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DNR chief lets business owners speak their minds during tour

October 07, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Tim Stahl, the owner of Keystone Sporting Goods, didn't need to go to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to speak his mind.

The DNR's top official came to him Friday as part of a statewide tour that started about two weeks ago.

C. Ronald Franks, the department's secretary, visited Keystone Sporting Goods, north of Hagerstown, and chatted with Stahl.

Franks said he wants to hear directly from hunting and fishing stores and other places with connections to the outdoors.

Stahl said Franks asked what the DNR is doing well and what it could improve.

One thing came immediately to Stahl's mind: The keyboard his shop uses to issue state hunting and fishing licenses isn't working right.

"So, that will be taken care of," Stahl said.

Stahl said he told Franks he would like to see more Sunday hunting.

Stahl also said he saw a loss in business when the state stopped requiring hunters to bring animals they kill to stations to be checked.

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Still, he said he understood the change and supported it. Before, hunters could run into problems if they couldn't find an open check station.

Compared to natural resources departments in surrounding states, "Maryland DNR appears to be light years ahead," Stahl said.

After a short talk, Franks and a DNR public information officer left for Murray's Sporting Goods in Williamsport. They also planned to go to Frederick and Mount Airy in Frederick County.

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