Clear Spring Town Council members debated Monday night how to allow hunting on land the town owns on Fairview Mountain after the town experienced problems there last year.
Council members decided to allow only property owners in town to hunt on the land. The town has typically allowed town residents to hunt on about 300 acres on the mountain.
Mayor Paul D. Hose Jr. said people used four-wheel-drive vehicles on the land last year which is prohibited.
To address the problem, Vice Mayor Steven Blickenstaff suggested that people who lease residences in town not be allowed to hunt on the land. Blickenstaff said he thinks prohibiting people who lease property from hunting on the land would reduce a lot of the problems.
“They move in and out and there’s no way to track them,” Blickenstaff said. “Every year, we always have a couple problems,” he said.
The town gave out 16 permits to hunt on the land last year and only four of those permits went to property owners, Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said.
“I hate to take it away from the people in town who don’t have a place to hunt,” council member Theodore Hovermale said.
On a motion by Blickenstaff, the council unanimously decided to allow only property owners to hunt on the land in the upcoming hunting season. Any family members who live in the same house of a property owner will be allowed to hunt.
Among the requirements to hunt on the land is that hunters have a valid Maryland hunting license.
Hunters must be able to provide a valid hunting license at town hall to receive a permit to hunt on the land.
No permanent tree stands are allowed on the property and people must hunt north of the power lines.