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Except as noted, all text and images  are by Ken Perrotte (Outdoors Rambler (SM). Some items, written by Ken Perrotte and previously published elsewhere, are revised or excerpted under provisions of the Fair Use Doctrine


The Virginia / Maryland Scene

Virginia’s Northern Neck, Piedmont and the Chesapeake Bay region are the Outdoors Rambler’s main stomping grounds. Check this page for the latest announcements and links from the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Potomac River Fisheries Commission, Virginia Marine Resources Commission and more. Any group wanting to post an announcement, whether it be for a benefit sporting clays shoot, field trial, conservation group banquet or event, or anything outdoors related, send all the details in a text or Microsoft Word format (please, no PDFs) to ken@outdoorsrambler.com.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

TODAY, SOME 17 years after northern snakehead fish were discovered in a Maryland pond and a Virginia tidal creek, the toothy fish that resembles a bowfin but sports a scale-pattern resembling some snakes is found in just about every one of the Chesapeake region’s main tributaries.

They are driving a burgeoning bowfishing industry. Anglers have figured out that they’ll readily wallop a topwater lure, such as an artificial frog. You can even sell their firm, flaky flesh to restaurants in Maryland

Researchers want to know more about the fish and its potential impacts on...

Thursday, October 31, 2019

 The Good Old days of Striped Bass Fishing on the Lower Potomac

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Striped Bass Board decided yesterday to address the sharply declining numbers of striped bass along the Atlantic seaboard, including the Chesapeake Bay, by requiring an 18 percent harvest reduction relative to 2017 stock levels.

The decision follows a lengthy process that began last spring when a 2018 Benchmark Stock Assessment of the species determined serious overfishing was occurring. A draft addendum featuring multiple options was developed for the AS...

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Prelude: Another start to the fall hunting season began this Labor Day weekend with the arrival of dove season. I found myself with my Boykin spaniel Jameson in a field of cut corn with a smattering of sunflowers. It was a benefit hunt and the crowd was big -- too big. But that's the way things are starting to shape up in many areas where dove shoots are popular. Private shoots on prime land are exclusive events. Bigger shoots with sometimes good but often marginal opportunities are dwindling in number. A half-limit was an outstanding day for many shooters where I...

Saturday, July 20, 2019

If you're a Virginia turkey hunter, wildlife watcher, or someone who just happens to like getting out and riding around, Gary Norman wants to hear about any wild turkeys you see before the end of August 2019.

Norman is the wild turkey project leader for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and he wants reports from Virginia’s “citizen-scientists,” as he calls people who share information with the agency. them. He is especially interested in getting reports about sightings of hen turkeys with their babies (we citizen-scientists call them '"poults").


Thursday, July 4, 2019

The Virginia 4-H shotgun development team brought the fireworks to the organization’s national championships in Grand Isle, Nebraska, winning both the Skeet and Trap rounds and finishing in first place overall to earn the title "National Champions."

Texas took second overall followed by Louisiana in the 30-team field featuring 117 shooters.

Mattison Russell, age 16, of Mecklenburg County placed third overall in individual honors with a score of 2.9045.

A “modified percentage point” scoring system that helps equalize point differences between events is used at the nati...

Friday, June 14, 2019

  Here's a short video of a tom that came in totally silent in mid-April

VIRGINIA’S 2019 spring wild turkey harvest of 17,929 birds was up 11 percent over last year’s tally. While Bedford County again led the Commonwealth in terms of total turkeys taken with 533, Northern Neck counties are setting the pace when it comes to enjoying superb wild turkey populations compared to their geographic makeup.

Department of Game and Inland Fisheries turkey biologist Gary Norman tallies the number of turkeys hunters kill by county and then compares that to both the forested squa...

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Note: A version of this article was published June 6, 2019 in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

Ryan Brown was appointed Executive Director of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at last week’s meeting of the agency’s board. Brown, age 39 and an attorney by profession, was previously an appointed member of the board, representing Region 4 for the past two years. He chaired the agency’s Wildlife, Boat, and Law Enforcement Committee. Brown succeeds longtime director Bob Duncan who retired April 1. Gary Martel, the agency's longtime deputy director, s...

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Board of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries dedicated its newest wildlife management area last month, naming it after its recently retired Executive Director Bob Duncan.

Duncan retired April 1 after a 41-year career with the department, the last 11 of which were spent leading the state agency that oversees and manages wildlife and inland fisheries.

The Robert W. Duncan WMA is 1,346.61 acres and located in the southern end of Caroline County near the small community of Frog Level, on the border with King William County. It was purchased for $3,26...

Saturday, April 6, 2019

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission is considering banning recreational fishing for trophy-sized striped bass this spring in the state’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay, its coastal waters and Potomac River tributaries because of indications that the species has been overfished.

Striped bass, locally called rockfish, are among the most popular species with regional saltwater anglers. Hundreds of charter captains and thousands of recreational fishermen target the fish throughout the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay region.

In Virginia’s spring trophy season, which is set...

Friday, April 5, 2019

The Development Team for Shotgun and their Coaches

Virginia is readying two teams to compete in the 2019 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships, scheduled June 23-28 in Grand Island, Nebraska. Youngsters from across the country will test skills in compound archery, recurve archery, air rifle, air pistol, .22 rifle, .22 pistol, shotgun, muzzleloading and hunting competitions.

Two King George County girls, Anna Ackerman and Alexis Loughner, will compete alongside Ethan Avery and Hunter Campbell, both from Augusta County, on Virginia’s compound archery team. The tea...

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