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MD whitetail hunting question

Does anybody hunt MD on here. I have access to a private farm in gun season but I would like to get down in archery. It would be in the north/central Eastern side. Not looking for anybody to o give up a spot. Just seeing if it is worth the trip. I'm guessing the rut would be about the same time as SEPA.
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If you have a decent spot on the eastern shore you'd be crazy not to hunt it. I can't comment on the western shore.
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Re: MD whitetail hunting question

Not sure where you are driving from, but it takes me less than 3 hours to get to the Eastern shore. I would in a heartbeat, if nothing else it would be a scouting trip for gun season.

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I have a lease in Md. I live in southern Chester county, takes me a hour to get there. I would hunt it for sure during archery season. Big bucks around for sure!
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i hunt a couple spots north of Bmore...i think its worth it lots of deer lots of private ground around..i hunt maryland for the meat..$155 ..unlimited doe where i hunt at

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Re: MD whitetail hunting question

The guy who owns the farm won't let anybody archery hunt due to a history of wounding them. I saw there at areas that are public but you have to apply for a permit. I'm just not sure how all of that works. Thanks for the relplies. I will definatley be there in gun season
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the areas I hunt require a permit also but you just print it out online and carry it with you

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In MD the public ground gets more restrictive the closer you get to Baltimore- depending on the area it can be as simple as getting a permit you print and carry to certain places near Sykesville and on the eastern shore that you have to get a permit for then they only let so many people on per day- so you drive there and if the roster book is full, you just wasted your morning or afternoon. Others have call-in registration. BUT, not all public lands in MD are like that. The ones west of Frederick are all just like PAs SGLs or SFs, show up, park, hunt.

MD tracts of public land are not well publicized or marked. You have to do your research.

Private land in MD- similar to PA. No way to tell how productive a private land spot anywhwere in MD will be until you scout/hunt it. Could be loaded w/deer, could be fairly lame.

I got permission to bowhunt a farm in Washington County MD a few years back without even looking at the place. Got there and it was all fields, very few trees for a stand. Saw lots of deer in the dark, driving in/out, never saw one in the daylight.

I have a lease in Frederick County, 150 acres mixed fields/woods. Have taken 2 nice buck off it in archery, but after 2 years of scratching my head trying to figure the place out. Found out during daylight hours at least they don't like the woods dropping acorns by the bucket or the swamp, they LOVE the thick brush along the road!

Regardless, any private land spot in MD is worth checking out, bow, rifle or ML. Out of state license is relatively cheap and no hassle w/mail in doe tags or anything like that. In the region east of Hagerstown it's basically whack 'em and stack 'em. You do need a $10 bonus buck tag and have to harvest 2 doe before you can shoot a second buck. Towards Baltimore it's unlimited doe harvest, further west its 30 doe/year until you get into far western MD, then I believe it's 1 buck and 1 doe (I don't hunt out there so am not too familiar w/regs in that part of MD).

Ask if he'll let you hunt the early Muzzleloader season- in MD the 1st 3 days you can shoot buck or doe!

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ps- I have 1 private land spot in Annapolis, a 2 acre parcel. Next 4 acre parcel is owned by the owners cousin. Property on the other side is maybe 30 acres and you can't see the house, so for archery no safety zone issues with the "far neighbor" (owner and his cousin said I can sit on their deck and shoot deer if I want to). All of this backs up to a several hundred acre nature preserve that's fenced with no public access. So deer wander in/out of the development by the score from the woods.

Problem- most days I work from home, and during archery I often turn the phone off and "disappear" for a few hours. Almost impossible to hunt weekends w/2 small kids and all their activities. It's always 3-4 hour "surgical strikes" during the week. And the guy who owns the place in Annapolis is my boss.... It would be awkward to be driving out of his driveway in camo as he's coming home from the office

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Re: MD whitetail hunting question

I've had very good luck hunting with my modern muzzle loader within restricted zones. There are abundant deer within northern Maryland and few hunters. My rifle hits 'em hard but recoil is far less than 12 gauge slug gun.

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Re: MD whitetail hunting question

Bumblehick nailed it...but you need to actually shoot 2 does before you can buy a bonus buck tag. And the tag is now $25 (out of state) not 10. And...that's is per each weapon, bow mz or rifle. But it can be good hunting. Be sure to have WRITTEN PERMISSION ON YOU while hunting ANY private land. It's the law and is serious business. Wish PA would do the same. MD laws sure are a bit different. Crazy even. If you don't know...ask!
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