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CNBNews Fishing Maryland: Your Opinion Needed

Proposed Regulations: Multiple Topics Open for Comment The following regulatory proposals have been printed in the Maryland Register: BLUEFIN TUNA, BILLFISH, SWORDFISH, AND SHARK - Recreational Reporting LOBSTER AND JONAH CRAB - Vessel Monitoring Systems OYSTERS - Amendment 1 to the 2019 Maryland Chesapeake Bay Oyster Management Plan OYSTERS - Container Rules SNAPPER GROUPER COMPLEX - Sheepshead Size Limit and Combined Catch Limit The department is seeking comments on the proposed regulations. Comments provide the department with additional information and perspectives. Please visit our Changes to Fishing Regulations page for information about what has been proposed and how to submit... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: KRUD TV & The Academy Awards

Slim Randles Doc hadn’t even finished loading his coffee with fake sugar before Steve piped up. “I think it’s disgusting and weird and unnatural and it should be outlawed!” the tall cowboy said, coming to rest at the philosophy counter of the Mule Barn truck stop. “Aw Steve,” said Doc, “the coffee isn’t that bad.” “Coffee? Nay, I say unto you, Doc. It ain’t the coffee … it’s them Academy Awards on the television. You see them? All them good-looking women Scotch-taping themselves into those dresses so they almost stay on? Those weird guys they’re with who only shave on... Read more →

CNB Hunting/Fishing: Grizzly Bears Battle Over Mating Rights (Graphic Video, Not for Kids)

image courtesy of Vanessa Obran The dramatic footage was captured when a jealous male sprinted across the shale, tackled one of the mating pairs, and pinned it to the ground. video courtesy of Vanessa Obran BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA (MAY 9, 2024)(CNBNEWS)--Two grizzly bears fight over mating rights for 17 minutes. The film was shot in June 2023 in British Columbia. A group of tourists was left ‘distressed’ as two grizzly bears brutally battled over mating rights mere meters away from their boat. Vanessa Obran and her husband, John, were on a tour of a bay in British Columbia, Canada, on... Read more →

Ike's Hook 'em Early Fishing Event Held at Martins Lake, Gloucester City

BY CNBNews Staff photos provided GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (May 8, 2024)(CNBNews)--The Ike's Hook 'em Early fishing event was held at Martins Lake in Gloucester City on Saturday, May 4. Over 50 kids participated in the contest, most of whom lived in Gloucester City. The non-profit foundation distributed a Flambeau Tackle Box and an Ike's Abu Garcia rod and reel to each child. The Ike Foundation's objective is to introduce the sport of fishing to children in both urban and rural areas. Through this, they aim to instill in them a strong love and respect for the outdoors that will last... Read more →


BY Slim Randles Feel that warmth? Right there on the back of your neck? Yep. That’s the one. Around here that means only one thing: time to cruise down to the Mule Barn coffee shop and get something hot to drink. Of course, that’s what we do regardless of any vagaries of the weather, but that spring sunshine makes it more pleasant. Gives a guy the impetus to be an impetur, I’m thinking. “I believe,” said our mustached cowboy, Steve, after his first cup, “that it is the duty of ever-dang one of us to improve the lives of others... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: Happy, Happy May Day!

BY Slim Randles “Happy May Day!” said Delbert McLain, our self-appointed, undisputed, and unpaid head of our non-existent chamber of commerce. He wears a tie. Here, in this town. ‘Nuf said. “By golly you’re right,” said Doc. “I have a question, Del. How are we supposed to celebrate it?” “By starting a business, maybe,” he said. “You know. And then joining the chamber of commerce.” “And paying dues?” “Why not?” “Well,” said Dud, our budding novelist, still using small buds, “how about erecting a May pole and then dancing around it waving flowers and yelling ‘hooray for May’? They used... Read more →

Bill Bittman, of Beaufort, NC; Outdoorsman, Boat Captain, AirForce Veteran, GHS Alum

Captain William "Bill" Thompson Bittmann Sr., 81, of Beaufort, North Carolina, passed away at his home on Monday, April 29, 2024. Bill was born on December 29, 1942, in Camden City, New Jersey and raised in nearby Gloucester City, New Jersey, where he developed an interest in the outdoors at an early age. Before graduating Gloucester High School, he was known to go fur trapping early in the morning to help fund his love of hot-rod cars, which earned the nickname "Fireball." Following high school, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a radio equipment repairman and was deployed... Read more →

CNBNews Fishing Maryland: Are Invasive Fish Good Eating?

