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Pheasants forever section to hold picnic

Pheasants Forever, Carroll County Chapter #622, will have a picnic and shoot on June 25 at 3:00 p.m. at the Forest and Stream Club in Detour. In addition to a fried chicken and pit beef dinner, there will be an afternoon of trap and skeet shooting, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. BYO guns, ammo, rods, kayaks, canoes, chairs, yard games, and a side or dessert to share. Clay and trap shooting costs $5 per round. Dinner is $10 per person, children under 10 are free. Mail a check payable to: PF CCC #622 by June 20th and mail it to Melody Smith, 4027 Baptist Road, Taneytown MD 21787. Provide your name, address, phone number, number of adults, number of children and PF memberships at ($35). . For more information contact Melody Smith at [email protected]verison.net or 443-340-5651.

The Secret Stories of Patuxent Research Refuge

Brad Knudsen, former manager of the Patuxent Research Refuge, will share the stories behind Patuxent in Untold Stories of the North Tract on May 21 at 2:00 p.m. at the Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract, 230 Bald Eagle Drive, Laurel . You may know that the military once trained in the area, but there’s more to the story than that. Lead removal from the ground, dealings with beavers and generals nearly losing their heads? This is a drive on the Wildlife Way at the refuge. Recommended for ages 10+. And on June 4th, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the “Cemetery and Generals Tour” will take place with a bit of walking. Discover some of the hidden cemeteries and military installations in the North Tract. Register at 301-497-5887.

hunter training classes

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers year-round hunting training courses statewide. The courses fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended. Here are some upcoming courses in the area: Thurmont Sportsman Conservation Club, May 13-15. July, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and July 16, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Brownsville Church of the Brethren, in Brownsville, August 1, 2, and 5, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and August 6, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; and at the Burkittsville Ruritan Club on August 15, 16, and 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and August 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Visit dnr.maryland.gov for more opportunities and registration.

Royalty Free Fishing Days Ahead

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has designated June 4th, June 11th and July 4th as license free fishing days, allowing anyone without a sport fishing license to fish. But…all other fishing regulations apply. For more information on Maryland sport fishing regulations, visit dnr.maryland.gov.

NWTF Awards Md. Student National Academic Scholarship

The National Wild Turkey Federation awarded Helen Bailey of Mechanicsville the Mossy Oak sponsored Dr. James Earl Kennamer Academic Scholarship of $10,000. Bailey distinguished herself as a dedicated conservationist, hunter, intellectual and steward of her community, graduating from her high school career with a 4.0 GPA when she was selected for the scholarship, according to an NWTF press release. Additionally, she is an active member of the NWTF, Ducks Unlimited, Mechanicsville Optimist Club, Southern Maryland Impact Travel Softball Team and her church. She grew up near the Chesapeake Bay and took advantage of the outdoor recreation opportunities the area offers, including crabbing, fishing and hunting. Bailey plans to pursue a degree in Biology and Environmental Sciences. For more information about NWTF and the grant, visit nwtf.org.

World Elk Calling Championships in July

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is hosting the 32nd Annual RMEF World Elk Calling Championships at the RMEF Elk Camp & Mountain Festival July 22-23 in Park City, Utah. Contestants will compete to win more than $45,000 in cash, hunting gear and other prizes. Competitors compete in divisions including Professional, Men’s, Women’s, Voice, Youth and Pee Wee. For more information or to register to attend, visit rmef.org.