March 9, 2016

Equine Spring Activities and Announcements

 
SUNDAY (7 days a week) HUNTING CHANGES it is good to be aware.  hikers, bird watchers, dog walkers.... these changes will impact outdoor activities.
 
This is the Maryland Horse Council's stance on Sunday hunting.  The Senate Bill can be read by going to this link.  http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?pid=billpage&stab=02&id=sb1061&tab=subject3&ys=2016RS

Sunday Hunting and White-Tailed Deer Management

SUNDAY HUNTING AND WHITE-TAILED DEER MANAGEMENT

Maryland Horse Council (MHC) members have supported Maryland’s longstanding ban on Sunday hunting for many years. According to the public opinion survey conducted by DNR for the 2009 – 2018 White-Tailed Deer Plan, a majority of landowners and the general public also oppose Sunday hunting. This position is shared by most outdoor recreation groups.

In recent years Maryland Horse Council has worked alongside Maryland Farm Bureau to increase the deer harvest and thereby reduce crop damage, including losses of hay and pasture that are grown for horses. As part of this effort, we supported introduction of a pilot “market hunting” program to take place on farms with crop damage permits. DNR and hunters opposed this effort, arguing that the deer population had declined in recent years and that the program would reduce numbers further.

The legislative practice of “local courtesy” has led lawmakers to support Sunday hunting bills that emerge from county delegations with little public review. The result is a patchwork of Sunday hunting laws that are difficult to enforce and impossible for citizens to remember.

A Statewide Compromise: Senate Bill 1061

Maryland Horse Council convened a group of landowners, hunters, and outdoor recreation users last summer to create a uniform Sunday hunting program during the deer firearms season without closing off land to other users for whole weekends. The result is Senate Bill 1061, introduced this week by Senator Joan Carter Conway, Chair of Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs.

SB 1061 allows DNR to authorize Sunday hunting during the deer firearms season in all Maryland counties until 10:30 am but not after. It replaces the existing Sunday deer hunting laws. If passed the bill does the following:

  1. Hunters get more time in the field. Today we have a combined 74 Sundays when the county laws are aggregated. This proposal allows 207 Sunday mornings aggregated across counties.
  2. Hunters are in the field when they want to be. The average deer hunter stays out for a half day. This bill requires that shooting end at 10:30, allowing hunters to track, field dress, and remove deer after that time. Few hunters choose to hunt on Sunday afternoons, due either to the logistics of deer processing on Sunday evenings, or the lure of Sunday football.
  3. Riders and other outdoor recreation users will have a time in every county each weekend when they know that the woods and countryside are safe. Clubs, groups, and individuals in counties where all-weekend hunting passed in recent years will have some weekend access restored and be able to resume their activities.

Please support SB 1061. Please DO NOT support any new local Sunday hunting bills in this session. A uniform statewide compromise is in the best interest of hunters, landowners, law enforcement, and the public. Allow the debate on that compromise to move forward.

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Tuesday March 15th. WSSC trails will be open
Please remember to respect the policy of no riding when wet, and staying off the firebreak where riding is forbidden. Permit suggestion, take a picture of the permit and keep it on your phone (thank you Virginia this is a great idea)  Be the eyes and ears and report anything you see that doesn't look right, if in doubt call it in.
 
open trail status 301-206-4386
watershed police 301-206-888
 
 
FARM FOR SALE IN BURTONSVILLE, Maryland. .
contact Jennifer jen.richberg@gmail.com
 
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Harford County Saddle Fitting Workshop

Proper saddle fit is crucial part of the success of a horse and rider team, but finding the right fit can be a challenge. University of Maryland Extension, in partnership with Bay Meadow Farm LLC, will host a saddle fitting workshop on Friday, April 15, 2016 to educate riders on the basic principles of saddle fitting. Instruction will be provided by Master Saddle Fitter Gina Perilla and will include demonstration on live horses. 

The session will be from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Bay Meadow Farm, 2408 Cullum Road, Bel Air, MD 21015. There will be a $10 fee per person to attend, and light refreshments will be provided. The workshop will be held outdoors and will be rain or shine so participants should dress accordingly. 

Registration is requested in advance by calling the Harford County Extension Office at 410-638-3255 or sending an e-mail to Robin Wigley at rwigley@umd.edu. Limited space is available.

If you require special assistance to attend this program, please contact the Harford County Extension Office at 410-638-3255 by April 1. For more details about the program, contact Jennifer Reynolds, Coordinator of Equine Extension Activities for University of Maryland, at 301-405-1547 or jenreyn@umd.edu.

Attached a flyer for the upcoming FREE  Equine Seminar scheduled for the evening of April 6, 2016 at the Agricultural History Farm Park 18410 Muncaster Road, Derwood.

 Discussions will focus on pasture management and production, hay choices and weed control. Shelly Ingram Equine Resource Conservationist MSCD 18410 Muncaster Rd. Derwood, MD 20855  301-590-2853

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TROT IS AN AMAZING TRAIL RIDING GROUP.  FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO    http://trot-md.org/
 
TROT'S 2016 Young Equestrian Scholarship Award Program.
TROT will again be offering $500 scholarships to two young equestrians Maryland residents who are full-time students, 12-18 years old.
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