Fort Walton beach, Maryland, is the home of one of the largest outdoor hunting preserves in the country.
And it’s about to open its doors for business.
The outdoor hunting facility will open this fall, with the goal of hosting about 100 hunters a day.
It’s the second of its kind in Maryland.
“I’ve been here a couple of times,” said Jim Tressel, the owner of The Woodsman Hunting Center, which has been serving the area since 2004.
“It’s an incredible hunting area.”
The Woodsman is one of five hunting facilities that are scheduled to open this summer in the Prince George’s County.
It offers hunter education and training, ranging from safety equipment to hunting guides.
Tressel is the son of a former Maryland State Police trooper and spent most of his youth in rural West Virginia.
His father had a gun collection in the woods and was a hunter when he was a kid.
His mother was a teacher in a small school district.
“There was a lot of hunters,” Tressels said.
“My father was a big hunter and he taught me how to hunt, too.
I just really liked it.”
The woodsmen, which is owned by The Woodsmen Group, has about 200 hunters on its roster and has more than 700 clients.
It has been a longtime tradition in the area for hunters to come to the area.
“We’ve been doing it since the late 1800s,” said Bill Tressell, who is in charge of the program.
“You can still see the people in the back of the store and the old people.”
Hunters can get free instruction at the woodsmen on Saturday mornings and Friday evenings from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and hunters can use the store to hunt as long as they meet the minimum age requirements.
The Woodsmen has a variety of products for hunters, including a deer gun, rifle, bow, trap, and shotgun.
The woodsmen also offers a variety to teach hunters how to clean up after themselves.
“It’s fun to do a little hunting and it’s fun for kids,” Tretsel said.
Tretsel has worked with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to install a camera on the property and is hoping to see more hunters there.
He hopes to add more classes to the program and says he has a few plans to expand the outdoor hunting program to other areas in the state.
The Maryland Department for Natural Resources says it will continue to monitor the program to make sure that it is safe for hunters.