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AN ASSIST FOR BAMBI
Golf's birdie of the year, up to now, has been registered by Carl G. Cassel of Palmyra, Pa. Cassel had the help of a friendly two-point buck deer.
The golfer's second shot landed 12 feet from the pin at the par-4, 390-yard 9th green at Manada Golf Club. The deer, which had been following golfers around the course for a week, receiving handouts of salt and sugar, used his nose to nudge the ball a foot or so closer to the hole.
What Rule of Golf applied in such a situation? Cassel could find none and stroked the ball into the cup for a 3. He should have moved it back to where the deer's nose touched it.
DUCKS AND DRAKES IN MARYLAND
There is a new waterfowl feeding law in Maryland, which previously had none. It conflicts with federal regulations and it is sure to drive the duck and goose hunter out of his rig.
Federal regulations ban baiting, which is defined as the feeding of migratory birds to lure them within hunting range. The bait need not be near enough to the shooting area to make it possible to shoot the birds while they are feeding; if the bait is placed in such a manner that it even induces birds to fly near gunning sites while going to and from the baited area, the feds contend that that is a violation. The regulations make no mention of a distance between the location of the bait and the shooting site. All that must be proved is that the birds were influenced by the presence of bait.
But the new Maryland law allows the feeding of waterfowl at a distance of 400 yards or more from a shooting site. Arguments pro included the contention that waterfowl should be fed because natural food is in short supply and that the resultant kill would be negligible.
Maybe so, but Clark Bavin, who is chief of enforcement for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, while "analyzing" the Maryland law, said that "the federal law still prevails...and is supreme in such matters."
In fact, a Maryland hunter has been found guilty in federal court of placing bait 1,237 measured yards from a shooting site. Another case involved a distance of 800 yards.