BOOM TIMES: Virginia announced its early hunting seasons for waterfowl and other birds. Resident Canada goose season runs from Sept. 1 through Sept. 3 and from Sept. 7 through Sept. 25 statewide, with a bag limit of five per day; dove season is from Sept. 4 through Sept. 25, Oct. 2 through Nov. 6 and Dec. 25 through Jan. 5, with a bag limit of 12 a day. Early teal season is from Sept. 16 through Sept. 25 east of Interstate 95, with a bag limit of four greenwing and/or bluewing teal per day.
TRAIL FOR THE AGES: The American Discovery Trail, pioneered a few years ago by Washington-area hikers Eric Seaborg and Ellen Dudley, has been designated one of 16 "National Millennium Trails" by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Millennium Trail Initiative. The 6,356-mile ADT runs from Cape Henlopen, Del., to Point Reyes, Calif., passing through the District, Cincinnati, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Mo., and Denver.
SHOW TIME: The fall outdoors shows are coming up, with the first two of the season running Aug. 13-15 in Frederick and Richmond.
The ninth annual Call of the Wild Sportsman's Show at Frederick Fairgrounds features gear for deer, turkey, bird and big game hunting and fresh and saltwater fishing, boats, motors, ATVs and campers, plus seminars on deer hunting, bass fishing and other subjects. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 13, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 14 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 15. Call 301-695-9565.
The 15th annual Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show at the Show Place in Richmond offers seminars on deer and turkey hunting, plus 150 exhibition booths. Check the web site at www.sportsmanshow.com or call 804-748-7529.
CRAB DAYS: The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's 17th annual crab days celebration is next weekend in St. Michaels. Crab cakes, crab soup and steamed hard crabs are on the menu, plus demonstrations of crab-shedding operations, crab races and kids' activities. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $3 for kids. Call 410-745-2916.