Maryland To Study The Potential Reintroduction Of Elk In Western Maryland. Press Release
New Website Created for Maryland Elk Information. www.mdelkinfo.com 08/22/11
Annapolis, Md. (February 23, 2012) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold
two public meetings to gather public input on the proposed hunting and trapping regulations for
resident game species and select migratory game birds for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. DNR’s Wildlife
and Heritage Service reevaluates these hunting and trapping regulations every two years.
“We look forward to discussing our proposals with hunters, trappers and other citizens interested in
Maryland’s wildlife resources,” said Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul A. Peditto. “We have
been working on these proposals with a variety of our stakeholders since mid-January in an effort to
keep our regulation changes responsive to the needs and interests of citizens and visitors.”
NEWS RELEASE - March 1, 2012
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge Announces Youth Turkey Hunt
1730 Eastern Neck Road, Rock Hall, MD 21661
(410) 639-7056 Fax: (410) 639-2516 www.fws.gov/northeast/easternneck
Contact: Colby Hawkinson, Visitor Services Specialist, 410-639-7056 ext. 222
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in cooperation with the National Wild Turkey Federation
will once again conduct a gobbler-only spring youth turkey hunt on the refuge. The Youth Turkey Hunt
will include two Saturdays during the State season: April 28 th and May 5 th , 2012. Applications for
permits may be obtained : online at www.fws.gov/northeast/easternneck/hunting.html or by writing to
Eastern Neck NWR, 1730 Eastern Neck Road, Rock Hall, MD 21661 or by contacting Eastern Neck
NWR at 410-639-7056. (See attached file: PRESS RELEASE Eastern Neck NWR 2012 Youth Turkey
Hunt.pdf for more) Click Here for More Info.
2012 Midwinter Waterfowl Survey Results Are In
Annapolis, Md. (February 28, 2012) — Each winter, during the first week of January, pilots and
biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Maryland Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) count ducks, geese and swans along Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay shoreline and
Atlantic coast. This year the survey teams counted 633,700 waterfowl, which is slightly lower than
the number of waterfowl observed during that time last year (651,800).
Click here for link to DNR News Release for Waterfowl Survey.
Western Maryland Applicants Receive Bear Lottery Preference
March 2, 2012: CUMBERLAND — A new system for allocating Maryland bear hunting permits is
likely to result in applicants from Allegany and Garrett counties receiving about half of them,
according to Paul Peditto, director of the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service.
Click here for link to News Story.
Victory for Gun Owners in Maryland Carry Permit Lawsuit
March 5, 2012: We just received word that the United States District Court for the District of
Maryland has granted a motion for summary judgement for plaintiff Ray Woollard in the Woollard
v. Sheridan case that challenged the good and substantial requirement for issuance of a permit to
carry a handgun. Click here for link to News Story.
DNR Selects Final Hunting And Trapping Regulation Proposals.
Annapolis, Md. (March 27, 2012) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife and Heritage
Service has completed an important step toward finalizing the hunting and trapping season and bag limit
regulation proposals for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons. The proposed hunting regulation changes, which
included extensive public input, were recently endorsed by the Maryland Wildlife Advisory Commission (WAC).
"Click here for DNR Press Release Link"
ALERT! Hunting License Fee Increase Bill Defeated.
On Monday, March 26, Maryland's House of Representatives voted 69-62 to kill HB1419. There will be no
increase in Hunting License fees this year.
Watch the video of the Committee Hearing
The Anti-Poaching bill was passed by the Maryland General Assembly. HB1052, The Wildlife Poaching
Prevention Act of 2012 goes into effect when the Governor signs it into law.
To read the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Foundation's Press Release, Click HERE.
The Senate vote was UNANIMOUS. The House of Representatives passed this bill earlier this session by a
vote of 135-1. You can read the Enrolled bill here.
Attracting America's hunters and anglers to Maryland would produce
big dollars for our struggling economy and our struggling Department
of Natural Resources.
One way to help underwrite this initiative is with State tourism dollars that could be
increasing in fiscal year 2014 because of the Tourism Promotion Act of 2008,
sponsored by Senator John Astle (Senate Co-Chair, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's
Caucus within the Maryland General Assembly).
If each sportsman spends what is reported by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service -- that
is, $2407 each year -- imagine what those sportsmen coming to Maryland would
generate in much-needed revenues to the
Maryland economy, especially rural Maryland.
To read about the proposal to the Governor for a National Sportsmen's Marketing
Initiative, CLICK HERE.
Fellow Sportsmen –
All of you are familiar with the O’Malley Administration’s proposal @ the
2012 Session of the General Assembly to raise hunting license fees,
House Bill 1419. The bill failed on the House Floor by a 69-62 vote.
The question before us today is whether or not we feel DNR’s Wildlife & Heritage
Service (Service) is deserving of additional funds. Dollars from taxpayers for DNR – via
general fund support – have diminished annually since the economic recession of the
early 1990’s. At that time, the General Assembly directed Executive Branch
licensing-agencies to rely more heavily upon those in need of State licensing services.
Why? Because there were insufficient general fund dollars to fairly and evenly spread
around. Licensing monies are considered “special fund” dollars, not “general fund”
This is no fault of DNR; but, the General Assembly acted then, and since then, in a way
they believe are protective of the State’s best fiscal interests, agree or not. So, DNR
and the Service have had no choice but to depend on sportsmen’s dollars for
operational revenues. And those dollars are down.
On September 6, 2012, the Senate Co-Chair of the bi-partisan Maryland Legislative
Sportsmen’s Foundation (Senator John Astle) asked MLSF to take the issue to the next
level. We were asked to compile the facts, meet with sportsmen and see if a
consensus for a legislative strategy could be advanced for consideration by the 2013
General Assembly. Attachment 1 speaks to our response. In short, the good Senator
asked the General Assembly’s independent staff agency – the Department of
Legislative Services (DLS) – a number of questions which were accompanied by his
rationale for having asked the questions. His letter was sent on September 10, 2012
and a DLS response was received on October 1, 2012.
MLSF’s White Paper – Hunting is a Privilege that Costs – is intended to objectively set
forth the issues that we believe the sportsmen of Maryland should consider when
responding to this question per the request of Senator Astle.
(CLICK HERE TO OPEN) Hunting is a Privilege That Costs.