A 4,800-acre wooded area has been set aside for the public as part of the Chesapeake Forest in the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and whether or not all hunters get access to that land, though, has caused a huge debate in Maryland.
The area was originally part of a private hunting lease, but that lease expired, prompting a review of all the state-owned lands in the area. The review of all the lands lead to them opening up that 4,800-acre plot, but closing off 3,000 more acres from open hunting, instead making individuals lease the land from the state for access.
Officials say that it was an oversight, and that they’re going to go back and review that decision. Local hunters are skeptical, thinking that the state is looking to make more money off of hunters who already contribute so much to the state in terms of license fees and tourism dollars. –Brian McClintock
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