Cape Gazette

Sports Briefs

Jan 27, 2016

Registration open for Delaware’s mandatory wild turkey hunting course

With Delaware’s spring wild turkey hunting season fast approaching, DNREC’s Hunter Education Program reminds both resident and nonresident hunters that they must pass a Delaware-approved course on turkey hunting before they can legally hunt turkeys in the First State.

Registration is open for the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s one-day mandatory wild turkey hunter education course, which is offered in all three counties in Delaware. Students only need to attend one of the two dates. Courses will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6 and Sunday, Feb. 7, at one of the following locations:

• New Castle County - Ommelanden Hunter/Trapper Education Training Center and Range, 1205 River Road, New Castle, DE 19720

• Kent County - Little Creek Hunter Education Training Center, 3018 Bayside Drive, Dover, DE 19901

• Sussex County - Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center, 12613 Hunters Cove Road, Greenwood, DE 19950.

“Delaware’s turkey hunter education course teaches students age 10 and up important turkey hunting safety information, and current laws and regulations pertaining to wild turkey hunting in the state,” said Delaware Hunter Education Coordinator Mark Ostroski. “Students also learn the biology and behavior of the wild turkey, the wild turkey’s history in Delaware and turkey calling.”

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to print their Delaware Turkey Safety Card or have the turkey course added to their Delaware Hunter Education Card, which must be carried while hunting, Ostroski said.

All students planning on attending one of the courses must register in advance. To register and enroll in the course, click Hunter Education Online Access and after logging in, click “Sign me up” and select “Mandatory Turkey Ed.” Students may also contact the Hunter Education Office at 302-735-3600, Ext. 1.

Sea Colony offers off-season memberships

Winter weather doesn’t mean tennis at the beach goes into hibernation until the spring.

Just a drop shot to the surf at the corner of West Way Drive and Kent Avenue, just south of Bethany Beach, the Sea Colony Tennis Center is offering off-season memberships starting at $150, plus $10 per play, with family and unlimited play plans available.

“There is no need to put tennis on ice this winter,” said Sea Colony Tennis Director Thomas Johnston, MS, USPTA, PTR and the 2014 USTA Delaware Pro of the Year. “We have six indoor courts. Join us for some great tennis. Our new off-season membership program is designed to encourage more of our neighbors to stay in the game. We want more people to play tennis year round so we can grow the game.”

Recently renovated and expanded, the Sea Colony tennis center now features six indoor courts, a larger full-service pro shop, and offers exceptional facilities and top-notch instruction for all ages and skill levels - homeowners, guests and coastal Delaware and Maryland’s tennis playing public - every day of the year. In addition to memberships, the public is invited to participate in the center’s daily adult and junior tennis clinics, weekend camps and private lessons.

In the last few years, Sea Colony has earned local, national and global tennis honors. In May 2015, Tennis Resorts Online’s annual Top 100 camps and resorts reader poll named Sea Colony the No. 9 tennis camp in the world and No. 5 for junior programs, as well as a Top 50 resort. In 2012, the facility was named an Outstanding Facility of the Year by the USTA. Also in that year, Tennis magazine listed Sea Colony as one of its Top 50 American Resorts, including No. 3 in the Mid-Atlantic.

For more information about off-season memberships or tennis programs, visit or call the pro shop at 302-539-4488.

Pickleball now available at The Plantations

Thanks to the Cape Gazette, pickleball is no longer in a pickle. As the result of the wide circulation of the Cape Gazette, Dave Marshall Tennis & Fitness at The Plantations opened courts to the public and can accommodate six indoor pickleball courts to First State Pickleball Club members and the public.

Courts are available noon to 2 p.m., Mondays for open play; 2 to 4 p.m., Tuesdays for beginner/novice play; noon to 2 p.m., Wednesdays for intermediate/advanced; 6 to 8 p.m., Thursdays for open play; and 5 to 9 p.m., Saturdays for social play.

The First State Pickleball Club is organizing play at $37 for eight sessions or a daily drop-in rate of $6 per session, if space allows. The courts are at The Plantations, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., in Lewes. For further information, call Dave Marshall Tennis & Fitness at 302-645-0616, or Marisa at

Registration open for Lacrosse Shoot-Out Feb. 15

Team registrations are being accepted for the President’s Day Indoor Lacrosse Shoot-Out scheduled for Monday, Feb. 15, in Hampstead, Md.

The Shoot-Out is open to all boys' and girls' school, recreation council and club-sponsored teams in the Mid-Atlantic region. The tournament offers a round-robin team format for the dual competition ages of 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, 15/16 and 17/18. All teams will be guaranteed four games.

For more information, call Mark at 410-493-5182 or email Registration materials are available at

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