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Fall Turkey Season Opens in Western Maryland

Higher Turkey Population Anticipated This Year

Photo of wild turkeys in a fieldThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces that the fall turkey hunting season will open Oct. 26 and continue through Nov. 3 in Allegany, Garrett, and Washington counties with a bag limit of one turkey per hunter.

“Although many hunters are focused on deer this time of year, the fall turkey season can provide an equally exciting and enjoyable opportunity for those who give it a try,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. “Wild turkeys are abundant in the western region, so hunters should have ample opportunity to find a fall bird.”

The 2019 Wild Turkey Observation Survey Summary shows that turkey reproduction in western Maryland was at its highest level in three years. Turkey hunters should make note of local food sources when scouting. 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.