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.
Deer hunters spend so much time trying to pattern deer that we forget that we also can be "patterned." After all, most of us hunt the same days and the same hours, so it isn't difficult for deer to figure us out.
While we would never recommend giving up hunting the traditional moving times for deer -- early morning and late evening -- it's important to keep in mind that deer will move at other times of the day. Sometimes hunting through lunch, or getting in your stand earlier than usual for an...