Agenda Item SB
September 26, 2017
Action
MEMORANDUM
September 25, 2017
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
County Council
Robert H. Drummer, Senior
Legislative
Attorney
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Action:
Expedited
Bill 30-17, Weapons
-
Discharge of Bows
-
Amendments
Public
Safety
Committee recommendation
(3-0):
enact the Bill
with
an amendment.
Expedited Bill 30-17, Weapons
-
Discharge of Bows - Amendments, sponsored by
Lead
Sponsor
Council President Berliner,
Councilmembers
Leventhal, Katz, Rice,
Elrich,
Council Vice
President Riemer, and
Councilmembers Navarro, Bucker,
and Floreen,
was
introduced on
September
12,
2017. A public hearing
was
held on September
19
and a Public Safety Committee
worksession
was
held on
September 25.
Bill 30-17
would
reduce
the safety zone for archery
hunters
in the
County.
Background
Chapter 443 of
the
2017
Laws
of
Maryland
(HB 313),
enacted
by
the
General Assembly
in the
last
legislative
session,
reduced
the
safety
zone
in the County prohibiting bow hunting within
100 yards of a building designed for human occupancy without the ov.rner's
consent
to
within
50
yards of a building. See ©4-5. The State law also added a requirement
that
a bow hunter
discharging a bow within 50 to
100
yards of a building do so using a tree stand.
County Code §57-6 prohibits bow hunting within
100
yards of a building designed for
human occupancy.
Bill
30-17 would make the County law consistent with the amended State law
by referencing this State law. 0MB estimated that the Bill would have no fiscal or
economic
impact on
the
County. See
©6-9.
Public Hearing
Both speakers, Peggy Dennis, representing the Montgomery County Civic
Federation
and
Dr. Mark Eakin, representing the Animal Connection Deer Management Team (©10-11),
supported the Bill. They both pointed
to the
County's overpopulation of deer and
the safety
of
bow hunting in Maryland and Virginia. Dr.
Eakin
testified
that
an archery hunter would
need
to
be
shooting
down within 20 yards of the deer, and that his group of
hunters has
removed over 600
deer in
southern
Rockville and
Potomac
with a perfect safety record. The Agricultural Advisory
Committee
submitted written
testimony
in
support
of
the Bill. See,
©12.
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Public Safety Worksession
County Police Captain
Michael
Wahl represented the
Executive Branch. Dr.
Mark
Eakin,
representing
the
Animal Connection Deer Management Team, answered questions from the
Committee. A description of the Animal Connection
Deer
Management
Team
is at
©
13-14.
Robert Drummer, Senior Legislative
Attorney, represented
the Council staff. Captain Wahl told
the Committee that
the
Counties that have reduced the safety zone for bow hunting to 50 yards
have not received any reports of injuries
to
people, pets, or livestock from bow hunting
other
than
injuries to hunters falling out of tree stands.
The
Committee discussed
the
need to require a hunter
to report the failure
to recover
a wounded deer
to
the County Police. The Committee recommended
(3
-0)
approval of the Bill with this reporting amendment.
Issues
1.
Is
the
County required
to
be consistent
with State
law?
Md. Nat'l
Resources
Code, §10-410(g) establishes statewide safety zones where
hunting
a
bird or mammal is prohibited near a "dwelling house,
residence,
church, or any other building or
camp occupied by human beings" without
the prior
permission of the owner or occupant of the
property. The County would be preempted by this
State
law
from permitting hunting within the
State safety zone because the County law would conflict with
the
State
law
by permitting an
activity that was expressly
prohibited
by State
law.
However,
the County's
larger
safety
zone
does not conflict with the State safety zone. Both
laws are
intended
to
serve
the same purpose
-
protection of residents from accidental injuries
caused by hunting.
In
this case,
the
County and the
State
have concurrent authority to
legislate in
this area
if
the County law does not frustrate the purpose of the State law. See,
City of Baltimore
v. Sitnick,
254 Md. 303 (1969), where the Court held that a higher City minimum wage
did
not
conflict with a
lower
State minimum wage. A County
law
providing additional safety to residents
does not conflict
with
the State
law
with the same purpose.
2. Should a bow hunter
be required
to report the
failure
to recover a
wounded deer
to
the
County
Police?
