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Turkey Seasons, Regulations, Bag Limits and Locations

Junior Turkey Hunting Days 2019

  • April 13, statewide
  • Sunday, April 14 in certain counties, see chart.

The Junior Turkey Hunting Days are for hunters age 16 or younger only. To hunt during these days:

  • Junior hunters must have a Hunting License or be exempt from the license requirement (see Who May Hunt Without a License on Hunting Licenses).
  • Junior turkey hunters must be accompanied in the field by an individual who:
    • is 21 years old or older;
    • possesses a valid Maryland hunting license (an Apprentice Hunting License does not meet this requirement) or is exempt from hunting license requirements; and
    • is unarmed.

Statewide Regulations:

  • Only bearded turkeys may be harvested in the Junior Turkey Hunting Days and Spring Season.
  • Turkeys taken by junior hunters during these days count towards the entire Spring Season bag limit.
  • The Junior Turkey Hunting Days bag limit is 1 bearded turkey per day.
  • Daily shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to sunset for Junior Turkey Hunting Days.
  • Only shotguns (loaded with #4 shot or smaller), crossbows, vertical bows or air guns that shoot arrows or bolts may be used for the Junior Turkey Hunting Days.
  • Dogs and organized drives may not be used.

Spring Turkey Season 2019

Statewide Season Dates:

  • April 18 – May 23

Includes Sundays in certain counties, see chart.

Statewide Regulations:

  • Only bearded turkeys may be harvested in the Spring Season.
  • The Spring Season bag limit is 1 bearded turkey per day and 2 bearded turkeys for the season.
  • Spring Turkey Season daily shooting hours for April 18 through May 9 are one-half hour before sunrise to noon.
  • Spring Turkey Season daily shooting hours for May 10 through May 23 are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
  • Hunters may only use shotguns (loaded with #4 shot or smaller), crossbows, vertical bows or air guns that shoot arrows or bolts in the Spring Season.
  • Dogs and organized drives may not be used.

Fall Turkey Season 2018

Fall turkey hunting is only permitted in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties.

  • Oct. 27 – Nov. 4

Includes Sundays, see chart.

  • The combined bag limit for the 2018 Fall and 2019 Winter Seasons is one (1) turkey of either sex.
  • Fall Turkey Season daily shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.
  • Fall turkey hunters may only use air guns (that shoot arrows, bolts or bullets), crossbows, handguns, shotguns (loaded with #4 shot or smaller or a solid, single projectile), rifles or vertical bows.
  • It is illegal to hunt turkeys with the aid of bait or to place bait for turkeys during any turkey season. However, during the fall season, it is not considered to be hunting with the aid of bait if a hunter and any turkey that a hunter shoots at are at least 150 yards from any bait legally placed for other species (e.g. corn placed to attract deer).
  • Be aware: Fall turkey hunters are encouraged to wear daylight fluorescent color clothing especially when other hunting seasons are open at the same time.

Winter Turkey Season 2019

Statewide Season Dates:

  • Jan. 17 – 19

Statewide Regulations:

  • The combined bag limit for the 2019 Winter and 2018 Fall Seasons is one (1) turkey of either sex.
  • Winter Turkey Season daily shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.
  • Hunters may only use shotguns (loaded with #4 shot or smaller), crossbows, vertical bows, or air guns that shoot arrows or bolts in the Winter Season.

SUNDAY TURKEY HUNTING 2018-2019

Sunday hunting is permitted on April 14 (Junior Hunt Day) and all Sundays during any open turkey season in the following counties:

County

Location

Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Kent, St. Mary’s Private Lands only
Dorchester Private and public lands
Allegany, Garrett, Washington Private and designated public lands*
* Designated public lands open to Sunday hunting in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties are only: Billmeyer-Belle Grove Wildlife Management Area, Cunningham Swamp Wildlife Management Area, Dan’s Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Garrett State Forest, Green Ridge State Forest, Indian Springs Wildlife Management Area, McCoole Fishery Management Area, Mount Nebo Wildlife Management Area, Potomac State Forest, Prather’s Neck Wildlife Management Area, Savage River State Forest, Sideling Hill Wildlife Management Area and Warrior Mountain Wildlife Management Area.