What Anglers Can Do After Harvesting Invasive Fish Species Such As Blue Catfish or Northern Snakehead Anglers who catch invasive species in Maryland waters have multiple options to make use of the fish Catch and release of blue catfish, flathead catfish, and northern snakehead is discouraged as they are harmful to native species. Maryland Department of Natural Resources photo. Invasive species can have detrimental effects on ecologically and economically important native species. Once invasive species establish themselves in an ecosystem, they can reproduce in such numbers that it becomes hugely expensive, or even impossible, to eradicate all of them. For... Read more →

MARYLAND FISHING: Wide Variety of Fish Active, Including Northern Snakehead

Maryland Fishing Report – April 24 Zach Bennett caught this northern snakehead in the Patapsco River. Photo courtesy of Zach Bennett The weather forecast for the next week promises mild and sunny conditions, perfect for venturing into the outdoors for fishing with family and friends. Trout continue to be stocked each week in the put-and-take trout waters, and a wide variety of fish are active, including the northern snakehead. Forecast Summary: April 24 – April 30: Stable, moderate weather this week will make for great fishing conditions to enjoy the variety of fish currently swimming in Maryland’s waters. Main Chesapeake... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: It Beats The Alternative

By SLIM RANDLES Ran into Doc down at The Mule Barn the other day, so naturally we had to rid the world of about a gallon of coffee and solve the world’s problems for an hour. It is the duty of all true Americans of our age, you know. Doc said he’d been aching a little bit lately. Joints or something. He’d been out fixing the pasture fence where the mare had been pushing on it. The next morning it made him walk funny. “I remember when my dad was my age,” he said. “I asked him how it felt... Read more →

South Philadelphia Angler Catches a Massive Hog Striper, Weight 40 Pounds

photo provided CNB HUNTING AND FISHING NEWS (April 19, 2024)--Rob Bongiovanni Jr., a remarkable fisherman from South Philadelphia, caught a massive 40-pound hog stripper near the Delaware Memorial Bridge on Wednesday, April 17, around 11:30 PM. His skills and determination are truly impressive, and his catch is a testament to his hard work and dedication. Furthermore, it's worth mentioning that he is the nephew of Gary and Rose (Bongiovanni) Devine, which shows that fishing talent runs in the family. Gary and Rose reside in Pilesgrove. Gary, a retired plumber, is a former resident of Gloucester City. Read more →


Spring mornings are a lot like Christmas. Each day we get up and go out into the yard, or walk along the creek or visit the horses in the pasture. And each day, each morning, we find something new the sun has brought us. Pinfeather leaves of an unbelievable green now start showing on cottonwoods that have stood like stark ghostly frames all through the cold winter. Hopeful blades of grass peek through clumps of brown left over from last summer’s verdant pasture. Everywhere we look there is something new and different. A lot of this Christmas-in-spring is kept just... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: The Fastest Friday Ever

by Slim Randles “Well,” said Steve, the tall cowboy, “at least it’s Friday and we all have the weekend to look forward to.” Doc glanced up from his paper at the philosophy counter of the Mule Barn truck stop and world dilemma think tank. “Fastest Friday you’ll ever experience, Steve,” said Doc. “That’s about right,” said Dud. Steve got that confounded look on his face. “What do you mean by that?” “Today is Saturday.” “Well,” Steve said, shaking his head, “that flat wrecks this day all to pieces.” “Hey,” said Dud, “it’s a pretty day. You have all day long... Read more →


by Slim Randles When old Joe Gilliam began digging that hold in his front yard, out there close to the street, neighbors watched and wondered. When he got his grandson to help him carry the shade tree sapling from his pickup to the hole, people nodded. Mystery solved. Old Joe’s planting a tree. After removing the root mass from the five-gallon pot, the grandson disappeared and Old Joe was left to care for the baby tree. He carefully spread the tiny feeder roots out and tucked them in with soil. Then he packed more dirt around the tree’s base and... Read more →

