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Delegate Kriselda Valderrama (D-26) has sponsored a bill for the 2012 General Assembly 'authorizing a person in Prince George's County to hunt deer on certain Sundays on private property during certain deer hunting seasons". This is not a new idea in Maryland as some form of Sunday hunting has been before the General Assembly in the last few sessions. One can anticipate that the same tropes will be wheeled out both pro and con. Supporters of the bill will point out that this bill only applies to private land. The opponents will retort that that the inevitable incremental expansion of Sunday hunting onto public lands will be next. The proponents will reply that hunting is a tool of deer management on private property in response to the increasing costs of mitigation. These costs include the costs of 6 foot plus high fencing and continuous fence maintenance costs; permanent destruction of ornamental and native species plantings and landscapes including flowers, trees, and shrubs. The cons will note that much private land abuts public land, so that Sunday hunting would restrict the use of some public lands as it is highly unlikely that hikers, bikers, bird watchers and trail riders would want to utilize public lands adjacent to private hunting.
Prince George's County's established communities will wonder what the fuss is about while those in the rural tier will know firsthand what damage deer can do to fields of soya bean and corn. All of Prince George's will understand the impact of an automobile with a deer. As we carve up the woodlands and pave them over we create more open space perfect for increasing deer numbers. When the populations of deer and humans go up so do the chances of bad encounters including Lyme disease also go up. On top of everything there is a new contagious neurological disease affecting deer herds called Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The diversity of Prince George's County is both a blessing and a curse for some when it comes to trying to deal with the environment and the ecosystem resources and services they provide.
 Maryland Hunting Seasons Calendar for 2011-2012 http://dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/pdfs/hunting_seasons_calendar.pdf
"2 Deer Management Region B- Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington (Zone 1- the eastern portion of Washington County that lies east of a line beginning at the intersection of Rt. 494 and the PA line, south on Rt. 494 to Rt. 57, south on Rt. 57 to Rt. 40 at St. Paul’s Church, west on Rt. 40 to the junction of Big Spring Rd. and Rt. 40 in Clear Spring, south on Big Spring Rd. to the junction of Rt. 56 at Big Spring, following Rt. 56 west to the junction of Charles Mill Rd., then south on Charles Mill Rd. to the Potomac River), Wicomico, and Worcester Counties. Sunday hunting- In Calvert, Carroll, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington (Zone 1), Wicomico & Worcester counties on private lands only—Deer Bow Season is open on Sundays October 16, October 23, October 30, November 6 and November 13, 2011. Deer Bow Season is open on Sunday November 6, 2011 in Anne Arundel, Caroline, Cecil, Harford, Kent, Montgomery & Queen Anne’s counties on private lands only. In Anne Arundel, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Kent, Montgomery, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington (Zone 1), Wicomico & Worcester counties on private lands only—Deer Firearms Season is open on Sunday November 27. Deer Firearms Season is open on Sundays November 27 and December 4, 2011 in Calvert, Charles & St. Mary’s counties on private land only."
 Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance.
"Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a contagious neurological disease affecting deer, elk and moose. It causes a characteristic spongy degeneration of the brains of infected animals resulting in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death. CWD belongs to a group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). Within this family of diseases, there are several other variants that affect domestic animals: scrapie, which has been identified in domestic sheep and goats for more than 200 years, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle (also known as "mad cow disease"), and transmissible mink encephalopathy in farmed mink. Several rare human diseases are also TSEs. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) occurs naturally in about one out of every one million people worldwide. Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (v-CJD) has been associated with the large-scale outbreak of BSE in cattle herds in Great Britain."