duckslayertom wrote:Hello, The military just moved me to Maryland yesterday coming from Alaska. While taking a break from searching for a house I'm looking into the duck hunting regulations. Waterfowl is my passion in life and have always wanted to hunt the Eastern shore and chesapeake. I'm really excited to have a chance at some of the birds you have in this state. Coming from Alaska I am also excited to finally get some birds that were plumed out instead of the eclipse birds we shoot up there.
As you guys can probably guessI have some questions that the regulations aren't answering.
What kind of decoy lines do you guys like to use here? I'm usually just out hunting puddle ducks in shallow ponds so most of my decoys are texas rigged. Am I likely to be hunting a lot of water deeper than 5 foot?
I'm looking into buying an 18 foot excell with a 55 horse mud buddy but was wondering if there are any horsepower restrictions I need to be aware of? I was stationed here for a couple years back in 2002-2005 and remember they won't let you use gas motors on lakes, so I know I can't use it to fish for bass, but just want to make sure it's a boat that I can actually use up here for ducks before I go spend the money on it. If it's not, do you have any style of duck boats you would reccommend?
I'm reading all the regulations on the public lands, and realize I really need to study this in depth. Alaska was just pull up to a pond, throw decoys out and you are hunting, but here I'm reading that you need to apply for a lottery to get blinds, then reserve them to get to hunt public lands. Is it a lot easier to get in on club? I've never looked into duck clubs before, so I'm not too familiar with them. I volunteer with DU up in AK, and my regional director up there was saying the clubs fill up and I may have a problem getting into a club this late. So when is usually the best time to try and join?
Thanks for any help you can provide,
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