Maryland Fishing Report: Trout Season Open

​ Many parents, mentors, and young anglers braved the cold rain for Maryland’s first youth trout fishing day. Our young anglers, despite cold fingers and wet weather, had a great time, and it is sure to be a day everyone involved will long remember. You can check out our online collection of photos of smiling young anglers on Youth Trout Fishing Day. On Saturday, March 30, the fun and excitement starts all over again with Maryland’s traditional opening day of trout season. Anglers young and old will be fishing for put and take waters generously stocked with trout by the... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: Dewey Decker Manure Combine

BY Slim Randles You have to hand it to Windy. When Alphonse “Windy” Wilson chooses to speak, it is a bombastic sampling of creativity. Windy has yet to find a word he can’t make better through his own unique methods. Well, what got him fired up the other day was a meeting of the ladies of the garden club down at the nursery. Windy’s been helping Dewey with his manure business on the one day a week he spends helping others. Today wasn’t a helper day, but he couldn’t pass up the audience. They hadn’t gotten through old business when... Read more →


By Slim Randles Life in a small town means everybody knows what’s going on, good or bad. Just take what happened to Dud the other day. It was trash day, and the trash barrels were on the street waiting to be emptied into the weekly truck. Dudley Campbell was no different from his neighbors, having his cans at the curbside ready for a trip to the dump. His wife, Anita, had driven to the city to do some shopping, so Dud was home alone. And probably that’s why he felt secure in going through his own garbage. First, he spread... Read more →

CNB Hunting/Fishing Maryland: This Week Anglers Catching Variety of Species

Maryland Fishing Report – March 13 by Keith Lockwood, fisheries biologist with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Angler Talen Scott Vrablic holds a chain pickerel. Photo by Raymond Brown As we inch closer to spring, anglers are enjoying fishing for a variety of species this week. The white perch spawning runs are in high gear, the preseason stocking of trout is taking place, blue catfish are abundant, and our resident species such as the beautiful chain pickerel are providing plenty of fun fishing opportunities. Catch and release opportunities for striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay begin below the Brewerton... Read more →

THE IDITAROD: Two Year Old Dog Dies

The Iditarod has now recorded its first (and so far only) dog death of the 2024 race. Hi, ADN Iditarod fans, The Iditarod has now recorded its first (and so far only) dog death of the 2024 race. Details are still emerging, but the Iditarod Trail Committee said that a 2-year-old dog named Bog, on rookie Isaac Teaford's team, collapsed about 200 feet from the checkpoint in Nulato on the Yukon River. A veterinarian approached the team and CPR was administered, according to race officials, but the dog died. A necropsy will be performed. Teaford scratched as a result of... Read more →

The Front Pack of RACE Remains Competive

629 miles in...Iditarod leaders are closing in on Kaltag ON THE IDITAROD TRAIL Brushkana musher Jessie Holmes shows his hand, still swollen days after punching a moose, while at the Ruby checkpoint on Friday. (Casey Grove / Alaska Public Media) The front pack of this year's race remains as competitive as ever, now that most mushers have reached the Yukon River. Jessie Holmes left the checkpoint of Nulato for Kaltag this morning less than two hours after Travis Beals, the current leader, and both of them have taken their mandatory 8-hour Yukon River rests. Don't sleep on the other mushers,... Read more →

The Weather Along Parts of the Iditarod will Dip as Low as Minus 55 Degrees

Email not displaying correctly? View the web version Hi, ADN Iditarod fans, Most mushers have now passed the Iditarod's halfway point, and while Travis Beals is the farthest along the trail at the checkpoint of Galena, it's still anybody's race. One factor that could complicate things: the deep, subzero cold forecast on the Yukon River and farther out along the Norton Sound coast, with wind chill temperatures plummeting as low as minus 55 degrees Fahrenheit in the coming days. Iditarod racers are no strangers to cold. But during a long-distance race like this one, conditions that frigid can make everything... Read more →


