ANNAPOLIS, Md.- The Maryland Legislative Sportsman Foundation on Sept. 11 presented Maryland Natural Resources Police with a $5,000 check. The presentation was made at the Annual Fishing Challenge Event at Sandy Point State Park. The money came from the sale of the first lifetime hunting license that was held at the foundation's annual banquet in downtown Annapolis on May 27.
The check was made possible when Senate Bill 987, the Conservation Law Enforcement Act of 2010, was signed into law this year. This act provides for the sale of a lifetime license with proceeds to benefit the protection of Maryland's natural resources.
"It is exciting to see the first lifetime hunting license sold for such a profit," said DNR Secretary John Griffin. "The licenses are a great resource for Maryland hunters and the Natural Resources Police."
This first lifetime hunting license was bought by Pete Pappas at the auction which was sponsored by the Maryland Legislative Sportsman Caucus Foundation. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources released 20 licenses in total and the remaining 19 will be auctioned off at other hunting and fishing events across the state.
Licenses are only valid during the lifetime of the individual who applies for the license at a designated center and the licenses are not transferrable after the death of the holder. Organizations auctioning the licenses will not be allowed to keep the proceeds.
"One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of these historic licenses are to be dedicated to the Natural Resources Police for enforcement of these laws," said Bill Miles, vice-chair of the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Foundation. "The Natural Resources Police is an agency in dire need of increased financial support and one in which Maryland sportsmen are more than willing to do their share to support."