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92 - CAPE QAZETI, Friday, December $ - December 9, 1999 State expects single season shotgun record for whitetails Delaware deer hunters probably set a record for the shotgun season held from Nov. 12 to Nov. 20. The numbers are not in yet, but preliminary estimates are that hunters bagged approximately 7,000 deer during the shotgun sea- son, probably the most popular hunting season in the state. The data is very preliminary and is based on hand counts by one Division of Fish and Wildlife em- ployee, who spent approximately nine hours checking harvest record forms. But if those numbers hold up, it would shatter the old shotgun sea- son record of 6,228 deer. Hunters killed that record number in 1996. There has never been any doubt that Delaware has a huge deer populations, large enough in fact that deer and motorists are having more and more close encounters of the unpleasant kind. The only real concern about Delaware's deer herd is that hunters tend to kill deer before they reach trophy size. While huge, the population tends to be young, which means there are rel- atively few trophy bucks. State Biologist Ken Reynolds said a healthy deer population and t OUTDOORS Michael Short outstanding weather conditions with little rainfall to discourage hunters may have been factors in the apparent record shotgun sea- son. "It wasn't too hot. It wasn't too cold," he said. Delaware Fish and Wildlife agents top notch The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section has been re-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) following an in-depth examination of the agency's ad- ministration and operations. This is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, competence and excellence in the delivery of law enforcement serv- ice. The Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section is one of six enforcement agencies in Delaware to achieve national accreditation and is the only na- tionally accredited fish and wildlife enforcement agency in the U.S. "We take pride in our fish and wildlife agents and knowing that they represent the very best in law enforcement for Delaware and its natural resources," said Division Director Andrew Manus. CALEA was established as an independent accrediting authority in 1979 by four major law en- forcement membership associa- tions; the International Associa- tion of chiefs of Police, the Na- tional Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the Na- tional Sherifs' Association and the Police Executive Research Fo- ibm. Its accreditation process gives law enforcement agencies the op- portunity to voluntarily demon- d: Michael Short photo George O'Shea, assistant manager of Prime Hook Refuge and George Naegele, president of the Friends of Prime Hook, Inc. congratulate Frank Buck IH on his appointment as trac- tor operator at Prime Hook. Bucky, as he is known at the refuge, has been a very active volunteer at the refuge for 12 years and was hired as a temporary employee in 1997. On Nov. 8, he became a permanent employee, filling the vacant position created by the retirement of Otis J. Clifton. Shown (I-r) are Naegele, Buck and O'Shea. increase cooperation and co- ordination with other law enforce- ment agencies and with other agencies of the criminal justice system; increase citizen and employee confidence in the goals, objec- tives, policies and practices of the agency. strate their compliance with an es- tablished set of professional stan- dards that are designed to: increase law enforcement c.a- pabilities to prevent and control crime; increase agency effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of law enforcement services; Robinson 2nd in tennis tourney , for 14 year olds Cape Re 00i0n Fishing Report Jessi Robinson recently placed second in the United States Tennis Association's (USTA) National Indoor Championships for girls 14 and under. Jessi, 12, is the daughter of Dr. David and Roberta Robinson of Lewes. She brought home the first- place trophy for doubles in the tournament playing with Shadisha Robinson of Ozone Park, N.Y. On her way to second place in the singles competition, Jessi beat Alexandra McGoodwin of Florida in the semi-finals match. Mc- Goodwin was the top-ranked 14- year-old in the U.S. going into the competition held in St. Louis, Mo. Jessi made it to the semis by beat- ing another of the nation's top ten 14-year-olds in the quarter-finals. In the finals, Jessi was matched against the third-ranked 14-year- old in the U.S., Theresa Logar of Rochester Hills, Mich. She beat Logar 5-7 in the opening set but then dropped the next two sets 7-5 and 6-2. Jessi and Theresa sparred for two-and-a-half hours before Theresa finally prevailed. "I was very nervous going into the finals, until the games started, and then I settled down," said Jes- si. " I always get pumped up for competition. I really enjoy it." An hour later, Jessi returned to the court with her doubles partner for another two-and-half-hour match which they won. Dennis Forney photo Jessi Robinson holds the trophies she won recently at the United States Tennis Association's National Indoor Champi- onships for girls 14 and under played in St. Louis, Mo. Be- neath the trophies is the restringing machine she uses for her rackets. Later this month Jessi and her family will head south to Florida for the Orange Bowl, which is the world's largest competition for junior tennis players. Jessi will once again compete in the 14- and-under category. During the past summer, Jessi finished fourth in the Middle States Tennis Association's rank- ings for girls 16 and under. Going into the USTA competi- tion in St. Louis, Jessi was ranked among the top 25 junior girl ten- nis players in the U.S. A student at Worcester Prep in Berlin, Md., Jessi practices at least two hours a day with Wednesdays off. She also restrings her own rackets which keeps her busy considering she goes through five SubmiUed photo of them during the course of a dessi Robinson in action usual tournament, earlier this year. The weather may be cold, but the fishing still sizzles By Michael Short Bill's Sport Shop would like to remind fishermen that proposed fish regulation changes will be on the agenda for a meeting at the DNREC Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 21. Bill's reports that at a meeting on Nov. 23, flounder figures were not available yet. No decisions were made on Nov. 23, and the hearing Dec. 21 is designed to hear public concerns. Bill's added that no change is being proposed for weakfish (sea trout). Potential changes in the striper season include several measures to cut the catch by 14 percent. Fishermen could accept a closed season from May 10 to June 30. Or they could have a one fish lim- it between the middle of June and middle of October. Or they could have a two fish limit, but with a minimum size increase from 28 to 30 inches. Striped bass Bill's reports that Andrew Schneider, age 11, brought a 27.25-pound striped bass to the scales and his father, John Schnei- der, caught a 22.50-pound fish while drifting Indian River Inlet. Indian River Inlet produced keeper striped bass on eels for Don Halverson and smaller fish on bombers for John Christian. In Delaware Bay, keeper striped bass were reported at Overfalls Shoal by Steve Scarfo while drifting eels. Mike Cam- panelli caught 25 striped bass with four keepers while fishing the Green Light area. R&R Sports Center said that bay anglers experienced another week of hot and cold striped bass action with mid week fog and dirty water due to spring tides making for tough conditions. However, R&R said some good action was had with the best ac- tion reported mid-week at Brown and Hen and Chicken Shoals and a good bite was had at Buoy 8B Buoy and Overfalls Shoal. Live eels, bucktails, clams and metals will all produce fish. Jig- ging along the beach front with diamond or sand eel jigs will also produce fish. Keeper bass were also taken while chunking bunker, sometimes called men- haden, at the Horseshoe and 60- Foot Slough.