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Bowmann94 26-Nov-19
stick n string 26-Nov-19
Bowmann94 26-Nov-19
Cheetah8799 26-Nov-19
Bowmann94 26-Nov-19
brantman 26-Nov-19
Spyder34 26-Nov-19
The last savage 26-Nov-19
Bowmann94 26-Nov-19
JL 26-Nov-19
The last savage 26-Nov-19
chasintheslam 26-Nov-19
Bowmann94 27-Nov-19
chasintheslam 27-Nov-19
extremevft1 27-Nov-19
ahunter76 27-Nov-19
Bowmann94 27-Nov-19
Bowmann94 28-Nov-19
stick n string 28-Nov-19
Bowfisher 28-Nov-19
Spiral Horn 28-Nov-19
Junior 28-Nov-19
Junior 28-Nov-19
Junior 28-Nov-19
bill v 28-Nov-19
bill v 28-Nov-19
JL 28-Nov-19
Bowmann94 28-Nov-19
bill v 29-Nov-19
Bowmann94 29-Nov-19
bill v 01-Dec-19
From: Bowmann94
26-Nov-19
So planning a sika day Maryland hunt. It’s going to hopefully be a October rut split trip half bow half muzzleloader. Going to try to do it in fishing bay WMA. Mainly wondering if I can use boats with motors inside WMAs in Maryland??? I know Minnesota where I am you can’t. Also open to any advice and love a good hunting story on sikas. I posted this on the Maryland forum but it seemed pretty dead so figured I’d ask here to. Thanks in advance

26-Nov-19
MD forum is a ghost-town. Its kinda funny. Maryland has a DNR app that u can download and its an awesome resource. U can lookup season dates, check ur kills in and maybe most helpful is the hunting location part. You can look up any and all public hunting area’s and then it will give you a link that you can go to to check out all of the rules and regulations for that specific area. I would check that out, immsure ur answers for the boat gig are there. Cant help u outside of that...

From: Bowmann94
26-Nov-19
Thanks stick and string... just downloaded the app it’s great?? I just looked at a few places I didn’t even know what there that’s really cool. Wish MN had an app like that. So looking at a few areas most say best viewed by boat then list a boat ramp near by, so sounds like you can use a boat with a motor? Also says no motor vehicles on trails so i think that only applies to land? Thanks again great tip.

From: Cheetah8799
26-Nov-19
Meat eater has a couple episodes they just released of Sika hunting. Might check that out if you haven't already. On Netflix.

From: Bowmann94
26-Nov-19
Thanks stick and string... just downloaded the app it’s great?? I just looked at a few places I didn’t even know what there that’s really cool. Wish MN had an app like that. So looking at a few areas most say best viewed by boat then list a boat ramp near by, so sounds like you can use a boat with a motor? Also says no motor vehicles on trails so i think that only applies to land? Thanks again great tip.

From: brantman
26-Nov-19
bring a THEMACELL

From: Spyder34
26-Nov-19
Bring 2 Thermacells trust me lol.

26-Nov-19
Howd you do bowman? Fishing bay and 94 degrees, 9 ft tall reeds,,endless water. kicked my ass.. but it was a good time, chalk it up as a learning experience,, going back next year..

From: Bowmann94
26-Nov-19
Yeah it was the meat eater episodes that kinda inspired this hunt. And yeah I’ve definitely read bring a thermacell or 2 lol.... in all honesty if Maryland’s tags wasn’t so reasonable, and they where an exotic deer I probably wouldn’t consider it but these things sure are cool lol. I maybe will never be able to afford an elk hunt but for everything it’s going to cost me less then most elk tags alone.

From: JL
26-Nov-19
Join this website....these guys will know.

https://marylandwhitetail.websitetoolbox.com/categories

26-Nov-19
Jl is correct. Thats a good site with a lot of sika warriors on there,, i had a few help me as well...

26-Nov-19
Your not gonna get alot of straight forward answers from locals to maryland like myself besides just go hunt which that annoys me cause were all hunters we should help each other out. Boats can be used in any body of water in fishing bay, no four wheelers on public land. If your gonna be focusing on fishing bay area give chance island a look or take a long boat ride on island creek and get in some real good public on north end of it. Utilize phone apps like onx or even you google maps to zoom in and see the trails itll help when picking a stand location

From: Bowmann94
27-Nov-19
Thanks chasintheslam that’s great information. Yeah seeing how it’s mainly water and where I’m planning on camping is right across the Nanticoke River it’s definitely a shorter ride by boat then by car. Will definitely look at chance island and island creek. So is it safe to assume they prefer trees surrounded by marsh that’s what most of that habitat looks like on google? So tree islands should be a good place to start With trails through the marsh? So I know sika respond to calling to some degree what about scent do whitetail doe in heat scents work? Decoys?

27-Nov-19
I wouldnt waste your time with scents and decoys honestly and yea tree clusters are a great thing to look for to sit from my experience

From: extremevft1
27-Nov-19
What is your boat set up? We use a 14' jon boat with a longtail on Blackwater, but we can't launch off of a trailer. Fishing Bay can be bigger water, but it will get shallow pretty quick, an outboard might take a beating! Also, you said this hunt will be cheaper than a elk hunt, that is true, but I bet you don't go just once! The marsh is addicting! Good Luck!

