A Natural Resources Police Officer on patrol. Maryland DNR file photo.

NANJEMOY, Md. – Police charged a man with hunting over bait and installing a permanent tree stand in Doncaster Demonstration State Forest in Charles County.

On Dec. 5, police investigated an area where they had located a bait pile close to a permanent tree stand a day earlier. While there, they observed Grant Wessinger, 24, actively hunting in the tree stand and not wearing the appropriate daylight fluorescent orange or pink clothing.

According to police, Wessinger did not have a photo ID, which is required while hunting in Maryland. Wessinger later admitted to police that he placed the tree stand and bait about two weeks ago.

As a result, he was charged with hunting over a baited area, failing to wear appropriate attire during firearms season, hunting on a Sunday where it’s not permitted, and illegally using a permanent tree stand. He faces up to $5,000 in fines. 

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  1. A responsible hunter ( reads ) the hunting rules and obeys the law…He is not a responsible hunter ..He should have to retake or take a hunter safety course that reviews the law ..And should be banned for 1 year of hunting… for breaking the rules .. along with any monetary fines

  2. I’m so glad to see them doing their job, as I am an active ,rider and walker through this forestry. I’m disappointed people dont follow rules accordingly. Good job to our force, I appreciate you immensely.

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