15 Top Places to Go Hunting and Fishing
From the rugged Alleghany Mountains to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay to the mid-Atlantic canyons, the Old Line State has it all for sportsmen and women, including a huge variety of game, fresh and saltwater fishing, and perhaps the finest duck and goose hunting in the country. Start with these 15 ideas for hunting and fishing experiences in Maryland.
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1 Black Bear Hunting in Dan’s Mountain
Western Maryland is home to a thriving black bear population and nearly all of the Dan’s Mountain Wilderness Management Area’s 9,500 acres of prime bear habitat are opened to hunting. Dan’s Mountain, with 2,100 feet of elevation change and dense hardwoods, is known for rugged, back-country hunts, and more than 5 miles of public roads make for accessible hunting.
2 Duck and Goose Hunting on the Eastern Shore
There’s a reason the state dog is the Chesapeake Bay retriever. Located right in the middle of the Atlantic Flyway, Maryland is steeped in duck and goose hunting tradition, and the Eastern Shore is home to some of the best waterfowl hunting anywhere.
3 Bow-Fishing in Indian Head
One of the most exciting developments in recreational fishing is the thrilling sport of bow-fishing, and the Potomac is one of the best spots around to try it. Head to Indian Head in Charles County and set your sights on catching some snakehead and flathead catfish. There are no limits on these invasive fish—they’re big, they’re plentiful and they’re delicious. Bring your boat and bow or sign up for a local charter.
4 Surf Fishing at Assateague Island National Seashore
The barrier island of the Maryland coast is home to amazing surf fishing, so pitch a tent, set up your surf chair and cast. The channels, cuts, and ever-changing sandbars draw huge schools of big red drum, black drum, striped-bass, bluefish, flounder, rays and sand sharks.