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Hagerstown accepting applications to hunt Edgemont Watershed

June 04, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The City of Hagerstown will begin accepting applications July 1 from people who want to hunt this year on the city-owned Edgemont Watershed.

The City Council on Tuesday gave Utilities Director Michael Spiker permission to collect applications from July 1 to Aug. 15.

Applications will be accepted from across the state, but only 50 will be granted permits, Spiker said.

"If it's 50 or more, it will be limited to Washington County residents," he said.

If more than 50 people apply, Spiker said names will be drawn from a box to ensure fairness.

He said applications may be picked up and dropped off at the City of Hagerstown Water Division at 51 W. Memorial Blvd.

As part of the process, applicants will be required to submit a $10 nonrefundable fee and a copy of a valid hunting license with the application, Spiker said. The city will notify the applicants who are chosen by Sept. 15, and send them one permit to hunt and another to park.

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City documents show applicants will be required to sign a form that protects the city from liability if someone gets hurt. In addition, hunters will be prohibited from hunting within 500 feet of the Appalachian Trail, documents show.

The city previously allowed hunting on the 1,300-acre watershed, but banned the practice in 2006 for safety reasons. Two city employees, however, were allowed to hunt on the land in exchange for doing free work there, such as posting signs.

In October, city officials decided to ban hunting all together on the property until liability issues could be discussed.

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