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Maryland Turkey Hunting Season Dates and Regulations

Junior Turkey Hunt Days and Bag Limits 2024

DATES

  • April 13: Statewide hunt
  • April 14 (Sunday): Available in specific counties (refer to the county chart).

AREA

  • Hunting occurs statewide on April 13; additional details provided in a chart for April 14.

BAG LIMIT

  • Limit of one bearded turkey per day for each Junior Turkey Hunt Day.

Junior Turkey Hunting Participation Requirements:

Accompaniment Conditions:

  • Age of Accompaniment: Companion must be at least 21 years old.
  • License: Companion must have a valid Maryland hunting license; Apprentice Hunting Licenses do not qualify.
  • Companion's Role: Must be unarmed and accompany the junior hunter in the field.

Harvest Regulations:

  • Turkey Gender: Only bearded turkeys are permissible targets.
  • Season Bag Limit: Turkeys harvested count towards the Spring Season's total limit.

Hunting Times:

  • Daily Shooting Hours: From half an hour before sunrise until sunset.
  • Sunday Hours: Consult the Sunday hunting chart for specific county times.

Permitted Hunting Devices:

  • Shotguns (#4 shot or smaller)
  • Crossbows
  • Vertical bows
  • Air guns (launching arrows or bolts)

Legal Restrictions:

  • Baiting Prohibition: Using bait or baiting for turkeys is illegal.
  • Hunting Methods: Use of dogs or organized drives is not allowed.

Spring Turkey Season and Bag Limits 2024

DATES

  • April 18 – May 23: Spring Season dates (inclusive of Sundays as per county-specific regulations).

AREA

  • Hunting is authorized statewide within the specified date range.

BAG LIMIT

  • Daily Limit: 1 bearded turkey
  • Seasonal Limit: A maximum of 2 bearded turkeys for the entire season

Harvesting Regulations:

  • Target Species: Strictly bearded turkeys are eligible for harvest.

Daily Shooting Hours:

  • For April 18 – May 9:
    • From half an hour before sunrise until noon.
  • For May 10 – May 23:
    • From half an hour before sunrise until sunset.
  • Sunday Hunting: Consult the Sunday hunting chart for respective county-specific times.

Permitted Hunting Devices:

  • Shotguns (with #4 shot size or smaller)
  • Crossbows
  • Vertical bows
  • Air guns (that fire arrows or bolts)

Legal Prohibitions:

  • Baiting: Illegal to hunt with or place bait for turkeys at any time during turkey seasons.
  • Hunting Methods: Using dogs or conducting organized drives is not permitted.

Fall Turkey Season and Bag Limits 2023

DATES

  • Oct. 28 – Nov. 5: Fall Turkey Season dates.

AREA

  • Applicable to Allegany, Garrett, and Washington counties.

BAG LIMIT

  • Combined Limit: 1 turkey of either sex for the Fall and Winter Seasons.

Season Details:

  • Shooting Hours: From half an hour before sunrise until half an hour after sunset daily.

Hunting Devices Allowed:

  • Airguns (shooting arrows, bolts, or bullets)
  • Crossbows
  • Handguns
  • Shotguns (using #4 shot or smaller, or a solid, single projectile)
  • Rifles
  • Vertical bows

Hunting Regulations:

  • Baiting: It's illegal to hunt or place bait for turkeys, with one exception in fall: hunting is not considered baiting if you're 150 yards from bait placed for other species.
  • Safety Recommendation: Wear daylight fluorescent colors, particularly when concurrent hunting seasons are open.

Baiting Exception for Fall Season:

  • You must maintain a minimum distance of 150 yards from bait legally placed for other wildlife species.

Winter Turkey Season and Bag Limits 2024

DATES

  • Jan. 18–20: Designated dates for the Winter Turkey Season.

AREA

  • The season is open statewide during the specified dates.

BAG LIMIT

  • Combined Limit: 1 turkey of either sex, encompassing both the Fall and Winter Seasons.

Season-Specific Information:

  • Shooting Hours: Half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset.

Approved Hunting Devices:

  • Shotguns (loaded with #4 lead shot or smaller)
  • Crossbows
  • Vertical bows
  • Air guns (firing arrows or bolts)

Hunting Law:

  • Baiting Ban: Baiting or hunting with the aid of bait for turkeys is prohibited throughout any turkey season.
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