STOVE AND CO. RESTAURANT GROUP ANNOUNCES ... Havertown, PA - One of the region's most popular modern Mexican cantinas is expanding to the heart of the Main Line. Stove and Co. Restaurant Group owners Justin Weathers and Joseph Monnich announce the grand opening of Al Pastor at 13W Benedict Avenue in Havertown, Pennsylvania, in the former home of Town Tap. Look for a fun and festive family-friendly modern Mexican eatery with an emphasis on great food and margaritas, big flavors, bold colors and a casual welcoming vibe. The restaurant will open with 90 seats inside, with an extensive outdoor margarita... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: Support professional bull riders. Heaven knows they can use the help

Slim Randles That thick old hide shifted beneath me as I got my handhold in the bull rope. I watched his horns. Looking straight ahead in the chute. So far, so good. You know, just like the jumper said as he passed the 26th floor. And then you find yourself asking the big question: if I take a little more time here in the chute to get set on him, will he start chute fighting?.Men have been killed by bulls who fight in the chute. The guys who have had this bull before say he behaves himself pretty well. He’s... Read more →

The 2024 Cardiac Rehab Persons of the Year Awards

The 2024 Cardiac Rehab Persons of 2024 It’s the leading cause of death in the United States - heart disease - with someone having a heart attack every 40 seconds. Statistics show approximately 1 in 5 of these patients will be readmitted to the hospital for a second cardiac event within five years - but this doesn’t have to be the case. Cardiac rehabilitation can’t change the past, but experts say, it can absolutely help to improve a patient’s future. Just ask this year’s Cardiac Rehab Persons of the Year Award winners - Chrisanne Belina and Lawrence Freirich. “Like so... Read more →

CNBNews Hunting and Fishing Maryland Newsletter

MyCoast Data Shows Impact of January Flooding On Jan. 9, Maryland was hit by a storm that brought intense rain, strong winds and high tides. It resulted in the most active week yet for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ MyCoast MD app, which allows users to submit reports and photos of flooding and other environmental information. The storm brought in about 400 new users for MyCoast, along with 248 reports of flooding. Read more. Shifting Sands: Maryland Keeps an Eye in the Sky on Vulnerable Areas The impact of rising seas, stronger storms, and an eroding shoreline might leave... Read more →

Home Country: "I think I Kinda Like That Boy"

by Slim Randles Bob and Carol Burchell pulled into their driveway during the snowstorm, and were surprised to see their daughter, Katie, along with her boyfriend, Randy Jones, sitting on the porch swing, wrapped in a blanket. Both were shivering and smiling. They followed her parents inside, and in minutes had some hot soup inside them. Randy and Katie watched a couple of television programs together, and then Randy said goodnight and walked home. “Randy seems to be a really nice boy, Honey,” Carol said. “Thanks, Mom. I like him a lot.” Bob sat quietly, sucking on a cup of... Read more →

CNB Hunting/Fishing News: The Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area...18,785 acres

The Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area located in Corbin City and Estelle Manor in Atlantic County, and Upper Township in Cape May County, is 18,785 acres of salt marsh, freshwater rivers, marshes, controlled impoundments, and Pine Barrens woodland. Tuckahoe WMA is one of the oldest areas owned by NJDEP Fish & Wildlife, with the initial purchase of 12,377 acres occurring in 1933. This area, formerly known as Lester G. McNamara WMA, was dedicated to a former agency Director who established one set of impoundments in the 1940’s. These impoundments are still considered to be a great boon to waterfowl production, migration,... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: The Iditarod Dogsled Race

BY Slim Randles Hey, I was there to help, right? Right there in the kitchenette loaned us by the Roosevelt Hotel in Anchorage. My wife, Pam, ran the headquarters for the Iditarod Dogsled Race, and it was the second year of the race, 1974, and there I sat, a genuine Alaskan long-distance dog musher who had participated in the first race the year before. So when a nicely dressed elderly gentleman with a thick Boston accent stopped by for coffee and questions about the race … hey, I’m there for you. He said his name was Norman Vaughan and he... Read more →

