Maryland Eastern Shore Goose Hunting, Duck Hunting
As early September rolls around on the famed Eastern Shore, waterfowlers in the Chesapeake Bay area look forward to the first cool winds from the north. The leaves are changing to brilliant colors and the long anticipated arrival of the area's waterfowl treasures will soon begin. Millions of ducks and geese will embark on their annual migratory routes flying south to their favorite wintering grounds. The region supports high densities of waterfowl including several high priority species such as teal, mallard, pintails, gadwalls, widgeon, woodducks, snow geese, and the species most closely identified with the Eastern Shore, Canada geese.
While hunting the Eastern Shore there are many other activities to enjoy suchs as visiting the numerous historic towns such as Easton, St. Michael, Oxford and Chestertown. Easton MD is the home of the annual waterfowl festival and Chestertown has been named the goose capital of the United States. Visitors coming into the area to hunt may wish to tour these places and learn more about the rich history of the Chesapeake Bay and the Eastern Shore. As part of the storied history of the bay region, beginning with the settlement of the Virginia Colony in the early 1600's, and ending 200 years later, pirates, buccaneers, and raiders prowled the Chesapeake.
Perhaps the most famous of these pirates was the infamous Edward Teach, "Blackbeard". It is estimated that approximately 1800 shipwrecks have been recorded in the bay waters. The earliest recorded wreck was near Tangier Island in the 16th century. A more recent wreck involved a Coast Guard cutter and a freighter in 1978. Most of the wrecks occured during the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War. Hunters in the area may wish to learn more about the area by visiting Kent and Tangier Islands.
The exact time when migratory birds willl arrive in the area, when their numbers will peak and when they will begin to leave the area can not be predicted. Short term changes in weather and habitat conditions may effect duck distribution. These factors may make planning vacation in advance of the hunting season difficult. Hunters should focus their efforts when migrations typically peak in the area they choose to hunt. Flexibility maybe the key to a successfull hunt.
Chesapeakke Bay and Labrador Retrievers are used in our hunts. For years the Chesapeake Bay Retriever was ther primary goose and duck dog for the region. Since the introduction of the Labrador Retriever in the early 1900's from England, this breed has become the favorite among hunters. The Labrador is a descendent of the St. John's water dog from Newfoundland.
The Chesapeake Bay region is situated along the Atlantc flyway. The majority of the Atlantic waterfowl are raised in the eastern United States and Canada. Biologists from Duck's Unlimited have reported that this appears to have been a good year for waterfowl production in the Atlantic Canada area. This is a key area for the breeding of black ducks and numerous other waterfowl species. The outlook is also apparently good for Atlantic flyway geese, snow geese, and Atlantic brant for 2010.