Swamp Hunting Chesapeake VA

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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
(757) 721-2412
4005 Sandpiper Road
Virginia Beach, VA
Other Activties
Boating; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Wildlife Viewing

Currituck National Wildlife Refuge
(252) 429-3100
316 Marsh Causeway
Knotts Island, Nc 27950-0039, NC
Other Activties
Boating; Fishing; Hunting

Dick's Sporting Goods
(757) 493-6400
Town Center at Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, VA
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(757) 638-2001
Harbor View East
Suffolk, VA
 
Wild River Outfitters Touring Company, LLC
(757) 431-8566
3636 Virginia Beach Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA
 
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
(757) 986-3705
3100 Desert Road
Suffolk, VA
Other Activties
Boating; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Wildlife Viewing

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge
(252) 429-3100
316 Marsh Causeway
Knotts Island, NC
Other Activties
Boating; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting

Dick's Sporting Goods
(757) 463-4379
Lynnhaven Mall
Virginia Beach, VA
 
Sports Authority
(757) 466-8107
5900 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, #226
Norfolk, VA
Services
Golf Trade-In Program, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Virginia Sea Kayak Center
(757) 439-3179
3419 Virginia Beach Blvd. #921
Virginia Beach, VA
 

Hunt the "Island in the Stream"

In the south, as in many other parts of the country, we have vast swamps that are often a maze of runs, sloughs, dead end back waters and at times, row after row of areas that are flowing water, higher ground and then flowing water again.

I hunt two of these… the Salkehatchie and the Coosawhatchie river systems.

The former system is, in some portions of the river, over a mile wide and while the latter one is less massive, what it lacks in width, it makes for with huge oxbows and twists / turns of the main run.

Both of these systems have their own unique characteristics (and charm!) but they also have two other things in common:

·      They are both filled with deer.

·      They both have islands – isolated patches of higher ground that are surrounded by acres and acres of flooded ground.

The deer love the swamp… it is a great area for travel, it has water, green browse, there are usually loads of hard mast, there are generally dense thickets along each side of the swamp and they feel very comfortable in these areas.

I profess a great love for these swamps and hunt these areas whenever I feel that I can get on some deer – either traveling or feeding…and sometimes… as a refuge area…

In these vast expanses, when you locate one of these islands, there is dry ground for bedding, green browse, all the water they want and often – thick areas for cover.

They are generally less concerned, I think, with the dense cover – because they are fairly relaxed down in these swamps anyway.

In many instances, you can spot these areas from a distance due to the green growth that accumulates on the higher ground… something the sodden and often flooded adjacent areas can not provide.

Locate one of these areas, and you have done two things… identified a potential hiding and bedding area for the deer and also found yourself a potential great area to set up a stand, be it a climber, fixed or even a ground level blind.

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