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Don Rush

The rich history of the decoys for hunting reaches back to the earliest days in the Chesapeake Bay region. In part one of our series, Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at the history of the decoy as it was transformed from a useful tool into an art form -- most famously by the Ward brothers.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Several new state laws are going into effect Saturday in Virginia, potentially impacting how Virginians drive, what kind of alcohol they buy, and what they wear when they go hunting.

The Republican-controlled General Assembly and Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe earlier this year passed provisions that put in place a $100 fine for driving too slowly in the left lane on highways, allow state-owned liquor stores to sell the hard liquor Everclear, and let hunters wear blaze pink instead of blaze orange.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware wildlife officials will again allow hunters to pursue snow geese due to the high population.

WXDE-FM reports that the DNREC's Division of Fish & Wildlife is implementing a federal Snow Goose Conservation Order, beginning Monday. People will be able to hunt snow geese every day except Sunday, with no daily bag or possession limits.

It will remain in effect through Friday and then reopen Feb. 13 and run through April 7.

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ROCKLAND, Del. (AP) - New Castle County has canceled a deer hunt planned for next week in a Rockland public park after neighbors raised concerns.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that County Executive Tom Gordon says officials will look at nonlethal ways to thin the deer population around Woodley Park.

Gordon says there are serious health and traffic problems associated with the deer, but the community is split.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The state government is joining private businesses in launching a website promoting Maryland fishing and hunting opportunities.

The Maryland Office of Tourism announced the website Monday. It's called www.fishandhuntmaryland.com .

Cecil County Tourism Coordinator Sandy Maruchi-Turner says the website was created by a public-private coalition, the Sportsmen & Women's Marketing Initiative, after a survey last year indicated many people elsewhere were unfamiliar with Maryland hunting and fishing opportunities.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Division of Fish & Wildlife says hunters harvested more than 14,000 deer during the 2014-2015 season.

Officials said Wednesday that the count is the fourth all-time highest in the state.

Hunters harvested more does than bucks, with 7,683 does and 6,556 bucks.

More than 1,100 deer were taken during crossbow season.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A bill that would allow Sunday hunting in Baltimore County is getting a hearing before a Senate committee.

The Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs is scheduled to hear testimony Tuesday regarding legislation that would allow hunters in Baltimore County to hunt on Sunday. The bill is proposed by Sen. Johnny Ray Salling, R-Baltimore County.

It is illegal to hunt on Sundays but some Maryland counties have exemptions to the rule.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Hunting enthusiasts are rallying in Annapolis in favor of more Sunday hunting.

The Maryland Hunting Coalition is sponsoring Thursday's event. The group supports a bill in the General Assembly to allow Sunday deer hunting in Baltimore County, one of three that prohibit the practice. The others are Howard and Prince George's counties.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wildlife officials will conduct a controlled deer hunt at Brandywine Creek State Park in Wilmington.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said Thursday that the park will be closed to the general public during the hunt on Tuesday and Wednesday. The hunt will be conducted from deer stands.

The controlled hunt has been conducted every year since 1994 to reduce the number of white-tailed deer in the 1,000-acre park. Hunting is not otherwise permitted in the park.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland's two-week firearm deer season is opening with more Sunday hunting opportunities and other rule changes aimed reducing the whitetail population.

Maryland's most popular deer season begins Saturday and continues through Dec. 13. The Department of Natural Resources says hunters using modern firearms accounted for 46 percent of all deer taken in 2013-14.

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