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Anyone in MD, Chesapeake Bay area going hunting this Saturday?


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Mara_Masina

Hey all, 

 

This weekend I was going to go on a trip with folks from my fossil club, but they cancelled last minute and I've already paid for a hotel room in the area. Therefore, weather be darned, I'm going fossil hunting anyway. Is anyone else going out on Saturday that might want company? I'm a pretty relaxed human who typically matches the energy in the room, as I like to be inoffensive and approachable. :D I just figured that it would be awesome to hunt with another forum member or two instead of going it alone. 

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sixgill pete

It may help if you say where the trip was to be.

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Just now, sixgill pete said:

It may help if you say where the trip was to be.

 

Whoops, I see it in your tags.

 

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1 hour ago, sixgill pete said:

 

Whoops, I see it in your tags.

 

No worries! Here, let me be more specific. :D I intend to hit the Calvert fm via Matoaka or possibly the MD side of the Potomac for some choice Aquia pickings. 

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I've hunted those areas in similar winter temperatures.  Wear layers, so you can remove them if you get warm as the temperature rises during the day.  You need waders.  You can't afford to get wet feet at those temperatures.  You need footwear that can work on solid ice, as the beach could be an ice skating rink.  You need a pick to be able to pick fossils from the ice.  The beach could be so badly iced up that you can't walk on it easily or can't see any fossils.  I hope you have a good experience.

 

Edit:  You might consider wearing light rubber/neoprene gloves under your winter gloves and/or bringing extra gloves in case your gloves get wet picking up fossils.

 

Marco Sr.

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Better warm cloth gloves under big rubber gloves. + a vacuum flask with hot drinks. Additional t-shirts, spare gloves and scarfs. Also wear lots of socks

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Also if you do have waders, you should still be careful with the ice. I ended up tearing mine on some jagged ice along the Bay last year--luckily only on the gaiter part of my waders that overhangs my boots, so no water got inside (and I was later able to repair them). Waders can always tear of course, but with the current temps, this could be dangerous and not just inconvenient. (Same thing with losing your balance and falling in.)

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Oooh I have a suggestion if you want to go hunt for aquia formation fossils. Here’s the exact link on Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps/@38.4328608,-77.252675,17.91z?authuser=1. The entrance is next to/behind an open gate. Its public and perfectly legal to collect there. I’d suggest timing your trip so you can collect at low tide. If you can’t, get a pair of waders (like the kind fly-fishermen wear). In my experience surface collecting is best at low tide. At high tide you can get your waders on and sift through the sand. Just don’t dig in the cliffs and try not to get wet. There’s a TON of pollution in the water (mercury, etc) so I highly suggest you to avoid getting wet.

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I was considering doing Matoaka Saturday. I haven’t been in awhile.

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16 hours ago, MarcoSr said:

I've hunted those areas in similar winter temperatures.  Wear layers, so you can remove them if you get warm as the temperature rises during the day.  You need waders.  You can't afford to get wet feet at those temperatures.  You need footwear that can work on solid ice, as the beach could be an ice skating rink.  You need a pick to be able to pick fossils from the ice.  The beach could be so badly iced up that you can't walk on it easily or can't see any fossils.  I hope you have a good experience.

 

Edit:  You might consider wearing light rubber/neoprene gloves under your winter gloves and/or bringing extra gloves in case your gloves get wet picking up fossils.

 

Marco Sr.

You've got it man! I already have chest waders, 5mm neoprene gloves, shoulder length waterproof gloves, and rubber boots for my stockingfoots. Thanks!-

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Mara_Masina
13 hours ago, RuMert said:

Better warm cloth gloves under big rubber gloves. + a vacuum flask with hot drinks. Additional t-shirts, spare gloves and scarfs. Also wear lots of socks

Bought a vacuum flask. I'll see if the hotel can fill it up for me! Thanks!

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10 hours ago, Megalodoodle said:

Oooh I have a suggestion if you want to go hunt for aquia formation fossils. Here’s the exact link on Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps/@38.4328608,-77.252675,17.91z?authuser=1. The entrance is next to/behind an open gate. Its public and perfectly legal to collect there. I’d suggest timing your trip so you can collect at low tide. If you can’t, get a pair of waders (like the kind fly-fishermen wear). In my experience surface collecting is best at low tide. At high tide you can get your waders on and sift through the sand. Just don’t dig in the cliffs and try not to get wet. There’s a TON of pollution in the water (mercury, etc) so I highly suggest you to avoid getting wet.

Ooh, thank you! I'm having trouble deciding on Aquia or Calvert first but I'm going to do both eventually!

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9 hours ago, Searcher78 said:

I was considering doing Matoaka Saturday. I haven’t been in awhile.

Well, let me know if you do! I'm in the area.

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8 hours ago, Mara_Masina said:

You've got it man! I already have chest waders, 5mm neoprene gloves, shoulder length waterproof gloves, and rubber boots for my stockingfoots. Thanks!-

 

I hope you have a successful trip.  Please post a trip report.  I know it is late, but you might also need a face mask.  I always have one in my backpack in the winter.  It was 14F when I walked my dog this morning, and my face got really cold in my walk.

 

Marco Sr.

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22 hours ago, Mara_Masina said:

Well, let me know if you do! I'm in the area.

Sorry I decided not to go. I couldn’t find my face mask I use in the winter. Most my hunting stuff is packed away until spring. Hope you had luck in hunting.

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