Top 4 Public Lands to Hunt Deer on the Eastern Shore – Fish & Hunt

Top 4 Public Lands to Hunt Deer on the Eastern Shore

Posted on: October 23, 2019 By: FHMD

Maryland’s Eastern Shore is well known for its beaches, goose hunting, and white marlin,  but it’s also a hotspot for white-tailed deer and a haven for the elusive Sika deer. With deer season in full swing, here are the Eastern Shore’s top public lands for deer hunting.

The Chesapeake Forest

With more than 30 different tracts of land scattered over the lower Eastern Shore, the Chesapeake Forest offers an abundance of deer hunting opportunities for whitetail and sika deer alike. At least eight tracts are larger than 1,500 acres. Larger tracts and those nestled adjacent to other public hunting lands provide opportunities to find remote interior zones for the hunter seeking to be farther away from the parking areas. The production of commercial timber products has generally left interior logging trails intact for easier navigation on larger tracts.

Eastern Shore

Courtesy of Penny Ingles

E.A. Vaughn Wildlife Management Area

Interspersed with leased agricultural fields, early successional habitat plots and tidal wetland creeks, the coastal plain forests on E.A. Vaughn Wildlife Management Area’s property provide an excellent opportunity to deer hunt in a quintessential Delmarva landscape. This 2,630-acre plot includes abundant small grain agriculture, and the many mixed-deciduous bottomland forests, provide ample year-round food sources. Limited primitive camping is available and there are a variety of other lodging options nearby. Located along the Atlantic coastal bays, just a couple of miles from the Virginia state line, this wildlife management area may be outside of the typical driving zone for many traveling hunters but is an easy drive from the towns of Pocomoke City, Snow Hill and “America’s Coolest Small Town,” Berlin.

Fishing Bay Wildlife Management Area

Fishing Bay Wildlife Management Area’s expansive tidal marshlands transition into low, wetland forests and island hummocks that offer one of the best public land opportunities to pursue Sika deer. Upland access and an extensive interior trail network, in association with adjacent Chesapeake Forest Lands tracts, offer the ability to get away from parking areas for a solo hunting experience. Smaller forested tracts are scattered throughout Dorchester County’s low country. Multiple public boat ramps provide access to waterways for exploring marsh islands and hummocks, which can provide good hunting opportunities as well.

Eastern Shore

Courtesy of Bonnie Cole

Millington Wildlife Management Area

This 4,000-acre parcel is located in eastern Kent County and consists of hardwood forests with some pine stands, various types of wetlands, fallow managed fields, meadow plantings, and open agricultural fields. The land in Millington has a rich history and was once the home of the Lenni Lenape Indians. Diverse early successional habitat types are common throughout the area due to intensive habitat management, creating a prime habitat for white-tailed deer. Hunt-from-a-vehicle opportunities are also available (Universal Disability Pass required).

For more information on lodging options, hunting guides, outfitters and more, be sure to visit our Plan Section to make the most out of your hunt on the Eastern Shore.

Fall is beautiful in Maryland, so why not add a relaxing road trip to your itinerary while you’re hunting in Maryland? Take a little time with the family after your hunt with a trip on our state’s scenic byways.

Lodging Deals

Here are a few lodging deals on the Eastern Shore to help make the most out of this year’s deer hunt:

Queen Anne’s County:

Holiday Inn Express Annapolis East-Kent Island
1020 Kent Narrows Road Grasonville MD 21638
SPECIAL: November 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020 – $89.00 Rate
(410) 827-4454

Hilton Garden Inn Kent Island
3206 Main Street Grasonville MD 21638
SPECIAL: October 15, 2019 – February 29, 2020 – 18% discount off of best available rate (weekdays and weekends)
(410) 827-3877

Eastern Shore

Courtesy of Queenstown Harbor

Queenstown Harbor Golf Cottages
310 Links Lane Queenstown, MD 21658
Off-Season Rates Begin November 1, 2019
Chester Cottage (3,125 Sq. Ft.) 12 Beds, 5 Full Baths $800 per night (down from $1250/night)
Wye Cottage (2,050 Sq. Ft.) 8 Beds, 3 Full Baths $575 per night (down from $750/night)
Corsica Cottage (2,550 Sq. Ft.) 8 Beds, 4 Full Bath $700 per night (down from $950/night)
(410) 827-6611

Talbot County

Quality Inn Easton
8523 Ocean Gateway, Easton, MD  21601
$79.00 per night.
Complimentary breakfast starts at 5:00 a.m. for early hunters.
(410) 820-8333

Charles County

Courtyard by Marriott
3145 Crain Highway, Waldorf, MD 20603
Call and mention the ‘Deer Hunters Rate’
(301) 885-3333

Hampton Inn in Waldorf
3750 Crain Hwy, Waldorf, MD 20603
Call and mention the ‘Deer Hunters Rate’
(301) 632-9600

Dorchester County

Holiday Inn Express Cambridge
2715 Ocean Gateway, Cambridge, MD 21613
20% discount for double occupancy. Complimentary hot breakfast buffet starts at 5:00 a.m. for early hunters.
Email for more information.
(410) 221-9900

Kent County

Stepne Manor
406 S. Cross Street, Chestertown, MD 21620
3 story home, 5 bedrooms, sleeps 8-15 people
$400 a night if mention “Hunting Rate”
Contact Natalie Turner at

Brittland Estates
205 Cannon Street, Suite 1, Chestertown, MD 21620
Contact Natalie Turner
Office/Fax: 443-282-0860
Cell: (410) 490-2291

Mariners Motel
5681 S Hawthorne, Rock Hall, Md 21661
5% discount on rooms for white-tail deer hunting and bird hunters
(410) 639-2291 

Quality Suites
160 Scheeler Road, Chestertown, MD 21620
We have Hunter Special Rate for the season: $89.99+ tax/Night,
Any room King Suites OR 2 Queen beds in One Room Including weekend.
We open the breakfast room for Hunters 4 a.m. in the morning.
(410) 810-0555

Inn at Huntingfield Creek
4928 Eastern Neck Road, Rock Hall 21661
Rooms in the Inn: $139 + tax
Cottages as available: $199 + tax
(410) 639-7779

Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn
25227 Chestertown Road, Chestertown, MD 21620
$169 plus tax, single occupancy
(410) 778-1860

Wicomico County

Sleep Inn Salisbury
406 Punkin Ct., Salisbury, MD 21804
Rates starting at $69.99. Be sure to mention Hunter’s Special when you call.
Click here for more information and for bookings.
(410) 572-5516


Images courtesy of Jan Branscome, Penny Ingles, and Bonnie Cole via the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Flickr account as well as Queenstown Harbor