Read on for the history of this deer management proposal which included the use of high powered rifles in Montgomery County.
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IN AGRICULTURAL RESERVE
MCA is aware of the significant crop damage by deer in the Agricultural Reserve (Reserve) and supports our farmers in the need to cull the deer herds. However, we are concerned about the safety implications for various stakeholders (diversified producers, equestrians, cyclists, tourists, hikers, rural residents, anglers, hunters, birders etc.) by allowing rifle hunting 365 days a year with Deer Management Permits in the Reserve. We would ask what other possible solutions have been considered. An option would be to employ teams of trained sharpshooters to hunt in designated areas at limited, designated times, as is done successfully now in the Montgomery County parks. Another approach would be to encourage natural systems where predators such as coyotes would help reduce the deer population.
We cannot support the rifle hunting legislation as written.
Read excellent testimony from a markswoman and former 21 year employee of the NRA - "Allowing High Power Rifles in Montgomery County is Irresponsible"