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Hunting in Maryland: Top Spots for Hunting in the Old Line State

By    |   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 11:23 AM

Sportsmen who enjoy hunting in Maryland’s many public hunting preserves will like what they find at some of the state’s top sites. Whether you bow hunt or use live fire, these areas are sure to keep the avid hunter interested and satisfied with the game they can find.

Hunting and trapping game on public hunting grounds managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources may have restrictions particular to the various parks including some bow-only hunting areas and deer permits by lottery.

Lists of what is and is not permitted can be found at the state site. Universal rules for public lands say stands and blinds must be removed daily, no target shooting, and dogs can be used only in designated areas.

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Here are some of the Old Line State’s top spots for deer, waterfowl and other game animals — and a suggestion for finding turkey:

1. Rated among Field & Stream magazine’s top 100 hunting areas, Dan's Mountain Wildlife Management Area in western Maryland sits on 9,500 acres. Not far from the Savage River, the rugged terrain has great deer habitat. During deer season land managers open the access roads and help hunters spread out. Small game and birds also can be found here.

2. Also among the Field & Stream 100 best hunting areas is Pocomoke River State Forest and Park in east Maryland. This park is larger with 14,753 acres, making it one of the largest of three dozen public hunting tracts in the state. The habitat here is good for deer and produces larger animals than elsewhere in the state.

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3. Eastern Maryland is also known for its bird habitats, from the waterfowl on the Atlantic shores and estuaries, to the upland habitats where turkey, quail, and dove can be found. There is small game, too, such as squirrels and rabbits. Bring your dog!

4. Deer not your thing? Put on your waders and head to Chesapeake Bay where birders have been taking waterfowl since the 1600s when John Smith first hunted the region. Even today, the area remains one of the best bird hunting regions in the country. It is home to the nation’s largest estuary that is part of the Atlantic Flyway’s migration and wintering area.

What species will you find? Try Canada geese that winter along the shores, mallards, black ducks, green-winged teal, canvasbacks, and greater snow geese, according to Ducks Unlimited.

5. Like wild turkey? According to outdoorsmen at Shotgunworld.com, the top places to find these usually elusive birds are near fresh water such as: Sassafras River toward the bay, Pocomoke River, anywhere along the Choptank River and around Tuckahoe Creek – get a map and start scouting!

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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Sportsmen who enjoy hunting in Maryland's many public hunting preserves will like what they find at some of the state's top sites. Whether you bow hunt or use live fire, these areas are sure to keep the avid hunter interested and satisfied with the game they can find.
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