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  • Legislative Alert - Kent and Queen Anne's Counties - Maryland

    Folks, Senator Pipkin has introduced bills for Kent and Queen Anne's Counties increasing Sunday deer hunting by 8 Sundays. As you all know, for 4 months of the year, Sunday is the only day we can be out of the ring without worrying about upsetting neighboring deer hunters and the unfortunate stray bullet.

    The bills are in Committee. A group of 8 testified last Wednesday in opposition to the bill. No one was there as a proponent and Senator Pipkin was not in attendance.

    Our next action is to contact the County Commissioners of both counties and request they pressure Pipkin to withdraw the bills.

    If you are a resident of Kent or Queen Anne's Counties, please take a moment, copy and paste the letters and send them to the address a the top of the letters. You can collect signatures (there are signature blocks on the bottom of each letter) or simply type your name and address in the block and electronically submit the letters.

    The Kent county commissioners are meeting Tuesday at 6 pm. Here is their email address to send your letter: kentcounty@kentgov.org

    Below is the letter for the Kent County Commissioners. Please cc these Senators:
    roy.dyson@senate.state.md.us; joanne.benson@senate.state.md.us; jb.jennings@senate.state.md.us; karen.montgomery@senate.state.md.us; paul.pinsky@senate.state.md.us; edward.reilly@senate.state.md.us; jim.rosapepe@senate.state.md.us; bryan.simonaire@senate.state.md.us; ronald.young@senate.state.md.us; ej.pipkin@senate.state.md.us; joan.carter.conway@senate.state.md.us


    Here is the KENT COUNTY LETTER:

    To: Kent County Commissioners January 27, 2013
    400 High Street
    Chestertown, MD 21620
    From: Concerned Kent County citizens
    Subject: Opposition to SB 0041 and HB272 “Sunday Deer Hunting”
    The undersigned represent a vast majority of Kent County residents, not only the 2% of our population who enjoy deer hunting.
    Fall is a marvelous time of year. There are no mosquitoes, few ticks, and the oppressive heat has subsided. Many people that recreate outdoors – hikers, bikers, artists, equestrians, birders, Scouts, dog walkers, ATV’s and trail riders– should not be discouraged from doing so. Many outdoor activities are currently scheduled on Sundays to avoid conflicts with hunters, who already have 6 days of many weeks to enjoy their sport.
    The activities of many, particularly the equestrian community, create an economic engine for our area. This industry supports hay farmers, farriers, veterinarians, feed stores and tack shops, which are the most obvious. Many MD businesses benefit from the equine industry such as insurance, transportation, clothing, advertising, and tourism. Passage of these Bills will have negative economic impact on our equine support industries.
    The deer hunters currently have two Sunday’s of hunting (three counting the Jr. Hunting weekend) and the proposed Bills add EIGHT more days of Sunday hunting. This keeps other residents out of the woodlands for 4 ½ months! At present they have 127 days to deer hunt and can kill in excess of 30 deer. When is it enough ?
    The argument by the proponents is “only private property”. Bullets do not respect boundaries, even if a hunter were consistently able to determine on whose property he/she were hunting, bullets do not stop at the property line. The perception of danger prohibits people from enjoying the outdoors to which they also have rights.
    We respectfully request the Kent County Commissioners send a letter to Senator Pipkin and Delegates Jacobs, Smigiel, and Hershey, withdrawing support for the Sunday Deer Hunting Bills.

    Cc: Senators EJ Pipkin, Joan Carter, Royce P Dyson, Joanne Benson, Bill Ferguson, JB Jennings, Karen Montgomery, Paul Pinsky, Edward Reilly, Jim Rosapepe, Bryan Simonaire, and Ronald Young
    NAME ADDRESS
    _________________________________________ __________________________________________
    _________________________________________ __________________________________________
    _________________________________________ ___________________________________________
    _________________________________________ ___________________________________________
    _________________________________________ ___________________________________________
    _________________________________________ ____________________________________________



    Queen Anne's folks, here is your information:


    Email address for the County Commissioners:

    qaccommissionersandadministrator@qac.org


    Senators to cc:

    roy.dyson@senate.state.md.us; joanne.benson@senate.state.md.us; jb.jennings@senate.state.md.us; karen.montgomery@senate.state.md.us; paul.pinsky@senate.state.md.us; edward.reilly@senate.state.md.us; jim.rosapepe@senate.state.md.us; bryan.simonaire@senate.state.md.us; ronald.young@senate.state.md.us; ej.pipkin@senate.state.md.us; joan.carter.conway@senate.state.md.us

    The letter:

    To: Queen Anne’s County Commissioners February 1, 2013
    107 North Liberty Street
    Centreville, MD 21617
    From: Concerned Queen Anne’s County citizens
    Subject: Opposition to SB 0024 “Sunday Deer Hunting”
    The undersigned represent a vast majority of Queen Anne’s County residents, not only the 2% of our population who enjoy deer hunting.
    Fall is a marvelous time of year. There are no mosquitoes, few ticks, and the oppressive heat has subsided. Many people that recreate outdoors – hikers, bikers, artists, equestrians, birders, Scouts, dog walkers, ATV’s and trail riders– should not be discouraged from doing so. Many outdoor activities are currently scheduled on Sundays to avoid conflicts with hunters, who already have 6 days of many weeks to enjoy their sport.
    The activities of many, particularly the equestrian community, create an economic engine for our area. This industry supports hay farmers, farriers, veterinarians, feed stores and tack shops, which are the most obvious. Many MD businesses benefit from the equine industry such as insurance, transportation, clothing, advertising, and tourism. Passage of this Bill will have a negative economic impact on our equine support industries.
    The deer hunters currently have two Sunday’s of hunting (three counting the Jr. Hunting weekend) and the proposed Bills add EIGHT more days of Sunday hunting. This keeps other residents out of the woodlands for 4 ½ months! At present they have 127 days to deer hunt and can kill in excess of 30 deer. When is it enough ?
    The argument by the proponents is “only private property”. Bullets do not respect boundaries, even if a hunter were consistently able to determine on whose property he/she were hunting, bullets do not stop at the property line. The perception of danger prohibits people from enjoying the outdoors to which they also have rights.
    We respectfully request the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners send a letter to Senator Pipkin to withdraw support for the Sunday Deer Hunting Bill.

    Cc: Senators EJ Pipkin, Joan Carter, Royce P Dyson, Joanne Benson, Bill Ferguson, JB Jennings, Karen Montgomery, Paul Pinsky, Edward Reilly, Jim Rosapepe, Bryan Simonaire, and Ronald Young
    NAME ADDRESS
    _________________________________________ __________________________________________
    _________________________________________ __________________________________________
    _________________________________________ ___________________________________________
    _________________________________________ ___________________________________________
    _________________________________________ ___________________________________________
    _________________________________________ ____________________________________________



    Thank you all for any support lent to defeating this bill.

    Something missing from my information are the email addresses of the Environmental Matters Committee in the House. I will work on this.

    Best,
    Alison
    Alison Howard
    Homestead Farms, Maryland www.freshorganicvegetables.com

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