Starting Summer

Starting Summer

Summer is unofficially here now that we are past the Memorial Day weekend.  After this past week of hot humid weather, you sure knew summer is coming and isn’t far away.    We have been very busy the past few weeks, but that is the nature of life I guess.  I have managed to get out trout fishing a couple times with good success.  I manged to catch my limit both times, although the size of the fish has steadily been going down. The last set were all between 11″ and 14″ inches, which is on the smaller side of what they stocked. We also were able to get away for a few days after the holiday weekend and spent some time in Ocean City. It’s always nice to get away and relax and catch up on sleep every now and then.  The weather was beautiful in Ocean City as the ocean temp is still only 59 degrees the day time highs down there were in the mid to upper 70’s while here in Baltimore we understand it was in the 90’s.  After some good rest and relaxation it’s back to work and time start gearing up for hunting season as it is just 3 month away. As we were heading home from Ocean City we drove past a grass hillside not too far from our house  and I saw a good size deer which already had antlers growing. They were just very thick spikes with what looked like it was just starting to split off to create the main beam of his antlers. They were only up just past his ears, but you could tell he was going to be a decent deer. Makes me start thinking about hunting season and getting my gear out and start getting things fixed and tuned in to prepare for the upcoming season.   I plan to start these things over the coming weeks, in the meantime I have been doing some bass fishing in Loch Raven and the local rivers as I have had about enough of trout fishing for this year. What is everyone else up to?  Are you vacationing?  Have you thought about getting your gear out...
Opening Day of Spring Turkey Season 2013

Opening Day of Spring Turkey Season 2013

Today is opening day of the Spring Turkey Season! Work keeps me out of the woods on this opening day, but hopefully some of you could make it out into the woods after one of those hard to find gobblers. Turkey hunting is something fairly new to me, and as I live in the central part of the state there are less opportunities then in the western or eastern parts of the state.   Two of the local reservoirs offer bow only hunting for turkeys and they are Pretty Boy and Liberty reservoirs.  I know there are also a few places in Carroll county which offer turkey hunting with a firearm, however, they are done by a first come basis and with a sign-in sheet, due to the fact that this is a hike in the first place from my home to top it off I could be beat there and have no where to hunt I don’t commonly head over there.  However, I do know someone who does, and has told me there are birds in several of those locations just like anywhere they are hard to get on and get a shot. Liberty and Pretty Boy Reservoirs hold smaller numbers of birds then other parts of the western and eastern part of the state, but enough to get out in the woods, hear some gobbling, and surely enough to try to get on one of them! With work being crazy this time of year, I am not sure when or if I will be getting out into the woods after a turkey, but all of you will surely know if I do! Anyone else getting out today, or this weekend?  I would love to hear of your experience and if you were lucky enough to harvest a turkey we would love to see some pictures!!!  Share them in a comment with us or send us an email.   Update: Michael Sawyer left the blow comment, since we are having technical difficulties with the images being uploaded we wanted to go ahead and upload it here for everyone to see.  Congrats Michael awesome...

Post Season Scouting…. Time to Start Fishing!...

I took this yucky weather Sunday to spend some time in the outdoors with a friend of mine.  We decided to try our luck with a little fishing first thing this morning and then went and did a little post season scouting in the woods afterward. The fishing was as to be expected, slow.. Water temps are still likely in the low 40’s which makes fishing difficult but still not impossible.  We were hoping either some bass or maybe a pike or pickerel might be out and hungry on the edges of the deeper water in Loch Raven.  No such luck this morning.  However, the weather people also said it was going to be mid 40’s and sunny today,  not mid to upper 30’s and cloudy as it in fact is.  Weather people you haven’t been doing such a hot job this winter..   Had the sun been out and the weather been slightly warmer perhaps the fishing would have been a little better. Now, we all have the first opening day of trout season to look forward to coming up in 13 days.  A little later than normal as it is the 30th of March this year and normally it is between the 23  – 27.  Nevertheless, I am sure there are plenty of people whom cannot wait until trout fishing season starts.  It gives us all something to look forward to for a good month or so each spring and tides us over until the bass start biting.  Also puts some good food on the table for many of us as well.. Nothing like some good fresh rainbow trout for dinner 🙂 Well after we decided the fishing just wasn’t too hot this morning we decided to go look for antlers and do a little post season scouting.  As we expected we saw lots of deer, didn’t find any antlers and still aren’t sure where all the bucks went last season as there is minimal sign from rut.  We only saw a couple rubs and 1 or 2 scrapes left from this past season.  Normally this time of year is a great time of year to find all rubs and scrapes and last week when I went shed hunting the area we walked was loaded with rubs and old scrapes.  So this tells me the areas where you aren’t loud to hunt are holding numbers of bucks, the areas where we all those numbers are down. Either way every trip into the woods I learn something about those areas and I use that to put my game plan together for where I want to hunt and when.   Next season will be here before we know and in a few short months it will be time to think about getting trail cams back out and working and also time to plant food plots. Has anyone been out shed hunting or fishing?  Done any good at either? We would love to hear from you leave a comment or drop us an...
Post Season Shed Hunting 2013

