CUMBERLAND — Legislation recently introduced at the Maryland General Assembly proposes restitution of up to $20,000 for people convicted of illegally killing deer on private land.
Senate Bill 266 will receive a first reading on Feb. 9 by the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.
The amount of restitution would be based on the size of the deer's antlers and could increase if the guilty party chooses not to perform 80 hours of community service.
"Poaching is a real problem on private land and we felt like we needed fines large enough to get a poacher's attention," said Sen. Johnny Ray Salling, R-Baltimore County, one of the sponsors. "If a guy owns five acres and he and his friends hunt on it, he doesn't want to go out on the morning of the hunt and find a deer carcass that somebody shot."