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Location: Central Maryland
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Maryland Field Dressing on Public Lands

Hello All -

I'm new to deer hunting MD, and can't seem to find the info I'm looking for on MD's DNR website (trust me, I've looked for hours). What I've found so far via MD DNR is:

1.) Tag immediately after a kill & before you move it. They suggest antlers or ear.
2.) Internet check-in to get a confirmation number (which a game processor will require).

My questions are:

1.) I'm assuming that the proof of sex here MUST be the head because they mention nothing else about it. ?
2.) Is it legal to fully quarter the deer on public land and just pack the head out with the meat? (I've searched high and low and found nothing here as well)
3.) Are there typically hoists/gambrels set up in any of these places? Should I bring a rope?

I've only hunted out of a private camp in West TX, so I don't know a lot about the ways of the public land hunting out here. Ideally I'd like to leave everything but the quarters/backstrap/tenders out in the woods as I don't have a truck anymore (Jeep Cherokee). I can always throw the head in a trashbag and pack it as well...

Any info or guidance is appreciated.

Paul

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Location: King George, VA
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Maryland Field Dressing on Public Lands

I have hunted MD for the past 4 years. If you plan on hunting public land be CAREFUL!!!! I had my turkey decoys shot up the first year I hunted here, the person shot right over my head at them and then saw what they were and took off running, the person dropped their bag full of calls and I ended up coming out ahead.

As far as your questions what part of the state are you planning on hunting in? Most of the state land in region B you wouldn't need to quarter the deer out.

You can get a game cart and haul it out whole. If you don't want to haul it out whole then leave the head in place or the sex organs incase you get stopped by a warden. I see from you post that you have a Jeep, just lay a tarp down in the back or get a rubber maid container to place the deer in, had to do that when I shot a doe and had the wife durango, she would have been ticked off if there was blood in the car.

As far as the gambrels there are none on state land, best to bring your own rope or cable, If you can get a come-along, they work great for skinning deer out with, I use one out on the land I hunt on.

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Robb - Thanks so much for the reply...much appreciated. I'm definitely planning on hunting region B (Maybe PaxRiver SP, or Liberty Reservoir), still need to scout out some places. Any suggestions in that regard are welcome, but I understand if you'd rather not share. I basically just want to find a place where I can have some space and avoid people.

As far as hauling it out whole...I have no problem doing that, but I currently live in an apartment complex, so all things being equal I'd rather just take care of it in the woods so I don't have the cops called on me.

Really glad you took the time to hit me back, thanks again! Off to my Maryland Hunter's Ed Field day tmw... If I had a nickel for every state I had to take hunter's ed in...

Paul

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Location: King George, VA
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If you can't pack it out whole you can always attach the transport tag to the animal and then call and check it in before you leave the woods, once you get back to your car you can 1/4 it up and put in a cooler or what ever works. I would leave teh hide attached to the head and front shoulder that way if you do get stopped and checked they can see what sex the animal is.

I would also get a come-along, I have the one with the nylon cord and it is rated for 1500 pounds, it works really good for hanging the animal just attach the one end to the rail of a gambrel and the other end with the ratchet to the back of your car and then drive forward until the animal is far enough off the ground to make it easier on your back to skin it out.

if you have to hunt on state land, i would try Chapel Point State Park south of LaPlata, it does get some pressure, but I would stay away from Cedarville State park, Myrtle Grove, they get hit pretty good the first part of the season.

Here is a list of places in Southern Maryland:

Charles
For information on the following areas call: 301-743-5161 between 8:00am- 12:00pm.
Blossom Point CWMA- Waterfowl blind sites. Lottery. Free permit required. Boat access only.
Chicamuxen WMA- 381 acres- Furbearers, forest game, upland game, dove, waterfowl and deer (bow, muzzleloader and shotgun). Free permit required for blinds only.
Indian Creek NRMA- 680 acres- Forest game, upland game, dove, waterfowl and deer (bow, muzzleloader and shotgun). Daily sign-in required.
Mattawoman NEA (certain tracts) call for information.
Myrtle Grove WMA- 1,748 acres- Furbearers, forest game, upland game, dove, waterfowl and deer (bow, muzzleloader and shotgun). Shooting range.
Nanjemoy NRMA- 1,197 acres (includes the former Purse State Park & Douglas Point WMA/CWMA)- Furbearers, forest game, upland game, waterfowl (disabled access), deer (bow, muzzleloader, and shotgun. Daily sign-in required. Free permit and reservation required for blind sites only.

]St. Mary’s
For information on the following areas call: 301-743-5161 between 8:00am- 12:00pm.
Elms CWMA- 545 acres- Forest game, upland game, dove, and deer (bow, muzzleloader and shotgun). No woodchuck. Free permit and reservation required. Spring turkey hunting on Saturdays only. Environmental education on site.
Myrtle Point CWMA Blind Sites- Waterfowl. Waterfowl season third split only. Lottery, free permit required. Boat access only.

Calvert
For information on the following areas call: 301-743-5161 between 8:00am- 12:00pm.
Flag Ponds Park CWMA- 100 acres- Deer (bow only). Free permit required.
Hall Creek NRMA- 275 acres- Forest game, upland game, waterfowl and deer (bow, muzzleloader and shotgun). Waterfowl by lottery. Daily sign-in required. Free permit required for blinds.
Kings Landing NRMA (formerly Huntingtown)- 960 acres - Forest game, upland game, deer (bow, muzzleloader and shotgun), waterfowl lottery, dove. Hunting allowed only north of Cocktown Creek. Daily sign-in required. Free permit required for blinds. Disabled accessible.

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Location: King George, VA
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Forgot to ask, what type of weapon are you using? If it is bow the first couple of days of the season are not to bad, due to the season opening on a weekday.

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Using a Bow this year...and I did plan on using Weekdays as a way to combat seeing so many people. Thanks again for the reply, very helpful indeed.

Paul

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