Tell us exactly what it is that you want to know about those two states.
The .30-06 is an excellent choice. Spend a lot of time getting to know that rifle. Adhere to all gun safety rules. Be competent with a firearm, both in handling, firing, and cleaning. Shooting from a bench at the range is good for zeroing and re-zeroing your scope, sighting-in the rifle with your chosen load of factory ammo and testing new loads if you ever plan on reloading your own ammo (many of us reload). That's about all a bench is good for.
Once you have the rifle sighted-in spend some time shooting off hand in various shooting positions at different distances, this is the only way to know how far you are capable of shooting (as the rifle is plenty capable on it's own). Get to know your limitations with that rifle (how far you can accuratley shoot) and don't exceed them.
Many new hunters buy way too much scope, more than they'll ever need for hunting. A hunting scope should be simple and uncomplicated. Reticle should be simple and uncluttered, a duplex or wide duplex is all you'll need. My advise is to go with a good quality (I like Leupold) fixed 6X power scope with a 32mm to 40mm objective lense. Or, if you want a viariable power scope, go with a 2-7X33mm or 3-9X40mm. That should give you all the magnification you'll ever need for a hunting rifle.
Remember that no matter how far you can shoot or how accurate your rifle is at distance, you will not need to take shots beyond 300 yrds when hunting. All my game has been cleanly killed inside of 200 yrds.
Not sure how you feel about cosmetics on a hunting rifle, but you may want to choose one that has either a satin or matte non-shiny walnut wood stock or a matte synthetic stock. A highly glossed shiny polyurethane finished stock has absolutley no place on a hunting rifle or shotgun. Good luck!!
I'm interested in MD. What game is there to hunt besides deer?