I wonder if it is possible to attach a
GPS unit to legislation that has been
introduced at the Maryland General
For the destination,
we would keystroke
The route calculated
by the GPS unit
would begin at committees
Senate and the
House and would
direct the companion
bills through the various
twists and turns
reaching Gov. Martin
O’Malley’s desk, where he keeps pens.
Ladies and gentlemen of the breech,
bolt and bullet, some historic legislation
has been introduced on behalf of
those of us who hunt in the three westernmost
counties of Maryland.
In the House, Delegates Wendell
Beitzel, Kevin Kelly and LeRoy Myers
have introduced HB 406. In the Senate,
George Edwards has introduced a
companion bill, SB 472.
These bills would make it legal to
hunt game mammals in these three
counties on every Sunday during open
seasons for each critter. I’m hoping
that as the legislative process unfolds,
game birds can be added to the wording.
These bills would not only open Sunday
hunting on private land, but on
public land as well.
Maryland has been creeping forward
for a number of years now into
the sunshine of Sunday hunting. That
progress began with deer and in
recent years expanded to include
some spring turkey hunting.
The time has come to move all the
way to the front pew of Sunday hunting,
to send out an altar call to hunters
who would step forward, grasping and
relishing the privilege to hunt seven
days a week.
Granddad wants to take his 12-yearold
grandson squirrel hunting. On
weekdays that just won’t work because
the student has after-school activities.
On Saturday, soccer or football takes
up the day. With Sunday hunting legalized,
the problem would be solved.
Some workers toil Monday through
Saturday to bring home the paycheck
and meet the family’s needs. Sunday
hunting would give them one day
Need more deer killed because they
are eating agricultural crops and running
into the fronts of pickup trucks
Let people hunt them an additional
day per week.
States as close to us as Ohio and
New York allow the buyers of hunting
licenses to be afield any day of the
week that seasons are open.
More than 40 states do not restrict
Sunday hunting in any way.
These states do not report any problems
associated with hunting on Sundays.
And neither has Maryland since
limited Sunday hunting was made
legal 10 or so years ago.
The House bill is being dealt with by
the Environmental Matters Committee.
chairwoman is Delegate Maggie
McIntosh and her email is
The Senate bill is within the Education,
Health & Environmental Affairs
Committee whose chairwoman is Senator
Joan Carter Conway. Contact her
Correspondence about these bill
would most appropriately be sent to
To read the bills, go to mgaleg.maryland.
gov and start clicking.
If you are a person who gets upset
with the cost of your hunting license,
support this bill, get it passed and
signed and you automatically get more
bang for your buck.
Actually, you will get more opportunity
to bang at a buck as well.
Here are the email addresses for our
Gov. O’Malley has been very good at
not interfering with hunting matters.
I am cautiously optimistic that he
would ink these bills once they pass.
What better part of the state to begin
full-fledged Sunday hunting than in the
mountains and valleys that Meshach
Browning once called home.
Contact Outdoor Editor Mike Sawyers at
I wonder if it is possible to attach a
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