Why I Go to Maryland in the Early Crossbow Season

Maryland's archery--errr, I mean, "crossbow", season begins about a month before our Pennsylvania season.

The trees are still green. The air is still warm. The bucks are still in velvet. The fawns still have spots. And this year, all the deer were still eating soybeans.

Contrast that with PA's opening day when (usually) the air is cooler, the trees are turning, and soybeans no longer appeal to the deer.

And Maryland's not known for giant bucks. I could make my yearly trip a trip to Iowa or Illinois or Kansas, but I've gone to Maryland for the past two years.

Even with all the differences and lack of "big buck" reputation, I still love Maryland for the early crossbow season.

Why?  Several reasons:
  1. With an early, pre-season trip, you get to test out all your filming and hunting gear and work out any kinks. For the past two years I've ended up changing at least one piece of filming gear after finding out it didn't do what it was supposed to do. After returning from MD, I have three weeks to get the new gear in place before the PA opener.
  2. You get to exercise your "treestand muscles," as I call them. Think about it. You can't live a normal life for 9 months and then suddenly be able to sit quietly for 13 or 14 hours. That takes a certain level of training.
  3. Velvet. That's self-explanatory.
  4. Nice people. I feel at home there for some reason. If I go into a High's Convenience Store, the clerks are polite and friendly, despite my obvious "accent."  (The folks there have a strong southern accent--not sure why, but it's noticeable to me, so I'm sure they're picking up on my accent.)
  5. Bait. I love to hunt over bait. If you don't, that's certainly okay. It's not for everybody. It's not legal in PA (although I sure make do with food plots) but in Maryland I can sit over a corn pile. Sound easy? Well, put that corn pile next to a 40 acre field of soybeans and see how many deer come to it. It's not fish in a barrel, but it's still a nice change of pace for this NEPA boy.
So I hope you enjoy these two Maryland episodes. Subscribe to Death by Bunjie on YouTube so you can catch all the upcoming episodes.

All Hail Bunjie!

Rich Wilson