Many of the complaints received
from
residents about
bow
hunting deer center around
unrecovered wounded animals. Dr.
Eakin
told the Committee
that
a deer struck by an arrow
by
one of their hunters
normally
dies
within 30 seconds, but can travel
up
to
40
yards
after
being
hit.
A hunter will normally track
the
wounded
animal
to recover
it.
If
a
hunter cannot find
the
animal
at sundown, the
hunter
will often return at sunrise
to
recover it. Although a reporting requirement
would
not
obligate the Police to search for a wounded
deer,
it
would help the
County
keep
statistics
on these occurrences and facilitate tracking the
hunter
responsible for a wounded deer that is
eventually found on someone else's property.
Committee recommendation
(3-0):
add an
amendment
to require
a
bow
hunter to report
the
failure to
recover a
wounded
deer
to the County
Police at the end
of
an unsuccessful search for the animal. See
lines
14-15 at
©2.
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3. Should the Bill be enacted?
Reducing the safety
zone
from 100 yards to 50 yards would increase the ability of property
owners to use archery hunters to reduce the significant overpopulation of deer in the County.
Based upon the testimony from
the
Police
at
the
Committee worksession, it has not increased the
risk
of accidental injury
to residents,
pets, or
livestock
in the Counties that have
reduced
the safety
zone to 50 yards. This
lack
of accidental injuries is
likely
because a bow hunter would be aiming
at the ground from an elevated stand within 20 yards of the deer. A miss would go into the ground.
The
overpopulation of deer has increased deer-car collisions in the County.
Committee
recommendation
(3-0):
approve the
Bill
with
the
reporting amendment on lines
14-15.
This packet contains:
Expedited Bill 30-17
Legislative
Request Report
State
Law HB
313
Fiscal
and Economic
Impact
statement
Testimony of Dr. Eakin
Letter from the Agricultural Advisory Committee
·
Description
of the Animal Connection Deer Management
Team
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3
4
6
10
12
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Expedited Bill No.
30-17
Concerning:
Weapons - Discharge of
Bows - Amendments
Revised: September
25.
2017
Draft
No.
£
Introduced:
September
12.
2017
Expires:
March
12 2019
Enacted:
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Executive:
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Effective:
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Sunset Date: -'N:..:.:o=n=e_
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Ch.
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Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsor: Council President Berliner, Council.members Leventhal, Katz, Rice,
Elrich,
Council
Vice President Riemer, and Councilmembers Navarro,
Bucker,
and
Floreen
AN EXPEDITED
ACT
to:
( 1)
reduce
the
safety
zone
for archery hunters in the County; and
(2)
generally amend the laws governing the discharge of bows.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 57, Weapons
Section 57-6
Boldface
Underlining
[Single
boldface
brackets]
Double
underlining
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boldface
brackets]]
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Heading or defined term.
Added to existing law by original bill.
Deleted from
existing
law
by original bill.
Added by amendment.
Deletedfrom existing
law
or the bill by amendment.
Existing law unaffected by bill.
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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EXPEDITED BILL NO.
30-17
1
Sec.1. Section
57-6 is
amended
as
follows:
57-6. Discharge
of
bows.
(a)
2
3
Prohibition.
A
person must not discharge a bow in the County:
(
1)
(2)
from, onto, or
across
a public road;
[into
or
within
100
yards
of]
in
violation of the archery hunting
safety
zone
established
in
Md.
Code,
Natural Resources,
§
10-4 10,
as amended, surrounding a building or camp designed
for
human
occupancy without the owner or occupant's written
consent;
or
(3)
from,
onto, or
across
public or private
property
without the owner
or occupant's written consent;
4
5
6
7
8
9
1
o
11
12
13
(b)
Exception.
Subsection
(a) does not apply to target archery practiced
in
compliance with
safety
guidelines established in regulations adopted
under method (2).
14
(£)
A
bow hunter must report the
failure
to recover
a
wounded
deer
to
the
15
16
17
County
Police
at the
end
of
an
unsuccessful
search
for
the
animal.
Sec. 2.
Expedited
Effective Date.
The
Council
declares
that
this
legislation
1s necessary for the immediate
protection of the public interest. This
Act
takes
effect
on the
date
on which
it
becomes
law.
