Joe-man, I just got back from the eastern shore, and cant get enough of it. The hunting leases are cheap compared to where I come from, and there are a lot of deer. It was hot and the rut hadn't started, but we still had plenty of oppurtunitys.
Where in MD are you? I'm new to hunting too and I'm hunting on my property in Baltimore County. There are a ton of deer in Bmore, but few trophies. I recommend finding a farm or private property. Most farmers see deer as a nuisance and will welcome a responsible hunter on to their property.
While I was up on the mountains looking for some elk, we spotted some off in the distance. And while I was glassing these elk I couldn’t quite pick up the details of these elk because they were clear out there, and because I couldn’t keep steady enough to get a clear picture of what I was looking at. I told my brother, “I can’t really tell ‘cause I’m shaking.” He gave me the best piece of glassing advice I’ve ever been told (‘cause how many glassing tips can there really be...