Dr Dre Beats Around these parts it common knowledge that the arrival of October triggers a virus that infects thousands of sportsmen. For lack of a name the virus has yet to be identified let call it If by chance you among the afflicted, you know the disease is incurable. Yet you don despair. To the contrary, you look forward to controlling the virus with regular doses of activities involving smoothbore guns and special dogs.Accordingly, when the first symptoms of my annual affliction occur I begin treating it with visits to sports shops. There I find relief, albeit temporary, in purchasing one more extra dog bell or blaze-orange collar or another goose call guaranteed to produce double-clucks that will unravel tightly knit formations of high-flying Canadas.
Granted, shooting alleviates autumnitis. Hit or miss, the smell of burnt powder mingling with the cidery scent of October uplands and the swampy aromas of marshlands is soothing, but pulling the trigger is by no means paramount to dealing with the disease. Right now, for example, I assuaging the virus by painting a rig of cork-body whistler decoys that I bought last summer. Not to mention six Canada goose decoys purchased in response to September symptomatic blush of swamp maples. Set alongside a spread of black duck decoys, the goose decoys will convince the ever-wary blacks that the coast is clear. Or should anyway. Come to think of it, I have a great blue heron decoy for that purpose. But, what the heck, the goose tollers show up better and buying them relieved my autumnitis.
Cheap Beats By Dre Without question, the costs of treating the virus pale in comparison to the prices of prescription drugs necessary for controlling and curing other diseases. Nevertheless, sportsmen suffering from autumnitis continually pay more for their medications. This year, for example, the cost of a Maine waterfowl permit, without the stamp, doubled from $2.50 to $5. But if you were further disturbed by the Dec. 31 expiration date on this year permit, indicating it wouldn be valid through the January 2004 sea-duck season, relax. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Licensing Division confirms that recent legislation has validated the 2003 permit through January 2004. Thereafter, however, the permit will expire on Dec. 31.
Recently, my oldest offspring, Jeff, dealt with the autumn-induced virus by hooking onto a new boat trailer cradling a new 15-foot boat saddled with a new 40-horse, four-stroke outboard. Wide, deep and unsinkable because of the Styrofoam sandwiched between the outer and inner layers of its Roplene hull, the open, olive-drab boat draws only six inches of water. As stable as a sidewalk, it will serve as a duck blind when camouflaged and, of course, a comfortable fishing platform come springtime. That expensive medication to say the least. But so what? We all riding on a one-way ticket and I yet to see a hearse stop at a bank.
Speaking of duck hunting, recently I received phone calls from members of the camouflage clan inquiring about the regulations for Maine 2003 waterfowl seasons. So, to prevent your autumnitis from costing you more money via fines, draw a bead on the waterfowl seasons that took wing on Wednesday:Ducks, except black ducks, North Zone: Oct. 1-Dec. 9. South Zone: Oct. 1-Oct. 18 and Nov. 3-Dec. 23.Black duck season: North Zone: Oct. 4-Dec. 9. South Zone: Oct. 4-Oct. 18 and Nov. 3-Dec. 23.Pintail and canvasback season: North Zone: Oct. 1-Nov. 4. South Zone: Oct.1-Oct. 18 and Nov. 3-Nov. 18.
The daily limit on ducks is four, possession limit, eight, with the following exceptions: 1. From Oct. 1-3, no black ducks may be taken. 2. Closed season on harlequin ducks. 3. The daily limit on black ducks, pintails, canvasbacks, mottled ducks and fulvous tree ducks is one, possession limit, two. 4. The daily limit on hen mallard, wood ducks and redhead ducks is two, possession limit, four. 5. In addition to the daily limit of four, two additional teal (green-winged or blue-winged) may be taken per day. Note: A possession limit of 12 is permitted providing that it includes four or more teal. 6. Scaup: daily limit, three, possession limit, six. 7. Mergansers and American coots: Season same as ducks. Daily limit five, possession limit 10, excepting hooded merganser, daily limit, one, possession limit, two.Canada geese: North Zone: Oct. 1-Dec. 9. South Zone: Oct. 1- Oct. 31 and Nov. 15-Dec. 23. Daily limit, two, possession limit, four.Snow geese: Oct. 1-Jan. 31, 2004. Daily limit, 15, no possession limit.Brant: Oct. 1-Dec. 9. Daily limit, three, possession limit, six.Sea ducks: eider, scoter, old squaw, Oct. 1-Jan. 31, 2004. Daily limit seven, possession limit 14, with the following exceptions: Scoter, daily limit, four, possession limit, eight. Eider, daily limit, five, possession limit, 10.Special Falconry Season: In addition to the regular migratory bird season on ducks, mergansers, American coots: North Zone: Dec. 10-Jan. 31, 2004. South Zone: Jan. 7, 2004-Feb. 28, 2004. Falconry season daily and possession limits for all permitted migratory birds shall not exceed three and six respectively, singly or in the aggregate.Woodcock: Oct. 1-25 and Oct. 27-31. The split dates on woodcock hunting were implemented to eliminate a Sunday from the federally mandated 30-day woodcock season, thereby providing an extra hunting day, Oct. 31.