Approved:
18
19
20
21
Roger Berliner, President,
County
Council
22
Approved:
Date
23
Isiah
Leggett,
County
Executive
Date
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LEGISLATIVE
REQUEST REPORT
Expedited
Bill 30-17
Weapons
-
Discharge of Bows
-
Amendments
DESCRIPTION:
County Code
§57-6
prohibits bow hunting
within 100
yards
of
a
building
designed
for
human
occupancy.
Bill
30-17
would make
the
County law consistent
with
the recently
amended
State law by
referencing this State
law.
Chapter
443
of the 2017
Laws of
Maryland (HB 313), enacted by the
General
Assembly in
the last
legislative
session,
reduced
the safety
zone in
the
County prohibiting
bow hunting
within 100 yards
of a
building
designed
for human occupancy
without
the owner's consent
to within 50 yards of a building. The
State law
also added a
requirement that a bow
hunter discharging
·a
bow
within 50
to 100
yards
of
a
building
do so
using
a
tree
stand. County
law is now
inconsistent with
the
State
law.
To
amend
County
law
to be
consistent
with the recently amended State
law.
Police,
County Attorney
To be requested.
To
be requested.
To
be
requested.
To
be researched.
Robert H. Drummer, Senior
Legislative
Attorney
To
be
researched.
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
Class
A Violation
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LAWRENCE
J.
HOGAN,
JR.,
Governor
Chapter 443
(House Bill 313)
AN ACT concerning
Montgomery County -Archery
Hunting
-
Safety
Zone
MC 10-17
Ch.
443
FOR the purpose of altering the size of the
safety
zone for
archery
hunters
in
Montgomery
County within which archery hunting may not take place except
under
certain
circumstances; requiring archery hunters in Montgomery County to use a
tree
stand
when hunting certain animals within
a certain
distance of certain buildings; and
generally
relating
to
archery hunting in Montgomery County.
BY
repealing
and reenacting, with amendments,
Article
-
Natural Resources
Section
10-41
0(g)
Annotated Code
of
Maryland
(2012
Replacement
Volume and 2016 Supplement)
SECTION
1.
BE IT ENACTED
BY
THE GENERAL
ASSEMBLY
OF MARYLAND,
That the
Laws
of
Maryland read as
follows:
Article
-
Natural Resources
10- 410.
(g)
(1)
Except as provided in
paragraphs
(2) and (3) of this subsection, a
person,
other than
the owner or occupant, while hunting for any wild bird or mammal may
not shoot or
discharge
any firearm or other deadly weapon within
150
yards, known as the
"safety zone", of a
dwelling
house, residence, church, or other building or camp occupied by
human beings, or shoot at any wild bird or mammal while it is within this area, without
the specific
advance
permission of the owner or
occupant.
(2)
A
person,
while hunting for any wild bird or
mammal,
may not shoot or
discharge any firearm within
300
yards of a public or nonpublic school during school
hours
or at
a
time when a school-approved activity is taking place.
(3)
(i)
For archery hunters
in
Calvert County, Carroll County,
Frederick County, Harford County,
MONTGOMERY COUNTY,
or St. Mary's County,
the
safety
zone
described in
paragraph (1) of this subsection extends for 50 yards
from
a
dwelling house,
residence,
church, or any other building or camp occupied by
human beings.
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Ch. 443
2017
LAWS OF
MARYLAND
(ii)
For
archery
hunters in
Anne Arundel County [or Montgomery
County],
the
safety
zone
described
in
paragraph
(1)
of
this subsection
extends for
100
yards
from a dwelling house, residence,
church,
or any other
building or
camp occupied by
human
beings.
During any open hunting season, a person, other than the
owner
or
occupant, may not hunt or
chase
willfully any wild bird or mammal within the safety
zone
without
the specific
advance permission of the owner or occupant.
(4)
(5)
I
n Harford
County
OR MONTGOMERY COUNTY,
an
archery
hunter
shall
use a
tree
stand when hunting
any
wild bird or mammal within 50
to
100
yards of
a
dwelling house, residence, church, public or
nonpublic school,
or
other
building or camp
occupied by human
beings.
SECTION 2.
AND BE
IT
FURTHER
ENACTED,
That this
Act shall
take effect
July
1,
2017.
