Opening Day of Turkey Season 2015

Headed out to Liberty for opening day of Turkey season.  What a great morning in the woods.  For only my real second time turkey hunting it was a great day. I had a ton of fun, spent some time in the woods with a buddy of mine.  I also got to see how many others were out trying to get a turkey and it’s great to see a good turn out on turkey season. I had a pretty good day I heard a ton of birds and saw a few toms and several hens. I had one close encounter with a pair of toms later in the morning, had the pair of them at about 15 – 20 yards, I just could not get a shot at either of them to save my life. The thicket that is starting to fill in now was just too thick.  They walked right past us, just could not sneak an arrow in anywhere.  It is extremely hard to get a shot at a turkey in the first place, to get one with a bow is even harder. It was still super exciting and probably one of the coolest hunting experiences I have had. It was  great to see the number of birds is up in Liberty as in past years there were far less birds to be hunted.  I wish everyone good luck as they get out turkey hunting over the next few weeks and hopefully someone is lucky to harvest...

Spring 2015 What is Happening in Maryland...

Spring is finally showing signs that it is coming and that winter will not hold on forever this year.  I saw this as I am sitting here looking at the current weather which says it’s 38 degrees…..  Well, tomorrow is suppose to be almost 80 degrees with thunderstorms.  That will make ever feel like it’s more like spring. Many things that bring me to spring are happening over the next couple weeks.  First, the Orioles season started on Monday and the home opener is tomorrow! Go O’s!!!  Second, spring trout fishing is well underway and has been providing entertainment and dinner for many of us over the past two weeks.  Third, spring turkey season starts next Saturday, and that too gives us hunters a reason to hit the woods, even if it only is for a couple hours in the early morning.  Forth,  spring trophy Rockfish season also starts next Saturday, as I am sure this will leave some people torn if they should be in the woods after a turkey or on a boat on the bay looking for one of those big Rockfish. This year the weather has been funky, which may help both turkey season and spring trophy Rockfish season.  The woods are still mostly in winter mode, as very little if anything has started to sprout which means turkeys will be easier to see and possibly get a shot at when the season opens next week.  On the other side the cold temps have held water temperatures down in the bay so a lot of the big Rockfish are holding in the months of the rivers and in the upper reaches of the bay waiting on water temperatures to get a bit warmer so they can go spawn. This should give a many a good chance to catch a good size Rockfish while out trolling when the season opens.  I have talked to a couple of people that have been out doing catch and release fishing the past week and they said fishing is good..  I think fishing should be good for the first couple weeks of the season as the fish continue to move up the bay to spawn and then back down to head out into the ocean to head north for the summer.  Sadly, for those looking to see those fish at the beach, you could be waiting until early to mid May at this point before the fishing gets going on the ocean side. Lastly, of course as water temps continue to rise over the next couple weeks, freshwater fishing will continue to get better and better and offer something exciting for everyone in the family of all ages to do. This has to be one of the best times of year in terms of the most things to do, although fall comes in a close second as many of the things you can do now you can do then, plus deer hunting. Guess you are trading turkey for deer in the fall. Nevertheless, spring is a great time to be out on the water, in the woods, or just on a nature walk with family and friends to just enjoy everything nature has to offer to us.  We have even still be out shed hunting, but like this past hunting season, we have had very little luck in finding any sheds.  We did find a dead 8 point which I will post a picture of in a coming post about my...

Antlers are off and Trout Season 2015 is Upon Us!...

Yep, antlers are coming off finally!  But not all, I just saw a picture from last Thursday that had a buck with both sides still on, and our trail cam caught a spike the yesterday that still has both sides.. Crazy how late it is and they still have antlers, but for the most part I think they are dropping and shed hunting is always a fun way to kill a couple hours in the woods!  We cannot wait to see or hear about other peoples finds while out shed hunting and we of course will be going out more over the coming weeks and hope to share from pictures of sheds we find. As of now however, we have not found a single one 🙁 On another note, spring trout season kicks off this Saturday March 28th 2015 with the first (and this year, only) opening day!  That means it’s time to wet your lines and catch some of those tasty rainbow and palomino trout that the Maryland DNR puts in the rivers for our enjoyment which happen to be great for dinner.  I personally will be heading out Saturday morning on a quest to find some fish and hopefully I just enjoy getting back to fishing. The last time I was fishing was September, right before archery season started so I am so happy it’s time to get back to fishing.   I wish everyone the best of luck and I will update you on how my opening day went Sunday! Good luck shed hunting and trout fishing over the next week or so!...

Antlers are coming off!

Today is Saturday March 14th, 2015 and I am just getting reports the past couple days of sheds being found in the area. Super late this year, but these things happen sometimes.  I recently checked our trail camera and the one little six point buck we have been getting pictures of since around Christmas last half his rack on Wednesday and I am hoping to check the camera again in the next day or so and will likely find he has lost the other half.  That means it’s time to get out shed hunting and hopefully you find something. Going to be hard with the nasty mud from snow melting and all this rain. Hills are super slippery and just walking in the woods is dangerous in certain areas, so please be very careful! We would love to see pictures of sheds you find, so please either upload a picture with your comment or send us and email with your pictures to info@bowhuntingmaryland.com. We hope to get out over the next day or two and find some of our own sheds and we will be sharing those pictures with you as soon as we have them! Good luck everyone! It’s just nice to be back out in the woods and not stuck in the...

Antlers are Still on!

Well here we are on 3/2/2015, yes that’s right the first week of march and by large from what I have seen and heard most of the deer in central Maryland are still wearing their head gear.  Normally they  have long since lost their antlers and we would all be out actively looking for sheds.  Not this year, I went once before snow covered the ground about 2 weeks ago and saw lots of deer and several still with antlers.  Since then I have done some scouting, driving around looking at deer in the snow as well as asking others I know and everyone seems to agree at least most of the deer still have their antlers. I did get one report that deer on the eastern shore have started shedding their antlers but that was not backed by any found sheds just someone saying they haven’t seen any bucks recently. Hopefully the warmer weather coming will trigger them to shed their antlers!  Maybe another week or two and we can get out shed hunting! It’s been weeks other than the one walk I took since I was in the woods and I am ready to get back in scouting mode!  Never spend too much time in the woods ever.  Just something else to look forward to! Anyone else been out shed hunting yet this spring and found...

The end of the 2014 – 2015 Hunting Season...

How sad to see it go.  I spent the last two evenings of the season on our private land trying to get a doe for the freezer.  I saw deer both evenings but had no such luck at getting a shot.  It was just one of those years, but each year you learn more and get better at what your doing. I had some missed chances and I spent a lot of time in the woods not seeing anything this season.  But, I was able to harvest the broken 8 point just a few weeks ago on one lucky evening and I look forward to next season the chance to have a better season.  It’s all about being in the right place at the right time and not having work and personal commitments getting in the way of hunting season. haha Now we look forward to shed hunting in just a couple short weeks, then onto fishing season which kicks of with trout season in just about 7 weeks from now! I hope everyone had a wonderful hunting season, learned something new this season, got to spend lots of time in nature, and of  course I hope everyone was lucky enough to harvest a deer this year!  We welcome stories and pictures of harvested deer from the past season and we look forward to seeing pictures of sheds and then hearing about what fish are biting where! Thank you everyone for your support this hunting season and thanks to everyone that shared there stories, successes and even there...