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Fall Turkey Season Opens in Western Maryland

Hunting Available in Allegany, Garrett and Washington Counties

Photo of wild turkeys

Photo by Lori Bramble

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that the fall turkey hunting season will open Oct. 27 and continue through Nov. 4 in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties with a bag limit of one turkey per hunter.

The fall season was extended to include an additional day, Sunday, Nov. 4.

“We are happy to offer additional weekend hunting opportunities,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. “Hunting turkeys in the fall can provide a unique and enjoyable experience for both novice and veteran hunters alike.”

The 2018 Wild Turkey Observation Survey Summary shows turkey reproduction in western Maryland was below average, but populations remain healthy and sustainable, and should provide ample opportunity. Hunters should be aware of local food sources when scouting for fall flocks. Turkeys will feed heavily on acorns in areas where they are abundant. When acorns are scarce, turkeys will frequent fields more often and tend to be easier to locate.

Although not required, fall turkey hunters are encouraged to wear fluorescent orange or pink clothing when other hunting seasons are open.

Complete hunting regulations, check-in procedures and information on public land hunting can be found in the Guide to Hunting and Trapping in Maryland.