Field and Stream Blogger Takes Issue with Coon Hunt Court Name Change

Popular hunting magazine described residents' efforts as 'foolishly trying' to change name.


Last week, a blogger for the popular hunting magazine Field and Stream took issue with Coon Hunt Court residents who were working to have their street name changed.

"Some residents on a certain street in Columbia, Md. are foolishly trying to change the name of their street from one of the coolest names ever, to one of those boring, generic, over-used, whitebread subdivision street names that have zero sense of real place," wrote Field and Stream blogger Chad Love.

He went on to quote a news story about the residents' efforts and then wrote the following:

Are you kidding? Coon Hunt Court? That's a real street name, and they're actually trying to get it changed to... April Wind Circle? That's not a street name: that's the setting for a feminine hygiene product television commercial.

On Thursday, the residents prevailed. The street name, which was , to April Wind Court by the Howard County Planning Board.

Many of the streets in the area around Coon Hunt Court were named after Andrew Wyeth paintings, however, Wyeth didn't have a painting with "coon hunt" in it. However, he did have a painting called the "Coot Hunter," which one was why the street name existed (perhaps due to a transcriber's error.) A coot is a medium-sized waterfowl.

Field and Stream, which boasts a circulation of over 1 million, describes itself as the world's #1 sportmen's magazine and the world's leading outdoor website, according to their website.

What do you think of the blogger's comments, appropriate or offensive?

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Barbara Hurewitz Kellner September 11, 2012 at 01:51 PM
There are a few other examples of errors in the 1000 or so street names, but Grapewine Court is not one of them. Grapewine is pulled from the exhibition catalog of Wyeth paintings from which all but one of the names in Thunder Hill were derived. The work is titled Grape Wine.
Michaelwritescode September 11, 2012 at 02:07 PM
This just in! Old white guy complains about racial context that can be read into something. I can't wait for his next post where he'll hopefully complain about Medicare and the post office.
MG42 September 11, 2012 at 03:20 PM
What does a blog post in a hunting magazine have to do with governance in Howard County? Regardless, a quick glance at recent headlines regarding the Board of Ed will show that there is plenty of grandstanding in Howard County Gov't.
Jennifer B September 11, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Sounds like it should have been renamed to Coot Hunt Ct
Peter Rouse September 16, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I think Mr. Love is absolutely right about "April Wind"! Another bland meaningless, vaguely personal hygenic sounding name. Beyond that, this story is a veritable Rorschach test for local readers. Ms. McCready divines a need for back-patting ourselves for our PC responsive "good governance" in addressing identity group grievances. The feisty Ms. Kellner, sadly unidentified as the Columbia Archivist, would apparently limit all debate to only experts like herself who "know all the facts and the whole story". And Michaelwritescode earns his progressive merit badge today for his reverse racist and ad hominem attacks on "old white guys"! All in all a delightful look at the Columbia mindset in miniature in one slightly interesting news item.


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