Elected in 2014, Delegate Ned Carey serves District 31A in the Maryland House of Delegates. Shortly after being sworn into office in 2014, Delegate Carey joined the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus as a means of expressing his commitment to protecting and promoting pro-sportsmen’s legislation at the capitol.
Delegate Carey grew up in a small town in Maryland near the Chesapeake Bay, surrounded by a vast network of wetlands and rivers that allowed for a multitude of outdoor recreational activities. Delegate Edwards is proud of his small town heritage and works to promote city parks and opportunities for residents to utilize all of Maryland’s pristine waterways and wilderness.
During his first term in office, Delegate Carey has sponsored several bills that would work to advance sportsmen’s issues in the legislature. Along with providing lifetime complimentary hunter's licenses for former prisoners of war and disabled veterans, Delegate Carey also supports a bill, HB 464, which would allow for reciprocity in honoring out-of-state concealed carry permits.
Additionally, Delegate Carey introduced HJR 5 in 2015, a bill which urges legislators to extend the goose and duck hunting season on the Eastern Shore until February. This extension would increase hunter participation and expand outdoor recreational opportunities available for the state’s sportsmen and women.
Maryland is home to over 445,000 hunters and anglers, contributing more than $815 million to the state economy. The sportsmen community provides jobs for over 10,000 Maryland residents. The Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus works to protect and promote the sportsmen’s traditions within the state.
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- Lack of access to hunting areas (26.03%)
- Lack of a mentor or instructor to take them (24.66%)
- Age limit restrictions on when they can purchase a license (1.37%)
- Lack of time or competing interests (19.18%)
- Technology (social media, phones, computers) (10.96%)
- Perceived negative public or peer-group opinions (17.81%)