News from the DNR Office of Communications

Fall Turkey Hunting Season Opens October 31

Annapolis, Md. (October 15, 2009) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced the opening of the Maryland fall turkey season. Turkey hunting will kick off October 31 and continues through November 7. Fall turkey hunting is permitted only in Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties with a bag limit of one turkey. Turkey numbers remain strong in these counties, giving hunters ample opportunity for success.

Turkey brood surveys conducted by DNR documented moderate reproductive success this year.

“The birds produced this summer should strengthen the already relatively high populations in our western counties,” said DNR Wild Turkey Biologist Bob Long. “Surveys show that the acorn crop is poor in the western region this fall so hunters should spend plenty of time scouting near other food sources to maximize their chance for success.”

Although fluorescent orange is not required for turkey hunters, DNR recommends that hunters wear a fluorescent orange hat while moving and tie an orange ribbon around a nearby tree at calling locations. Hunters are reminded to always be sure of your target and beyond and never stalk or sneak up on turkey sounds as it may be another hunter.

Hunters must immediately place a “field tag” on the turkey and complete the Maryland Big Game Harvest Record. Hunters registering a turkey will receive a confirmation number that must also be recorded on the hunter’s Big Game Harvest Record.

Successful hunters must register their turkey online at or by calling 1-888-800-0121.

Turkey hunting regulations and registration procedures can be found in the 2009-2010 Guide to Hunting & Trapping issued with each hunting license or online at

   October 15, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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