PJ's Viking Lax Camp registration open
Registration for the second annual PJ's Viking Lax Camp is now open. The camp will be held exclusively for girls entering grades 4-9 from 9 a.m. to noon, June 17-19. The camp is limited to 50 players and four goalies. It was sold out in three weeks last year, so early registration is highly recommended. The camp will include the basics and cutting-edge stick techniques; advanced instruction in shooting, cutting and dodging; and instruction on offensive and defensive strategies, draw control and 8-meter shooting. In addition to Cape coach PJ Kesmodel, goalie coach Steve Aubrey will provide instruction for goalies. Delmarva Division I players and/or Virginia Tech teammates or former teammates of Meg Bartley may also be on hand.
The camp will be held at Cape Henlopen High School. Cost is $130 per player. A multi-child discount reduces the price for a second child to $105. An early bird discount of $115 is available if first payment of $30 is postmarked on or before April 1. To preregister, email PJlaxcamp@gmail.com and include name, address, home phone number, parent cellphone, parent email, school, grade as of fall 2014, playing experience, playing level and player's position. Registration is not complete and an early bird discount is not earned until a check is received.
Blue-Gold basketball rosters announced
Rosters for the annual Blue-Gold All-Star Basketball Game have been announced. Blue-Gold festivities at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark will begin at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 15, with the girls' game. At 3 p.m., a hall of fame induction ceremony will be held for former high school standout and current WNBA player Elena Delle Donne. The Philadelphia Eagles celebrity/sponsor game will begin shortly after at 3:15 p.m. The day will be capped off with the Blue-Gold boys' game at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and can be purchased at www.bestbuddiesdelaware.org/bluegold or by calling 302-691-3187. Tickets will also be available on game day.
Representing downstate Delaware on the boys' Gold team are Jon Warren and Tyreik Burton of Cape Henlopen, Kevin Larkin and Raekwon DeShields of Sussex Tech, Shyheim Ayres of Sussex Central, Tikeace Harris and Jason Parker of Milford, Jaevon Holland of Indian River, Alex Kemp and Collin Moore of Caesar Rodney, Kenny Hopkins of Laurel, Ricky Rayford of Woodbridge, Zaire Jacobs-Beazer of St. Georges and Matt Pinkett of Middletown. Gold is coached by Freeman Williams of Caesar Rodney.
The girls' Gold team features Ellie Sutton of Cape Henlopen, Mylieris Vasquez and Diamond Turner of Milford, Deviney Johnson of Laurel, Elizabeth Mills of Delmar, Alexis Prillaman of Caesar Rodney, Monshea Murray and Jade Purnell of Seaford, Sarah Hillman of Polytech, Gabrielle Cubbage of Lake Forest, Amber Cale of Appoquinimink, Janee Dennis of St. Andrew's and Alyson Davis, Taylor Prince and Alexus Stroud of Smyrna. The team is coached by Rachel Woodall of Smyrna.
2013-14 deer harvest ranks third all time
Delaware hunters harvested 14,263 deer during the 2013-14 season, a 7.2 percent increase from the previous season’s 13,302, the Division of Fish and Wildlife announced. The 2013-14 deer harvest ranks as the third all-time highest deer harvest for Delaware.
During the 2013-14 season, hunters harvested more does than bucks, with 53 percent females (7,558) and 47 percent males (6,705). Antlerless deer -females, juvenile bucks without antlers known as button bucks, and bucks with antlers measuring less than three inches – represented 70.9 percent of the total harvest.
Since the first year of Delaware’s five-month-long crossbow season in 2010-11, when hunters harvested 398 deer, harvest numbers have nearly tripled. This season, 1,058 deer were taken during the crossbow season. Combined with the harvest from vertical bows - compound, recurve and longbows - the total archery season harvest for 2013-14 was 2,446 deer, ranking as the all-time highest archery season harvest for Delaware, which had recently been set last year (1,941 deer).
Deer and furbearer biologist Joe Rogerson noted that the deer population seemed to quickly recover from the 2012 outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, a viral infection that can be lethal to deer, which had an impact on the 2012-13 deer harvest, particularly in Sussex County. For the 2013-14 season, Sussex County hunters harvested 7,133 deer, up 10.6 percent from last year’s total of 6,448 and nearly identical to the average harvest for the five years prior to the EHD outbreak.
While the statewide harvest ranked third all-time, there were numerous harvest records set by hunters this past season:
· Crossbow season harvest: 1,058 deer
· Combined archery season harvest (vertical and crossbows): 2,446 deer
· January muzzleloader season total harvest: 734 deer.
Records also included the highest numbers of the following:
· Adult does harvested in a single season: 6,584
· Spike bucks with both antlers less than three inches: 378
· Antlered bucks harvested in a single season: 4,144
· Shed bucks harvested in a single season: 139
· Male deer harvested in a single season: 6,705
· Deer harvested in New Castle County: 2,947
· Deer harvested in Kent County: 4,183
· Deer harvested in four New Castle County wildlife management zones, one zone in southwestern Kent County, and two zones of the three zones along Sussex County’s southern border
· Deer harvested on privately owned lands: 12,415
· Deer harvested with crossbows throughout all hunting seasons: 1,298
· Deer harvested with all archery equipment throughout all hunting seasons: 2,986.
For more information about the Delaware deer harvest or any other deer-related issue, contact Joe Rogerson at 302-735-3600, or visit the division’s white-tailed deer information page at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/DeerInfo.aspx.
