Md> HB 1419


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627PCFan
March 15, 2012, 04:34 PM
In regards to Maryland HB 1419 requesting an increase in Hunting Costs, this email was sent to all sitting on the Maryland Environmental Committee.


To whom it may Concern,

I recently became aware of the HB 1419 which is to be considered by the House later this week. For 28 years, I was a resident of the State of Maryland and an avid hunter. While I have since moved to Virginia, my family remains in Maryland and I still regularly visit and hunt in the state. I have never had a problem annually purchasing my out of state hunting license, which allows me to hunt on all state properties and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA).

It has come to my recent attention that HB 1419 is proposing a 43% rate increase (for me) on the out of state hunting license from last year It is my strong opinion that these rate increases are excessive and will ultimately result in negative impacts on the Maryland hunting industry, as well as various components of Maryland agriculture. The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) constantly publicizes the use of hunting to continuously monitor and moderate the deer and resident geese populations, as well as bringing in new crops of youth to the hunting sport. If passed, this bill will set the Maryland hunting industry back substantially. Given the current state of the economy and in conjunction with other factors presently affecting the State of Maryland, I would imagine this is not a loss Maryland will want to encounter.


I visit family in Maryland approximately one weekend per month each year. Due to Maryland’s high violent crime rate, lack of concealed carry reciprocity with Virginia and inability to protect my family while visiting, I no longer purchase any goods, services, or supplies within Maryland’s borders. In addition, when traveling in Maryland I avoid all toll roads. These individual choices I make due to just a few factors end up costing the State of Maryland roughly $2,200.00 each year. I am certain that there are more out there like me who feel the need to make choices like these, which will continue to impact the State of Maryland not only financially and economically, but also in reputation.

As it stands now, my only regular purchase from the state of Maryland is my yearly hunting license, which includes muzzleloader stamp, Duck and Migratory Stamp. However, if HB 1419 is passed, I will no longer renew my license in the state of Maryland. I alone will continue to represent, at minimum, a $4,000.00 loss to the State of Maryland, annually.

Please bear in mind that, regardless of the passage of HB 1419, I will continue to have the right to hunt in the state of Maryland as I qualify for the landowners children. This allows me to hunt your states game at no cost. If HB 1419 is passed, for me at least, there may be a free meal but it is one I don’t wish to have.

I can be contacted at my personal email address:
Thank you,

Ryan Spicer
3/15/12

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