DEER ME: Maryland's two-week modern firearms season for deer closed yesterday, but plenty of opportunities for deer hunters still exist. Gun season stays open through December in eastern portions of Virginia and muzzleloader season reopens next weekend in Maryland.

Meantime, Fairfax County has managed deer hunts scheduled for Tuesday and Jan. 11 at Bull Run Regional Park, and for Thursday and Jan. 13 at Upper Potomac Regional Park. Call 703-449-7393 for details.

PARTY TIME: The Annapolis Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association plans a Christmas party and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the VFW Hall on Chinquapin Round Road. Food will be followed by raffles, fishing reports and the monthly meeting. The public is welcome. Call 410-956-5776. . . .

The Coastal Conservation Association's Annapolis chapter will hear a talk by Chesapeake naturalist John Page Williams about the latest in fish finders and navigation aids at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Boaters World, Annapolis Harbor Mall. Call 301-464-4471.

LEARNING EXPERIENCE: Bethesda's Cathy Hearn, a two-time Olympic whitewater kayaker and perennial World Cup contender, is offering custom paddling and fitness instruction this winter. Sessions start at $25. Reach her by e-mail at or call 301-229-8599.

USED, NOT ABUSED: Springriver Corp. is selling off kayaks and canoes from its rental fleet. Call 301-881-5694.

HISTORICAL HIKE: The Sierra Club has a hike scheduled Saturday from the Monocacy River to the old Union Army signal station atop Sugarloaf Mountain, with commanding views there of Frederick and Montgomery counties. The leader will be Larry Broadwell; e-mail him at or call 301-215-7135.

STREAM WATCH: The Potomac Conservancy and Audubon Naturalist Society are seeking volunteers to monitor water quality in tributaries of the Potomac. To register, or for more information, call 301-652-9188, Ext. 0.

EASY DOES IT: The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club has an easy, five-mile hike scheduled for Wednesday at Glen Echo on the C&O Canal. Hikers will meet at 10 a.m. in the Glen Echo parking lot next to the Clara Barton House off MacArthur Boulevard. Contact George Izumi at or call 301-570-1856.