Approved
by
the Governor,
May
4,
2017.
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ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND
MEMORANDUM
September 18, 2017
TO:
FROM:
Roger Berliner, President, County Council
Jennifer
A.
Hughes,
Director, Office
of Management
and Budget~~
Alexandre
A.
Espinosa,
Director, Department of Financ~
l)
SUBJECT:
FEIS
for Bill
No.
30-17, Weapons - Discharge of Bows, Amendments
Please find attached the fiscal and
economic
impact statements
for
the above-
referenced
legislation.
JAH:mc
cc: Bonnie Kirkland,
Assistant
Chief Administrative Officer
Lisa Austin, Offices
of
the County
Executive
Joy Nunni, Special Assistant to the County Executive
Patrick Lacefield, Director, Public Information Office
David Platt, Department of Finance
Dennis Hetma:n, Department of
Finance
Robert Hagedoom, Department
of Finance
Rich Harris, Office of Management and Budget
Felicia Zhang, Office of
Management
and Budget
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Fiscal Impact Statement
Bill 30-17 Weapons-Discharge of Bows-Amendments
1. Legislative
Summary
The proposed
legislation
would reduce from
100
yards to
SO
yards
the distance from a
building that an individual can legally discharge a bow.. The purpose
of this
bill is
to
conform
with State law, which was amended by
the
General Assembly
in
the 2017
legislative
session.
2. An estimate of
changes
in County revenues and expenditures regardless of whether the
revenues
or
expenditures are assumed
in the recommended or approved budget. Includes
source
of
information,
assumptions,
and methodologies used.
Bill
30-17
is
not
estimated to
change
County revenues or expenditures.
3.
Revenue
and expenditure estimates covering at least the next
6 fiscal
years.
The proposed bill does not have
an
impact on revenues or
expenditures.
4. An actuarial analysis through the entire arnortiz~tion period for each
bill
that would affect
retiree
J?ension
C?r
group insurance
costs.
Not applicable.
Bill
30-17 does not
have
an impact on pension or insurance
costs.
5.
An
estimate of
expenditures
related
to
County's
information
technology (IT) systems,
including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
systems.
Not applicable.
6. Later actions that may affect future
revenue
and expenditures
if the
bill authorizes future
spending.
Not applicable.
Bill
30-17
does
not authorize future
spending.
7.
An
estimate of the staff time
needed to
implement
the bill.
No sta.ff
time is needed to
implement
Bill
30-1 7.
8.
An
explanation
of
how
the
addition of new staff responsibilities would affect other duties.
None
9. An estimate of
costs
when an additional appropriation is needed.
Not applicable.
10. A
description of
any variable
that
could affect revenue and
cost estimates.
Not
applicable.
·
11. Ranges
of
revenue
or
expenditures that
are
uncertain or difficult to project.
Not applicable.
12.
If
a bill
is
likely to
have
no
fiscal
impact, why that is the case.
Bill
30-17 concerns the discharge of
a
bow, which will not
have a
fiscal
impact on the
County.
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13. Other
fiscal
impacts or
comments.
Not
applicable.
14.
The
following
contributed
to
and concurred
with
this analysis:
Capt.
Michael
Wahl,
Montgomery
County Police
Department
Neil Shorb, Montgomery
County Police
Department
Richard
Harris,
Office of
Management
and
Budget
Date
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Economic Impact Statement
Bill 30·17, Weapons
-
Discharge
of
Bows
-
Amendments
Background:
Bill 3 0-17 would
reduce the
safety
zone
for
archery
hunters
in
the
County. Chapter 443 of the
2017 Laws of
Maryland
(HB
313); enacted by the
General
Assembly in the last legislative
session, reduced
the safety
zone
in
the County prohibiting bow
hunting
within
100
yards of a
building designed
for
human occupancy without the owner's consent
to
within 50 yards of
a
building.. The State law
also
added a
requirement
that a bow hunter discharging a bow within 50
to
100 yards of a building do
so using
a tree stand.
County
Code
§57-6
prohibits bow
hunting
within
mo
yards
of a building
designed
for human occupancy. Bill
30-17
would malce
the
County
law consistent with
the amended State law by referencing
this State
law.
1.
The sources
of
information,
assumptions, and methodologies used.