Some Sections of Higbee Beach Closed

Closed through December 2026 Portions of Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area (WMA) closed January 29, 2024, for the Pond Creek Restoration Project and will remain closed until completed (approximately December 2026). This closure is for public safety reasons and to protect and preserve the land and water areas of Higbee Beach WMA. The areas to be closed are reflected on the attached map. The closure will not affect the parking lot behind Sunset Beach Gifts located on Sunset Boulevard. However, the parking lot across from the World War II Lookout Tower will be closed. The project is funded with Natural... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: Billy and The Pandemic

by Slim Randles Almost all of us know how to pronounce pandemic now, and we have a pretty good idea of what it means since everyone we know spent more than a year under virtual house arrest. But that didn’t help Billy much. Billy’s our town dog, of course. He’s been our town dog since Sally passed away on Doc’s porch, and Billy’s owner died two weeks later. Sometimes an honored position doesn’t require an election. Billy took right to it. He made his daily rounds to the back door of the Chinese restaurant and the Mule Barn coffee shop.... Read more →

State Imposing Restrictions on Vehicle Travel into Wharton State Forest

DEP OPENS ONLINE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD, HOLDS OPEN HOUSE ON PROPOSED WHARTON STATE FOREST VISITING VEHICLE USE MAP (24/P1) TRENTON – Building upon its commitment to robust public engagement, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting online comments from the public for the proposed Wharton State Forest Visiting Vehicle Use Map. The proposed map, released today, designates legal driving routes within New Jersey’s largest state forest. In addition, an in-person open house is taking place today at the Batsto Visitor Center in Wharton State Forest until 7 p.m. where the public may leave written comments. Those unable... Read more →

Home Country: The Dewey Decimal System

BY Slim Randles Some of the earlier knights of the coffee table arrived just before daylight, flipping their cups to the upright and fillable positions, and were joined quickly by Dewey, which is an unusual occurrence. Doc was the only one of us downwind from Dewey, and we watched to see if any fainting took place, but evidently, Dewey had not yet begun his job of transferring soil nutrients from the dairies to people’s yards. “How’s it going, Dewey?” Dud said. We all like Dewey. “Finer’n frog hair, Dud. My shoulder’s in shape for a shovel, and I’m sure gonna... Read more →

Delaware Managed Deer Hunt at Cape Henlopen State Park Jan. 16 and Jan. 17

CNBNews graphic file The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today that a section of Cape Henlopen State Park will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 16 and Wednesday, Jan. 17 to accommodate a managed deer hunt. The DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation will close the park’s main entrance for the managed hunt, meaning bay and ocean beaches north of Herring Point cannot be accessed by park visitors during this hunt. The Gordons Pond area and lands on the west side of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal will be open as usual. The managed deer hunt is meant to reduce... Read more →

Home Country: Gold Buried at Jenkins Cabin

By Slim Randles It was half-past second coffee and darn near to French toast time and it had been very quiet at the round table, that general headquarters of the World Dilemma Think Tank. “Heard something interesting yesterday,” said Herb. “Kids were talking on the sidewalk and I couldn’t help but hear parts of it. I had to stop and ask them about it, even if it seemed rude to them. “Seems somebody tipped them off that there was a thousand dollars in gold coins buried beneath the stepping stone going into Jenkin’s cabin.” Dud looked up, “But nobody knows... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: THE Mule Barn Truck Stop’s World Dilemma Think Tank

BY Slim Randles The morning conference began innocently enough, with Steve and Doc arguing over which of the little packaged jellies went better on sourdough toast, and no one caring which one was right. Dud and Bert and I sat silently, sucking down the morning elixir until it spread life to our outermost reaches as the Mule Barn truck stop’s world dilemma think tank crept to life. Bert was unusually quiet this morning and we asked why. He hemmed and hawed a little, then said, “Doc, you know about these things. What exactly is female trouble?” Oh shoot. Pretty heavy... Read more →

CNB Fishing Maryland: Anglers Catching Black Sea Bass, Blue Catfish, Striped Bass, Smallmouth Bass

