Please restore land based public hunting access to Newtowne Neck State Park for deer, small game, turkeys, and waterfowl field hunting.
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In April 2014, Newtowne Neck State Park was reopened by the MD Park Service after a 2+ year closure due to the discovery and removal of military munitions debris. Prior to the January 2012 closure, hunting for deer, small game, turkeys, and waterfowl (both field and shoreline) was permitted on this property. The park had a lot to offer hunters, and it was heavily utilized.
Most assumed this access would continue when the park reopened, and were shocked to learn that no Hunting is allowed except for waterfowl hunting by boat access only. In reopening the property, the Maryland Park Service now restricts visitors to “Passive Activities” including kayaking, hiking, bird watching and horseback riding. “NO HUNTING” signs now appear throughout the park. Unfortunately, the Park Service does not include hunting on its list of "Passive Activities”.
The Park service contends that hunting is only temporarily suspended until a Master Plan is finalized, but the master planning process, which began in April 2014, could take 1-2 years to complete. Hunters should not have to wait.
This petition is meant to show the Maryland Park Service that hunting is a "Passive Activity" and that Maryland Hunters desire access to the property restored immediately. Additionally, Hunting should be included in the park’s future plan, and should not be restricted while that plan is being developed.
Please take the time to review and sign this petition. Help us remind the Maryland Park Service that hunting is a “Passive Activity” and historical use of the Newtowne Neck property. Ask them to restore access to hunters this season.
Together sportsman can stand up, and not be put aside by anti-hunting policy makers. Many hunters have access to private land, but for those who rely solely on public land, this is a terrible loss. If access to this property for hunting is limited forever, what public property will be next?
For more info on the Master Planning process, see: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/southern/newtowne.aspx).
To take the Park Survey see: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NewtowneNeckSP
The results of this petition will be submitted to the Park Service prior to the close of the public comment period on October 31, 2014.
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