A hunting club in Hancock, Md., has asked a judge to stop a special two-day deer season next weekend because Washington County hunters were issued only four of the 2,600 permits granted by telephone, an attorney for the club said.
The suit was filed Friday in Washington County Circuit Court by the Tonoloway Rod and Gun Club Inc. The attorney, John R. Salvatore, said the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' phone-in system was unfair to people who do not live in Cumberland or who could not get to a phone when the license applications were being taken.
Salvatore said he intends to call a witness from the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company in an effort to prove in court that Cumberland residents had a better shot at the permits than people who live elsewhere in the state.
"We're not trying to cancel the hunt," Salvatore said, "just get it changed so it's not discriminatory."
The suit seeks an injunction halting the special two-day antlerless deer hunt scheduled for Friday and Saturday. A hearing has been scheduled for Thursday.
State officials decided to hold the special two-day hunting season in parts of Washington and Allegany counties in an effort to reduce crop damage caused by overpopulation of deer herds.