This
legislation
does
not
have an economic
impact as it codifies
the County law
to
be
consistent with
the
recently amended
State
law.
There will
be no economic impact to
employment,
spending, savings,
investment, incomes, and property values as
a
result
of
this
lli~
.
2. A
description of
any variable that could
affect
the economic impact
estimates.
This legislation
does not have an
economic
impact.
3. The
Bill's
positive
or negative
effect,
if any
on employment, spending,
savings,
investment, incomes,
and
property
values
in the County.
Please
see the answer
to
question
1.
4.
If
a
Bill is likely
to
have
no
economic impact,
why
is
that
the case?
Please
see the answer to
question
1.
5.
The
following contributed
to
or concurred
with this
analysis:
David Platt, Dennis Hetman,
and
Robert
Hagedoom,
Finance.
Alexandre
A.
Espinosa, Director
Department of Finance
Date
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Testimony in Support of
Expedited
Bill 30-17,
Weapons -Discharge ofBows - Amendments
Dr. C. Mark Eakin, Director of Animal Connection Deer
Management
Team
Good afternoon.
I'm
Dr.
Mark
Eakin of Colesville, MD, director of the Animal
Connection Deer Management Team. We are all
too
well aware that the number of
whitetail deer has skyrocketed in
this
area and continues
to
climb. Without enough
predators, populations grow unchecked.
Research
indicates the deer population
along the
eastern seaboard
is
ten times higher than when Columbus arrived. County wildlife
managers
have
reported well over 200 per square mile in some areas, when healthy levels
are
around 20-30 deer per square mile. These levels are unhealthy for the deer,
have
led
to increased deer-car collisions, greater damage
to
landscape and garden vegetation, and
increasing incidences of Lyme disease.
The deer population levels we are seeing
in
Montgomery County are not natural. As
I
don't expect there's much great interest in reintroducing wolves and mountain lions
around here, it leaves people as the only practical
means
of controlling deer
herds.
In
its
larger parks, Montgomery County uses managed
shotgun hunts
and sharpshooters
to reduce deer populations. These aren't practical in smaller parks or on
most
private
lands.
Bowhunting is a practical and
effective
in these cases. This is why Animal
Connections
is
one of two teams working with Montgomery
Parks
to use bowhunting to
manage
deer populations in two smaller stream
valley
parks. Unlike managed hunts and
sharpshooters costing $400-$1,000 per deer, our services are free.
Since 2005, our
volunteer
bowhunters have safely reduced deer herds for Montgomery
County residents. The 6-10 hunters on our team have removed over 600 deer from
neighborhoods
in southern Rockville and Potomac with a perfect safety record
-
and
there are other
teams
like ours in the area.
But, the 100
yard
"safety zone" inside which all residents must give
advance
permission
for bowhunting
to
take place impairs our
ability
to help
homeowners
with their deer
problems. The State of Maryland, at
Montgomery
County's urging, has now reduced
this
safety zone for archery from elevated tree-stands to 50 yards in Montgomery County.
However,
the Montgomery County regulation on discharge of
bows
has not yet been
changed to match the new Maryland law.
In
contrast to
firearms,
bowhunting is a short-
range
activity, with most shots being taken within 20 yards
of
the hunter. The new
Maryland 50-yard
"safety
zone" for archery only
applies
when bowhunters are
shooting
downward from an elevated tree stand. Adding
to
the safety of the activity and
stopping
arrows immediately after they pass through the deer.
We find that
at
least one in ten Montgomery County
homeowners
is opposed to hunting,
making it nearly impossible to gain permission in most of the county with 1/4
to 1/3
acre
lots.
Even
in communities
with
large undeveloped woodland tracts~ it is often impossible
to gain the permissions needed to control deer through bowhunting.
In
the attached
figures, you will see two potential scenarios for a private wooded area. The current 100-
yard limit requires permission from 12 neighbors for the owner ofthis
large
wooded
lot
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to use our services
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despite
the fact that most of
these
neighbors would never
even
know
we were there.
Maryland
has
now
reduced
the safety
zone
for
bowhunting from
an
elevated tree
stand to
a
much
more reasonable
50-yard
limit.
Bill
30-17 would align the
County regulation to
that passed by Maryland, and allow this property owner to
use
our
services to control deer on their private land.
