From National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses
-- House Bill 655, commonly known as the Minimum Age Hunting License bill was withdrawn today through the efforts of the leadership of the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus and the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Foundation.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 13.
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.
The bill, HB655 is only one of several anti-sportsmen's bills introduced into the Maryland Assembly this session.
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 Sens. John Astle, George Edwards, Delegates Richard Weldon and Susan Kullen. Sen. 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.
For additional information, visit the NASC website at www.statesportsmenslink.org or call 202-543-6907.