Post Season Shed Hunting 2013

Over the last couple weeks I have a headed out in the woods a couple times and and had fifty fifty results  in finding a shed. Only found one decent one thus far, but hey we all have got until the grass starts growing.  My first trip out I went with a friend of mine somewhere I have never really walked or shed hunted and  we found a side off a little 6 point (pictured below).  We walked for about 3 hours that day.   My next trip out I went with a different friend to an area I try to visit each year. That trip we found 3 antlers, a side of a 4, 6, and what we assume was a 10 or 11.  The 6 and 11 sides are pictured below.  We walked for solid 3 hours on that trip and u was pleasantly surprised as normally you are lucky to find 1 let alone 3 in one trip.  But I always like shed hunting with someone else, as having two sets of eyes is a good thing for covering an area to feel like you haven’t missed anything.  I will continue to go out over the next 3 – 5 weeks shed hunting even leading up to spring turkey season.. It’s always worth looking but commonly by turkey season growth has made it almost impossible to find any deer sheds.  I will keep you posted if I or anyone we know finds anything of note!  Anyone else been out and found sheds? Leave a comment with a picture!!  ...

Post Season

Post season scouting has to be one of the best times to go out and find sign from this past season.  Between the woods being open and being able to see deer, you can also find bedding areas easier, and you can see all the rubs and scrapes from the previous rut.  I also use this time to find where other people have been hunting as you can find the trees that have been climbed, as well as pick out trees that I will plan to hunt out next season. Of course, this is also a great time to start heading out looking for sheds. It is a little early as I have seen several deer this past week whom still have their antlers, but they could also be shedding any day as I know I have seen a few smaller deer that have already shed while driving.  It really is a great time of year to be out in the woods learning.  That being said, that is what we do every time we head into the woods, is learn and attempt to gain a better understanding to give us the upper hand each time we go out in pursuit of a harvest. I will spend a decent amount of time in the woods over the next two months scouting and shed hunting, and you know unless you have a lot of land, shed hunting is like looking for needle in a hay stack.  But, when you do find a shed it makes it all the more worth it, and when you find a big shed it’s something you don’t forget. I would say in another two weeks pretty much all if not all antlers should be shed, so soon it will be time to hit the woods! I also am in the process of packing all my hunting gear up for the year this weekend.  It’s always a good time to look at what you have and make a list of what you need.  Also a great time to check the condition of your gear, many times camo can get rips, or broken zippers, holes in pockets etc. and now is a great time to figure out what you need over the off season.  Something, make sure you wash all your clothing in a scent free soap before storage, otherwise left over dirt or anything really could mold or spread a smell you may not get out next season leaving those things unusable. I also always check out my treestand, ropes, safety harness, and any calls just to make sure I don’t need to replace anything and if I do I go ahead and start looking now. Also remember, starting this month up until about June is a great time to find clearance camo and other hunting at a lot of the big sporting good retailers, they have it and hunting season is over so they are looking to liquidate their inventory, so some great deals can be had. Starting in June, prices start to bounce back to full price as hunting season nears and retailer look to once again take advantage of those  whom need something. So I guess my point behind this post is, just because it’s the off season and we all cannot be out enjoying the outdoors as we have been for the past 5 months, doesn’t mean we have to forget about our passion.  Even better we can use this time to get read for the...

The Off Season.. What can we do to be better?...

Just one week after hunting season ended and I already have the off season blues..  Man it’s going to be a long next 7 months, 7 months to the day to be exact.  Hunting season opens September 6th 2013, (unless something is changed by DNR).  Yes, I plan to do a lot of fishing between now and then, and some spring turkey hunting.  But man, there is nothing like those first days in a treestand waiting on a deer each year. We will also be spending this off season trying to make Bow Hunting Maryland a better site.  As well as giving you some new product reviews, stories, and anything else that comes to mind. We want to encourage our readers to let us know how we can make your experience on our site better. We have Bow Hunting Maryland as a means to bring hunters from all around together to share their up’s and down’s of hunting, ask questions,  and share stories no matter what you are hunting or with what.  We like hearing about people going to other states bear hunting, or even bird hunting, we like to share well beyond the name of Bow Hunting Maryland as we know so many of our readers do more than just bow hunt.  Well we do too and we share some of that with you and plan to share more this up coming year.  But we also want to know what else we can do to make your experience a better on. So what would you like to see different about BowHuntingMaryland.com?  How can we make our site better this off season to make your reading and interacting even better?  Leave a comment or send us an email telling us your thoughts! We wanted to thank everyone that shared with us during the 2012 – 2013 hunting season and we look forward to hearing from you during the off season and again next season.  Thank you to all of those that emailed us this season and hopefully we were able to answer everyone’s questions or point you in a direction allowing you find the answer. Once again, Thank you from Bow Hunting Maryland to our readers and those that share their stories and those that email questions and helpful information to us!  Have a great off...