Wild Turkey in Maryland
Maryland DNR conducts two annual wild turkey observation surveys, often referred to as “brood surveys". The primary purpose is to estimate wild turkey reproductive success throughout the state.
Hunting Regulations & Information
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The Wild Turkey in Maryland
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Webinar Presentation: Wild Turkey Management and Biology in Maryland- by Bob Long, DNR (original broadcast 3/7/2013)
Habitat Management for Wild
in Maryland: A Landowner's Guide
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Releasing Pen-raised Turkey, Bobwhite Quail, or Other Birds
Fluorescent orange is not required for hunting turkeys. However, turkey hunters are encouraged to wear it as a precaution while turkey hunting. Successful turkey hunters are also encouraged to put an orange ribbon on the turkey when carrying it out of the woods.
The colors black, red, white, and blue should be avoided on turkey hunting clothing. These colors are predominant in the male turkey's plumage and can cause a hunter to be mistaken for game.
Turkey Hunter's Code of Conduct
DNR encourages all turkey hunters to follow the National Wild Turkey Federation's Turkey Hunter's Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct states that a responsible turkey hunter should:
- Not let peer pressure or the excitement of the hunt cloud his/her judgment.
- Learn and practice safe hunting techniques.
- Hunt the wild turkey fairly.
- Know the capabilities and limitations of his/her hunting devices and use them safely.
- Obey and support all wildlife laws and report all violations.
- Respect the land and landowner and always obtain permission before hunting.
- Avoid knowingly interfering with another hunter and respect the right of others to lawfully share the outdoors.
- Value the hunting experience and appreciate the beauty of the wild turkey.
- Positively identify his/her target as a legal bird and insist on a good shot.
- Share responsible turkey hunting with others and work for turkey conservation.
- Maryland Waterfowl
- Webless Migratory Game Birds
- Eastern Wild Turkey
- Quail & Pheasant
- Ruffed Grouse
- Guide to Hunting & Trapping in Maryland
- 2012-2013 Late Waterfowl Hunting Season Proposals
- 2012-2013 Public Dove Fields
- 2012-2013 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Season Pamphlet
- Canada Goose Hunting Zones Map
- Hunting Seasons Calendar
- Disabled Hunter Access
- Hunter Education Classes
- Wildlife Management Areas
- Harvest Information Program (HIP)
- The Migratory Game Bird Regulation Process
- Stamps Needed to Hunt Migratory Game Birds
- Game Bird Diseases Alerts
- Bowhunter Survey
- Maryland Game Program