cast. There may even be hope that I could learn to cast, although that isn't likely to be a pretty sight. The free clinic will be held at R&R Sports Center. Bill Reel wirs world championship x00ith of 398.66 feet