Maryland Fishing Report – Winter Preview 2023-24 December 20, 2023 Black sea bass are a popular cold-weather species, and can be caught in Maryland waters through December 31. Photo by Monty Hawkins With the start of winter and the end of some fishing seasons, Maryland’s anglers can rest assured that there is plenty of good fishing to be found this season if you know where to look! Forecast Summary: To see the latest water clarity conditions, check Eyes on the Bay Satellite Maps. For more detailed and up-to-date fishing conditions in your area of the Chesapeake Bay, be sure to... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: The Baron of the Bunkhouse, Windy Wilson Visits Sarah's Bookstore

By Slim Randles Now before you can sneak away, here comes that pharaoh of the feed-store, that baron of the bunkhouse, that titan of the tack room …Windy Wilson. Well, t’other day I meandurated around town until I crept in to Sarah’s bookstore. You know the one. Has that sign on them bookshelves says “Love and other Fiction.” Been meanin’ to ask her ‘bout that one a these days. Oh, Alphonse Wilson here ‘course. Well, Miz Sarah shore is a sweetie and I like droppin’ on in there ever now and then. Wellsir, this day, I was huntin’ a Farmer’s... Read more →

Home Country: It Must Have Been The Weather

BY Slim Randles It began the way most miracles do: by accident or the hand of God, take your pick. It might have been the weather, at least partly. For December, the day had been almost balmy and warm. You know, sweaters instead of heavy coats. No mittens in sight. Then there were Christmas lights on the stores, and that little bunch of Girl Scouts out raising money in front of the Read Me Now bookstore. Jasper Blankenship was inside going through the books to fortify his cabin’s library for winter and sat, listening with a smile to the girls... Read more →

Home Country:

"I brought you a present, Grandma"

By Slim Randles Mabel Adams was sitting in the day room at the Rest of Your Life retirement home when the children came in. She smiled and so did all the others in the room except for two who didn’t know what was going on. The old-timers in the home knew the kids were coming and had put up Christmas decorations around in the day room and on the doors of their own small apartments and on themselves. Mabel had been reminded several times by the staff that morning that the kids were coming over, this being necessary as Mabel’s... Read more →

Home Country: The Read Me Bookstore

When one of our neighbors is sly enough, or funny enough, or even … cruel enough to pull one over on the whole neighborhood, that’s something that should deserve a yee-haw or a “get ‘em sis!” Well, we’ve got one of them right here in Home Country. Sarah McKinley is a shy woman. No one knows much about her, even down at the hairdresser’s. And that seems to be okey-doke with Sarah. She’s like that. Sarah owns the Read Me Now bookstore, the very finest bookstore in town. Well, the only bookstore, actually. The big question on readers’ minds, however,... Read more →

CNB Fishing News: Anglers Catch Huge Striped Bass, Walleye, Black Sea Bass

Maryland Fishing Report – November 15 Sara LaMonica is all smiles with this large crappie she caught at Prettyboy Reservoir recently. Photo courtesy of Sara LaMonica The weather is a bit chilly, but the fishing remains good. Anglers can be seen switching their footwear from sneakers to waterproof and insulated boots and warmer outdoor clothes. Forecast Summary: November 15 – November 21: The upcoming week should provide cool temperatures all week with windy conditions on Saturday. Surface water temperatures have dropped to the low 50s in the upper Chesapeake Bay, to the high 50s close to the Virginia state line.... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: Alphonse Wilson Talks Turkey

By Slim Randles Alphonse Wilson here, you know … yore pal Windy? And I’m here to set the record straight, once and forever more, on turkeys. Now for those folks out there who think a turkey is something hot and brown and tasty and is full of stuffing, this here’ll come as a shock. You see, before he becomes a tasteful delicacity, the turkey is a big ol’ bird who lives in the woods, or on a farm, and ain’t too awful smart, neither. Iffen a turkey was smart, we’d probably have to eat vegetables for Thanksgiving. Now that’s a... Read more →

THE Problems with Alternative Approaches to Addressing Crime?

