In Bethesda, Maryland, a judge has ruled that the Pilot Archery Managed Deer Hunting Program in two different in parks will move forward despite PETA.
Located in Montgomery County, parks considered for urban bowhunting program recently came under the attack of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal) in an attempt to block the hunting programs through court order.
Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Callahan rejected a motion filed Sept. 10 by PETA member and Bethesda resident Eilene Cohnn to stop the program.
“Bethesda Magazine” reported that this was actually the second ruling against PETA after they sought for an immediate restraining order. Judge Callahan refused the order without an initial hearing where she formally denied the restraining order last Friday.
This is a landmark hunt for the state of Maryland that, for the first time, will use archers to safely cull the county’s deer population. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, part of the parks department, has instituted this hunt.
The program uses an extensive pre-approval process for hunters to be able to access the 733 acres in the Watts Branch Stream Valley Park in Potomac and Great Seneca Valley Stream Park in Germantown.
Candidates were required to complete their Maryland Hunter Education and Safety Course, a National Bowhunter Education Foundation course, and provide a resume of their archery hunting experience with references.
Participation qualifications included:
– Minimum age of 18 years.
– At least 3 years of archery hunting experience AND harvest records indicating harvest of at least 5 deer with archery equipment.
– Fulfillment of the requirements of a background check.
– Successful completion of Montgomery Parks Archery Shooting Qualification standards (at specified ranges, only).
– Current Maryland Hunting License and Archery Stamp.