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Wild Turkey

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Licensing Requirements

A Regular Hunting License, Junior Hunting License, Senior Hunting License or Nonresident Hunting License is required to hunt turkeys. See Licenses, Stamps, & Permits for descriptions, prices, and availability of licenses, stamps, and permits.

General Turkey Hunting Regulations

It is illegal to hunt turkeys with the aid of bait or over any baited area. Feed or bait placed for deer or other wildlife may be considered baiting if turkeys are being hunted. An area is considered by law to be baited for 10 days after the removal of the bait. It is illegal to use recorded or electronically amplified calls, or use motorized or electronic turkey decoys.

Turkey Tagging and Checking Requirements

The complete instructions for deer and turkey tagging and checking are found in Tagging & Checking.

Spring Turkey Season Regulations

Hunting Hours

  • Junior Hunt: one half hour before sunrise to sunset.
  • April 18 through May 9: one half hour before sunrise to noon.
  • May 10 through May 23: one half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Only bearded turkeys are legal in the Spring Season. Hunters may only use shotguns (loaded with #4 shot or smaller), crossbows, or vertical bows. Dogs and organized drives may not be used.

Fall Turkey Season Regulations

Hunting Hours

One half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.

Fall turkey hunting is permitted in Garrett, Allegany, and Washington Counties only. Hunters may only use rifles, handguns, shotguns (loaded with #4 shot or smaller or a solid, single projectile), crossbows, or vertical bows. Either sex may be taken in the Fall Season.

Winter Turkey Season Regulations

Hunting Hours

One half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.

Hunters may only use shotguns (loaded with #4 shot or smaller), crossbows, or vertical bows. Either sex may be taken in the Winter Season.

2014–2015 Wild Turkey Seasons & Limits

Season

Dates

Location

Bag Limit

Notes

Fall Season

Nov. 1–Nov. 8

Allegany, Garrett, & Washington counties

1 per fall and winter season combined, either sex

On private and designated public lands in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties, turkey hunters may hunt on Sunday, Nov. 2. See below for a list of designated public lands.

Winter Season

Jan. 22–24

Statewide

New Winter Season established this year.

Spring Season:

Junior Hunt Days

April 11

All counties

1 per day, 2 per season, bearded turkeys only

Turkeys taken during the Junior Hunt Days count toward the entire Spring Season Bag Limit.

Junior Hunt for hunters aged 16 or younger only. Must be accompanied by a licensed (or exempt) unarmed adult age 21 or older.

Sunday turkey hunting:

  • On private lands in Calvert, Caroline, Charles, and St. Mary’s county, junior hunters may hunt on Sunday, April 12.
  • On private and public lands in Dorchester county, junior hunters may hunt on Sunday, April 12.
  • On private and designated public lands in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties, junior hunters may hunt on Sunday, April 12. See below for a list of designated public lands.

April 12

Sunday hunting in certain locations ONLY (see NOTES)

Spring Season

April 18–May 23

All counties

1 per day, 2 per season, bearded turkeys only

Sunday turkey hunting:

  • On private lands in Calvert, Caroline, Charles, and St. Mary’s county, turkey season is open on all Sundays during the spring season.
  • On private and public lands in Dorchester county, turkey season is open on all Sundays during the spring season.
  • On private and DESIGNATED public lands in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties, turkey season is open on all Sundays during the spring season. See below for a list of designated public lands.

Designated public lands open to Sunday hunting in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties are: ONLY Billmeyer-Belle Grove WMA, Cunningham Swamp WMA, Dan’s Mountain WMA, Indian Springs WMA, Mount Nebo WMA, Prather’s Neck WMA, Sideling Hill WMA, and Warrior Mountain WMA.

Turkey Hunting Safety Tips

Follow these suggestions to ensure a safe turkey hunting experience:

  • Leave the area if you suspect there’s another hunter already working the same bird.
  • Resist the urge to stalk turkey sounds. It is nearly impossible to sneak up on a turkey. It is also unethical and could lead to an accident.
  • Select a spot that is in open timber rather than thick brush: wearing camouflage clothing and eliminating movement is more critical to success than hiding in heavy cover.
  • Sit against a large stump, blow-down, tree trunk or rock that is wider than your shoulders and higher than your head when calling wild turkeys.
  • Never wear bright colors, especially not red, white, blue or black because these are the colors of a wild turkey gobbler. Watch out for red, white or blue on your socks, t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, hats, bandannas, etc. Wear dark undershirts and socks, and pants long enough to be tucked into boots.
  • Remain still and speak in a loud, clear voice to announce your presence to other hunters if necessary. Never move, wave or make turkey sounds to alert another hunter of your presence.
  • Keep your hands and head camouflaged when calling.
  • Maintain a clear field of view when using a camouflage blind or netting.
  • Ensure your decoy is not visible when you are transporting it. Stash the decoy in your vest and make sure the head is not sticking out. If you harvest a wild turkey during your hunting trip, you also should cover the bird’s head and body when carrying it out from your hunting spot.
  • Put your gun’s safety on and approach the downed bird with your firearm pointed in a safe direction after firing. Never run with a firearm.

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