100 yard "safety
zone"
SO yard "safety
zone"
It
is clear that bowhunting is a safe and
effective way to
deal
with
the
expanding
deer
population in
Montgomery
County. Adjusting
the
County regulations to match the new
Maryland law
will
allow
your
residents
to
safely
and effectively manage
deer
populations.
My thanks
to
the
County Council
for addressing fuis
disparity between
State
and County
regulations.
I
encourage you
all
to
support
Expedited
Bill
30-17.
Thank
you.
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AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
September 18, 2017
The
Honorable
Roger
Berliner
Montgomery Cow1ty CoW1cil President
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Maryland
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Rockville,
MD 2085 0
Dear Council President Berliner:
Expedited Bill 30-17 Weapons-Discharge of
Bows
On
behalf
of the Montgomery CoW1ty Agricultural Advisory Cornmittee-AAC we want to
thank
the County Council for
this
opportW1ity
to
provide
our comments in support of
Expedited
Bill
30-17 Weapons-Discharge of Bows.
The Agricultural Advisory Committee participated in the 2017 Maryland
Legislative
Session and
provided
testimony
in
support of House Bill 313 which
provided
the State enabling
legislation
to
reduce
the safety
zone
distance for bow
hunting
in the County.
This
Expedited Bill
will
provide
an additional tool
for
bow hW1ters to harvest more
deer
in the
CoW1ty
by reducing
the
safety distance from 75
yards
to 50 yards.
Thank you again for the considering
the
views of the AAC on this Expedited Bill 30-17.
Sincerely,
Doug
Lechlider,
Vice Chairman of the AAC
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ANIMAL
CONNECTION
DEER MANAGEMENT TEAM
(ACDMT)
http
://acdmt.org
We are a group of seasoned veteran bowhunters that feel
we can make
a
difference
in the great
state
of
Maryland.
We will
make
every
effort
to ensure that your
experience with us is a positive one.
Our
Background
Most of
the
members of
ACDMT
are
members
of the
Maryland Bowhunters
Society. We also belong to other conservation organizations,
and
actively
participate
in
the
community. The
Maryland Bowhunters
Society
is dedicated
to promoting and preserving
bowhunting; educating
the
non-hunting
public
about
the role of the bowhunter in wildlife management and conservation;
and
educating bowhunters in safety, shooting
skills, hunting techniques
and
landowner relations.
The
MBS strongly advocates ethical
bowhunting
within
the laws of the
jurisdiction hunted
and
in
a sportsmanlike
manner under the
Rules of Fair Chase established by the Pope and Young Club.
ACDMT is
comprised of people from all walks of
life.
Our ranks include
police
officers, doctors, scientists, business owners, accountants and
retirees.
We
are parents, grandparents,
sons,
daughters, and
members of
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local communities. We may be
your
neighbors, friends or
even
a relative.
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Though we have diverse
backgrounds, we all share a
common
goal
-
to
use
our unique skills to
help
the people that
invite
us into their
communities,
and also to help those
in
need.
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WhyACDMT is needed?
Deer
are a very
adaptable
species. In most suburban areas
there
are parks, lawns, woods, water and shelter that form
an ideal habitat for deer.
In
some Washington DC suburbs, the deer population exceeds
400
animals
per
square
mile,
while
the
carrying capacity of the
land
is much smaller
-
perhaps 40
animals
per square mile. This causes the deer to
be thin,
undernourished
and prone to sickness. This high
deer density also
brings
diseases,
such as Lyme's disease, to
the
neighborhoods, increases car/deer accidents, and results
in
hundreds of thousands of dollars
in
damage to
homeowners' trees
and
plants as the deer struggle
to
survive. The close proximity of homes to this habitat makes it
extremely difficult to control
the
deer population by conventional
means.
Without suburban bowhunting,
the
deer
population will spiral out of control.
How Safe is Bow Hunting?
Bowhunting is one of the safest sports there
is.
Statistics show bowhunting has less accidental
injuries
or death than
jogging,
bicycling, swimming,
boating,
or any
other outdoor
activity.
