You give three men some rifles, heavy packs, 46,000 acres of public land, and what do you get?
About a thousand more guys doing the same thing.
Hunting public land is always a game of odds – pretty low odds. To add to the challenge, Maryland only has a few counties and very limited dates on which you can take antlered deer with a rifle.
However, it is not too often that our guys get to hang up the bow for a weekend and sling rifles over our shoulders.
After sitting in solitude for a few months – it’s always nice to stretch your legs over a couple thousand acres.
To any person who loves the outdoors, the thought of having mile upon mile of open land to wander on is an absolute dream. A dream that quickly becomes reality as you watch the sunrise pierce through the foggy trees. A sizzling breakfast and good company are icing on the cake.
It seemed like everyone in western counties of Maryland came up to the forest that weekend. Quiet logging roads quickly became noisy parking lots, the air quickly filled with sounds of gunfire, and a sea of orange descended upon the quiet mountains of Appalachia.
Knowing we would have to hike a few miles away, we braced ourselves for a long day ahead.
We pointed on the map, downed some coffee, and threw on our packs.
“Happy hunting, fellas.”