Delaware Fishing Guide available now
The Division of Fish and Wildlife’s new 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide has arrived with a colorful splash and is being distributed to fishing license dealers throughout the state, including sporting goods, bait & tackle and hardware stores. Anglers also can pick up a copy of the guide, along with their fishing license and trout stamp, at the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s main office in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and can check it out online too – by visiting 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide.
Inside the full-color, magazine-sized guide, anglers will find information on Delaware’s fishing license requirements and the F.I.N. number program, as well as sections on tidal and freshwater sportfishing, fishing regulations, and general angling information. Other topics include highlighting new regulations and initiatives, trout stocking, fish consumption advisories, invasive species and Delaware’s artificial reef program.
New for this year are modifications to black sea bass and black drum regulations, and regulations that authorize bowfishing for invasive species in tidal waters. In addition, the Division of Fish and Wildlife now offers online tag reporting for largemouth bass taken in the Nanticoke River, Broad Creek and Broadkill River.
“We are pleased to issue the 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide in January to better serve the fishing public,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis. “This is the second year of the larger guide format that offers more information at a significantly lower printing cost than previous guides.”
This year’s guide also features the winning photos from the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s 2013 Fishing Photo Contest. Open to Delaware photographers, the contest focused on photos of anglers that fit this year’s theme, “Conservationists Enjoying the Outdoors.” This year’s first-place photo, “Emily’s First Bass,” taken by 15-year-old Christopher Halsey of Dover and featuring his sister, 11-year-old Emily Halsey with her uncle, Jason Gary, appears on the cover. Other winning photos are also found inside the guide.
“This handy guide provides a user-friendly summary of fishing opportunities in Delaware, from freshwater ponds and rivers to the Delaware Bay and ocean,” said Fisheries Administrator John Clark. “Every angler should pick one up to add to their fishing gear.”
For more information on the 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide or on fishing in the First State, please call the Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914. For freshwater information, anglers also may call the section’s Smyrna field office at 302-735-8650, or for saltwater information, the Little Creek field office at 302-735-2960.
Snow goose hunting open through April 12
The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife is once again implementing an annual Snow Goose Conservation Order, which began in 2009 as part of an Atlantic Flyway-wide effort to reduce the population of greater snow geese. Snow goose numbers have reached levels that are now causing extensive damage to their breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic as well as the wetlands and agricultural areas where they overwinter in the Mid-Atlantic, including Delaware. The 2014 Conservation Order to harvest snow geese will open Saturday, Feb. 1, and run through Friday, Feb. 7, then will reopen Monday, Feb. 10, and run through Saturday, April 12.
The conservation order is a separate season open only for snow geese, which occurs after the regular waterfowl hunting seasons close. It was created with the intent of using hunting as a game management tool to reduce and stabilize the greater snow goose population. Last year, an estimated 9,965 snow geese were harvested by more than 700 hunters who participated in Delaware’s Conservation Order.
Use of unplugged shotguns and electronic calls are allowed, with legal shooting hours starting a half-hour before sunrise and extended to a half-hour after sunset; there are no daily bag and possession limits. All other federal and state hunting regulations apply.
The conservation order will be closed Saturday, Feb. 8, for a special statewide waterfowl hunting day for youths and non-ambulatory disabled hunters. Regular snow goose hunting is also allowed on this day for all legally licensed waterfowl hunters in Delaware, but the special harvest methods described above are not allowed and the regular-season daily bag limit of 25 snow geese will be in effect on this day.
Most state wildlife areas will open to hunting during the conservation order beginning Monday, Feb. 3, to avoid conflict with Delaware’s firearm deer seasons. Wildlife areas in New Castle and Sussex counties will be open on a first-come, first-served basis with no registration required, except at Assawoman Wildlife Area, where hunters must self-register at the Assawoman check station. In Kent County, individual sign-in will be required at Woodland Beach, Little Creek and Ted Harvey wildlife areas.
To participate in the conservation order, hunters must obtain a free Snow Goose Conservation Order permit number by registering at https://egov.delaware.gov/HTR. Participants are also required to have a valid Delaware hunting license or a Maryland resident hunting license, a 2013-14 Delaware waterfowl stamp and a Delaware Harvest Information Program number, with the HIP available at the website above. A federal waterfowl stamp is not required.
Hunters are required to keep this permit number in their possession while hunting and to report their hunting activity and success to the Division of Fish and Wildlife by Thursday, May 1 via website at https://egov.delaware.gov/HTR; hunters may also report by phone at 302-735-3600.
For more information, call 302-739-9912 or go to www.fw.delaware.gov.
Old Line State Classic Soccer tourney April 12-13
Team registrations are now being accepted for the Central Maryland Soccer Association’s 17th Annual Old Line State Classic. The event is scheduled to take place April 12-13 at venues in Harford County, Md.
The classic is open to all USSF youth-affiliated school, recreation and club teams located in the Mid-Atlantic region. Boys' and girls' competition will be available in the single age categories of U8 through U15, and the dual-age high school levels of 15-18. The tournament features a round-robin format with all teams being guaranteed a minimum of three games. The first- and second-place finishers in each division will receive team and individual awards.
The tournament registration deadline is Monday, March 24. Registration forms are available at www.cmsasoccer.com. Contact the CMSA office at email@example.com or 410-686-2212.