Meshach Browning Trail System opens in McHenry

From The Garrett County Republican

McHENRY — Along with the new year came the “soft opening” of a new trail system in the McHenry area.

The Meshach Browning Trail System, which covers more than six miles, is a public, non-motorized, multi-use recreational and cultural resource at the Deep Creek Lake Lions Club Park located at 1249 Bumble Bee Road.

“For almost 30 years, the Deep Creek Lake Lions Club has operated the county-owned, 30-acre community park on Bumble Bee Road,” said Chris Nichols, project coordinator for the trail system for the Deep Creek Lake Lions Club. “Over the past few years, the club has made a commitment to improve the facilities at the park to provide more recreational opportunities for both locals and visitors.”

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Popular New Year’s Day tradition returns across Maryland

From The Garrett County Republican

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites everyone to kick off the New Year with one of Maryland’s newest, popular traditions — a First Day Hike.

On Jan. 1, 2019, the Maryland Park Service will offer more than three dozen hikes on more than 30 state lands and parks, as part of a nationwide event sponsored by America’s State Parks.

These hikes will provide a wide array of outdoor adventures and experiences for every level of hiker and walker, providing access to Maryland’s cultural, historical and natural resources and treasures, along with opportunities for education and stewardship. Many hikes are even pet-friendly.

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Md. Senate passes plan to preserve more wildlands; lawmaker says state should consider local impact

By , Published: February 14

The long-standing tension between rural Marylanders and their metropolitan cousins was on display Friday as the Senate passed legislation creating nine new state wildlands areas and expanding 14 others.

The bill passed unanimously, but not before Sen. George C. Edwards, a Republican who represents Garrett County, lightly chastised fellow lawmakers for setting aside more land as pristine wilderness without fully considering the economic impact on the people who live there.

“There’s some people here that would like to buy the whole county and put a fence up and a gate, and run everybody out, and say, ‘Here’,” Edwards said in an interview. “But you have to understand people live there and make a living off the land.”

Supporters of the bill backed by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said the measure will help slow development and provide Marylanders with more room for hiking, fishing and other noninvasive forms of recreation in the outdoors.

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2013 Maryland Bear Hunting Permit Lottery

Hunters can apply 24/7 at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) COMPASS Online Licensing and Registration Service.  To apply online, visit:

To apply for the Black Bear Hunting Permit Lottery, you must either log in to your existing COMPASS account or create a new COMPASS account.  Once logged in, choose ‘Purchase New License’ and select ‘2013 Black Bear Lottery’.  Applicants not wishing to participate in the 2013 Black Bear Hunt may purchase a ‘Preference Point only’ that will then be applied to next year’s lottery drawing.  For more information about the Preference Point system, visit:

Hunters may also apply via telephone at 1-855-855-3906 between 7am and 7pm, or by visiting a DNR Service Center, or at one of over 250 Sport License Agents located across the state.

Only one application per person will be accepted. Duplicate applications will result in disqualification and forfeiture of all fees.

Beitzel Withdraws "Three-Point Rule" Deer Hunting Bill

Mar. 14, 2013


Del. Wendell Beitzel has withdrawn House Bill 990, “Garrett County – Deer Hunting – Three-Point Rule,” from further consideration by the Maryland General Assembly. The bill was requested by the Garrett County Chapter of Quality Deer Management (QDM) and other local hunting enthusiasts.


The bill proposes to require a three-point restriction on the main beam on one side exclusive of the brow tine, just for Garrett County.

Beitzel said the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has expressed concerns about the bill’s restriction on the age and size of antlered deer that hunters could harvest during regulated deer seasons. The delegate said he agreed to withdraw the bill following discussions with the Garrett QDM chapter and after receiving assurances from DNR wildlife manager Paul Peditto that the agency would work with all stakeholders to consider this issue.

“I agree that this matter should be addressed by DNR and consideration should be given to all of the stakeholders, including landowners, to determine if an antlered point restriction can produce better hunting practices,” said Beitzel. “Therefore, I have decided to withdraw the bill.”

He also asked DNR to work with the Allegany-Garrett County Sportsmen’s Association, QMD, other sportsmen’s groups, hunters, landowners, and other stakeholders to develop consensus on this issue. Should DNR fail to follow up on its promise, Beitzel indicated he would consider a legislative solution during a future session of the Maryland General Assembly.

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Road Trip: Deep Creek, Md.

By Chris Ramirez

Published: Saturday, February 23, 2013, 6:44 p.m.
Updated 15 hours ago

Tired of concrete? Need a nature fix?

Make a beeline to the Deep Creek area of Maryland.

There’s a ton of fun to be had in this wondrous spit of land, where rolling hills of greenery kiss up against shimmering sky-blue lake water.

And there’s plenty here to bring out the wilderness adventurer in you, even when the weather’s cold.