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Council members won't get complimentary hunting permits

October 14, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - The age-old custom of issuing one hunting permit to each town council member - to either use or give to a friend or family member - has been abolished in the spirit of fairness.

"I think we should do away with the town issuing us permits that we can give out," said Gary Grove, council member and hunting enthusiast.

And in a unanimous vote, moved by Terry Baker and seconded by Mason Mundey, both council members, the motion was passed.

Now the rules are that only residents of Clear Spring or town water customers who actually live at the residence with the water hookup can get permits to hunt the town-owned land on Fairview Mountain.

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Because of some controversy over nonresidents hunting with council-issued permits, town officials last month agreed to only issue temporary archery permits until the issue was settled.

Now that it has been decided, Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said the five people with those temporary permits need to come back to Town Hall to reapply for firearms hunting season.

All others who meet the town requirements and have valid Maryland hunting licenses must come in to get their permits, register their vehicle tag numbers and sign an agreement holding the town harmless in case of injury, said Town Mayor Paul Hose Jr.

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