SOURCE : NRA, as well as many involved both with combatting violent crime and studying ways to reduce it, have long held that imposing restrictions on gun ownership does nothing to deter violent criminals from committing crimes while using firearms. As we have said time and time again, those who are already law-abiding will tend to obey “gun control” laws, while criminals will ignore them. They are, after all, criminals. Besides trying to impose new restrictions, though, many anti-gun “progressives” have also promoted alternative approaches to criminal justice. Most readers of our alerts are familiar with many of those... Read more →

CNB Hunting Delaware: Seasons Opening in November Include Deer, Waterfowl, Small Game

CNBNews graphic file Hunting season for Cottontail Rabbits, Ring-Necked Pheasants and Quail Starts Nov. 20 Many Delaware hunting seasons are to open or are already open this month, including the popular November general firearm deer season, also known as the shotgun season, which runs from Friday, Nov. 10 through Sunday, Nov. 19, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today. Duck, Canada goose and other hunting seasons open later in the moth on Nov. 20. Meanwhile, the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife is clarifying season dates for small game, due to incorrect dates listed in print... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: A November Romance

By Slim Randles There’s just something about falling in love in November, thought Steve. Something … timely. Something … special. Steve’s incredible shaving-brush-like moustache is gray now. It’s lasted a long time, there at the ranch and up at Steve’s cabin, and it deserves to be such an elegant gray. Falling in love, Steve said to himself, just couldn’t be all that terrific. November … the Native American’s hunger moon. The month of storms and danger, when smart outdoorsmen practiced being even smarter indoorsmen. But Steve always thought there was a slice of flavor inside a November romance because of... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: Old Jasper's Love of Deer Hunting

BY Slim Randles Old Jasper Blankenship went out to hunt deer the other day, the same way he’s done for decades now. He’s slower than he used to be, of course. Deer season has changed a lot for Jasper over the many years he’s been at it. As a kid, he couldn’t wait until he was old enough to get a license because he wanted to bring a buck home to show his family. Not just any buck, either, but a big one. CNBNews graphic file As a young man, he wanted to see how many hunting seasons he could... Read more →

Delaware Officials Caution Drivers to be Alert for Deer

Watch Out for Deer During Mating Season, Delaware Authorities Caution Drivers Extra Vigilance on Roads Called for as Days Shorten and Deer Become More Active Morning and Evening CNBNEWS GRAPHICS FILE As clocks are about to fall back to Eastern Standard Time and the days and daylight shorten, it’s also a dangerous time of year to be on the road because of the annual white-tailed deer mating season known as the rut. During the rut, which lasts from late October through November and into December, males (bucks) go about their annual pursuit of females (does) in the First State. The... Read more →

CNB TRAVEL NEWS: Beware of Deer

NJDOT, NJDEP REMIND MOTORISTS TO BE ALERT AS DEER MATING SEASON GETS UNDERWAY (TRENTON) – The New Jersey Department of Transportation and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection remind motorists to be alert for white-tailed deer as days get shorter and deer become more active with the mating season getting underway. CNBNews graphic files Deer are involved in thousands of collisions with motor vehicles in New Jersey each year, with the highest number occurring during the fall mating season,” said NJDEP Fish & Wildlife Assistant Commissioner Dave Golden. “It is very important that motorists in all parts of the state... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: It's A Heavy Thinking Morning

BY Slim Randles “You hear ‘bout Andy’s barn?” asked Dud. We nodded and had another sip of morning coffee. “You s’pose it was all globally warmed up?” “Beats me, Windy. Could be.” “Buncha that,” Windy said. “On the news and all over the place. Fires and rivers goin’ over the bank and killin’ cows. Some places, they say, got so hot it caused an earthquake and shook people’s houses down.” And all of this, we knew, was going on faster than the paper could print the news. Hey, you turn on the teevee, somebody else just lost everything they had.... Read more →

Hot Temperatures Stop Annual Chipper Invitational Golf Tournament

BY Slim Randles We didn’t have the Chipper Invitational Golf Tournament this year. It wasn’t a good summer for anything that takes place outdoors, for one thing. It's just too danged hot. For another, people we knew all over the world by internet or pen pals were having a tough time surviving any disaster du jour. Thirdly, it just wasn’t a good year to celebrate Doc’s legendary pet squirrel. Chipper came to life several years ago when Doc placed an ad in The Valley Weekly Miracle offering a reward for finding his missing pet squirrel. Five dollars and fifty cents.... Read more →