After further review, the call on the field
does not stand.
The field I am talking about is the Cumberland
Times-News and the call is the way we
report violations of hunting and fishing regulations
that are alleged to have
taken place in Maryland.
The Maryland Natural
Resources Police is being
very thorough in making us
aware of violations. They
range from fishing without a
license to baiting bears to
having a salmon egg in your
pocket on a stream where
that is a no-no.
From having covered
these sorts of incidents for
many years, we know that
some people are found guilty and some are
found not guilty. Other cases are nolle
prossed, which means they pretty much
become moot. Some are put on the stet docket,
with kind of the same result.
In addition, some cases are postponed or
rescheduled. That makes following the bouncing
ball a bit more difficult.
All of this, of course, requires a great deal of
attention from a reporter if a case is going to
be followed to conclusion.
Candus Thomson, who became NRP’s public
information officer in September, tells me
that she makes public all the charges for our
newspaper’s coverage area.
By reading the charges from the most
recent bear hunting season, I can see that
NRP plays no favorites.
The managing editor wants to continue
reporting certain high profile charges. The
bear hunting violations would be among those.
I can’t tell you right now what some of the
others would be, but we’ll know them when we
But here’s the deal. You can follow all cases
yourself, as long as you have access to the
To find out if somebody has been charged,
inspect, on a regular basis, the website of the
Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Go to www.dnr.state.md.us and look at the
upper left portion of the page. Click on “Press
Releases & News.”
That is where you will find out who was
charged with what and in which county it took
Now that you have the accused’s name, go
to the web site of the Maryland Judiciary Case
It might be easier to simply use a search
engine, which will pop up the page and you
can bookmark it.
Once you click on the box that you understand
the terms and conditions, click “continue”
and you can type in the accused’s name
and the county. Under “party type” choose
You can follow the case to the bitter end, or
sweet end, however it turns out. You can
choose to attend a trial if one takes place, usually
in district court.
There is one other step you can take. These
charges are public information.
If you take the case number from the Internet
site, you can visit the district court in the
appropriate county and ask to see the file.
You will have to provide proof of your identity
and your name will be included in the file as
having looked at it.
Sometimes the enforcement officer completes
a charging document with ample detail,
but other times you can draw a blank in that
When it comes to hunting and fishing violations
in West Virginia, we have received press
releases about those rather sparingly over the
years, and usually only when severe violations
have been alleged.
If there is a judiciary case search website in
the Mountain State similar to the one in Maryland,
I am not aware of it.
Mike Sawyers is outdoor editor of the Cumberland Times-
News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After further review, the call on the field
- Michael A Sawyers - Outdoors
Sale of quart-sized Mason jars lagging, merchants claim
The opening day of Maryland’s squirrel hunting season is Sept. 6 and I am guessing you will be able to drive a lot of miles on the Green Ridge State Forest and see very few vehicles belonging to hunters of the bushytail. It wasn’t always that way. In the early 1960s, when I was a high school student in Cumberland, there was no Interstate 68. What existed was U.S. Route 40 and in the last couple of hours before daylight on the opening day of squirrel season there was an almost unbroken line of tail lights and brake lights between Cumberland and Polish Mountain.
Outdoor editor admits making straw purchases
I’ll admit it. I’ve made straw purchases and I’ve made them knowingly.
I can only hope that the individuals to whom I have passed on those purchases used them wisely.
11th Maryland bear hunt scheduled Oct. 20-23
It is getting to be that time of year when those of us who would like to hunt bears in Maryland start thinking about applying for one of the limited number of permits.
Wildlife official protests more Sunday hunts in far W. Md.
Joseph Michael believes that the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service put its regulations cart ahead of its regulations horse, at least when it comes to allowing more hunting on Sundays in the state’s three westernmost counties.
Bear country bowhunters can pack
It has been four years in the legislative making, but people bowhunting for deer in Garrett, Allegany and part of Washington counties will be able to carry handguns to protect themselves from bears. Although bow season will begin Sept. 5, the law does not become effective until Oct. 1. The law applies to Deer Management Region A.
No Bambi for you, Mrs. Doe
Some people want so badly for deer birth control to work that they actually think it will, even on wild populations.
I wish I had a couple bridges to sell.
A week ago on the Outdoors page we ran the deer there do what deer everywhere do. They eat the easiest food available such as gardens and ornamental plantings. They walk in front of moving cars. They give ticks and parasites a place to live.
Black bear biologist explains new hunt
The Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service has abandoned the bear harvest quota system in use for 10 hunting seasons and has set the next two hunts at four days apiece.
South Branch of Potomac River best place in W.Va. for trophy rainbows
I always enjoy the annual roundup supplied by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources that reveals where all the trophy fish were caught.
Mettiki will once again produce trout
Brian Richardson is confident that the Maryland Fisheries Service will, little by little and year by year, get to the point where full production is restored to the state’s trout hatchery system, meaning that fish will no longer have to be purchased from private sources.
The answer my friend ...
Recently, the Times-News published
a photograph of sea gulls that had
landed on the parking lot at Braddock
Center in LaVale
My first thought
was, “If those sea
gulls landed in the
Gunpowder River or
Big Hunting Creek
on their way here
from the ocean I
hope they didn’t have
felt soles on their
feet, otherwise they
will spread rock snot
to our trout streams
in Allegany and Garrett counties.”
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