From: ahunter76
27-Nov-19
I've been to Md. twice bowhunting them. 1 time was great but right after I had had a shoulder operation & "missed". 2nd time was kinda border of Sika/Whitetail area & no Sika, just Whitetails close. My son did arrow one & a friend that lives there has taken several with Bow & Muzzleloader. Our 1st trip they were bugeling, wallows. I've hunted Elk many times & hearing them is pretty much the same. Good Luck. 1 time the bugs were terrible & the other not bad.. My hunts were 1st week of Oct..

From: Bowmann94
27-Nov-19
Not exactly sure on boat yet.... we have 7 guys interested in going, but I’m betting at least 3 drop out. So the boat depends if my cousin goes he’s got all the toys, redneck ugly beat up toys but they work well enough... if he goes we’d probably use his John boat and a few canoes/kayaks for stealthing into place. The mud motor is definitely a good point we mainly use outboards here....

From: Bowmann94
28-Nov-19
Are you allowed to party hunt in Maryland? As in one hunter uses another’s tag? In mn that’s legal as long as both hunters are licensed and in the same tract of land actively hunting. I’ve read the ereglations and didn’t see it but I could have missed it. I know you have to register your deer and they recommend you do it at kill sight so you don’t have to lose tags on a drag. I wish mn had a similar system there’s always a slight fear that I’ll lose a tag on a drag.

28-Nov-19
No, ur tags are UR tags

From: Bowfisher
28-Nov-19
Went last year to MD after 3 years of research on sika deer. 5 day hunt, killed a stag and a hind with archery tackle. Scout, scout, scout. Find the sign and hunt it. THERMACELL! And bug spray. Chest waders are essential too, and a bright headlamp. They’re a riot to hunt. Good luck!!

From: Spiral Horn
28-Nov-19
It’s been many years since I hunted Fishing Bay and Blackwater. Took a Sika or two (but no big stags) and remember it being a tremendous challenge - vast territory, most of it marsh and many sections choked with phragmite grass and greenbrier thickets. Been fascinated with the discussion of apps to help navigate this maze - sure would have helped. Anyone taking a trophy stag with an arrow sure has earned some braggin rights.

From: Junior
28-Nov-19

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It's the elk of the east!

From: Junior
28-Nov-19

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28-Nov-19

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From: bill v
28-Nov-19

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Bowmann94. Go to the Pa site. Page down to Sika, notes from the swamp. There’s a guy over there (Bill v) ;) that does a thread each time I go down :). Something to read. Can’t tell you much about fishing bay, never been in there. Here are some general rules: 1. You can’t be too far out into marsh 2. Go to last tree out in marsh, then go one more tree :) 3. Leave all your whitetail knowledge at home, it will only help you fail or waste hunting days until you figure that out 4. If you must hunt in woods or partial woods, find woods that are surrounded by swamp, they may cross through areas like that

From: bill v
28-Nov-19
More: 5. If you find open Frag, with young frag, green 1 to 3 feet tall check for browsing. If browsing and droppings (floating, round) hunt there. 6. If you hear whistling in the same area more then one day, consider moving in that direction( if possible)

7. If you come to Sika Hunt, once will not be enough, be prepared to come back

From: JL
28-Nov-19
Another thought about hunting in Maryland. The chiggers are unreal and will tear your ankles/legs up and their ticks seem to carry Lyme more so than other places.

From: Bowmann94
28-Nov-19
So these guys really are just frolicking out in the marsh lol? Do they bed on semi dry land? Or are these guys bedding in water to? Bill v I read you’re post great hunt by the way cool read. Junior those are some cool trail camera pics.... that stag is what haunts me in my dreams lol exactly like what I want to shoot. You guys are great by the way really love all this information, without out you guys I’d be going in nearly blind. Ps frag is that tall white headed grass right? So they eat young green frag over other browse? I’ve hunted whitetail in swamps but this is starting to sound more like a duck hunt lol. Can I shoot big game from a canoe In Maryland? In mn you can as long as there’s no motor. Probably won’t work anyway considering how thick the marsh grass looks in the pictures I’ve seen.

From: bill v
29-Nov-19
Good Jacob. It sounds like your listening. Frag? Tall swamp grass, cat tail, Fragmitie (sp?). Do they bed in woods/ semi dry? I guess sometimes, they feel safe in the frag, bed on island, clumps of frag and around trees where there is a one foot dia mud spot. I have seen sikas bed on weed clumps in open water. You’ll see woods in my text and pics, it took me a long time to identify productive wood patches or sections to hunt. Your best bet is to be out in the marsh. Another thing to look for(To Start) maybe look for connector swamps and sit there. A narrow swamp connecting larger swamps

Again, leave your whitetail knowledge home

From: Bowmann94
29-Nov-19
What kind of trees should I expect so I know what kind of stands to bring. It looks like fairly straight pines in the pictures I’ve seen. I guess it comes down to should we plan on climbers or hang one? Hang on stands are more versatile for brushy trees but if the trees are clean then the climbers get the nod.

From: bill v
01-Dec-19
It’s a personal preference. Loblolly pines are pretty straight and are climbable. These trees shed bark easily and do make some noise. I prefer hang on but, I know where I want to be and can move easily anyway. Maybe some boat hunters will chime in for you, I’ve never hunted from boats. If you can get on islands I imagine that would be a good start

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