Delegate Wendell Beitzel, a member of the Executive Council of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses and Co-Chair of the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, has been a strong supporter of sportsmen’s issues and Maryland’s sporting heritage in the General Assembly.
First elected in 2006, Delegate Beitzel is currently serving in his second term in the Maryland House of Delegates. In addition to his role as the House Chair of the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, he serves as a member of the Appropriations Committee, and the Sub-committees for Transportation and the Environment, and Capital Budget. He is also a member of the Maryland Veterans Caucus as well as the Rural Maryland Caucus.
Delegate Beitzel has over 30 years of administrative experience in both the public and private sectors. Some of previous experiences include: Garrett County Commissioner, Administrator of the Garrett County Department of Public Utilities, Director of Infrastructure for the Wisp Ski and Golf Resort, 10 years in the environmental health field, and owner/operator in lodging and food service business for over 30 years.
Delegate Beitzel is an avid hunter and angler and is a member of the National Rifle Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, Ruffed Grouse Society as well as past president of the Garrett Woods Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited.
Delegate Beitzel holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Fairmount State College, a Master’s degree in Management, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration both from Frostburg State University. He and his wife, Ruth, have two children and three grandchildren.
Delegate Beitzel stated, “Having been blessed to grow up enjoying hunting, fishing and trapping it was natural for me to serve the men and women who enjoy these activities. Genuine sportsmen are by all odds the most important element in keeping wild creatures from total elimination. I continually strive to advance good practices that will enhance and protect what nature has provided for us and future generations to enjoy.”
Your opinion counts
Recently, numerous states have tried to pass legislation that would ban hunting contests. What is your personal view on hunting contests?
- I am fine with hunting contests and have participated in them. (42.59%)
- I support others’ ability to participate in them but I choose not to. (25.93%)
- I support hunting contests, but believe the regulations governing the contests should be updated to ensure that all contest promoters work with tanneries to make use of the animals harvested. (16.67%)
- I am against hunting contests. (14.81%)
- I am unsure. (0.00%)