On February 9, the Maryland Hunting Coalition hosted its annual “Blaze and Camo Day” rally at the Maryland State Capitol in Annapolis. The annual rally provided an opportunity to celebrate Maryland’s rich outdoor sporting heritage while discussing policies, with state lawmakers, on opportunities to advance hunting and fishing.
Several members of the bipartisan Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus were in attendance, including Caucus Co-Chairs Senator John Astle and Delegate Wendell Beitzel, and Caucus Vice-Chairs Senator Wayne Norman and Delegate Ned Carey. Also in attendance was Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a member of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus, who spoke on the importance of the state’s hunting and fishing community.
Maryland is home to over 88,000 hunters who contribute more than $266 million to the state’s economy each year, supporting almost 4,500 jobs in the state. In addition to supporting the state’s economy, Maryland hunters provide nearly 14 million dollars in conservation funding annually through the American System of Conservation Funding, now celebrating its 80th Anniversary.
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- Increase the price of hunting and fishing licenses, tags, permits or stamps (0.00%)
- Create new species-specific stamps (e.g. trout stamp) (9.52%)
- Implement a conservation stamp for non-consumptive users (e.g. hikers, bikers, birdwatchers, etc.) that use state-owned lands (38.10%)
- Adopt a Conservation Sales Tax at the state level on all taxable goods, with the funds allocated for conservation projects (14.29%)
- Adopt a Dedicated Sales Tax on Outdoor Goods (a state-level tax on outdoor goods similar to the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs) (19.05%)
- The creation of non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for state wildlife agencies (19.05%)