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May 25, 2011

DNR offices closed Friday

If you have business with the state, say renewing a boat registration or getting a fishing license, tomorrow is your last day before the Memorial Day weekend.

Friday, typically one of the busiest days for the Department of Natural Resources, is another O'Malley administration furlough day for state workers. Campgrounds and parks, however, will remain open all weekend. 

While you can buy a license in person at a tackle shop, or online or by phone (800-918-2870) and incur a service charge, the boat stuff has to be done in person.

To borrow from Willie Don Schaefer, "Do it now."

Posted by Candus Thomson at 11:57 AM |
About Candus Thomson
In a world of paper vs. plastic and candy mint vs. breath mint, my early memories involved a debate about the merits of freshwater vs. saltwater.

On the one hand, a great uncle’s fishing cabin on the Susquehanna River beckoned, but so did family gatherings on the Jersey Shore.

The correct answer, thankfully, was, “both.”

As The Sun’s outdoors writer for more than a decade, I’ve fished across Maryland in one day, hiked the width of the state in one hour, camped overnight in the median of I-95 to experience the wildlife between the fast lanes and chased mountain bikers in a 24-hour marathon race.

Those are some of the highlights. I’ve also fallen in a raging Gunpowder River during a trout survey (photo available upon request), had a shark spill its guts on my clothes and been stuck in a sub-freezing Vermont wilderness with men armed with flintlocks and hatchets, shuffling along on ancient wooden snowshoes.

And, in my travels I’ve met lots of you, who share a love of the outdoors and the good times and mishaps that go along with it.

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