12-26-11: Duck Hunting on the Chesapeake
This segment originally aired on October 11, 2011.
In November 2010, 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 a few months ago 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 final period of the 2011-12 duck hunting season goes through January 28th. You can get the schedule at DNR’s website.