10-11-11: Duck Hunting on the Chesapeake

October 11, 2011 at 8:00 am 2 comments

The book that inspired the story.

Last November, our senior producer Lawrence Lanahan stumbled upon a 1947 book titled Duck Shooting at his in-laws’ house in rural Missouri. Inspired by a riveting chapter about the beautiful, wild Chesapeake of the 1940s–and the salty characters who were out taking ducks in those days–he and Maryland Morning intern Erin Gleeson went to the Eastern Shore to learn how waterfowl hunting–and the bay itself–has changed since those days.

They met up with Larry Hindman, who is Waterfowl Project Manager for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Larry took them out on the Choptank to see the ducks’ habitat, and to a pond in Cambridge where he showed them how to train labrador retrievers for duck hunting. They brought back this report. Maryland’s waterfowl hunting season starts Saturday: for a week, you can bag up to six ducks, coots, or mergansers per day. There are a couple more hunting periods this fall. You can get the schedule at DNR’s website.


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  • 1. Cynthia Steinhoff  |  October 11, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Great story! But you should have found someone who hunts ducks with Chesapeake Bay retrievers to get a glimpse of what hunting in Maryland was like in the 1940s. Chessies were common in hunting parties at that time. And they are Maryland’s state dog – even today!

    • 2. mdmorn  |  October 12, 2011 at 8:43 am

      Thanks, Cynthia! We did talk to Larry about Chesapeake Retrievers, and the differences in temperament between them and Labs. It can be a big deal among duck hunters. Larry has a “Got Labs?” sticker on the back of his truck, and when we drove to the harbor, we passed a truck with a sticker that said, “Got ‘Peakes?” – Lawrence


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