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chow_hound

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Just wondering how much pressure the Chesapeake Forest Lands around Fishing Bay get compared to Fishing Bay itself?

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Plenty on the weekends, very little during the week, just like anywhere else, even private. But, understand, 300 acres of marsh might as well be 800 acres of whitetail land. Beautiful stags and plenty of hinds are taken off of public ground every year. Fishing Bay is not very accessible, so I would venture to say that, comparably, it gets less pressure than the Chesapeake Forest Properties.


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 Doesn't chesapeake forest lands get leased out, or are they all public hunting ?   I was looking at some property in Worcester county that borders some chesapeake forest land and was told that it was leased. 

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Both, some of it is leased, but most of it is open to public hunting. There's a huge tract in the Pocomoke State Forest that rarely ever gets hunted. It's called the Johnson and Johnson Tract and I believe it is around 900 acres.


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Most of Fishing Bay should be consider boat access only and if duck is out you got it all too yourself......but most of it is tree less marsh grass/phrag.

The CFL lands are mostly loblolly pine tree farms in various states of growth......endless rows of pines with little features or food supplies......just like the marsh.
Since access is easier, the CFL lands get more attention like Sika said.........still plenty to go around.

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publicland

Registered: 08/26/09
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The Lewis tract (adjacent to Fishing bay) is mostly pine but does have some good areas of mixed hardwoods as well as marshy areas along Island pond. During early muzzleloader and frirearm this area has a good number of hunters but if you put in the time to hike in deep you can find your own paradise.  A canoe can get you to some good wooded islands but it takes some effort.  Fishing bay has plenty of wooded areas that are adjacent to the marsh, including the Davenport tract, Bespitch area, Toddville and Langrells.  If you have a boat the sky is the limit. Some very sweet areas exist on the Nanaticoke river side as well as along the Transquaking river.  Don't let the number of vehicles in one area discourage you as these areas are large enough to support numerous hunters.  The late archery season can sometimes allow you to have areas all to yourself.  Good Luck.


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grunt


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Be VERY careful on these tracts. Way too many access road hunters shooting as deer cross the roads.


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Thanks for the info publicland. It sounds like you know what you are talking about 


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Thanks for the info publicland. It sounds like you know what you are talking about 


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Doug,

I noticed he didn't mention LeCompte......I guess he didn't want anyone taking his parking spot!

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Smart dude!


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