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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | September 23, 1993
An isolated area in Morgan Run Natural Environment Area near routes 32 and 97 would be a good place for an outdoor shooting range, Carroll sportsmen and county officials agreed last night.The county would need approval from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources before it could build a range in the state park. The proposed site is on the east side of Route 97, one mile south of Route 32.Carroll's Recreation and Parks Board voted unanimously to let the Carroll County Sportsmen's Association talk with DNR officials about building a range there, provided that the public has input before a decision is made.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,Sun reporter | May 20, 2007
Seeking to bridge a recent history of suspicion, environmentalists and smart-growth activists are reaching out to hunters and anglers in Western Maryland, trying to enlist them in public debates about the development of the mountainous, mostly rural region. It's an unusual overture. Hunters, in particular, fear that "tree huggers," as they sometimes call environmental activists, want to ban firearms or hunting for sport. But with a 4,300-home development proposed near a state forest in Allegany County and a new highway project skirting another state-owned hunting area, activists see the region's many anglers and hunters as potential allies if alerted to how development could hamper their favorite outdoor activities.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | June 24, 1994
An indoor shooting range proposed by the Carroll County Recreation and Parks Board this week would serve the educational and training needs of sportsmen, the president of a county sports group said yesterday."
SPORTS
By CANDUS THOMSON | January 13, 2002
Whenever I need a good, common-sense talking-to, I call a man up in Carroll County. In New Hampshire. Henry Mock was with the Fish and Game Department there for more than three decades, starting out fresh from college and finishing up as the head of law enforcement. As a reporter in New Hampshire for almost 11 years, I called Major Mock at all hours to talk about lost hikers, drowned fishermen, shooting accidents and poachers. I used to joke with him that I'd quit when he did. Now Mock is making, rather than enforcing, laws.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,Sun reporter | May 20, 2007
Seeking to bridge a recent history of suspicion, environmentalists and smart-growth activists are reaching out to hunters and anglers in Western Maryland, trying to enlist them in public debates about the development of the mountainous, mostly rural region. It's an unusual overture. Hunters, in particular, fear that "tree huggers," as they sometimes call environmental activists, want to ban firearms or hunting for sport. But with a 4,300-home development proposed near a state forest in Allegany County and a new highway project skirting another state-owned hunting area, activists see the region's many anglers and hunters as potential allies if alerted to how development could hamper their favorite outdoor activities.
NEWS
By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | July 19, 1992
ELDERSBURG -- Sportsmen and angered homeowners brought a familiar battle to a new venue Wednesday night, arguing whether hunting and target shooting should be permitted in the Morgan Run Natural Environment Area.Most speakers focused on gun-related issues incorporated in the draft master plan for the state-owned Morgan Run, a 1,300-acre area about eight miles south of Westminster. It is bounded by Morgan Run to the north, Klees Mill Road to the east and Route 97 to the west.About 125 nearby residents, shooting enthusiasts, hunters, equestrians and environmentalists attended the informational meeting at Liberty High School.
SPORTS
By CANDUS THOMSON | January 13, 2002
Whenever I need a good, common-sense talking-to, I call a man up in Carroll County. In New Hampshire. Henry Mock was with the Fish and Game Department there for more than three decades, starting out fresh from college and finishing up as the head of law enforcement. As a reporter in New Hampshire for almost 11 years, I called Major Mock at all hours to talk about lost hikers, drowned fishermen, shooting accidents and poachers. I used to joke with him that I'd quit when he did. Now Mock is making, rather than enforcing, laws.
SPORTS
By CANDUS THOMSON | April 8, 2001
PINTAIL POINT - The talk was moderate, the tone moderated. Everyone was on his or her best behavior. I've been at PTA and church meetings that had more fireworks than the annual get-together of the Maryland Sportsmen's Association. And that's a good thing. For if hunters and trappers are to save what's left of their heritage, they're going to have to wise up, shape up and clean up. In other words, do what their opponents have been doing. Over the years, the hunting and trapping communities have adopted a bunker mentality, lashing out at those who oppose them from an ever-diminishing circle of wagons.
NEWS
By Katherine Richards and Katherine Richards,Staff Writer | March 12, 1993
The Carroll County Sportsmen's Association will withdraw its proposal to put a public shooting range on county-owned property on Rinehart Road, association President Steve Scherer said yesterday.He said the association invited owners of land bordering the site to a meeting Wednesday evening, and about 55 people attended. He said it became clear that many neighbors opposed the plan."We're going to take the results of the meeting back to the Rec Council," Mr. Scherer said. "We're going to withdraw the site."
