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.”
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Recently, two Montana state representatives have proposed more aggressive legislation addressing the state's gray wolf population. These bills range from the addition of a wolf tag into big game combination tags, to year-round sanctioned harvest without a license, use of snare traps, and private reimbursement of wolf harvest. Currently, the wolf population in Montana sits at 850 wolves, which is 700 over the state’s minimum recovery goal of 150 wolves. Which of the below options for wolf management do you support? (Select all that apply)Vote Here
- Regulated hunting under the management of the state fish and wildlife agency during a specific season (24.75%)
- Year-round hunting of wolves without a license (14.85%)
- The use of snares (trapping) without hunting allowances (1.98%)
- A combination of hunting and trapping during specific seasons regulated by the fish and wildlife agency (33.66%)
- The establishment of a bounty program to incentivize harvest during specific seasons (2.97%)
- Other (1.98%)
- I do not support the take of wolves (19.80%)