SYKESVILLE - Carroll hunters asking state officials to open part of Patapsco Valley State Park to deer hunting faced opposition by area residents at a public hearing Monday night at Sykesville Middle School.
Those opposed of the measure, many of whom reside near the park, felt the sport was not compatible with other recreational activities that take place at the park -- particularly horseback riding.
The Carroll County Sportsmen's Association argued the park's deer herd is overpopulated and asked state officials to let county hunters cull through herds in a portion of the park in Carroll County.
The state park covers 13,000 acres spread over parts of Baltimore, Carroll, Howard and Anne Arundel counties.
Although hunting has been banned in the park for the past 15 years, some residents who live near the park complained of having to deal with poachers.