NEWS
By From Staff Reports | February 4, 1994
If Carroll County gets a public shooting range, it won't be at Morgan Run, Richard J. Soisson, director of recreation and parks, told the county commissioners yesterday.State officials, in response to a letter from the Carroll County Sportsmen's Association, said that public outcry during the Morgan Run master plan hearings in July 1992 convinced them not to open a shooting range there, Mr. Soisson said.Torrey C. Brown, the Maryland secretary of natural resources, said in a letter to the sportsmen's association that noise, safety, cost and access concerns also influenced the decision.
SPORTS
By CANDUS THOMSON | April 8, 2001
PINTAIL POINT - The talk was moderate, the tone moderated. Everyone was on his or her best behavior. I've been at PTA and church meetings that had more fireworks than the annual get-together of the Maryland Sportsmen's Association. And that's a good thing. For if hunters and trappers are to save what's left of their heritage, they're going to have to wise up, shape up and clean up. In other words, do what their opponents have been doing. Over the years, the hunting and trapping communities have adopted a bunker mentality, lashing out at those who oppose them from an ever-diminishing circle of wagons.
SPORTS
By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | March 1, 1998
If you are interested in hunting, fishing, trapping and conservation of natural resources, species habitat and the political and social forces that control them, membership in the newly formed Maryland Sportsmen's Association could be worth a close look.Representatives of leading outdoors groups in the state have met and written draft constitution and bylaws for the association, which proposes to:"Promote the proper use of land and water resources for conservation and propagation of fish and wildlife for recreational purposes.
NEWS
By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | November 11, 1996
Carroll's new public shooting range in Westminster is scheduled to open Saturday at double the anticipated cost of construction.And the cost -- about $60,000 so far -- may go higher, said Richard J. Soisson, director of county recreation and parks.The range at Northern Landfill off Route 140 north of Reese Road will have 10 shooting lanes, each up to 200 yards long, to accommodate rifles and handguns. It replaces a smaller pistol range built about 1987 as a training facility for county and municipal police officers.
NEWS
By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | May 24, 1995
Woodbine residents met yesterday with the County Commissioners, demanding answers about a proposed outdoor public shooting range at the Hoods Mill Landfill.But Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown told the group that its concerns were premature because the county had not decided on a site. Mr. Brown said the commissioners also are considering a shooting range for the northern landfill in Westminster."This site and other sites will be considered," Mr. Brown told the group of about 60 people gathered at the Hoods Mill landfill.
NEWS
By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | June 24, 1994
An indoor shooting range proposed by the Carroll County Recreation and Parks Board this week would serve the educational and training needs of sportsmen, the president of a county sports group said yesterday."
NEWS
By From Staff Reports | February 4, 1994
If Carroll County gets a public shooting range, it won't be at Morgan Run, Richard J. Soisson, director of recreation and parks, told the county commissioners yesterday.State officials, in response to a letter from the Carroll County Sportsmen's Association, said that public outcry during the Morgan Run master plan hearings in July 1992 convinced them not to open a shooting range there, Mr. Soisson said.Torrey C. Brown, the Maryland secretary of natural resources, said in a letter to the sportsmen's association that noise, safety, cost and access concerns also influenced the decision.
NEWS
By Marie V.Forbes | April 14, 1991
Two years of planning and persuasion paid off for Carroll County sportsmen's groups Wednesday night when they won their hard-fought campaign to open a portion of Patapsco Valley State Park to hunting.Ata meeting at Freedom High School in Eldersburg, officials of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources presented their decision to allow bow-and-arrow hunting in two designated areas of the park comprising approximately 500 acres.The areas to be opened include two tracts bordering the Patapsco River's South Branch, extending roughly from Sykesville on the west to an area near the closed Henryton State Center on the east.
NEWS
By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | September 29, 1993
Access to Route 97 will be one major hurdle Carroll gun enthusiasts must overcome to open a shooting range at Morgan Run Natural Environment Area, county officials said yesterday.Route 97 is a limited-access road, and it may be hard to persuade State Highway Administration officials to allow a turn-off lane to be built to provide access to the range, said Robert A. Bair Jr., the county commission's administrative assistant.The Carroll County Sportsmen's Association has proposed building an outdoor shooting range in an isolated part of Morgan Run near routes 32 and 97. Members said a parcel on the east side of Route 97, a mile south of Route 32, would be a good site for the range.
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