Bowhunting
is
many,
many times
safer
than
common sportrng activities such as football
and
baseball. Yes, there is some danger to the hunter since he is sitting
approximately
15 feet
up
in
a
tree and
could fall. But
we all wear
a
safety
harness to
minimize the chance of this
occurring. There is never any danger to another person or animal that
may
wander
into
the area we are
hunting. The
target animal
is
seen and
identified,
carefully watched waiting for the
perfect shot,
then the bow is drawn and after
carefully aiming, the arrow
is
released
.
Shooting
from an
elevated
position,
the
arrow sticks
into the ground, even
if we
miss our target. We will not take a shot
if
we notice a pet, yours or any one else's, or
another
person in
the
area. No
non-hunter
has ever
been injured by
a
bowhunter
in the state of
Maryland. It's that safe!
If you
have
any more concerns
about the safety of allowing a bowhunter on your land you can visit www.marylandbowhunterssociety.org and watch a
short
video on the safety
of
bowhunting.
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How
Will
I Know When
a
Hunter
is on
My Property?
When we arrive to your property, we will hang
a
door
tag on
your front door
indicating
we are
there.
These
door
hangers resemble
the "Do
Not
Disturbn
signs
you
find
at
hotels. This tag will also have a phone number on it if you have
any concerns or complaints. Your phone
call will
be
kept confidential. After we complete
the hunt
on
your property,
we
will remove
the door
tag. This way you will
always know when we are hunting
your
property.
Why Use Corn to Lure the Deer When There Are So Many?
Using com allows us
to
lure
the deer to
a spot where
we
can
set
them up
for
an accurate
shot. 90% of the time,
deer
will
run
in the
direction that they
are
facing when a
sound
startles
them. By
using com,
we are controlling the
direction
that
they
face so that
there is
less
of a chance that the
deer
will
run
out in a
road.
What Happens
to
the Deer When it is Harvested?
When a deer is
shot
with an arrow, it
reacts
to the sound it heard,
not
the shot it self.
Deer
react in different ways, some
run, wh'ile
others
will just jump and
stand there
wondering what
the sound was that
startled
it. The shot we take is while
the deer
is
standing
broadside
to us.
Since
we are approximately 15 feet up in a
tree,
90% of
the time,
the arrow goes
completely
through
the
deer
and sticks
into the ground
with-in
a few
feet
of where
the
deer was standing. The deer does
not run
off
with
an
arrow sticking out of it. The deer bleeds internally and expires very quickly,
usually within a minute or
less.
There will
be
very
minimal blood. After the
deer expires
if
it is
not
lying in a conspicuous
location,
we will continue
to hunt if there are still deer in the area.
If
the deer
does
expire in a more visible location,
we
will
move it immediately
and then
continue
to
hunt.
No
deer will be
"dressed
out"
on
your
property.
All deer are removed for this process.
What Happens to the Meat?
All
of
the deer meat is used
and
no
deer
will
be wasted. We donate
a
large
amount
to
a
non-
profit organization,
Farmers
and Hunters Feeding the
Hungry
{FHFH.ORG). FHFH
covers
the
processing
costs
for
donated venison and
distributes
this high protein, low fat
meat
source
to
local
food
banks,
soup
kitchens and
shelters to feed those
less
fortunate. The meat
processor,
KS Kuts,
located
in Damascus, Maryland has
worked with FHFH for years. On average,
ACDMT
harvests nearly 100 deer annually
in local neighborhoods and
supplies over 1,000
pounds of
venison
to
those
in need.
If
the hunter is in need
of some
venison for their own
personal consumption,
they
will
only
take
what
they can
use. If
the property
owner would like
some
venison,
we will be more
than
happy
to supply it.
Monetary
donations are welcomed
by
FHFH; indicate
MD-09
on
your
tax-deductable contribution.
How many deer will we remove?
There is
no set
number that
works
for
every
property.
We
work diligently
to bring
the
herd back down to a healthy
population. We do not
want to
eradicate the deer in your area.
We
just
want
to
manage the
herd
to a healthy
level
that
everyone
can benefit from.
How to contact ACDMT to manage the deer
in
your neighborhood
If you are interested in
having
experienced, ethical, and
safe bowhunters
work
with
you to
manage the deer population
on your property at no cost, please
check
out our website
at
http://acdmt.org
where you
use the
"Contact
Us" link
to
get
in touch.