Annapolis, Maryland – House Bill 655, commonly known as the Minimum Age Hunting License bill was withdrawn today through the efforts of the leadership of the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus and the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Foundation. For now, the time-honored practice of passing down the tradition of hunting from one generation to another is less threatened and Maryland continues to have no minimum age for a young person to obtain a hunting license after successfully completing a Hunter Education Course.
HB655: The ‘Hunting License – Minimum Age’ Bill would have prohibited the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from issuing a license to any youngster under the minimum age of thirteen. The danger in legislation like this is that by the time a youngster becomes old enough to legally obtain a hunting license; other interests may occupy his or her time – which is just what the anti-hunting crowd was hoping for.
“Maryland is an urban-minded state. This was a legislative fight we have been anticipating for several years, but one we were committed to winning once the day arrived. The 2008 session was indeed that day. The bill’s demise speaks volumes to the influence and respect for the Caucus and the Foundation in the Halls of Annapolis. Tomorrow is a different day and we will remain ever-vigilant – on behalf of Maryland’s sportsmen’s community – in protecting our traditional rights as sportsmen… hunting young is one of those rights” stated Bill Miles, Vice-Chairman of the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Foundation.
The bill, HB655 is only one of several anti-sportsmen’s bills introduced into the Maryland Assembly this session. Sportsmen’s first line of defense to protect and defendMaryland’s rich traditions of hunting and fishing as well as the Second Amendment is the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus and the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Foundation.
The bi-partisan Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus is an affiliate of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC), which is comprised of 34 state caucuses nationwide.
Maryland’s caucus leaders in Annapolis include Senator John Astle, Senator George Edwards, Delegate Richard Weldon and Delegate Susan Kullen. Senator Astle is also the President of the NASC Executive Council. The Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Foundation is modeled after the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) in Washington. The Chairman and Vice-Chairman are David Sutherland and Bill Miles, respectively.
About the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC)
The National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses, a program of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), serves as the umbrella for 34 affiliated state legislative sportsmen’s caucuses. NASC is the leader in providing information to protect and promote sportsmen’s issues within state’s legislatures, serving as the venue for focused interaction and idea exchange among state caucus leaders, and the outdoors community. For additional information, visit the NASC website at www.statesportsmenslink.org or call 202-543-6907.