Jim Dennis, who belongs to a deer hunting club in Rappahannock County, Va., reports the latest dirty deed in the deer woods. It seems club member Jim Kerns shot a nine-point buck opening morning, tagged it, checked it in at the nearest checking station and brought it back to the club barn for safe keeping. He left on errands and on returning, found someone had stolen his deer.

It was one of several opening-day insults for club members, Dennis said. They also watched a nonmember poach a deer off their land and saw three deer shot from the road by passing hunters, including one doe in the bucks-only county. Dennis wonders if trouble with lawbreakers won't eventually force the state to shorten the long, seven-week deer season in Eastern Virginia.


Georgetown University presents an exhibit of rowing art through Dec. 15 at its Fine Arts Gallery, 1221 36 St. NW. The 65 works from the collection of ex-Yale rower Thomas E. Weil Jr. are on open display weekends from 10-5. During the week you must call ahead; (202) 687-6933.


Jessie Harris, who is pursuing the impossible task of photographing every wildflower in the northeastern United States, offers a sale of some of her 4,000 photos from 2-8 p.m. today at 4401 W St. NW. Call (202) 338-9083.


The Audubon Naturalist Society's annual Holiday Fair concludes today from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Woodend, the society's 40-acre wildlife preserve in Chevy Chase. Crafts, gifts, Christmas trees, bird feeders, bird seed and refreshments available. Call (301) 52-9188.


Maryland officials were pleasantly surprised by their just-completed fall goose count. The aerial survey turned up 353,594 Canada geese on the Eastern Shore, about 100,000 more than expected, and 24,072 on the Western Shore.

The count bodes well for hunters when the goose season reopens Monday. Officials also counted 39,705 snow geese on the Eastern Shore and one snow goose on the Western Shore. One?


Lake Anna's High Point Marina offers its final striped bass tournament of the year Saturday. Entry fee is $40 per boat. Call (703) 895-5249.


Mike Plant, top U.S. contender in the ongoing BOC Singlehanded 'Round-the-World Race, had trouble getting out of Cape Town, South Africa to start the second leg when his 60-foot Duracell was hit and damaged by fellow competitor Bertie Reed's boat Grinaker during prerace maneuvers.

The crash put a two-foot hole in Duracell's hull, but Plant pressed on, planning to make repairs under way on the 7,000-mile leg to Sydney. Reed, who evidently was at fault in the crash, put back into Cape Town for repairs.